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{Re} Creation
Russian Piano Sonatas


Composers: Alexander Scriabin, Nikolai Medtner and Sergei Rachmaninoff
Performed by: Marko Stuparević (piano)
Label: Navona Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 14 October 2022

{Re} Creation, from Navona Records and pianist Marko Stuparević, is centred on the acts of creation and re-creation, observed through three piano sonatas of three Russian composers: all pianists, contemporaries, and representatives of some of the most notable works of 20th century Russian piano music. Performed by the award-winning pianist, each sonata is rich with advanced compositional techniques and the individual ideologies of their composers, crafted with cyclical forms representing the circle of life. The works of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Alexander Scriabin, and Nikolai Medtner are on full display, born and immortalized into the never-ending life cycle they mirror...

Over the course of {Re} Creation's 5 works (48 min, 35 sec), pianist Marko Stuparević showcases his talents across these wildly differing classical pieces.

Of course, what will drag most people in is Rachmaninoff, but Scriabin and Medtner deserve just as much attention. Scriabin's 'Sonata No. 5, Op. 53' is arguably the most avant-garde piece here, putting Stuparević through the wringer as it flits between whimsical joviality and bursts of uncontrollable energico.

Medtner's 'Forgotten Melodies I, Sonata-Reminiscenza Op. 38, No. 1 in A minor' is a piece that from the first few notes is inviting. It's hard not to instantly warm to its simple melody. As the piece progresses, the melody becomes more complex.

Rachmaninoff's three-part 'Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36' is bold, confident and has all the hallmarks of the great composer's work.

Three very different styles, expertly performed with real emotion, help this to be an album that no self respecting fan of classical music should be without.

Track listing:

Alexander Scriabin (1871-1915)
01. Sonata No. 5, Op. 53 (13:13)

Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951)
02. Forgotten Melodies I, Sonata-Reminiscenza Op. 38, No. 1 in A minor (14:28)

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
03. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36: Allegro agitato (8:26)
04. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36: Non allegro - Lento (6:24)
05. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36: Allegro molto (6:06)


Darren Rea

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