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Borodin - Complete Piano Works [CD]

Marco Rapetti , Borodin , None Audio CD
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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Borodin
  • Audio CD (27 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Petite Suite - Marco Rapetti
2. Scherzo in a Flat - Marco Rapetti
3. Dans Les Steppes De L'Asie Centrale, (Original Transcription By the Composer for Piano 4 Hands) - Various Performers
4. Paraphrases - Various Performers
5. Tarantella in D for Piano 4 Hands - Various Performers
6. Allegretto in D Flat for Piano 4 Hands - Various Performers
7. Scherzo in E for Piano 4 Hands - Various Performers
8. Adagio Patetico in a Flat - Marco Rapetti
9. Polka Helene in D Minor for Piano 4 Hands - Various Performers
10. A La Maniere De Borodine - Marco Rapetti

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Petite Suite - Scherzo - Dans les steppes de l'Asie centrale - Paraphrases... - Ravel : À la manière de Borodine / Marco Rapetti, piano

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Borodin's- original piano sound. 19 July 2011
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This CD contains over 80 minutes of music, 30 compositions by Borodin and Ravel's tribute to Borodin a la maniere de Borodine (1913).

The Petite Suite (1885) is delightful, particularly part 3, the second Mazurka, the serenade (which inspired "Night of My Nights" in Kismet) and the Nocturne. The Scherzo in A flat, composed in the same year and made famous as an encore at Rachmaninov recitals, is sometimes regarded as the eighth and concluding part of the Suite.

The version of In The Steppes of Central Asia for 4 hand piano is absolutely outstanding and it is amazing how close the piano sound, with the bass notes simulating the cellos and the high notes the flute, can get to the orchestrated version. At this price it is be worth having the disk for this one seven and a half minute offering. Hairs-on-the-back-of-the-neck stuff. Liszt and Borodin played this together at its premier in Weimar in 1881.

Paraphrases is fifteen short pieces for four hands, where one "pianist", who could be a non-musical person or novice, plays a simple motif with one finger of each hand, while the other person, a talented pianist, plays the accompaniment. Borodin's theme for the two fingers, as it were, is a simple polka. He composed some of the accompaniments himself, but other composers from the Mighty Handful, Lyadov, Rimsky-Korsakov and Cui also wrote accompaniments. Liszt was so impressed that he wrote a short Prelude. The Valse composed with Cui and the Carillon (for 3 pianists) composed with Rimsky-Korsakov are perhaps the pick of the bunch.

The four and a half minute Tarantella (1862) dates back to his time in Pisa and is breathtakingly beautiful, if a more European work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Borodin - Complete Piano Works 23 Mar 2014
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Lovely, typically Borodinesque writing. Occasionally, pieces taken a bit more adagio than anticipated. However, I couldn't fault the tone and clarity.
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