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Alexandrov

Anatoly Alexandrov

Préludes opus 1
Poème opus 9
Visions opus 21
Petite Suite opus 33

Fériel Kaddour, piano

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Anatoly Alexandrov (1888-1982)

Opus 21, Visions (1919-1923)

1.
Molto flessibile, fantastico
(From the depth of Memory...)

1'36
2.
Andantino idillico
(Idyll...)

3'16
3.
Moderatamente Mosso
(From the Sea...)

2'13
4.
Un poco agitato
(Alarming)

0'50
5.
Inquietamenti, con acceleramenti e ritardi soventi
(Enigmatic...)

3'34

Opus 9, Poem (1915)

6.
Opus 9, Poem
2'40

Opus 1, Preludes (1907-1910, Revised by the composer in 1961)

7.
Moderato, con agitazione patetica
0'56
8.
Languido
1'23
9.
Misterioso, con importanza
2'25
10.
Impuetoso, protestando
1'10
11.
Liberamente, amoroso
1'09
12.
Pensieroso, commodo
2'17

Opus 46, Eight pieces on songs of Soviet People, excerpts (1937)

13.
n°6, Kirghiz instrumental melody
0'43
14.
n°7, Kirghiz piece
1'59

Opus 33, Little Suite (1929)

15.
Fairy Lullaby
0'57
16.
Etude
1'47
17.
Melody
3'11
18.
A Joke
0'04

Opus 27, Three Pieces (1925)

19.
Prelude - To N. Ya. Miaskovsky
1'47
20.
Dance - To N. Ya. Miaskovsky
1'35
21.
Sketch - To V.V. Derzhanovsky
2'53

Opus 73, Bashkirian Melodies, excerpts (1951)

22.
n°4, Andante molto espressivo
1'39
23.
n°5, Strum on the Kuray
0'44
24.
n°10, Zulkhiza
1'39

Opus 75, Four pieces, excerpts (1951)

25.
Prelude
3'55
26.
Melody
3'41

Opus 16a, n°1 : Amethysts (1923)

27.
Two Fragments from the Music to the Drama
M. Maeterlinck

Ariana and Blue-Beard
0'09



Total duration : 54’56
Booklet : Fériel Kaddour
Piano: Yamaha CFX prepared by Philippe Copin
Sound recording, art direction, editing, mastering: Jean-Marc Laisné (Amati)
Recorded at Guyancourt (Pôle Musiques "La Batterie"), january 2014

AR RE-SE 2013-1

Anatoly Alexandrov : the meandering of memory

« Three hesitant notes rise, ritenuto, holding back the phrase from reaching its first high point. Then enters the left hand with chromatismsupsetting the harmony. The right hand, writhing in the confines of a triplet, dashes off towards the highest pitch in abrupt intervals. At the end of the second measure, Alexandro wrote : accelerando. The effect is intensified by the lush phrasing spillnig over the bar lines and a play of polyrhythm: triplets, quavers and crotchets. The piece opened with a 3/4 measure. At this point it has become 2/4.
The pace steadies once again. Two bars later, an F sharp slinks its way into the left hand. It is the tonic harmony, the base of the entire structure our ear was waiting for. But it is offbeat, depriving the impulse from its downbeat, and being in a medium range, this undermines its function as a foundation. After the unsettling ouverture, the tonic could have embraced its role as a clausula. But instead, it suspends its discourse with a few floating measures. The phrase will take another path when comes of a natural E.
This will continue to unravel in this fashion : the line is unstable. As a more lyrical element seems to surface, an intermediate voice contradicts it immediately, cuts it off and pushes in another direction. This piece is the first in Visions opus 21, the piece opening this recording, From the depths of memory. »


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