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Tishchenko - Piano Sonatas Nos 7 and 8

Composer Boris Ivanovich Tishchenko
Performer Jean-Claude Gengembre
Nicolas Stavy
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2189 SACD
EAN 7318599921891
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jun 2015
Total time 70'50


Often described as a favourite pupil of Shostakovich, Boris Tishchenko studied composition with the master 1962 – 1965, and the two remained close until Shostakovich’s death in 1975. The influence of Shostakovich is discernible in much of Tishchenko’s music, but the younger composer was also interested in the music of non-European countries, such as India, China and Japan, as well as in Russian folklore. Tishchenko was a prolific composer, with an output that covered many genres, including a great deal of orchestral music. Throughout his career, however, runs the thread of his eleven piano sonatas: the first sonata is his Op.3, and the final one became his last completed score. Most of the sonatas are extensive works, imagined on an almost symphonic scale. With a duration of 40 minutes, the Seventh Sonata, Op.85 (1982), is the longest of them all. It is also the most unusual, being a sonata ‘for piano with bells’: the pianist is joined by a percussionist playing respectively large bells, tubular bells and glockenspiel in the three movements of the sonata. The work even begins with a series of sixteen C’s from the large bells, before the piano sets in. The Eighth Sonata, Op.99 (1986), is also a three-movement work, but that is where the similarities end. The juxtaposition of these two works thus becomes a perfect tribute to the composer, bearing in mind how deeply he respected tradition while at the same time tearing up its rulebook. Joined by Jean-Claude Gengembre in Sonata No.7, the French pianist Nicolas Stavy makes his first appearance on BIS in these demanding and valuable scores. His recording also serves as a useful and welcome reminder of the many fine composers that remained in the Soviet Union, when colleagues such as Sofia Gubaidulina or Alfred Schnittke emigrated to the West.
 
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  Boris Ivanovich Tishchenko
  Sonata No.7 for piano with bells, Op.85 (1982) 39'58
01 I. Andante – Allegro – Andante – Allegro – Andante 11'57
02 II. Lento – attacca – 16'46
03 III. Allegro 11'15
 
  Sonata No.8 for piano, Op.99 (1986) 29'24
04 I. Allegro energico 6'00
05 II. Andantino 12'14
06 III. Allegro molto 11'10
 
  Album total 70'50
ComposerTishchenko, Boris Ivanovich
PianoStavy, Nicolas
BellsGengembre, Jean-Claude

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