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Illuminations at the Arsenal (1865) by V S Sadovnikov
Track(s) taken from CDD22054
Recording details: December 1998
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: September 2000
Total duration: 13 minutes 53 seconds

'Abundance of melodic appeal and inventiveness. Bortkiewicz seems incapable of writing unattractive music so one is able to derive pleasure from the pieces here. I shall certainly look forward to further volumes in this series' (Gramophone)

'The hand of a master melodist and tone painter is manifest throughout this beguiling recital. A recital to delight the connoisseur of forgotten late 19th-century romantic piano music' (Classic CD)

'Stephen Coombs provides suave performances … artfully phrased and scrupulously colored. Warmly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'Une irrésistible joliesse pianistique qui ruisselle ici sous les doigts de Stephen Coombs' (Diapason, France)

Quatre Morceaux, Op 65
composer
published in Vienna by Ludwig Doblinger in 1947

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Quatre Morceaux, Op 65, are the last known surviving works by Bortkiewicz and were published in 1947, five years before the composer’s death. There seems to have been a brief revival of interest in Bortkiewicz’s music in 1947 (the year of the composer’s seventieth birthday) and this publication by the Viennese publisher Ludwig Doblinger (seven years after his previous published work, Lyrica Nova, Op 59) was probably arranged to coincide with the formation, in Vienna, of the Bortkiewicz Society in the same year.

from notes by Stephen Coombs © 2000

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