Der Bote

An intriguing programme of elegiac music drawn from several nations and centuries

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Der Bote

  • Fantasia, 'Freye Fantasie'
  • In a Landscape
  • Nostalgia
  • Abschied
  • (La) Séparation (Nocturne in F minor)
  • (26) Preludes, C sharp minor, Op. 45
  • Elegy
  • Elégie
  • (4) Dirges, No 1
  • (The) Messenger - 1996

‘Melancholy…nostalgic pictures…quiet meditation’ – all phrases which come into play in Alexei Lubimov’s foreword to the present collection‚ and all apposite to one or another of the 10 pieces featured. The freely­evolving monologue – now ruminative‚ now capricious – of CPE Bach’s Fantasia in F sharp minor provides an uncharacteristically substantial opening to a disc in which ‘elegy’ is expressed in generally inward­looking terms. Thus the exquisite‚ marble­frozen intricacy of John Cage’s In a landscape‚ or the improvisatoriness of Tigran Mansurian’s Nostalgia – perfectly poised between East and West in tonal expression. Abschied is among the most approachable of Liszt’s valedictory late piano pieces‚ while Glinka’s F minor Nocturne speaks of ‘separation’ in elegantly mid­European accents. Chopin’s C sharp minor Prelude is a late appendix to his celebrated cycle‚ transmuting what was wild and unpredictable into music of fatalistic acceptance. The liquid prosody of Valentin Silvestrov’s Elegie‚ a subtle reminder of his more than dutiful credentials in the 1960s avant­garde‚ finds a natural context in the company of Debussy’s stoic Elégie (a self­commemoration as Ivan Moody rightly points out) and the first of Bartók’s harmonically ambivalent Dirges. Der Bote concludes the disc as Silvestrov’s half­remembered recollection of another world – pain giving way to an enveloping poignancy.
Undemonstrative playing from Lubimov‚ a questing pianist whose appearances in the West have become a welcome occurrence in the post­Soviet era. The sound is appropriately spacious‚ though is it churlish to have wishedfor a degree more tonal clarity? Warmlyrecommended in any event.

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