Felix Blumenfeld: Episodes in the life of a dancer

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Music by Felix Blumenfeld (1863 – 1931) performed by Jonathan Powell.

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About this release

Felix Blumenfeld (1863–1931) was a student of Rimsky-Korsakov, friend of Rachmaninoff and Scriabin,and teacher of Vladimir Horowitz. His colourful, virtuosic piano works will appeal to lovers of the late-Romantic era — of Liszt, Tchaikovsky and the Russian piano school in particular.

Commissioned Programme Note

Felix Blumenfeld was one of the most prominent musicians in Russia at the turn of the 20th century. Related by family to the Neuhauses and Szymanowski, he was a virtuoso pianist and teacher who counted Horowitz, Grinberg and Tsfasman (a Soviet jazz pioneer) among his students. He was also a conductor who gave world premières of major works by his teacher Rimsky-Korsakov and friend Scriabin; successful Russian premières of Wagner operas were also given under his baton. But he was also a composer: his oeuvre is focussed on the piano, and many of his pieces are very fine examples of the art of the Russian serebranïy vek (Silver Age), a period in which the piano was given particular attention by Russian composers.

Felix Blumenfeld was one of the most prominent musicians in Russia at the turn of the 20th century. Related by family to the Neuhauses and Szymanowski, he was a virtuoso pianist and teacher who counted Horowitz, Grinberg and Tsfasman (a Soviet jazz pioneer) among his students. He was also a conductor who gave world premières of major works by his teacher Rimsky-Korsakov and friend Scriabin; successful Russian premières of Wagner operas were also given under his baton. But he was also a composer: his oeuvre is focussed on the piano, and many of his pieces are very fine examples of the art of the Russian serebranïy vek (Silver Age), a period in which the piano was given particular attention by Russian composers. Read more

About the artists

Jonathan Powell

Jonathan PowellHaving concentrated on composition during the 1990s, Jonathan Powell established an international career as a soloist having studied with Sulamita Aronovsky and Denis Matthews. Over the last decade, he has given solo recitals in the Rachmaninoff Hall of the MGK and been on a six-concert US tour. Other European appearances include Musica Sacra in Maastricht, the series Fundación BBVA in Bilbao, Musica Nova in Helsinki, two solo recitals at the Festival Radio France Montpellier, Borealis Festival in Bergen, the Raritäten der Klaviermusik am Schloss vor Husum, Vredenburg Muziekcentrum in Utrecht, and the Jewish Museum and Altes Rathaus in Vienna. Read more

CD Booklet
  • Nocturne-Fantasie - Felix Blumenfeld
  • Deux morceaux - Elegiaco - Felix Blumenfeld
  • Deux morceaux - Patetico - Felix Blumenfeld
  • Sonate-Fantaisie - Allegro non tanto - Felix Blumenfeld
  • Sonate-Fantaisie - Andante, poetico - Felix Blumenfeld
  • Sonate-Fantaisie - Tempo de l’andante; Allegro con fuoco - Felix Blumenfeld
  • Deux moments dramatiques - Lento - Felix Blumenfeld
  • Deux moments dramatiques - Presto - Felix Blumenfeld
  • Trois Nocturnes - Chant - Felix Blumenfeld
  • Trois Nocturnes - Réve - Felix Blumenfeld
  • Trois Nocturnes - Vision - Felix Blumenfeld
  • Episodes dans la vie d’une danseuse - I. Allegretto - Felix Blumenfeld
  • Episodes dans la vie d’une danseuse - II. Allegro, III. Adagio lugubre - Felix Blumenfeld
  • Episodes dans la vie d’une danseuse - IV. Lento - Felix Blumenfeld
  • Deux morceaux - Danse - Felix Blumenfeld
  • Deux morceaux - Postludium - Felix Blumenfeld
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Credits

Catalogue number: CR009

Piano Jonathan Powell

Engineering Adaq Khan
Mastering Adaq Khan
Producer Jonathan Powell
Creative Director John Bevan
Executive Producer Adrian Green

Recorded August, 2008
Venue Durham Music School
Total Duration 72 mins

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