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Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev

Reflections (CD)

THE FIRST JOINTLY-SIGNED ARTIST TO DECCA AND UNIVERSAL MUSIC AUSTRALIA

Reflections marks the first recording on Decca Classics of Russian pianist Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev, second prize winner at both the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition and the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition.

The album features Russian classics including Rachmaninov’s Moments Musicaux, Prokofiev’s Visions fugitives, and pieces by Scriabin, Medtner and Tchaikovsky. Of the album, Arseny says that it is very special and precious to him, observing that “it’s a bit like an old magic mirror — maybe a false one — which has seen a few generations passing by, and contains memories of all of them.”
 
The album also pays homage to the music of Arseny’s grandmother, internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Tatiana Nikolayeva.
 
“when I see Arseny play, the whole history of piano playing begins to unfold before me’. Gerard Willems
“profound musicality and deeply lyrical talent, […] a rare treat in a musician of his young age, and we can’t wait to see him grow and develop in his career.” Dr. Alexander Buhr, Decca Classics
“the piano’s ultimate aristocrat.” Cyrus Meher-Homji, Universal Music Australia

TRACK LIST

SERGEY RACHMANINOV 1873–1943
6 Moments musicaux, op.16 (1940 edition)
1 No.1 in B flat minor · si bémol mineur · b-Moll
Andantino
2 No.2 in E flat minor · mi bémol mineur · es-Moll
Allegretto
3 No.3 in B minor · si mineur · h-
Andante cantabile
4 No.4 in E minor · mi mineur · e-Moll
Presto
5 No.5 in D flat major · ré bémol majeur · Des-Dur
Adagio sostenuto
6 No.6 in C major · ut majeur · C-Dur
Maestoso

NICOLAS MEDTNER 1880 –1951
Forgotten Melodies, Vol.I, op.38
Airs oubliés · Vergessene Weisen
7 No.6 Canzona serenata
8 No.3 Danza festiva

ALEXANDER SCRIABIN 1872–1915
2 Poèmes, op.32
9 No.1 in F sharp major · fa dièse majeur · Fis-Dur
Andante cantabile
10 No.2 in D major · ré majeur · D-Dur
Allegro, con eleganza, con fiducia

SERGEY PROKOFIEV 1891–1953
Visions fugitives, op.22
11 No.1 Lentamente
12 No.2 Andante
13 No.3 Allegretto
14 No.4 Animato
15 No.5 Molto giocoso
16 No.6 Con eleganza
17 No.7 Pittoresco
18 No.8 Comodo
19 No.9 Allegretto tranquillo
20 No.10 Ridicolosamente
21 No.11 Con vivacità
22 No.12 Assai moderato
23 No.13 Allegretto
24 No.14 Feroce
25 No.15 Inquieto
26 No.16 Dolente
27 No.17 Poetico
28 No.18 Con una dolce lentezza
29 No.19 Presto agitatissimo e molto accentuato
30 No.20 Lento irrealmente

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY 1840–1893
31 Lullaby, op.16 no.1 arr. Rachmaninov

TATIANA NIKOLAYEVA 1924–1993
24 Concert Études, op.13
32 No.18 Andante sostenuto
33 No.15 Agitato

SERGEY RACHMANINOV 1873–1943
34 Polka de V.R.
(after Franz Behr: Lachtäubchen, Scherzpolka, 1911)