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Janacek: 'Complete Works for Piano'

Magazine article Gramophone

Janacek: 'Complete Works for Piano'

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Janacek [R]

'Complete Works for Piano' Tema con variazioni (Variations for Zdenka).

In the Mist. A Recollection. Sonata 1.X.1905.

Three Moravian Dances. On an Overgrown Path

Martino Tirimo pf

Heritage [B][2] HTGCD264/5 (111' * DDD)

Recorded 2003. From QTZ2023

This invaluable two-CD album of Janacek's complete piano music includes a short and personal essay by Martino Tirimo. There he tells us 'there is no other musical expression like Janacek's. When you hear it you recognise it. It is a testimony to his greatness.' He continues: 'I can't help but love it.' This is touchingly expressed and yet it is difficult to imagine what it must be like to be immersed in such a special and challenging project. Challenging because, like much of Mozart or the openings of Beethoven's Fourth Concerto and Chopin's Fourth Ballade, to take some random examples, there is proof that simple things are the most demanding. More subjectively, and like late Faure (his Seventh Prelude's stammering progression) or Brahms (the E flat minor Intermezzo from Op 118), there is an expression of pain that little can assuage.

What is entirely distinctive, however, is that there is more bitterness than sweetness expressed with rare economy. …

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