Magazine article Gramophone

'The Transcendentalist'

Magazine article Gramophone

'The Transcendentalist'

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'The Transcendentalist'

Cage Dream. In a Landscape Feldman Palais de Mari Scriabin Guirlande, Op 73 No 1. Poeme languide, Op 52 No 3. Preludes--Op 11 No 21; Op 15 No 4; Op 16 No 1; Op 31 No 1; Op 39 No 3. Reverie, Op 49 No 3 Wollschleger Music Without Metaphor

Ivan Ilic pf

Heresy [F] HERESY015 (64' * DDD)

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At a time when virtually everything is available on CD, many pianists search for something both different and enlightening. For the Serbian-American pianist Ivan Ilic, who calls his disc 'The Transcendentalist', it is a question of terms, one long associated with Liszt's Etudes d'execution transcendantes, to a going beyond the range of understood virtuosity, an expansion into music of a seemingly unplayable, quasi-symphonic scope and scale. Ilic turns the term on its head, seeing how Scriabin led in his later works to a form of pared-down minimalist expression.

With great skill he surely answers the latter part of Stravinsky's bewildered question about the older Russian composer (see page 79). …

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