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'Concord'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Concord'

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'Concord'

Ives Piano Sonata No 2, 'Concord, Mass, 1840-60' Webern Piano Variations, Op 27

Berg Piano Sonata Op 1

Alexei Lubimov pf

Zig-Zag Territoires [F] ZZT362 (61' * DDD)

Pairing Ives with Second Viennese School composers is not usually the done thing. All the more reason then to attempt a coalition between American idealism and Viennese cool, especially if you're Alexei Lubimov, who risked life and limb during the Soviet era by performing Schoenberg, Boulez and Stockhausen.

I wish I could be more enthusiastic about his new disc. Logic binds the programme together: as Webern was writing his Variations in 1936, John Kirkpatrick was readying himself to premiere Ives's Concord Sonata two years later, and the questioning but ordered tonality of Berg's Piano Sonata acts as a well-chosen harmonic buffer. The Ives was recorded live in 1997 and the sound is clear if one-dimensional--more than can be said for the Webern and Berg, recorded in '99, performances fatally undermined by unusually distracting audience noise. …

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