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'Arrangements & Adaptations'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Arrangements & Adaptations'

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'Arrangements & Adaptations'

JS Bach St Matthew Passion--Wir setzen uns mit Tranen nieder Liszt Mephisto Waltz No 1 Mozart Requiem--Confutatis; Lacrymosa Mussorgsky A Night on the Bare Mountain (a) Nova Melody--Elegy (b) Puccini Crisantemi Schumann Dichterliebe--Wenn ich in deine Augen self Shostakovich Symphony No 8 Toccata; Passacaglia (arr Margulis, (b) Babadjanian)

Jura Margulis, (a) Martha Argerich pfs

Oehms (F) OC453 (66' * DDD)

(a) Recorded live

Jura Margulis is a name that has not crossed my radar before. Clearly it should have done--and not just because of the booklet's encomium which tells us that '[he] has been internationally recognised for his compellingly communicative performances, as well as for the range of his tonal palette and his consummate virtuosity.'

This disc showcases the talents of the Russian-born, German-trained, American-resident pianist, arranger and piano acoustician. All 10 tracks except the last are played on a piano by Steingraeber & Sohne specially adapted by the company under Margulis's instructions. The idea is to replicate the sordino pedal of a fortepiano on a modern grand, which the 'Margulis Sordino Pedal' achieves, we learn, by adding the sordino function to the sostenuto (middle) pedal by 'push lever, and very thin felt'. …

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