Magazine article Gramophone

'Emancipation of Consonance'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Emancipation of Consonance'

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'Emancipation of Consonance'

Arzumanov Light Pieces, Op 74--exes

Desyatnikov Echoes of Theatre

Ryabov Russian Songs, Opp 73 & 74--exes

Lukas Geniusas pf

Melodiya [F] MELCD100 2409 (69' * DDD)

The most appealing thing about this disc is its title. Unfortunately that title conceals a misunderstanding. The consonance on display here is enslaved to conventional rhetoric and genres. Emancipated consonance could arguably apply to the simplicity of Part or Silvestrov, but that is because with those composers it is emancipated from stale familiarity by various distancing processes. Nor is there anything remotely postmodern about the pieces here recorded, as the pianist's booklet essay fondly imagines--with a few exceptions, they are not nearly self-aware enough for that.

Not that this music is uniformly bad. Or even bad at all, if its aim is merely to provide teaching fodder for piano faculties (in which case it could, perhaps generously, be called so-so). Valery Arzumanov was a sometime Messiaen pupil, amazingly enough. It is painful to write ill of one whose childhood was spent partly in the Gulag, where his parents met, but his gift seems to reside primarily in imitating a dinner-party pianist called upon to supply background music at a moment's notice. …

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