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Feigin: Four Scenes

Magazine article Gramophone

Feigin: Four Scenes

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Four Scenes. Piano Sonata.

Toccata. Two Pieces. Variations

Benjamin Goodman pf

Navona (F) NV6147 (47' * DDD)

Sara Feigin (1928-2011) pursued a multifaceted career as pianist, composer and educator, first in her native Latvia and subsequently in Israel, where she migrated with her family. After graduating from the Riga Conservatory in 1954, Feigin served as composer and musical consultant at that city's Choreographical Institute and Opera. Once her family settled in Israel in 1972, Feigin's interest in pedagogy blossomed and she began to conduct music education workshops, write teaching methods and present concerts. The current release focuses on her solo piano music and mostly includes either unperformed or previously unrecorded works, many based on traditional folk songs.

The opening Two Pieces, 'Prelude' and 'Storm', take their cue from the late Russian Romanticism playbook, while the Four Scenes are leaner and more stylistically eclectic. The 1982 Variations are introduced by a wistful minor-key theme that returns as a finale in the major mode. In between are nine variations with distinct and unpredictable characters. …

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