Mari Kodama - Kaleidoscope. Beethoven Transcriptions (24/96 FLAC)
Mari Kodama – Kaleidoscope. Beethoven Transcriptions (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns, Mily Balakirev, Modest Mussorgsky, Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Mari Kodama
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Pentatone
Size: 875 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
01. Piano transcription of String Quartet No. 7, Op. 59, “Rasumovsky” No. 1: II. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando
02. Piano transcription of String Quartet No. 6, Op. 18: II. Adagio ma non troppo

Mily Balakirev (1836-1910)
03. Piano transcription of String Quartet No. 8, Op. 59, “Rasumovsky” No. 2: III. Allegretto – Maggiore: Thème russe
04. Piano transcription of String Quartet No. 13, Op. 130: V. Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
Piano transcription of String Quartet No. 16, Op. 135
05. II. Vivace
06. III. Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Theme and Variations on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet KV 581: IV. Allegretto con variazioni
07. Theme
08. Variation 1
09. Variation 2
10. Variation 3
11. Variation 4
12. Variation 5
13. Variation 6

After her acclaimed complete recording of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, Mari Kodama returns with a programme consisting of Beethoven string quartets transcribed for piano by Saint-Saëns, Mussorgsky and Balakirev, as well as Beethoven’s variations on the finale of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. Most pieces are recorded for the first time. Kaleidoscope is designed as a homage, considering and experiencing Beethoven through the lens of other great composers. Mari Kodama is one of the most extraordinary pianists of our age, and has an impressive PENTATONE discography, featuring Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas (2003-2014), piano concertos of Loewe and Chopin (2003), Tchaikovsky Ballet Suites for Piano Duo (2016), De Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain (2017) and Martinů’s Concert for Two Pianos (2018).

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