STRAVIN­SKY: PI­ANO MU­SIC

Vic­tor San­gior­gio Naxos 8.570377

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Vic­tor San­gior­gio’s se­lec­tion of Stravin­sky’s pi­ano mu­sic, first is­sued 15 years ago on the now-de­funct Collins Clas­sics la­bel, sac­ri­fices the ob­vi­ous for the ob­scure. The Three Move­ments from Petrushka are ab­sent, but in their place we get the early Sonata in F sharp mi­nor, a sub­stan­tial work which presents the young Stravin­sky as a bur­geon­ing ro­man­tic, with Tchaikovsky and Glazunov as mod­els. The other early works are the quirky Scherzo of 1902, and the Scri­abi­nesque Four Études, Op 7. Af­ter that it’s into more familiar Stravin­skian brit­tle­ness and ar­ti­fice – Pi­ano-Rag-Mu­sic, Pi­ano Sonata (1924), Serenade in A, Tango, Cir­cus Polka. Th­ese are works in which San­gior­gio con­sis­tently seeks to down­play the in­trin­sic dry­ness. www.naxos.com

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