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GLINKA, Mikhail Ivanovich (1804-1889)



  • Inga Fiolia, piano

Glinka can justifiably be described as the fertile acorn from which grew the mighty oak of 19th century Russian national music. The graceful Variations on a Theme by Mozart, based on material from The Magic Flute, is remodelled so skilfully that it has effectively become an original theme. Fashionable salon pieces include the Variations on Benadetta sia la madre, an Italian romance, and Variations on a Theme from Cherubini’s Faniska, an opera greatly admired by Glinka. In Milan he became famous for his ability to reproduce on the piano the nuances of the voices of the great singers of the day, giving rise to two entertaining sets of operatic variations on themes by Donizetti and Bellini. The Variations on The Nightingale represent his return to the Russian style.


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Variations on an original theme in F Major (1824) (00:11:48)
Variations on a theme from Cherubini's Faniska in B-Flat Major (1827) (00:05:05)
Variations on 2 themes from the ballet Chao-Kang in D Major (1831) (00:05:22)
Variazioni brillanti on a theme from Donizetti's Anna Bolena in A Major (1831) (00:11:50)
Variations on a theme of Mozart in E-Flat Major (2nd version for piano) (1822) (00:05:54)
Variations on Benedetta sia la madre in E Major (1826) (00:13:42)
Variations on the song Sredi dolinï rovnïye in A Minor (Among the Gentle Valleys) (1826) (00:02:57)
Variations on a theme from Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi in C Major (1832) (00:12:37)
Variations on Alyab'yev's Solovey in E Minor (The Nightingale) (1833) (00:07:51)
Total Time: 01:17:06

The Artist

A multiple prizewinner of international competitions and described in the international press as a “poet on the piano with remarkable maturity”, Georgian-born pianist Inga Fiolia graduated from the Central Music School of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and the Cologne Musikhochschule with Alexey Nasedkin, Rudolf Kehrer and Vassily Lobanov. As a soloist, she has collaborated with world-renowned orchestras including the Brandenburg State Opera Philharmonic, the Brussels Philharmonic, the Georgian State Chamber Orchestra and National Philharmonic, the Bergische Symphoniker, and the South Westphalia Philharmonic. She has performed for major TV and radio stations including ZDF, ARTE, Classica TV, SWR, Deutschlandradio, WDR and Georgian TV.



“This are pure salon music, meant to show off the pianist on stage and awaken the enthusiasm of a devoted audience.” – Ritmo

“Inga Fiolia certainly brings out its virtues. Offering grace, clarity, and just the right measure of sweetness...” – Fanfare

International Piano

“Georgian-born prodigy Inga Fiolia is the perfect guide to Glinka’s piano music. Her technique is solid and fluent, and she is clearly attuned to Glinka’s mode of expression; she has an ability to spin webs of beautiful sound as well as to negotiatie the trickiest legerdemain.” – International Piano

“Inga Fiolia has the right sort of perky spirit, charm and deftness of technique to give some idea of how those salons might have swooned and sighed in admiration at Glinka’s gifts” – Gramophone