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RÄÄTS, Jaan (b. 1932)

COMPLETE PIANO SONATAS • 1


  • Nicolas Horvath, piano

Jaan Rääts has written prolifically for the piano and his ten sonatas, spanning half a century, reveal his sophisticated control of expressive gestures. The composer himself has said: “I don’t like rigid systems. I like absorbing musical material, filtering it, emotionally developing it as needed. Using it as a springboard for my imagination… ”

Tracklist

 
Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 76 (1985) (00:11:00 )
1
I. — (00:03:39)
2
II. — (00:02:08)
3
III. — (00:02:47)
4
Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 114 (2000) (00:06:08)
 
Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 11, No. 1 (1959) (00:11:11 )
5
I. Allegro (00:01:56)
6
II. Grave (00:06:18)
7
III. Allegro (00:02:59)
 
Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 11, No. 2 (1959) (00:11:14 )
8
I. Moderato (00:02:56)
9
II. Allegro (00:01:42)
10
III. Grave (00:04:32)
11
IV. Energico (00:02:06)
 
Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 11, No. 3 (1959) (00:06:45 )
12
I. Largo (00:01:45)
13
II. Allegro (00:00:48)
14
III. Adagio, recitative (00:02:18)
15
IV. Allegro (00:01:57)
 
Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 36, "Quasi Beatles" (1969) (00:07:21 )
16
I. — (00:02:18)
17
II. — (00:02:31)
18
III. — (00:02:38)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:51:26

The Artist(s)

Horvath, Nicolas Recognised as a leading interpreter of Liszt’s music, Nicolas Horvath has in recent years become one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation. Holder of a number of awards, including first prize of the Scriabin and the Luigi Nono International Competitions, he frequently organizes events and concerts of unusual length, sometimes over twelve hours, such as Philip Glass’ complete piano music or Erik Satie’s Vexations, and composers from a number of countries have written for him. Nicolas Horvath is a Steinway artist.

The Composer(s)

The bulk of Rääts’ compositional output encompasses instrumental music, with ten symphonies and 24 concertos, an extensive catalogue of chamber music, and film scores. Rääts’ prolific body of work for piano includes the cycles 24 Preludes (1968), 24 Preludes to Estonian Folk Melodies (24 prelüüdi eesti rahvaviisidele, 1977), 24 Estonian Preludes (24 eesti prelüüdi, 1989), and three different series of miniatures entitled 24 Marginalia (24 marginaali – 1979 for piano solo, 1980 for electronics, and 1982 for two pianos). His ten piano sonatas span a half century of creativity, and are only just getting to be known to Western listeners.

Reviews

“A recording that will please both connoisseurs of Estonian music and amateurs seeking new discoveries” – Crescendo (France)

ResMusica.com

“Among his [Rääts’] works devoted to the piano, his ten sonatas stand out, undeservedly neglected, which French pianist Nicolas Horvath performs with passion, enthusiasm and verve… ” – ResMusica.com

“Nicholas Horvath seems in masterly command of Råäts’ often dark yet gleaming materials whether in propulsion or in the hypnotic doldrums.” – MusicWeb International


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