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TSINTSADZE, Sulkhan (1925-1991)

24 PRELUDES FOR PIANO


  • Inga Fiolia, piano

Lauded as one of the most original and brilliant of Georgian composers, Sulkhan Tsintsadze synthesised 20th-century classical elements with the rhythmic, melodic, harmonic and modal characteristics of Georgian folk music. In so doing he developed, across a wide spectrum of the repertoire, his own highly personal and approachable idiom.

His 24 Preludes for Piano were composed in 1971 and are unmistakeably national in character. He gave new life to traditional Georgian folk songs and dances in a masterfully structured cycle that flows with the seamless eloquence of a film. This virtuosic kaleidoscope of contrasting images reveals music that is both extravagant and vibrant.

Tracklist

 
24 Preludes for Piano (1971) (00:55:00 )
1
No. 1 in C Major (00:00:57)
2
No. 2 in A Minor (00:03:05)
3
No. 3 in G Major (00:01:11)
4
No. 4 in E Minor (00:02:25)
5
No. 5 in D Major (00:01:28)
6
No. 6 in B Minor (00:01:30)
7
No. 7 in A Major (00:02:05)
8
No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor (00:02:51)
9
No. 9 in E Major (00:01:39)
10
No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor (00:02:59)
11
No. 11 in B Major (00:01:51)
12
No. 12 in G-Sharp Major (00:01:17)
13
No. 13 in G-Flat Major (00:01:47)
14
No. 14 in E-Flat Major (00:03:09)
15
No. 15 in D-Flat Major (00:02:18)
16
No. 16 in B-Flat Minor (00:03:30)
17
No. 17 in A-Flat Major (00:02:02)
18
No. 18 in F Minor (00:03:05)
19
No. 19 in E-Flat Major (00:02:17)
20
No. 20 in C Minor (00:02:05)
21
No. 21 in B-Flat Minor (00:02:12)
22
No. 22 in G Minor (00:02:52)
23
No. 23 in F Major (00:01:37)
24
No. 24 in D Minor (00:01:48)
Total Time: 00:52:00

The Artist(s)

Inga Fiolia A multiple prizewinner of international competitions and described in the international press as a ‘poet on the piano with remarkable maturity’, Georgian-German pianist Inga Fiolia has a bright future. Since giving her first performance with an orchestra at the age of seven in Tbilisi with the Georgian State Chamber Orchestra, she has shown an outstanding ability as a soloist, accompanist and interpreter of a wide variety of styles, from Baroque to 21st-century compositions.

The Composer(s)

Sulkhan Tsintsadze Sulkhan Tsintsadze is regarded as one of the most original, brilliant and prolific Georgian composers. During his lifetime, he enjoyed wide popularity with diverse audiences, as well as the professional elite of the Soviet Union. The distinguished Soviet composer, Andrei Eshpai (1925–2015), wrote: ‘Tsintsadze’s talent is amazingly harmonious and multi-faceted. Each new composition manifests a new musical event.’

Reviews

Klassik heute

“Inga Fiolia achieves in this recording the perfect balance between highly virtuoso elegance, which always remains noble and exciting” – Klassik heute

Musiq3

“An opportunity to discover not only a composer, but also some original music… eminently personal, expressive and endearing. ” – Musiq3

“This is clearly a major find, not only in Fiolia’s pianism but in the quality of the music as well. Check it out!” – The Art Music Lounge