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Ruslan Odintsov, 1998 Promo

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Here are the little samples of what and how I played in my Senior Piano Recital on September 27th, 1998. The first piece was the Fourth Partita written by the Ukrainian composer Mark Karminsky. He lived and had been creating many of his works in Kharkov and I feel privileged that I had a chance to know him. I even premiered one of his works - "Novelettes for piano". He was a great person and very talented composer. Unfortunately he died of cancer in 1995. I thought it would be the right thing to do to present one of his works to the American audience in my Senior Recital. Now you can hear the whole partita in RealAudio and streaming MP3. It's a four movement piece.

1. Carnevale. Allegro molto articolato:

I. Carnevale RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]

2. Pietoso. On the front page of this movement Karminsky put this quote from Goethe: "Reminiscence triumphs over despair". Allegretto amabile:

II. Pietoso RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]

3. Largo. Largo placidamente:

III. Largo RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]

4. Risoluto. Vivacissimo risoluto:

IV. Risoluto RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]


Robert Schumann

KREISLERIANA, Op.16 (1838)

The second thing in my program was Schumann's Kreisleriana. That's one of his best works for the piano. It contains eight movements. You can hear some parts of my performance of this work below.

The second movement. Intermezzo II, Etwas bewegter (Poco piu mosso):

Kreisleriana (2nd movement) RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]

The third movement. Erstes Tempo (Tempo I):

Kreisleriana (3rd movement) RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]

The fourth movement. Bewegter (Piu mosso):

Kreisleriana (4th movement) RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]

The sixth movement. Sehr langsam (Lento assai):

Kreisleriana (6th movement) RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]

The seventh movement. Sehr rasch (Molto presto):

Kreisleriana (7th movement) RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]

The eighth movement. Schnell und spielend (Vivace e scherzando):

Kreisleriana (8th movement) RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]


Franz Liszt


The last and the biggest piece in my recital was the most monumental work ever written by Liszt for the piano - his B minor Sonata. It's a one movement piece, lasting for about 30 minutes. Because there's only one movement I'll be mentioning below the page numbers, according to the "Edition Peters" Nr. 3611 edition. The whole Sonata is 35 pages long in that book.

The first lyric theme. Cantando espressivo:

B minor Sonata (p.9-10) RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]

A dolce place going through accelerando into craziness:

B minor Sonata (p.11-14) RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]

Another loud fff place transforming into pesante and landing on the Recitativo:

B minor Sonata (p.16-17) RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]

This time the lyric theme changes the key and is extremely quiet (ppp). This is Quasi Adagio dolcissimo con intimo sentimento that eventually ends up in a wild and passionate culmination full of marcatissimo:

B minor Sonata (p.19-21) RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]

This part comes after the above mentioned culmination. This is one of the most quiet places in the whole sonata. It's very intimate and dolcissimo, mostly on ppp. However it's not going to last. It's like a calm before the storm. Signs of warning come with the devil's theme entering slowly but surely:

B minor Sonata (p.21-23) RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]

This is the famous Fugue Allegro energico. It develops into another culmination and then turns into the theme that was used in the beginning of this sonata:

B minor Sonata (p.23-27) RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]

Nobody likes to make mistakes. However, nobody's perfect. But if we do make a mistake it should really be a mistake for all 100%. At least I think so for the errors in the musician's profession. It should be like a fountain of the wrong notes, really effective and in the improvising manner :). But there's one rule: Never stop and go back - you must continue, you're an artist. So, you'll hear what I did in this place when I totally went "off the tracks". I actually liked it. It's also important to learn to laugh at your own mistakes instead of trying to justify yourself in front of others, blaming the piano, bad weather or anything in the world. Avoid making a mistake, but if you do - learn from it, take the responsibility and laugh, it'll be less stress after all. Well, this is my pyrotechnic way of making big errors in up-going passages, ha-ha:

B minor Sonata (p.27-28) RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]

A wavery and bubbling right hand passages lead by the left hand's thematic line. It all ends up in stringendo and later in precipitato:

B minor Sonata (p.28-29) RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]

Stretta quasi Presto that is very staccato and with the rising speed:

B minor Sonata (p.31-33) RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]

The last loud culmination in this piece - Prestissimo that ends with tremolando and is followed by a long rest:

B minor Sonata (p.33-34) RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]

Allegro moderato and then the last passing of the main theme in Lento assai are the "end credits" of intense 30-minute drama:

B minor Sonata (p.35) RealAudio | MP3 [Broadband]

1998-2010 Ruslan Odintsov.

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