SOUND OF VERSE
Boris Pasternak, Sergei Rachmaninov, Maurice Ravel
INNA FALIKS, piano
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REVIEWS"What's intriguing about the recording is Falik's prowess in rendering each piece with a keen combination of expressive acuity and textual clarity... Faliks plays [the Pasternak] with the same concentration and attention to detail that she applies to the Ravel - beautifully limned and paced... Intensely felt, her Rachmaninov abounds in poetic phrasing and finely gauged drama."
Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone - March 2010
"[Inna Faliks is] a first class pianist."
Turok's Choice, Issue No.219 - March 2010
"Inna Faliks...offer[s] the original version of the sonata. Just in case that was not enough to prove her technical mastery of the piano, she gives us a very respectable rendition of Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit. She also offers some previously unrecorded works of the Russian poet Boris Pasternak... The Pasternak is some- what interesting music ... It gets a persuasive performance and is certainly worth a listen or two. She is a powerful pianist, with technique to burn... she has a wonderful variety of tone colors at all dynamic levels. Her Ravel is reminiscent of Argerich —not quite there yet, but very close. The Rachmaninoff reminds me of the early Van Cliburn recording made in Russia, with a little more boldness and a little less finesse... she has all of the traits for a major international career."
American Record Guide - January / February 2010
"Bearing the title 'Sound of Verse,' here is a CD containing a program intelligently planned, exceptionally well played, and superbly recorded... Faliks...more than proves her mettle in one of the most technically daunting pieces of piano music ever written. This disc is strongly recommended, not just for its imaginative and unusual program, but also for Faliks’s distinguished playing and for MSR’s excellent recording."
Jerry Dubins, Fanfare - January / February 2010
“Poetry…A kind of panoramic vision.”
The Washington Post
“A delight to hear. Riveting…warmly poetic.”
The Baltimore Sun
“Faliks [played] with fervent thrust, bold inflection, lyrical warmth, seductive charm, and concentration.”
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
PROGRAM NOTESI have chosen the music on this CD because literature and poetry inspire me and often assist me in finding the kind of expression and colors I would like to communicate through music. Boris Pasternak’s music is inexorably linked to his poems. The strange dynamic contrasts between short phrases in the sonata seem erratic until one looks at them as if they are lines in a poem, lines with a rhythm and rhyme scheme. Boris Pasternak’s poetry moves me with its original, poignant imagery; each of his poems is a quest to connect to and to define the artistic process. This poet creates immediate and intimate contact with the reader/listener by opening and exploring his own soul — unapologetic, unsentimental and lyrical. The same immediacy and frankness permeates his youthful music. I include Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit because, as with the other works, I connect to its vivid poetic context. The sensuous Ondine, the hypnotic Le Gibet and the passionate, sad and quirky Scarbo are powerful poetic images that give life to this music. Rachmaninov ’s The Bells is one of my favorites choral- symphonic works of his. A translation of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem of the same name inspired Rachmaninov to create it. The original version of the Second Sonata, composed at the same time, exudes the same ominous colors, hypnotic luminosity, passion and pathos as the poem and the choral symphonic work, but ends with life-affirming exuberance.
Inna Faliks, May 2009
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Ukrainian-born American pianist INNA FALIKS has established herself as one of the most passionate and poetic artists of her generation. She made an acclaimed debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 15, and has since performed on many of the world’s great stages, in solo appearances, and with numerous orchestras under conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Keith Lockhart. In 2005, she won the coveted International Pro Musicis Award, which led to numerous performances including recitals in Carnegie Hall, Paris’s Salle Cortot, and Boston’s Pickman Hall. Other awards include first prize in the Hilton Head International Competition and Grand Prize in the St. Charles International Competition. She has performed at Verbier, Taos, Bargemusic, Brevard and other noted music festivals.
Ms. Faliks’ tour of Russia in September 2008 was highly praised. Other recent performances include recitals in Art and Music at LACMA in Los Angeles, Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Pianoforte Salon Series in Chicago, and with Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Topeka Symphony, and the South Carolina Philharmonic.
Her chamber music partnerships include performances with Colin Carr Nathaniel Rosen, Nina Beilina, Wendy Warner, and others. She has been featured on television and radio worldwide, including WQXR and WNYC in New York, WFMT in Chicago, and WGBH in Boston.
Her repertoire encompasses both beloved standard works as well as lesser known and contemporary music. Her teachers include luminaries such as Boris Petrushansky, Gilbert Kalish, Leon Fleisher and Ann Schein. Her earlier studies were with Emilio del Rosario in Chicago, and her mother, Irene Faliks.
Inna Faliks’ innovative interdisciplinary series of contemporary poetry and live piano performances, “Music/Words,” began in October 2008 in New York. Ms. Faliks, a featured artist at the Streaming Museum, a global online multimedia arts space, credits her love for poetry to her upbringing in the lively city of Odessa, Ukraine.
PROGRAMBoris Pasternak (1890-1960)
PIANO SONATA IN B MINOR (1909)
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
GASPARD DE LA NUIT (1908)
Ondine ~ Le Gibet ~ Scarbo
Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
PIANO SONATA NO. 2 IN B-FLAT MINOR, OP. 36 (Original 1913 Version)
I. Allegro agitato
II. Non allegro - Lento
III. Allegro molto