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BEETHOVEN: PIANO SONATA NO.32

BEETHOVEN: PIANO SONATA NO.32

EROICA VARIATIONS, POLONAISE & FANTASIA

Ludwig van Beethoven

INNA FALIKS, piano

[MS1446]

$12.95

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“In the old days of stores with a large selection of classical CDs, I browsed for hours and would have purchased this on the basis of its content alone. Here is my favorite piano sonata and my favorite set of variations, in a program with a couple of compositions I didn’t know - an unbeatable Beethoven recital. Played with strength and imagination, the performances are hard to beat. The program is perfectly ordered, opening with the lighter weight but charming Polonaise, followed by the hefty Variations. The Fantasia is a substantial eight-minute work vaguely reminiscent of Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and offers an interesting break before one of the greatest piano works of all time, Beethoven’s final sonata… I have spent many years listening to Richter and Brendel play the variations, and with this new recording in my collection, I doubt that I’ll return to the old favorites as often. I find a couple of these variations rare examples of Beethoven’s musical humor—and Faliks does not miss them… I have purchased many CDs on the basis of their content. Rarely have the performances measured up to the music as well as here.”
Harrington, American Record Guide [May/June 2014]
 
[On “Music/Words” program, May 2 in Nichols Concert Hall, Evanston, Illinois] “Who can object to an all-Beethoven program? Faliks eagerly embraced the challenge of that monumental composer. She opened with his Polonaise in C, which begins with crashing chords, but includes delicate moments. She handled everything deftly, displaying speed and her formidable technique throughout. Her second number was Beethoven’s Fantasia, a free flowing fire-and-ice composition. It seemed an ideal match with her temperament... Faliks concluded the night with Sonata No. 32, giving the work a nimble, graceful performance, showing off her dexterity, as well as her dynamic reach... [the concert] was so carefully crafted and delightfully done that it resembled a salon experience. This imaginative event lasted just over an hour, but was as satisfying, actually even more so, than a program twice its length.”
Chicago Sun-Times, Arts & Entertainment [May 2014]
"...authoritative and incisive performances of the Eroica Variations and the Op.111 Sonata... Faliks' honest technique and meticulous filigree merit admiration and respect.”
Jed Distler, Gramophone [May 2014]
“Inna Faliks is a pianist as brimful of ideas as she is endowed with talent. She draws a tone of deep sonority from her Yamaha piano, and one senses in her playing a technique of such reserves that she doesn’t even have to call on all of it for these works. That allows her to concentrate on matters of interpretation and communication, which, in the former case is penetrating, and in the latter, extraordinary… I really like, too, the idea of mixing lesser known Beethoven works with more familiar ones; it makes for an interesting program, and in the case of the Fantasia, a fun one… A wonderful release all around, and very strongly recommended.”
Jerry Dubins, Issue 37:5 Fanfare [May/June 2014]
WTTW CHICAGO TONIGHT
“It is something of a change in my recent experience to hear Beethoven's last piano sonata without having to sit through the previous thirty-one. All the pleasanter, too, that the rest of this CD is made up of comparative rarities, with opus numbers that make reasonable sense, played with proper panache by Inna Faliks… [The Op 35 Variations] is a virtuoso challenge taken up with ease by Miss Faliks… [In the Sonata] the final Arietta is again a set of variations, in which the insistent demisemiquaver figuration finds a natural apotheosis in a dozen bars of steady trilling, for a couple of bars actually in three sustained parts. This is the sort of thing I could never have managed in a month of Sundays, whereas Inna Faliks is apparently relaxed and totally at ease… It is most memorable music, memorably performed.”
Robert Anderson, Music & Vision [8 January 2014]
[ * * * * ] “I was not familiar with Inna Faliks until now, and neither apparently is our site, but one hopes that the newfound acquaintance will be developed further. She is a remarkable Ukrainian pianist with chops to burn, a forceful technique and extremely attentive spirit to that of Beethoven. This is a fine recital in warm, resonant sound that highlights the clarity and reasonable sense of balance and voicing that Faliks brings to the instrument. With a desirable program to boot, this is an easy item to recommend.”
Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition [January 2014]
ON INNA FALIKS' PERFORMANCES:
“adventurous… passionate.”
The New Yorker
"Faliks was… the star of this show, playing with her signature blend of lithe grace and raw power."
Lucid Culture
“A soloist in total command of her instrument… Inna Faliks’ piano playing will have you shouting bravo to the radio!”
Minnesota Public Radio
 
PROGRAM NOTES
The music on this disc is too unconventional to describe neatly. There are as many ways to play it as there are people who choose to play it. This is why the question “does the world need another Beethoven CD?” did not cause me too much grief while I was making this recording (though it did, of course, rear its taunting head). At any given moment, Beethoven is at once surprising and inevitable, direct and intricate, earthy and transcendent. Ever fresh, the music changes with each utterance. Recording it is a step in a wondrous journey. The four works on this disc present  Beethoven’s boundless imagination in a number of guises.


Ukrainian-born pianist Inna Faliks is a passionately committed, exciting and poetic artist. After highly acclaimed debuts at the Gilmore Festival and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she has performed on the world’s great stages with orchestras, and in recital and chamber music settings. Faliks has performed throughout the United States, as well as in France, Italy, Switzerland, Ukraine, Estonia, Japan and Russia, and has performed in major venues, including Weill Recital Hall, Le Poisson Rouge and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Salle Cortot in Paris, Orchestra Hall in Chicago and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. She has been featured on international radio and TV, and regularly appears at festivals, including as Verbier, Newport, Brevard, Taos, Bargemusic, Peninsula and Chautauqua. She has performed numerous concertos under notable conductors, including Leonard Slatkin and Keith Lockhart, and has partnered in chamber music with Colin Carr, Wendy Warner, Nathaniel Rosen, Fred Sherry, among others. Committed to innovative programming of rare and new music as well as audience communication and education, she is the winner of many prestigious competitions, including the Hilton Head International Competition and the International Pro Musicis Award. Known for her wide-ranging repertoire and intense musical commitment, Faliks is the founder and curator of Music/Words, an ongoing interdisciplinary poetry- music series based in New York, broadcast annually on WFMT in Chicago. In this series, she has partnered with such renowned poets as Vera Pavlova, Mark Levine and Jesse Ball. Her other interdisciplinary projects included a Chicago performance with Downton Abbey’s Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore) in a sold-out play for actor and pianist depicting the life of Dame Myra Hess. As recording artist, she has released the highly acclaimed CD Sound of Verse [MSR MS1333] and a recital recording for the Yamaha Disklavier library. Inna Faliks, who studied with Ann Schein, Boris Leon Fleisher, Gilbert Kalish and Boris Petrushansky, is currently Associate Professor of Piano at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.  www.innafaliks.com
PROGRAM
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
POLONAISE IN C MAJOR, OP.89

EROICA VARIATIONS AND FUGUE IN E-FLAT, OP.35
Opening and Theme
Variations Nos.1-15
Fugue and Finale

FANTASIA IN G MINOR, OP.77

PIANO SONATA NO.32 IN C MINOR, OP.111
I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
II. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)
 




MSR Classics
SOUND OF VERSE
SOUND OF VERSE

INNA FALIKS

[MS1333]