SCRIABIN Preludes, op. 16. PROKOFIEV Visions fugitives: Nos. 1,4,10,11,16, 17. WEINBERG 2 Fugues. FRID Hungarian Album. KANCHELI Miniatures for Piano: Selections
Elisaveta Blumina (pn)
DREYER GAIDO 21120 (2 CDs: 80:29)
Elisaveta Blumina is a Russian-German pianist now based in Berlin. So, Memories of home refers to her early years in the Soviet Union. Though, as she herself states, Russian piano training tends to focus on the Austro-German repertoire: They play Czerny études just like everyone else. But, she says, “Russian and Soviet music is, in some natural but subtle way, ‘in my blood”’. Another motivation for the selections on this recital is Blumina’s sense of synaesthesia. She says “Ever since childhood I have associated notes and sounds with colours.” This led Blumina to pursue visual arts as an avocation, and a detail from one of her canvases is reproduced on the album cover. It also leads to an intensely coloristic approach to the textures in each of these works.