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Recorded by Little Tribeca at the Hôtel de l’Industrie (Paris) in july 2017.
Artistic direction, sound engineering, editing, mixing and mastering: Maximilien Ciup
Piano: Steinway D-274
Tuning: Pierre Fenouillat
Released: 11 May 2018
V for Valse
Who said waltz was frivolous?
For this recording dedicated to the genre, Vassilis Varvaresos has concocted a program that shatters prejudices. Far from 18th century ballroom dancing, the selected works are filled with sensuality, irony and strength.
It is the fatal side of this musical whirlwind which is highlighted: Liszt and his diabolical waltz; Schumann and his chiaroscuro emotion; the sad elegance of Tchaikovsky; Scriabin and his lush sensuality; Rosenthal's ecstatic freedom on Johann Strauss's themes; and, on the ruins of the past, the poisonous darkness of Ravel's Valse.
This swirling invitation is an ideal playground for the expressiveness and brilliant virtuosity of the Greek pianist, graduated from Julliard School and CNSM Paris, winner of George Enescu International Piano Competition in 2014, and Piano Masters Competition in 2015.
In the press
On ressort comme en transe de cet étourdissant programme à écouter d'un bout à l'autre !
Un savant mélange de virtuosité digitale et de science des contrastes.
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
1. Méphisto-Valse no.1, S.514
2. Soirées de Vienne. Valse-caprice after Schubert no.7, S.427
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Carnival Scenes from Vienna, op.26
Piotr Illitch Tchaïkovski (1840-1893)
8. Valse sentimentale (Six Pieces, op.51 no.6)
Alexandre Scriabine (1872-1915)
9. Waltz, op.38
Moriz Rosenthal (1862-1946)
10. Carnaval de Vienne. Humoresque on Johann Strauss’ themes
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
11. La Valse. Poème chorégraphique (M.72)