Grigory Krein (1879–1955), a member of an astonishing dynasty of Russian-Jewish musician-composers, was recognised by his contemporaries as one of the major composers of his day. His piano music charts a stylistic evolution from the early influence of Grieg, Reger (with whom he studied) and Debussy towards a more complex and chromatic language with harmonies that synthesise the sound-worlds of Skryabin and Szymanowski; there’s also an echo of the rhapsodic Celtic wildness of Bax. Indeed, all of these pieces are informed by a remarkable sense of energy – latent in some and given its head in others. .
Jonathan Powell, piano
Cinq préludes, Op. 5a
Prélude, Op. 5
Deux poèmes, Op. 10 (publ. 1915)
Poème, Op. 16 (1916)
Deux mazurkas, Op. 19 (publ. 1926)
Cortège mystique, Op. 22 (1916)
Trois poèmes, Op. 24
Sonata No. 2, Op. 27 (1924)*
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Catalogue No: TOCC0581EAN/UPC: 5060113445810Release Date: 08.01.2021Composer: Grigory Krein Artists: Jonathan Powell
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