An individual and strongly gifted composer, Mussorgsky was a self-taught amateur who became one of Russia's foremost 19th century musical figures, tragically dying young. This CD contains 'alternative' versions of many pieces to those most commonly heard - including the manuscript version of 'Pictures' avoiding the many substantial errors (including even the popular title of the piece) contained in the published version - and three even earlier drafts, together with revised versions of some works. Once again Anthony Goldstone provides a phenomenal performance.
This album of Arensky's shorter piano works was previously issued in 2001, on Olympia 692. It's varied in inspiration: The 12 Etudes of 1905 frequently pay tribute to France—No. 1 in C Major seems especially beholden to Fauré—yet No. 7 in E ? -Major displays the same interest in Wagner as the introduction to the slow movement from Arensky's Symphony No. 2. If the 12 Preludes, Trois Morceaux , and Arabesques owe a great deal to Chopin and Schumann, the six Essais sur des rythmes oubliés display the composer's fascination with metrical and rhythmic experiments…..Barry Brenesal @ Fanfare