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Preludes, Reflections, Resonances
Misuzu Tanaka's upcoming recital album Preludes, Reflections, Resonances is an evocative journey to a palace of the Slavic soul with Janáček's idea of Pan-Slavism at its foundation. Opening with the iconic C-sharp Minor prelude, Rachmaninoff’s preludes, masterfully weaved by the pianist in the intricate fabric of the album, create a musical tapestried background; they set the tone and provide reflection on the three cornerstone masterpieces of the album, Prokofiev’s Sonata No.2, Janacek’s 1. X. 1905 Sonata, and Rachmaninoff’s Corelli variations.
MAKSIM SHTRYKOV, Clarinet • MISUZU TANAKA, Piano
Three composers, three different sources of inspiration, united by one aspect – a clarinet that would become the final medium of their genius. Since our first musical collaborations we were fascinated by the fact that the most glorious gems of the clarinet and piano literature were written by composers in the final stage of their lives. This is when the idea of our debut album was born - to record the magnificent epilogues that each composer dedicated to the clarinet and piano. The story behind the creation of each sonata is different but what unites them is, of course, the instrument; every sonata was written for grand masters and virtuosos of the clarinet, and a somber and maybe even mystical fact is that the clarinet became their medium for a swan song.
Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921): Sonata in E-flat Major for Clarinet and Piano, Op.167 (1921)
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897): Sonata in F Minor for Clarinet and Piano Op.120 No.1 (1894)
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897): Sonata in E-flat Major for Clarinet and Piano Op. 120 No.2 (1894)
Francis POULENC (1899-1963): Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1962)
Misuzu Tanaka in Concert. Music of Janáček and Bach
Live in concert, Misuzu Tanaka performs music by two composers she holds closely to her heart: J. S. Bach and Janáček. Structural perfection and the display of raw uninhibited emotions from the two masters create an unexpected yet perfect pairing.