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Obsidian


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This album celebrates Clara Schumann, her music, and the intricate artistic circle of musicians who surrounded her. Clara Schumann’s superb musicianship and pianistic genius are demonstrated in the exquisite works recorded in this album. Her legacy lives on through these works, and through the strong influence she had on her musical family. “As the year 2016 marks the 120th and 160th anniversaries of the deaths of Clara and Robert Schumann, I was also delighted to include Obsidian Liturgy, composed for me and Clara Schumann by my dear friend and colleague, Max Grafe. The piece unfolds through a sequence of emotionally dramatic musical events: an 'Invocation' is followed by a ritualistic 'Canticle' that builds into a fervent and obsessive 'Incantation,' culminating in a cataclysmic explosion. After some seconds of silence, a vertiginous 'Trance' of left-hand ostinatos sound from the distance, followed by a climactic 'Peal' of strong, harsh bells. The 'Benedictus' finally creates a sense of resolution, despite its haunting overtones, and finally, a desolate 'Ite, missa est,' concludes the liturgy.” -- Mika Sasaki Mika Sasaki performed much of this music in live concert for invited guests in Samueli Theater. She left our audience thrilled, eager for more." "Pianist Mika Sasaki played well with forceful rolling chords in the final Romance, and continued admirable pianism with two sets of variations on a Robert Schumann theme…. Ms. Sasaki’s tempos were never rushed and she played with a subtle touch… -- Terry McNeill
Facts
Item number YAR52635
Barcode 190394526351
Release date 10/28/2016
Category Classical Music
Label YARLUNG RECORDS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Sasaki, Mika
Iivonen, Petteri
Disc: 1
Deuxième scherzo in C Minor, Op. 1400:04:00
1 Scherzo No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 14 00:04:32 Sasaki, Mika
3 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 1600:12:00
2 3 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 16: Prelude No. 1 in G Mi 00:01:56 Sasaki, Mika
3 3 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 16: Fugue No. 1 in G Mino 00:01:45 Sasaki, Mika
4 3 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 16: Prelude No. 2 in B-Fl 00:02:09 Sasaki, Mika
5 3 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 16: Fugue No. 2 in B-Flat 00:01:46 Sasaki, Mika
6 3 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 16: Prelude No. 3 in D Mi 00:02:16 Sasaki, Mika
7 3 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 16: Fugue No. 3 in D Mino 00:02:11 Sasaki, Mika
Variations on a theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 2000:10:00
8 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 20: 00:01:06 Sasaki, Mika
9 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 20: 00:00:49 Sasaki, Mika
10 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 20: 00:01:04 Sasaki, Mika
11 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 20: 00:01:13 Sasaki, Mika
12 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 20: 00:01:04 Sasaki, Mika
13 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 20: 00:01:13 Sasaki, Mika
14 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 20: 00:01:14 Sasaki, Mika
15 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 20: 00:04:17 Sasaki, Mika
16 Variations on a Theme by R. Schumann, Op. 900:18:00
16 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: T 00:01:23 Sasaki, Mika
17 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: V 00:01:18 Sasaki, Mika
18 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: V 00:00:30 Sasaki, Mika
19 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: V 00:01:11 Sasaki, Mika
20 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: V 00:00:45 Sasaki, Mika
21 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: V 00:00:55 Sasaki, Mika
22 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: V 00:00:54 Sasaki, Mika
23 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: V 00:00:53 Sasaki, Mika
24 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: V 00:01:50 Sasaki, Mika
25 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: V 00:00:39 Sasaki, Mika
26 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: V 00:02:17 Sasaki, Mika
27 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: V 00:00:45 Sasaki, Mika
28 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: V 00:00:49 Sasaki, Mika
29 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: V 00:00:43 Sasaki, Mika
30 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: V 00:01:26 Sasaki, Mika
31 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: V 00:01:42 Sasaki, Mika
32 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: V 00:02:06 Sasaki, Mika
3 Romanzen, Op. 2200:07:00
33 3 Romances, Op. 22: No. 1, Andante molto 00:02:59 Iivonen, Petteri Sasaki, Mika
34 3 Romances, Op. 22: No. 2, Allegretto 00:02:48 Iivonen, Petteri Sasaki, Mika
35 3 Romances, Op. 22: No. 3, Leidenschaftlich schnel 00:04:05 Iivonen, Petteri Sasaki, Mika
Obsidian Liturgy00:10:00
36 Obsidian Liturgy 00:10:22 Sasaki, Mika
Soirées musicales, Op. 600:15:00
37 Soirées musicales, Op. 6: No. 2, Nocturne 00:04:58 Sasaki, Mika
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