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ALEXANDRA DARIESCU
21st century Romanian pianist



On this page, the young Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu plays music by Scarlatti, Tchaikovsky, Bartok, Szymanowski, Shostakovich and others. To my ear she is just the right kind of young pianist. Yes, I know. It sounds pompous. But unlike so many of her contemporaries, her playing is not about her. It's about the music.

Alexandra Dariescu has been named by International Piano Magazine as one of the "30 pianists under 30 destined for a spectacular career". She was awarded the Custodian of the Romanian Crown Medal, the youngest musician ever to receive a distinction from the Royal Family of Romania. She won UK’s Women of the Future Award in the Arts and Culture category in 2013, Romania’s Woman of the Year in 2014, and was named “Special Ambassador of Romania” and granted a diplomatic passport in 2015. Alexandra Dariescu is a rising star indeed and is, for a refreshing change, well deserving of the accolades. 

Of the works represented on this page, the Szymanowski and Shostakovich Preludes, and the Scarlatti F minor sonata are among my favorites, beautifully played and with a musicality that makes me pay attention and want to hear more. And all the more pleasing is that in a number of the examples of her playing, we get to see her hands.

Go to Dariescu plays Chopin to hear a beautiful set of the Op 28 Préludes and s lovely rendition of the Op 22 Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante anomg other works by Chopin, Schumann and Liszt.



Scarlatti  Keyboard Sonata in F minor, K 466 (L 118)
[ Andante moderato ]

2013 live video from the Georges Enescu International Festival in Bucharest




Tchaikovsky  Music from the Ballet "The Nutcracker"

2015 live video, Lithuania




Tchaikovsky  Piano Concerto 1 in B major, Op 23

Tiberiu Soare conducting the Youth Orchestra of Principesa Margareta Foundation

2014 live video, Bucharest




Bartók  from Suite, Op 14

2012 live video, London


i Allegretto




iii Allegro molto
02:13  iv Sostenuto




Szymanowski   9 Preludes, Op 1

recorded in 2015


1
Andante ma non troppo




2 Andante con moto (live video)




3 Andantino




4 Andantino con moto




5 Allegro molto - Impetuoso




6 Lento - Mesto




7 Moderato




8 Andante ma non troppo




9 Lento - Mesto




Shostakovich  Five Preludes (1920-1921)


1 Allegro moderato è scherzando




2 Andante




3 Allegro moderato




4 Moderato




5 Andantino




Shostakovich  24 Preludes, Op 34 (1932-1933)

recorded ca2015


5 Allegro vivace (live video)




6 Allegretto




7 Andante




8 Allegretto




9 Presto




10 Moderato non troppo




11 Allegretto




12 Allegro non troppo




13 Moderato




14 Adagio




15 Allegretto




16 Andantino




17 Largo




18 Allegretto




19 Andantino




20 Allegretto furioso




21 Allegretto moderato




22 Adagio




23 Moderato




24 Allegretto




Constantin Silvestri (1913-1969)  Bacchanale


2012 live video, London




2013 live video, Georges Enescu International Festival in Bucharest




Dutilleux  Trois Préludes

recorded ca2013


1 D'ombre et de Silence




2 Sur un même accord




3 Le jeu des contraires










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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