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YUDINA PLAYS BACH, SCHUMANN, LISZT and BRAHMS



It has been said, and I agree, that Maria Yudina plays Bach in a manner that anticipates the Bach of Glenn Gould. To my mind there is no greater compliment. This is not to say their Bach sounds alike, rather that their approach to the performance of his music shares a commonly unique insight into the keyboard music of that great master. Each pianist enjoys an ear that hears the voices speak and is able to reproduce the music in a living, breathing contrapuntal fabric. I would further go out on a limb and say that Vladimir Feltsman is another pianist who has drunk from the same fountain.

Here we have the compete Goldberg Variations played by Maria Yudina. Listen carefully to the extraordinary dialogue in the aria between the soprano and the bass lines. Such discourse, sometimes in complete accord, others at odds, quite insistently so. The depth of Yudina's grasp of this music is chilling.

Similarly, the Preludes and Fugues from Book I of the Well Tempered Clavier, make me want to rethink my life. Her exploration of the sonorities caused by Bach's use of dissonance takes this music out of the realm of the purely beautiful and catapults it into the transcendental. And from between the lines the strength and courage of this amazing woman shine out like a beacon.

Maria Yudina Plays Bach, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms and Debussy in this collection of recordings by the formidable, if often unorthodox, giant of the 20th century Russian pianistic tradition.



Bach  Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052
Kurt Sanderling conducting the All-Union Radio Symphony Orchestra

recorded live in 1956


i Allegro



ii Adagio



iii Allegro




Bach-Liszt  Organ Prelude & Fugue in A minor, BWV 543

recorded live in 1953




Bach  Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue BWV 903




Bach Italian Concerto, BWV 971
ii Andante

recorded live in 1953




Bach  Preludes and Fugues from The Well Tempered Clavier

recorded live in 1950




Bach  Golberg Variations, BWV 988

recorded in 1968




Bach  Sonata for Violin and Piano 3 in E major, BWV 1016

recorded in 1950 with Marina Kozolupova, violin


i Adagio - ii Allegro



iii Adagio ma non troppo - iv Allegro




Schumann Fantasiestücke Op 12


1 Des Abends
2 Aufschwung
3 Warum?


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4 Grillen
5 In der Nacht
6 Fabel



7 Traumes Wirren
8 Ende vom Lied




Liszt  Variations on a theme of Bach


Part I



Part II




Liszt  Variations on "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen"




Brahms  Waltz in A major, Op 39 ~15




Brahms Rhapsody 2 in G minor, Op 79

recorded in 1952




Brahms  Three Intermezzi, Op 117


1 Andante moderato
2 Andante non troppo e con molto espressione



3 Andante con moto




Brahms  from Klavierstücke, Op 119


2 Intermezzo in E minor



3 Intermezzo in C major
(perhaps my favorite of all of Yudina's recordings)




Brahms  Variations on a theme by Handel,  Op 24

recorded in 1948


Part I



Part II




Brahms  Piano Quartet 2 in A major, Op 26

recorded in 1969 with Druzhini (viola), Tsyganov (violin), Shirinsky (cello)




Debussy  "La danse de Puck" from Préludes Livre I ~11
with Lev Mikhailov, clarinet




Debussy  "Bruyères" from Préludes Livre II ~5
with Lev Mikhailov, clarinet




Debussy  Sonata for Cello and Piano 2

recorded in 1961 with Natalia Shakhovskaya, cello


i Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto
ii Sérénade: Modérément animé



iii Final: Animé, léger et nerveux










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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