BORIS GOLTZ (1913 – 1942): COMPLETE WORKS FOR SOLO PIANO. Scherzo in E Minor; 24 Preludes, Op.2. Sergei Podobedov, piano. Premiere recordings. DDD. Notes in English and Russian. Total time: 55:00 UPC # 0 17685 12102 9
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BUZZ: A traditional late-Romantic composer in the heritage of Scriabin and Rachmaninoff, Goltz might have become as famous as these giants of Russian pianism had he not perished at just 28 during the siege of Leningrad. Russian-American pianist Sergei Podobedov unearthed his brilliant solo piano compositions from the 1930s and has recorded them for the first time on this CD. The booklet contains an extensive discussion of the forgotten composer and his work by the Russian musicologist Olga Skorbyashenskaya.
“Goltz speaks with his own voice, and an impressive voice it is… How astonishing that music of this quality should remain unknown for so long… [Podobedov’s] Chopin is beautifully proportioned, rubato is sensitively handled, and the four selections come up fresh and distinguished when compared with the scads of recording available… few will feel cheated if they purchase this, but all will wish there were more from this outstanding pianist.”
-Alan Becker, American Record Guide
“Don’t overlook Music & Arts CD devoted to music of music of the tragically short-lived Boris Goltz (1913-1942)…. Here we have the 24 Preludes written when he was at the Conservatory. Most of these are miniatures, and all easily could have been composed by Rachmaninoff, an indication of their merit. This CD begins with a charming Scherzo, another of the few surviving works of Goltz…. Still, this is well worth your attention just to hear the Goltz preludes that easily could become concert favorites.”
-Robert E. Benson, Classical CD Review