|Vladimir Rebikov||Les Démons S’Amusent (No. 2 From Les Rêves Op. 15),
Les Géants Dansent (No. 1 From Dans Leur Pays Op. 27),
Feuilles D’Automne Op. 29,
Une Fête Op. 38,
Chansons Blanches Op. 48,
Esclavage Et Liberté Op. 22,
Two Episodes From Yolka (The Christmas Tree) Op. 21,
Trois Idylles Op. 50,
Scènes Bucoliques Op. 28,
Tableaux Pour Enfants Op. 37,
Parmi Eux Op 35 .
Anthony Goldstone (Piano).
Apart from the regular use of some his works in examination syllabuses, the music of Rebikov (1866-1920) is shockingly neglected – most items on this CD are receiving their first recording – and this is the composer who was once called ‘the father of Russian modernism’. One of the first proponents of the whole-tone scale, his music is in a bewildering array of styles, influenced by composers as diverse as Debussy, Stravinsky, Copland and Villa-Lobos.
The music here, part from the 20-minute Esclavage et libert�, consists of a number of suites of impressionist music.
Modern, but bright, direct and often humorous music makes Rebikov the perfect composer for pianists and piano enthusiasts whatever their preferences in genre – all played with superb musicianship and wit.