2 Piano Concertos and a Sonata - Composer Corentin Boissier - May 2021
2 Concertos and a Sonata - Corentin Boissier & Valentina Seferinova

The phrase ‘unashamed Romantic’ might not have been coined for the French composer Corentin Boissier, born in the Paris suburbs in 1995, but it certainly fits him well. As the titles of his Glamour Concerto and Philip Marlowe Concerto suggest, he revels in the full-textured sound of 1940s and ’50s Hollywood, the golden age of Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto, Rota’s Legend of the Glass Mountain and other such high-calorie classics. The Second Piano Sonata, the Sonata Appassionata, is no less Neo-Romantic, but has flecks of Russian colour, locating it downstream from Rachmaninov.

Valentina Seferinova, piano

Ukrainian Festival Orchestra (Tracks 1-3, 7-9)

John McLaughlin Williams, conductor (Tracks 1-3, 7-9)

Catalogue No: TOCC0569
EAN/UPC: 5060113445698
Release Date: 07.05.2021
Composer: Corentin Boissier
Artists: John McLaughlin WilliamsUkrainian Festival OrchestraValentina Seferinova

Available in multi formats (CD, MP3, FLAC, HD WAV) on the ToccataClassics label here.

Listen to sample(s) below :-

Glamour Concerto (2012; orch. 2016) :

Track 1 = I Glamour appassionato (Allegro)

Track 2 = II Manhattan Waltz-Romance (Moderato, tempo di Valse Boston)

Track 3 = III Spanish Lovers in Brooklyn (Andante – Allegro all’espagnola)

Piano Sonata No. 2, Appassionata (2015) :

Track 4 = I Allegro impetuoso (quasi una fantasia)

Track 5 = II Intermezzo: Andante espressivo

Track 6 = III Finale: Allegro appassionato

Philip Marlowe Concerto (2013; rev. 2018) :

Track 7 = I Allegro drammatico –

Track 8 = II Lento (Passacaglia) –

Track 9 = III Allegro feroce, tempo di toccata

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Ludomir Róźycki - Solo Piano CD 2 - RELEASED April 2019
World Premier Recordings
Solo Piano Works 2 by Ludomir Róźycki (1883-1953) (Polish 'Romantic' Era Composer)
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Ludomir Róźycki

Now available to order at Acte Préalable AP0438

Laguna Op. 36
Neun Skizzen Op. 39 - Heft I ; Heft II
Fantasie Op. 11
Cinq Preludes Op. 2
Tance polskie Op. 37
Contes d'un Horloge Op. 26
2 Preludes & 2 Nocturnes op.3
Italia op. 50

Ludomir Róźycki Piano Works 2

Total Time: 79’06”

Reviews

Received this unsolicited message from a colleague who had an early copy of my recently released CD number 12:-
"Dear Valentina,
I just have to write and thank you for a lovely CD. I am compelled to write as your performance is so movingly and warmly executed that I had to stop what I was doing to listen to these miniatures. You are so gifted, Valentina, and I am so humbled to have you as a colleague and a friend.
"
Me ? Speechless and overcome !

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November 2019

Just been notified of a very favourable French website review of my CD No. 12 - recorded in Warsaw in June of last year.

Scroll down until you see 'Ludomir Róźycki - Piano Works 2' CD image.

I've translated each paragraph as follows (and am very happy with the final sentence !! :) :) )

Voici une nouvelle réalisation en première mondiale à l’actif du Label polonais ACTE PRÉALABLE et de son dynamique directeur Jan A. Jarnicki. C’est au tour du compositeur Ludomir ROZYCKI, né à Varsovie en 1883 et mort à Katowice en 1953, membre — comme, par exemple, Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) — du mouvement artistique « Jeune Pologne » promouvant également l’art national, bien que manifestement influencé par l’impressionnisme français. Si son talent a joué à plein dans le domaine du poème symphonique, le volume 2 continue à exhumer son vaste corpus pianistique.

This is a new world premiere by the Polish label ACTE PRÉALABLE and its dynamic director Jan A. Jarnicki. It is the turn of the composer Ludomir ROZYCKI, born in Warsaw in 1883 and died in Katowice in 1953, member - as, for example, Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) - of the artistic movement "Young Poland" also promoting the national art , although obviously influenced by French Impressionism. While his talent has played a full role in the field of the symphonic poem, Volume 2 continues to exhume his vast body of piano.


Parmi ses premières tentatives de composition, figurent ses 5 Préludes (op. 2) ainsi que ses 2 Préludes et 2 Nocturnes (op. 3), publiés à Varsovie, miniatures à finalité pédagogique d’une belle facture mélodique. Le Prélude n°2 est axé sur la technique contrapuntique alors que le Nocturne n°3 est plus lyrique, le n°4 Andante doloroso se veut plus tendu. Le CD s’ouvre sur la pièce de la maturité, toute frémissante, intitulée Laguna (op. 36, datant de 1915), imitant les vagues, à laquelle succèdent les 9 Esquisses (op. 39) à finalité pédagogique en 2 Cahiers, pièces intimes aux titres français où la retenue est de mise. Sa Fantaisie (op. 11), de structure plus libre, se déploie sur l’ensemble du clavier et dans toutes les nuances expressives. Quant à la Tance polskie (Danse polonaise, op. 37), elle honore la tradition nationale, avec des réminiscences proches de Chopin. Les Contes d’une horloge (op. 26) égrènent les notes avec suavité.

Among his first attempts at composition, are his 5 Préludes (Op 2) and 2 Préludes and 2 Nocturnes (Op 3), published in Warsaw, miniatures with pedagogical purpose of a beautiful melodic invoice. Prelude # 2 is focused on the contrapuntal technique whereas the Nocturne # 3 is more lyrical, the # 4 Andante doloroso is more tense. The CD opens on the piece of maturity, all quivering, entitled Laguna (36, 1915), imitating the waves, followed by the 9 Sketches (op.39) for pedagogical purpose in 2 Cahiers, plays intimate French titles where restraint is required. His Fantasia (op.11), of freer structure, unfolds over the entire keyboard and in all the expressive nuances. As for Tance polskie (Polish Dance, Op 37), it honors the national tradition, with reminiscences close to Chopin. Tales of a Clock (26) gracefully scribble the notes.


Le CD s’achève sur Italia (op. 50), vaste fresque en 4 mouvements avec deux thèmes religieux : Ave Maria et Campo santo (cimetière, très grave), une Barcarole et, en conclusion, évoque la décapitation de la parricide Beatrice Cenci en 1599. Valentina Seferinova (piano) s’investit pleinement dans les différentes atmosphères qu’elle recrée à merveille grâce à son rare sens du coloris.
Édith Weber

The CD ends with Italia (Op 50), a large fresco in 4 movements with two religious themes: Ave Maria and Campo santo (graveyard, very serious), a Barcarole and, finally, evokes the beheading of parricide Beatrice Cenci in 1599. Valentina Seferinova (piano) is fully involved in the different atmospheres that she recreates perfectly thanks to her rare sense of colour.
Edith Weber

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Henryk Pachulski - Piano Works 2 - 'Va i Ve' piano duet

 

2 Piano works by Henryk Pachulski (1859-1921) (Polish 'Romantic' Era Composer)

Henryk Pachulski ap 0361
  1. Fantasia Op. 17 for 2 pianos
  2. Polonaise Op. 5 for 2 pianos
  3. Suite Op. 13 for piano 4 hands
  4. Méditation Op. 25 for piano 4 hands
  5. String quartet in G major Op. 11 by Anton Arenski for piano 4 hands

 

'Va i Ve' piano duo, 

Valentina Seferinova - piano
i
Venera Bojkova - piano



booklet: (Polish, English)

AP0361 , DDD - TT: 
Copyright (R)2015/16, (C)2116

Acte Prealable AP0361

See reviews at https://valentinaseferinova.com/CDReviews.html

   
Józef Wieniawski - Piano Works 2 - Solo & 'Va i Ve' Piano Duet
World Premier Recordings
Solo and 2 Piano works by Józef Wieniawski (1837-1912) (Polish 'Romantic' Era Composer)
Józef Wieniawski (1837-1912)
  1. Fantaisie op. 42 for 2 pianos “À Monsieur Rudolphe Strobl”
  2. Tarantelle op. 4 “À Monsieur F. Liszt” Humoresque
  3. Valse de salon op. 7“À Son Altesse La Princesse de Hohenzollern-Hechingem”
  4. Fantaisie et Fugue op. 25 “À Monsieur Joachim Raff” Humoresque
  5. Tarantelle op. 35 “À Madame Anette Essipoff”
  6. Nocturne op. 37 “À Mademoiselle Marie Iwanowska”
  7. Valse-Caprice op. 46 “À Monsieur Paul de Schlözer ”
  8. Reverie op. 45 no. 1 “À Mademoiselle Jeanne Douste de Fortis”
  9. Valse de Concert op. 3 pour piano à quatre mains “À mon maître et ami Mr A. Marmontel, Proffesseur au Conservatoire de Paris”

Tracks 1 & 9 - 'Va i Ve' piano duo,
Tracks 2,4,6,8 Valentina Seferinova, piano
Tracks 3, 5, 7 Venera Bojkova, piano

booklet: Maryla Renat (Polish, English)

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AP0291 , DDD - TT: 75'36"
Copyright (R)2013, (C)II/2014

http://www.acteprealable.com/albums/ap0291.html

Zygmunt Noskowski - Piano Works 1
World Premier Recordings
Solo Piano works by Zygmunt Noskowski (1846-1909) (Polish 'Romantic' Era Composer)
Zygmunt Noskowski - Piano Works 1

On the Acte Préalable CD label - 24 bit/96kHz D.D.D.

Total time 76’ 41’’

1. Impressions – 4 Pieces caractéristiques Op.29 [12:40]
En Automne En Automne Noskowski; Espiègle; Dumka;
Cracovienne gracieuse
2. 3 Pieces Op. 35  [14:03]
Conte d’hiver; Duma. Une vielle romance;
Valse dolente
3. Moments Mélodiques Op. 36  [16:13]
Les larmes; Godoliera
Chanson mélancolique; Sérénade du printemps;
4. Contes Op. 37  [20:31]
Menuet Lyrique; Chant de berceau
Mazourka ardente; Chansonnette d’hiver;
Caprice
5. Feuille de trefle Op. 44  [13:03]
Prélude mélancolique; Scherzo;
Pensée fugitive


Studio recorded at Polish National Television & Radio Studios, Warsaw May, 2008
Booklet - Polish & English
Available from my web site or from Acte Préalable as AP0188

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Joachim Raff - Pieces Characteristique ('Cahoots Classical' label -Oringinal)

The first ever all Joachim Raff (1822-1882) piano music CD, and of previously unrecorded works.

Joachim Raff - Pieces Characteristique

 

Available on-line from Amazon

On the Cahoots Classical Label - D.D.D.

Total Time 61’ 50’’

Fantasie Sonata Op. 168 in D minor (1871)
1. Allegro patetico [7:05] Fantasie Sonata Op.168 in D minor (Extract)(extract)
2. Largo - Allegro Molto [10:00]

Trois Morceaux Op. 2 (1877)
3. Elégie in F minor [5:42] Elegie
4. Romance in D major [3:34] Romance
5. Valse in D flat major [3:16] Valse

Grande Sonate Op. 14 in E flat minor (2nd version – 1881)
6. Allegro [10:45] Allegro
7. Allegro molto [3:45] Allegro molto
8. Larghetto [9:01] Larghetto
9. Allegro [7:51] Allegro

Recorded at Winterbrook Studios, London on 15th, 16th, and 24th July 2002.

Booklet in English, Deutscher, Francais.

Available only from my web site.

Please note: The performances shown on were recorded at a concert after the CD had been studio recorded; thus they are different in quality; the CD is, of course, normal studio quality.

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Joachim Raff - Pieces Characteristique ('Cameo Classics' label - Remastered)

Cameo Classics label acquired the rights to the original Raff CD from Cahoots Classical – and digitally re-mastered it; changing the running order at the same time.  The content remains essentially the same. Distribution rights are now held by Nimbus Records.

Joachim Raff - Cameo Classics label

On Cameo Classics label.  D.D.D.
Total time 61’ 50”

Trois Morceaux Op. 2 (1877)
3. Elégie in F minor [5:42]
4. Romance in D major [3:34]
5. Valse in D flat major [3:16]

Fantasie Sonata Op. 168 in D minor (1871)
1. Allegro patetico [7:05]
2. Largo - Allegro Molto [10:00]

Grande Sonate Op. 14 in E flat minor (2nd version – 1881)
6. Allegro [10:45]
7. Allegro molto [3:45]
8. Larghetto [9:01]
9. Allegro [7:51]

Recorded at Winterbrook Studios, London on 15th, 16th, and 24th July 2002.
Booklet in English, Deutscher, Francais.

Available on-line from Amazon

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Music for 2 Pianos - 'Va i Ve'
Valentina Seferinova and Venera Bojkova as 'Va i Ve'
Music for 2 Pianos by 'Va i Ve'

On the KoceBoce   label    D.D.D.
Total running time 59’ 27”
CD Text Enabled

i. Sergei Rachmaninov – Suite for two pianos Opus 17
1. Introduction
2. Valse
3. Romance
4. Tarantelle

ii. Benjamin Britten - Opus 23 Nos. 1 & 2
5. Introduction and Rondo alla Burlesesca
6. Mazurka Elegiaca

iii. Ferencz Liszt (arr. Dinolov)
7. Variations on a Theme of Paganini

iv. Pantcho Vladigueroff
8. Mar Dimitri Iyo Opus 23 No. 2 Mar Dimitro Iya Op.23 No.2
9. Pessen (Song/Chant) Opus 21 No. 2 Pessen (Song/Chant)
10. Horo Staccato Hora Staccato (Whoops! - the CD is fine) (Whoops! -

- don't worry the CD recording is fine!)

Tracks 1 to 7, and 10: Recorded at Bulgarian National Radio Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria 29th December 2001 – 2 x Steinway Model ‘D’ grand pianos.  Tracks 8 and 9 live concert recordings – recorded at International Rachmaninoff Society A.G.M. 26th September 2009, Manchester, U.K. – 2 x Steinway grand pianos.

Booklet in English.

This best selling CD only available through my web site.

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Claude Debussy - 'Integrale' (Complete works for 4 Hands)

The complete works of Claude Debussy for 4 hands – ‘Integrale’ - as performed at The Debussy House & Museum, St. Germain-en-Laye, Paris.
Emilia Mihaylova and Valentina Seferinova

Claude Debussy - 'Integrale'

On the KoceBoce   label    D.D.D.
Total running time 68’ 37”
CD Text Enabled

Triumphe de Bacchus (composer's original 1881-82 version)  Triumphe de Bacchus
Prélude - Extrait de Cantata "Enfant Prodigue" (original 1884 version)   Prelude
Cortège et Airs de Dans - Extrait de Cantata "Enfant Prodigue" (original 1884 version)  Cortege ...
Symphonie Si (B) mineur pour piano à quatre mains (1880) 
Printemps (composer’s original 1887 transcription) 
Petite Suite (1886-1889) 
En Bateau 
Cortège 
Menuet 
Ballet 
Six Épigraphes Antiques (1914) 
Pour invoquer Pan, Dieu du vent d'été 
Pour un tombeau sans nom 
Pour que la nui suit propice   la nui suit propice
Pour la danseuse aux crotales  Crotales
Pour l'Égyptiene 
Pour remerciér la pluie au matin
Marché Écossaise, sur un theme populaire - The Earl of Ross March (1891) 

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1892-1894) (arr. E. Mihaylova & V. Seferinova)

Live Concert Recording – Hall ‘Bulgaria’, Sofia, Bulgaria; 10th September 1998
Steinway Model 'D' Grand piano.

Booklet: English

Please note: The performances with the  Logo were recorded at The Debussy House & Museum, but are NOT those recorded for CD; the CD recordings are normal CD quality, as you would expect.

Only available through my web site

Brüll & Jadassohn - Orchestral

Overture Macbeth – Ignaz Brüll and Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No. 1, Op. 89 in C minor (Soloist: Valentina Seferinova) – Salomon Jadassohn

Brull/Jadassohn Orchestral

On the KoceBoce   label    D.D.D.
Total running time 28’ 50”
CD Text Enabled

Overture Macbeth – Ignaz Brüll
1. Introduction
2. Overture Macbeth Opus 46

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 Opus 89 in C minor – Salomon Jadassohn
3. Introduction.
4. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 Op. 89 in C minor (Soloist: Valentina Seferinova) Jadassohn

Karelia State Philharmonic Orchestra
Musical Director: Marius Stravinsky.
Conductor: Denis Vlasenko.

Recorded live at:
Philharmonia Hall
Petrozavodsk.
Karelia State
Russia.
20th December 2008

Booklet: English.

Only available through my web site.

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"Brull’s overture Macbeth has a typically brooding character - in essence a tone poem in microcosm in the manner of Schumann's Julius Caesar overture. In Jadassohn’s Piano Concerto we are treated to a stormy attack. Heroic shrapnel flies every which way in repeated evocations of the Liszt and Schumann piano concertos. Valentina Seferinova is fully in charge and attacks the solo part with great romantic flourish. Her stonily commanding tone is unmistakable."
Rob Barnett
http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2009/Dec09/brull_cc902627.htm#ixzz1vXAYRJR1
'Music of 19thC Jewish German Composers' - Orchestral

Available Now - World Premier Release
Music of 19th Century Jewish German Composers - Volume 4
from recordings made for the television documentary "OUT OF DARKNESS"

Music of Jewish German Composers Vol. 4

On the Cameo Classics label from Nimbus Records.

Salomon Jadassohn: Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 24
1. 1st Movement   [06:33]
2. 2nd Movement   [05:08]
3. 3rd Movement   [07:03]
4. 4th Movement   [05:34]


Salomon Jadassohn: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in C minor, Op. 89 *
{Valentina Seferinova - Piano}   [16:15]
Karelia State Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Hall, Petrozavodsk, Russia; Conductor Denis Vlasenko: Recorded live 20th December 2008. Recording Producer: Mike Bradley.
* = Live recordings.

Paul Babst: Piano Concerto in E flat major Op. 82

Only available from Nimbus Records/Cameo Classics as CC9033CD

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Ludomir Róźycki - Solo Piano CD 1

World Premier Recordings
Solo Piano works 1 by Ludomir Róźycki (1883-1953) (Polish 'Romantic' Era Composer)

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Ludomir Rozycki

Acte Préalable catalogue reference AP 0263

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Now available to order at Acte Préalable

On the Acte Préalable CD label - Studio Recorded - 24 bit/96kHz D.D.D.

Featuring:

1. Balladyna (Poemat) Op. 25 (1909) (Live 'taster' click Róźycki Balladyna)
2. Le Rossignol (The Nightingale) Op. 25 (1904)
3. Gra fal (Im Spiel der Wellen) Op. 4 (1904)
4 Impromptus op. 6 (1904)
4. i     Andante espressivo
5. ii    Andante doloroso
6. iii   Allegretto
7. iv   Andante doloroso
4 Intermezzi Op. 42 (1915-1918) (Live 'taster' click Róźycki Balladyna)
8. i    Andante moderato
9. ii   Tanz Intermezzo: Allegro moderato
10. iii  Mosso
11. iv  Presto
3 Morceaux Op. 15 (1905)
12. i    Légende: Andante
13. ii   Mélancolie: Andantino
14. iii  Poème: Andante
5 Fantasiestűcke Op. 46 (1919)
15. i    Andante ma non troppo
16. ii   Allegro non troppo
17. iii  Allegro
18. iv  Berceuse: Andante ma non troppo
19. v  Allegro maestoso

Dorothy Howell - Orchestral
World Premier Recordings - British Composers Premiere Collections Vol. 4
Dorothy Howell CD

On the Cameo Classics CD label - CC 9041 CD from Nimbus Records.

Total time 71’:26’’

1. 'Out of the Mist' (Tone Poem) - Lilian Elkington.


2. Concerto in D minor for piano and orchestra - Dorothy Howell. {Valentina Seferinova - piano}

Harpsichord Concerto - Cyril Scott
3. 1st Movement – Allegro vigoroso
4. 2nd Movement – ‘Pastoral Orientale’ – Andante
5. 3rd Movement – Finale, Allegro con spirit


Serenade No. 3 in A major, Op. 47 – Salomon Jadassohn
6. 1st Movement – Introduzione
7. 2nd Movement – Cavatina ed Intermezzo
8. 3rd Movement – Scherzo
9. 4th Movement - Finale


Available from Nimbus Records/Cameo Classics as CC 9041CD.

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