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Elisabeth Leonskaja

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Piano Sonata in G Major, Op. 37 "Grand Sonata"  
I. Moderato e risoluto
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Elisabeth Leonskaja
II. Andante non troppo quasi moderato
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Elisabeth Leonskaja
III. Scherzo – Allegro giocoso
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Elisabeth Leonskaja
IV. Finale – Allegro vivace
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Elisabeth Leonskaja
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 61  
I. Allegretto
Dmitri Shostakovitch; Elisabeth Leonskaja
II. Largo
Dmitri Shostakovitch; Elisabeth Leonskaja
III. Moderato
Dmitri Shostakovitch; Elisabeth Leonskaja
Morceaux de fantasie, Op. 3  
No. 2. Prelude
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Elisabeth Leonskaja
Preludes, Op. 32  
No. 12. Prelude in G-Sharp Minor. Allegro
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Elisabeth Leonskaja
Preludes, Op. 23  
No. 6. Prelude in E-Flat Major. Andante
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Elisabeth Leonskaja
Morceaux de fantasie, Op. 3  
No. 1. Elegie
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Elisabeth Leonskaja
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    75:59
The concept lying behind pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja’s new recording entitled Saudade stems from no set of musicological ideas; nor does it have any programmatic basis. Instead, it derives from an emotional state or feeling. Therein lies its argument and the justification for this programme. The composers and their particular works presented here are deservedly important and carry out an especially meaningful role. Yet, it is the feeling which is important here, and it is the unifying theme of what is the most personal (so far) of the Russian pianist’s recording projects. Why, then, saudade? For the reason that within the heart of this album resides a feeling. Feelings are enigmatic in terms of definition, can be complicated to translate and, on occasion, more than a single method is needed in order to express them. Portuguese in origin, the word saudade, is difficult to pin down exactly and is nigh on impossible to render into another language. Often it implies the suppressed awareness that that person or thing will perhaps never return. Saudade is not merely loneliness; nor is it just yearning; nor does it reflect a sense of either sadness or joy; it is much more than melancholy. It is a sentiment focused on the very origins of existence and one which finishes with its openness to transcendence. It is what has been experienced and understood; it is a loved one no longer visible but who yet keeps on existing; it is embraces…; perfumes scented which the sense of smell revives only in the mind; melodies, whose intervals, having been detected and comprehended, become part of one’s musical bloodstream; landscapes sketched out at an early age; all the many lives which have been lived; joy and sadness simultaneously; everything that will return no more; all this is saudade.
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