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Sorabji: 100 Transcendental Studies, Nos. 84-100

Fredrik Ullén

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100 Transcendental Studies (Excerpts)  
1.1
No. 84, Tango habanera
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
9:12
1.2
No. 85, —
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
1:56
1.3
No. 86, Adagietto
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
2:00
1.4
No. 87, Studio gammatico
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
3:01
1.5
No. 88, —
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
1:22
1.6
No. 89, Chopsticks
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
1:32
1.7
No. 90, —
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
3:26
1.8
No. 91, Volante leggiero
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
2:54
1.9
No. 92, Legato possibile
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
2:18
1.10
No. 93, Leggiero, saltando
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
2:14
1.11
No. 94, Ornaments
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
4:13
1.12
No. 95, —
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
0:56
1.13
No. 96, —
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
3:37
1.14
No. 97, —
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
3:13
1.15
No. 98, Staccato e vivace
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
3:05
2.1
No. 99, Quasi fantasia
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
16:11
2.2
No. 100a, Coda-finale. Fuga a 5 soggetti, parte prima a 2 voci
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
5:03
2.3
No. 100b, Coda-finale. Fuga a 5 soggetti, secondo soggetto a 3 voci
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
3:15
2.4
No. 100c, Coda-finale. Fuga a 5 soggetti, terzo soggetto a 4 voci
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
6:41
2.5
No. 100d, Coda-finale. Fuga a 5 soggetti, quarto soggetto a 5 voci
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
9:44
2.6
No. 100e, Coda-finale. Fuga a 5 soggetti, quinto soggetto a 6 voci
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
19:18
2.7
No. 100f, Coda-finale. Fuga a 5 soggetti, stretto maestrale
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Fredrik Ullén
12:04
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:57:15
By far the largest collection of concert études in the known repertoire, Kaikhosru Sorabji’s set of "100 Transcendental Studies", composed between 1940 and 1944, has a total duration of more than eight hours. On the five previous albums, the Swedish pianist (and neuroscientist) Fredrik Ullén has introduced the first 83 études to a wider audience, the large majority of them appearing on disc for the first time. Now, 15 years after the release of the first volume comes the final instalment, a 2-disc set with the last 17 studies. In his own liner notes, Ullén describes the experience of learning and recording the collection: ‘From the F sharp minor of Study 1 to the F sharp minor chord concluding Study 100: traversing Sorabji’s Transcendental Studies has been somewhat like joining a comet following a long eccentric orbit through pianistic outer space, and finally returning back to mother earth.’ Most of the studies are typical concert études in the sense that they essentially explore a single technical or structural idea. But especially towards the end of the cycle Sorabji includes pieces that are on a much larger scale, a tendency that culminates with the two final études. Quasi fantasia (No. 99) is a hugely expanded elaboration of J. S. Bach’s Chromatic Fantasia and is followed by the almost hour-long Coda-Finale, a quintuple fugue of staggering complexity.
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