BARMOTIN, S.: Piano Music - 20 Preludes, Op. 12 / Theme and Variations, Op. 1 (C. Williams)
Semyon Alexeyevich Barmotin (1877–1939) was a student of Balakirev and Rimsky-Korsakov, and his fate under the Soviet regime in the 1930s remains a mystery, but what survives of his music is impressive in both scale and content. These world première recordings are filled with colour and contrast: the Tema con variazioni transforms its material into a multitude of moods to conclude in a symphonic march, while the 20Preludes are striking in their sophisticated harmonies and heightened emotional impact.
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