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David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2019

The booklet with this release relates the sad life story of the Russian-born composer, Alexey Stanchinsky, who died in tragic circumstances aged twenty-six. In the year of his death, 1914, he had performed a programme of his own piano works in a Moscow Conservatory concert, the critics describing him as ‘the most talented and original composer’. The first track, the Piano Sonata in E flat minor, immediately places him in the Rachmaninov era. In one continuous movement, it is technically demanding and massive in concept. From therein the disc contains his entire output until 1910. Mostly of cameos, and lasting a matter of seconds, no matter as to their length, they are all beautifully crafted. I was particularly drawn to the tender and poetic quality of the three Songs Without Words, and he obviously had a gift at writing meaningful and attractive Preludes in many differing modes, the disc containing ten examples, and one that is linked with a fine Fugue concludes the disc. At times, as in the opening of the Nocturne, he slips into the garb of Chopin, but his three Etudes are very much of his own creation, particularly the highly charged and technically challenging G minor. It is all too easy to exaggerate the claims of a long forgotten composer, and I would fall short of the adoration shown by the authors of the accompanying booklet notes, but with the excellence of the Russian-born pianist, Olga Solovieva, I would commend the disc to you and look forward to future releases. © 2019 David’s Review Corner



Musicalifeiten, November 2019

Beautifully articulated by Olga Solovieva… She makes a warm and convincing musical case for the composer and everyone with a liking for Russian late romanticism will hear something harmoniously bold and beautiful that is worthwhile to listen to. © 2019 Musicalifeiten





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