Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) - Chant du rossignol / The Song of the Nightingale (1917) 20:49
1. I. La fete au palais de l'empereur de Chine / The feast at the palace of the Emperor of China - Marche Chinoise / Chinese march 5:42
2. II. Les deux Rossignols / The two nightingales - Jeu du Rossignol mécanique / Game of the mechanical nightingale 6:25
3. III. Maladie et guérison de l'empereur de Chine /
Disease and healing of the Emperor of China - Marche funcbre / Funeral march 8:38
Igor Stravinsky - Quatre études / Four Etudes, Op.7 (1908) 7:37
4. I. Con moto 1:19
5. II. Allegro brillante 2:34
6. III. Andantino 1:31
7. IV. Vivo 2:08
Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953) - Piano Sonata No.8 in B flat major, Op. 84 (1944) 30:09
8. I. Andante dolce 15:10
9. II. Andante sognando 4:11
10. III. Vivace 10:39
Sergey Prokofiev - Four Etudes, Op.2 (1909)
11. I. No.1 in D minor - Allegro 2:22
12. II. No.2 in E minor - Moderato 2:40
13. III. No.3 in C minor - Andante semplice - Presto 3:28
14. IV. No.4 in C minor - Presto energico 1:29
Veronika Böhmová piano (Steinway)
Recorded at the Martinů Hall, Academy of Music Prague, September 14-15 and October 26-27, 2013.
Veronika Böhmová immediately enchants you with her sheer vivacity - both when you meet her face to face and when seeing her playing the piano. In addition to her teachers (Ivan Klánský, Arkadi Zenzipér), she has also gained experience with a number of other remarkable pianists (Berman, Béroff, Hellwig, etc.). The conductors with whom she has performed include Jiří Bělohlávek, Jakub Hrůša and Paul Goodwin. Her most significant successes are second prizes at the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona and the Anton G. Rubinstein Wettbewerb in Dresden and progressing to the semi-final of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Following her debut at the Prague Spring and on numerous renowned stages throughout Europe, Veronika Böhmová has now made her eagerly anticipated debut recording. Like the pianist herself, the selected repertoire is unusual: besides Prokofiev's weighty "war" Sonata No. 8 and Stravinsky's fiendishly difficult piano version of Le chant du rossignol, the CD features the two Russian composers' rarely played yet brilliant etudes. The album is an exquisite delicacy served on a silver tray to real gourmets and connoisseurs.
Veronika Böhmová's debut recording - a fresh new take on Stravinsky and Prokofiev.
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