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James Primosch / Richard Wernick

Lambert Orkis

FROM HAMMERS TO BYTES

  • Type CD
  • Label Bridge
  • UPC 0090404913129
  • Catalog number BRIDG 9131
  • Release date 21 June 2005
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Keyboard virtuoso Lambert Orkis is heard in the premiere recordings of two major works, dedicated to and composed for this remarkable artist. Orkis is perhaps most well-known for his partnerships with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, but has also had a career as a performer on period keyboard instruments and as the principal keyboardist for the National Symphony Orchestra. Orkis has also had a long relationship with the two composers on this recording, having been the dedicatee of Wernick’s Piano Sonata No. 1 and Piano Concerto, and as a duo partner with composer/pianist Primosch. Wernick’s Piano Sonata No. 2 is a thirty-six minute essay in three parts. The work alternates intense toccata-like passages with stretches of almost glacial calm. The first and last movements are basically mirror images of one another, so the listener gets to hear similar music from a different perspective with the resulting new connections experienced. In Primosch’s Sonata-Fantasia, a Kurzweil synthesizer serves to amplify and expand the timbral possibilities of the piano. The forty minute work opens with a set of 14 variations on an original theme. These variations sometimes take as models keyboard textures created by past masters, including Bach, Schubert, and Chopin. The slow movement is meditative and the finale is jazzy. The whole work is a remarkable testament to Orkis’s virtuosity, with the performer often required to play both keyboards simultaneously.

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    Piano Sonata No. 2: I. Part I - I. Intrada - in the form of a march
     
    01:55
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    Piano Sonata No. 2: II. Part I - II. Arioso triste - in the form of a canon
     
    06:23
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    Piano Sonata No. 2: III. Part I - III. Toccata - in the form of an etude
     
    01:52
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    Piano Sonata No. 2: IV. Part II - I. Fantasy Variations
     
    14:22
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    Piano Sonata No. 2: V. Part III - I. Tempo della Toccata
     
    02:12
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    Piano Sonata No. 2: VI. Part III - II. Tempo del'Arioso
     
    05:56
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    Piano Sonata No. 2: VII. Part III - III. Tempo della Marcia
     
    03:42
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    Sonata-Fantasia: I. Theme and Variations - I. Prelude fantasico, quasi improvisando
     
    02:24
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    Sonata-Fantasia: II. Theme and Variations - II. Tema semplice, ma espressivo e con poco rubato
     
    01:25
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    Sonata-Fantasia: III. Theme and Variations - III. Variation I sognando, flessibile
     
    01:30
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    Sonata-Fantasia: IV. Theme and Variations - IV. Variation II scampering; leggiero
     
    00:51
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    Sonata-Fantasia: V. Theme and Variations - V. Variation III con fuoco
     
    00:57
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    Sonata-Fantasia: VI. Theme and Variations - VI. Variation IV moderato, flowing
     
    01:20
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    Sonata-Fantasia: VII. Theme and Variations - VII. Variation V moderato; like a mechanical toy
     
    00:56
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    Sonata-Fantasia: VIII. Theme and Variations - VIII. Variation VI sempre delicato e legato
     
    01:02
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    Sonata-Fantasia: IX. Theme and Variations - IX. Variation VII andante; a bit tipsy
     
    00:55
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    Sonata-Fantasia: X. Theme and Variations - X. Interlude largo, contemplativo
     
    01:22
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    Sonata-Fantasia: XI. Theme and Variations - XI. Variation VIII allegretto
     
    00:55
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    Sonata-Fantasia: XII. Theme and Variations - XII. Variation IX pompous, a little grotesque
     
    01:19
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    Sonata-Fantasia: XIII. Theme and Variations - XIII. Variation X molto vivace
     
    01:08
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    Sonata-Fantasia: XIV. Theme and Variations - XIV. Variation XI grand; in romantic style
     
    01:35
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    Sonata-Fantasia: XV. Theme and Variations - XV. Variation XII senza tempo; quasi cadenza
     
    01:10
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    Sonata-Fantasia: XVI. Theme and Variations - XVI. Variation XIII cryptic
     
    01:24
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    Sonata-Fantasia: XVII. Theme and Variations - XVII. Variation XIV presto
     
    01:24
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    Sonata-Fantasia: XVIII. Theme and Variations - XVIII. Postlude fantastico, quasi improvisando
     
    02:31
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    Sonata-Fantasia: XIX. Meditativo adagio molto, mesto
     
    09:09
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    Sonata-Fantasia: XX. Daddy-O's New Groove, allegro
     
    06:53

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