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Asiya Korepanova in Personal Piano Project – Midnight Pieces Episode #7

Asiya Korepanova in Personal Piano Project

Midnight Pieces – Episode #7

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Midnight Pieces

“Midnight Pieces’ is a project presenting 53 beautiful works from 53 composers (originally meant as one piece for each week of the year, plus one) – music, that is just perfect for night-time listening.

The pieces follow a hidden pattern: within each consecutive 4 works one is famous, one is by a Russian composer, one is obscure work and one is a transcription by yours truly.
These categories mix and match sometimes, but overall there are iconic and less-known pieces by well-known composers, quite a bit of breathtaking pieces by obscure composers and several world premieres of my transcriptions of rare and famous works of different authors.
I felt a need to fight the general fascination of the general audience with piano pieces that are primarily virtuosic encores (Volodos Turkish March etc), and wanted to create a project that fulfills the desire for aesthetic pleasure, for beauty of the music itself. It doesn’t mean there is no virtuosity there – there is plenty, but not as the main point at all.”

Asiya Korepanova.

Asiya Korepanova and Pianists Corner offer you a weekly rendezvous. Each rendezvous will contain 4 pieces.

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Episode #7

The composers :

“They say that John Field invented the piano Nocturne and I disagree. The night music existed long before that. And though the views on the performing style can be absolutely polar, and many people find it unacceptable to play Bach Romantically in any way, it is hard to rule that J.S Bach’s beautiful Sinfonia in G minor did not anticipate all the future Nocturnes in the world.” A.K.

Johann Sebastian Bach : Sinfonias (1723) – 11. Sinfonia in G minor (BWV 797)

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“The subtle colors and transparency of this rare and little Dvořák composition, Vzpominaní (Reminiscing) remind me of Chopin mazurkas, having a bit of a dance-like mood to it. And although the unfolding climax in the middle is rather passionate, it doesn’t alter the overall pastel palette of the piece.” A.K.

Antonín Dvořák : Poetic Tone Pictures Opus 85 (1889) – 6. Reverie (Vzpomínání) – Andante in B major

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“Soothing, enlightening, elevating, and iconic, Franz Schubert’s Impromptu in G flat major is a mysterious world of its own. Not many people know that this worldwide known and beloved work wasn’t published for almost 30 years after its creation, and first was published in a wrong “simplified” key of G major and modified time signature, which was believed to be the original for many years!” A.K.

Franz Schubert : Impromptus D 899 (1827) – 3. Andante (G-flat major)

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“Mily Balakirev is an author of much more beautiful pieces than we are familiar with. One of them – this rarely played Nocturne in D minor, which breaks my heart each time I hear the first notes of its closing section. It’s almost mystical, enigmatic…who would expect something like this from the composer of the brave and brilliant “Islamey”? Meanwhile, the Nocturne has that shiny side, too: it’s thundering climax grows on musical material which is very similar to Islamey’s middle part. But it’s piercing lyricism is something very special…” A.K.

Mily Balakirev : Nocturne No. 3 in D minor (1902)

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Pietro De Maria in Personal Piano Project – The Well-Tempered Clavier II as an Advent calendar

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The Well-Tempered Clavier II as an Advent calendar

Homemade Recordings

“With all the concerts that were canceled because of the pandemic, a common problem for many musicians was to find motivations for practicing. I didn’t really feel like learning the new pieces I had to prepare for concerts that would not take place. At the end of November 2020 I thought of retaking the WTC Book II, something I had already performed in public. This is one of those masterpieces I always like to play, no matter if I have to perform it in front of an audience or not. Bach’s music is something a pianist can’t do without: it’s good for the brain, for the fingers and for the soul. In a period in which we all felt a little lost, I needed some spiritual nourishment and Bach is always ideal for that. The idea was to create an Advent Calendar in music and to publish one Prelude and Fugue a day on my YouTube channel from the 1st to the 24th of December. There is not a particular reason for the order of publication I chose. Every morning I asked myself what I wanted to record on that day (sometimes more than just one Prelude and Fugue) and I did it! The pieces have been recorded on my Yamaha at home with my iPhone and a little microphone. Of course the purpose was not to do a professional recording of a piece I had already recorded for Decca!”

Pietro De Maria.

December 1

Prelude No. 16 in G minor – BWV 885 / Fugue No. 16 in G minor – BWV 885

December 2

Prelude No. 19 in A major – BWV 888 / Fugue No. 19 in A major – BWV 888

December 3

Prelude No. 24 in B minor – BWV 893 / Fugue No. 24 in B minor – BWV 893

December 4

Prelude No. 20 in A minor – BWV 889 / Fugue No. 20 in A minor – BWV 889

December 5

Prelude No. 10 in E minor – BWV 879 / Fugue No. 10 in E minor – BWV 879

December 6

Prelude No. 8 in E-flat minor – BWV 877 / Fugue No. 8 in E-flat minor – BWV 877

December 7

Prelude No. 21 in B-flat major – BWV 890 / Fugue No. 21 in B-flat major – BWV 890

December 8

Prelude No. 5 in D major – BWV 874 / Fugue No. 5 in D major – BWV 874

December 9

Prelude No. 4 in C-sharp minor – BWV 873 / Fugue No. 4 in C-sharp minor – BWV 873

December 10

Prelude No. 17 in A-flat major – BWV 886 / Fugue No. 17 in A-flat major – BWV 886

December 11

Prelude No. 14 in F-sharp minor – BWV 883 / Fugue No. 14 in F-sharp minor – BWV 883

December 12

Prelude No. 12 in F minor – BWV 881 / Fugue No. 12 in F minor – BWV 881

December 13

Prelude No. 18 in G-sharp minor – BWV 887 / Fugue No. 18 in G-sharp minor – BWV 887

December 14

Prelude No. 15 in G major – BWV 884 / Fugue No. 15 in G major – BWV 884

December 15

Prelude No. 6 in D minor – BWV 875 / Fugue No. 6 in D minor – BWV 875

December 16

Prelude No. 11 in F major – BWV 880 / Fugue No. 11 in F major – BWV 880

December 17

Prelude No. 3 in C-sharp major – BWV 872 / Fugue No. 3 in C-sharp major – BWV 872

December 18

Prelude No. 23 in B major – BWV 892 / Fugue No. 23 in B major – BWV 892

December 19

Prelude No. 9 in E major – BWV 878 / Fugue No. 9 in E major – BWV 878

December 20

Prelude No. 7 in E-flat major – BWV 876 / Fugue No. 7 in E-flat major – BWV 876

December 21

Prelude No. 22 in B-flat minor – BWV 891 / Fugue No. 22 in B-flat minor – BWV 891

December 22

Prelude No. 2 in C minor – BWV 871 / Fugue No. 2 in C minor – BWV 871

December 23

Prelude No. 13 in F-sharp major – BWV 882 / Fugue No. 13 in F-sharp major – BWV 882

December 24

Prelude No. 1 in C major – BWV 870 / Fugue No. 1 in C major – BWV 870

Thank you Maestro!

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