Susanne Lang

Evgenij Gunst: Wanderer zwischen den Welten

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Russian composer, pianist, author, and pedagogue Yevgeny Gunst is all but unknown in the west, due to the long forgotten storage of his manuscripts in the basement of the University of Basel's Musicological Institute. However, this trove was located in 2010, and his music has since found an eager advocate in Susanne Lang, who has recorded this CD of keyboard works for Oehms. Gunst was a contemporary of Sergey Rachmaninov and Alexander Scriabin, and his style was profoundly influenced by them: first, by the former in his extremely virtuosic techniques, and secondly, by the latter in his lush, chromatic harmonies, which push the boundaries of tonality. Lang has laid claim to a neglected legacy that deserves much wider exposure, and because she has the bravura technical skills and emotional depth to communicate Gunst's powerful expressions, she will bring considerable attention to this early modern composer. While one album is insufficient to trigger a full revival, Lang has certainly piqued curiosity about Gunst with this disc, and given him a presentation worthy of his challenging music.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Sonate-Fantaisie f-Moll, Op. 8
1 8:44
2 4:46
Trois Préludes, Op. 13
3 1:31
4 1:19
5 2:24
Heidelberger Skizzen, Op. 6
6 2:47
7 2:42
8 1:53
Romances sans Paroles, Op. 2
9 2:42
Danses fantasques, Op. 29
10 2:38
11 2:42
12 2:35
13 1:48
14 2:20
Romances sans paroles, Op. 2
15 3:23
Douze Miniatures, Op. 28
16 1:18
17 1:28
18 0:49
19 1:00
20 1:08
21 1:18
22 1:45
23 2:01
24 1:13
25 2:13
26 1:20
27 1:25
28 12:58
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