Modest Mussorgsky

Sleza (A Tear), for piano

    Description by James Leonard

    One of the last pieces of piano music Mussorgsky wrote, Une Larme (A Tear) of 1880 is unfortunately one of the worst pieces of piano music he ever wrote. Aside from very youthful works like Porte-ensigne Polka and the three Souvenir d'enfance, Mussorgsky rarely wrote such trivial music. And aside from his failed sonata movements, he rarely wrote such poorly composed music. Une Larme is a calm, conventional piece of salon music which seems to have been written by an uninspired dilettante with only the slightes knowledge of harmony or structure. That Mussorgsky was at the time slowly dying of alcoholism and that his creative genius had collapsed under the strain of his psychological and physical failure is too clearly shown in the feebleness of Une Larme.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Melodiya MELCD 1002541
    2017 Cypres Records CYP 1675
    2017 Dynamic CDS 7786
    2016 Exton 52
    2016 Sony Classical 88985323342
    2015 Decca / London
    2015 Nimbus NI 5917
    2013 Deutsche Grammophon
    2013 Entertainment Group 6046
    2013 Entertainment Group 6047
    2012 The Entertainment Group 1139
    2012 The Entertainment Group 1155
    2012 Entertainment Group 1563
    2012 Entertainment Group 12702
    2012 Phaia Music PHU 01516
    2012 Harmonia Mundi HMX 290838587
    2012 Mirare MIR 169
    2011 Genuin GEN11199
    2011 Enharmonic ENCD 1119
    2010 Fuga Libera 566
    2010 Raumklang 2903
    2009 Brilliant Classics 8909
    2009 Brilliant Classics 93911
    2008 Berlin Classics 0149352
    2007 EMI Classics 97695
    2007 Mirare 022
    2006 Deutsche Grammophon 000583102
    2006 Edel Records 2822
    2005 Northern Flowers 9914
    2005 Celestial Harmonies 13248
    2003 Skarbo 1037
    2002 Orfeo 284021
    2002 Berlin Classics 0094642
    2001 Harmonia Mundi HMA195 1266
    2001 Danacord 551
    1997 Calliope 9228
    1997 Rivoalto 9601
    1997 Point Classics 267119
    1996 Harmonia Mundi HMT790 1266
    1994 Naxos 550044
    1993 Cala Records 1012
    1992 Chandos 8439
    Adda 242752
    Ligia 0103028
    ArtTati 002
    Band A Part 312
    Accord 202152
    Conifer 51274
    Bourg Records 8
    Thesis 82018