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Eine andere Wanderer-Fantasie

Performers

Diāna Zandberga - piano

Recorded

2020-2021

Release date

18.06.2021

Compositions

Imants Zemzaris

"Agri no rīta" (Early in the Morning)

Imants Zemzaris

"Vēlu vakarā" (Late Evening)

Imants Zemzaris

Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of Shakespeare's Sonnets

Imants Zemzaris

Motives of Rainis Poetry

Imants Zemzaris

"Baltās naktis" (White Nights)

Imants Zemzaris

Five Preludes of Indian Summer

Imants Zemzaris

Piano Sonata No. 2

Imants Zemzaris

“No pavasara” (From Springtime)

Imants Zemzaris

“Eine andere Wanderer-Fantasie”

Description

LMIC 122

Album "Eine Andere Wanderer-Fantasie" (Some Other Traveller-Fantasy) celebrates the 70th birthday of prominent Latvian composer Imants Zemzaris and offers an insight into an undiscovered repertoire. Performed by acclaimed Latvian pianist Diāna Zandberga, the 9 arresting pieces (18 tracks) include 8 world premiere recordings – composed between 1975 and 2019, many were only available as manuscripts and are recorded here for the first time.

The album is brought to life by esteemed pianist Diāna Zandberga. She has performed in Europe and the USA, premiered piano works by dozens of different composers, and recorded 7 piano music albums. She has performed with the Shoumen Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria), Orquestra Simfónica del Vallés (Spain), Orchestra Filarmonica di Bacau (Romania) with Francesco Attardi in Milan Teatro dal Verme in a prestigious concert cycle Serate Musicali, and Saint-Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra KLASSIKA. From 2000 to 2004, she studied with the legendary pianist Lazar Berman at the European Academy of Music in Erba (Italy), and for the next 4 years with the world-famous Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha at the Granados Marshall Academy in Barcelona. She is a member of the Piano Department at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music.

Review

IMANTS ZEMZARIS cut his musical teeth inside the Soviet avant garde and, in a similar way to English experimentalist Cornelius Cardew, rejected “high modernity” and tried to find a simpler way of being musical.

As the composer reaches his 70th birthday this dedicated album, featuring works for piano, includes his second piano sonata. Placed alongside the numerous preludes and interludes, it shows how the crystal-clear music is masterfully adapted for any theme or idea, be it late summers, Shakespearean sonnets or a bright early morning.

Zemzaris has had a personal fascination for me for a long time and this, a treat of a new release, could interest those eager to broaden their pool of composers. He is well worth investigating and the particularly skilful playing of Diana Zandberga makes this album especially worth adding to any collection.

★★★★

Ben Lunn, "Morning Star"