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Impromptu a la Mazur
C-Dur, op. 2 No 3
Mazurka cis-moll, op.3 No 6
Mazurka gis-moll, op.3 No 9
Mazurka e-moll, op.25 No 3
Mazurka fis-moll, op.25 No 7
Mazurka H-Dur, op.25 No 8
Mazurka Fis-Dur, op.40 No2
Impromptu fis-moll, op.14 No 2
Polonaise b-moll, op.21
Poem C-Dur, op.44 No1
Poem C-Dur, op.44 No2
Enigma Des-Dur, op.52 No2
Ironies C-Dur, op.56 No2
Desir C-Dur, op.57 No1
Sonata № 3 fis-moll, op.23.
Presto con fuoco
Fantasie h-moll, ор. 28
Sonata № 9, ор.68
Vers la flamme, op.72
Recorded: 1946 (10, 12-14,21); 1948 (4,7,8); 1950 (9); 1952 (2,3,6);
1953 (1,5,11); 1959 (19,20); 1961 (15-18).
Editor: Michail Segelman
Vladimir Sofronitsky (1901- 1961)
The foundation of Sofronitsky's artistic career was laid down under
the tutorship of the legendary professor of the Leningrad conservatoire
Leonid Nikolayev. Notwithstanding their complicated relationship
and some controversial pronouncements of the student about his teacher
there's no doubt about it. Nikolayev was unique in developing his
students' talents and inclinations by putting a diverse repertoire
into their hands. No wonder he reared so many outstanding musicians.
Sofronitsky graduated from the Conservatoire in 1921.The same year
Maria Yudina who was also Nikolayev's student graduated from it
For Sofronitsky every recital was a unique act of creation of music
and co-authorship with a composer. It did not always result in an
absolutely perfect performance. In the last years of his life Sofronitsky
suffered from poor health and sometimes had to interrupt his recitals.
Yet the audience was always looking forward to listening to him.
Even a failure of a genius was immeasurably higher than a success
of a mediocre musician.
Most of Sofronitsky's extant recordings are the live ones, made
in concert halls as well as in the Scriabin's Memorial Museum in
Moscow. Sofronitsky's attitude to the recording was apparent from
his restless zetetic character. "It is most useful to listen
to himself on gramophone. It endows a performer so much", he
said. Sofronitsky often made his recordings not at special sessions
in studios but as he was playing music in an easy way. That's why
some of these recordings technically are not perfect.
Scriabin's flat (now Memorial Museum) at the old Moscow region of
Arbat was a real home for Sofronitsky. It was there that his audience
used to gather to listen to his recitals. It was in this house that
his idol figure, Alexander Scriabin, lived and died in 1915. Sofronitsky
maintained very special professional and family ties with Scriabin
as he married one of his daughters. Sofronitsky's interpretations
of Scriabin's probably appear as the musician's highest achievement
and his main message to the music-lovers.
Sofronitsky's repertoire embraced the music of all epochs. However
in his legacy one can clearly sense the dominating disposition towards
romanticism. Works by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Shopin, Liszt,
Rachmaninov were among Sofronitsky's outstanding artistic achievements.