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Alexandre Tansman: Piano Music, Volume One  on Toccata Classics.

Music: Sonata Rustica: III Danza festiva: Molto allegro – Un poco meno mosso – Piu vivo – Tempo primo
Composer: Alexandre Tansman
Artist: Danny Zelibor, piano
Album: Alexandre Tansman: Piano Music, Volume One

Alexandre Tansman (1897–1986) was one of the most prolific composers of the twentieth century. His fundamental style is a Stravinskyan Neo-Classicism, animated by the dance-rhythms of his native Poland and energised by a masterly command of counterpoint. The substantial body of music he produced for his own instrument, the piano, has never been systematically examined in recordings; this first installment presents works he wrote soon after his arrival in Paris in 1919, the city that was to remain his home.

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Danny Zelibor is obviously an enthusiast and can write authoritatively about the music he plays. He gives us compelling performances that will surely win over new fans for this thoroughly decent and principled human being and superlative composer.
— Steve Arloff,
Danny Zelibor, in his excellent booklet deftly characterising each piece, for instance describes the harmonies of the Sept Préludes as ‘at one turn just shy of a Gershwin song or Scriabin prelude, and at the next [becoming] dense stacks of sound that climb up three staves’. Tansman’s compelling Sonata rustica embraces neo-classicism, jazz and polytonality, often chasing between them within a few bars. … Zelibor shows them in the best possible light.
— Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone


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