The title “Timeless” reflects Tamara Smolyar's desire to offer a personal interpretation of these classic pieces and creates something for her family and others to enjoy. Moreover, the title echoes the beauty of music’s ability to travel across generations and cultures to reach new audiences. Hopefully, you can be inspired by these compositions as well.
She chose the pieces on this CD for several reasons. The music is a natural fit with her pianistic temperament and she has a genuine connection with the compelling originality of the pieces.
These timeless compositions have been part of her life since she started playing piano, and have formed a ‘rite of passage’ for generations of pianists around the world. As a young Russian pianist, she could not avoid the towering reputation and adornment of Rachmaninov’s and Shostakovich’s compositions, the grandeur of Franck or the excellence of Beethoven and Chopin.
Pianist Tamara Smolyar has recorded for Russian Radio and Television, 3MBS FM, ABC Classic FM, and has appeared on SBS and China's National Television. She is currently coordinator of keyboard at the School of Music-Conservatorium, Monash University.
- 32 Variations in C minor (1806) Ludwig van Beethoven 10:26
- Nocturne in E major, Op. 62, No. 2 Frédéric Chopin 5:11
- Nocturne in E minor, Op. posth. 72, No. 1 Frédéric Chopin 3:54
- Élégie in E flat minor, Op. 3, No. 1 Sergei Rachmaninoff 5:32
- Prelude, Op. 32, No. 12 in G sharp minor Sergei Rachmaninoff 2:23
- Études-Tableaux, No. 1 in C minor Sergei Rachmaninoff 3:39
- Prelude, Op. 87, No. 14 in E flat minor Dmitri Shostakovich 4:20
- Fugue, Op. 87, No. 14 in E flat minor Dmitri Shostakovich 2:52
- Prelude César Franck 4:26
- Chorale César Franck 5:12
- Fugue César Franck 8:54
- Tamara Smolyar · piano
Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. The crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.
Frédéric François Chopin was a Polish composer, virtuoso pianist, and music teacher. He was one of the great masters of Romantic music and has been called "the poet of the piano".
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music.
Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (25 September 1906 – 9 August 1975) was a Soviet Russian composer and one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century.
Where to buy
- List price
- $25.00 AUD
- Total playing time
- 56 minutes 49 seconds
- Release date
- January 2014
- © 2014 Tamara Smolyar
- ℗ 2014 Move Records
- Catalogue number
- MD 3372
- EAN 9314574337228