Piano Tales (2009, ABCD 270)


The basis of this disc is Marin’s solo recital in Johanneksenkirkko Church in Helsinki. All the works are narrative in character, some of them more straightforwardly than others. In the core of this disc are the two Shakespeare-themed works: Liszt–Stradal’s Hamlet and Beethoven’s Tempest sonata. Along with these and the classics by Mendelssohn and Chopin, the disc includes the first recording of Juho Miettinen’s fantastically eerie horror piece “Shadow Over Innsmouth”, based on a short story by H. P. Lovecraft.

Audiophile audition

… The Mendelssohn and Beethoven works especially are given first-rate performances here […]Marin gives [Hamlet] the full virtuoso treatment, and to my surprise, I ended up enjoying it more than Liszt’s original. […] An interestingly varied program well played, then, with two worthwhile pieces you won’t possibly have heard before.…

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Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847): 1 Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14 (1824) [6:23]
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) Sonata in D Minor, Op. 31 No. 2 “Tempest” (1802) [24:44]
2 I Largo – Allegro [8:53]
3 II Adagio [8:37]
4 III Allegretto [7:14]
Juho Miettinen (b.1978): 5 Shadow over Innsmouth (2005) [8:36]
Franz Liszt (1811–1886) – August Stradal (1860–1930): 6 Hamlet (1858 / arr. 1905) [17:43]
Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849): 7 Ballade in G Minor, Op. 23 (1835) [9:23] 8 Etude, Op. 10 No. 12, “Revolution” (1833) [2:36]

Total 69:27