The Art of Transcription (2007, ABCD 240)


Carl Czerny’s joyfully virtuosic Figaro fantasy, Beethoven’s ultra-rare arrangement of his Prometheus music, and Ronald Stevenson’s bleak and atmospheric Peter Grimes Fantasy carry this historical survey of the piano transcription genre. The program reaches from Bach to our time, and the disc includes the first recording of Alex Freeman’s transcription of Matthew Whittall’s choir work “Yuki”.

American Record Guide

[Marin’s] performances have both a winning enthusiasm and bold creative streak to accompany his impressive technique and musical abilities Alan Becker, American Record Guide

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Marin takes everything nineteenth century pianism can throw at him technically, and the end result is a performance that’s stimulating on every level. James Manheim,, 2008

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The central transcription of this recital is Beethoven’s own piano transcription of his Creatures of Prometheus. Mr. Marin provides five sections from the work, four pieces from Act I and the finale (No. 16) from Act II. I had to play the Beethoven several times to believe what I was…

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The Art of Transcription (2007, ABCD 240)

Carl Czerny:

1 Fantaisie brillante sur divers motifs de Figaro, op. 493 [9’51]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Sigismund Thalberg:

2 Requiem KV 626: osa Lacrimosa [4’06]

Antonio Vivaldi – Johann Sebastian Bach:

Concerto in G Minor BWV 975 [9’19]

3 I (Without tempo marking) [3’08]
4 II Largo [4’47]
5 III Giga. Presto [1’24]

Ludwig van Beethoven:

From “Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus”: [19’10]

6 Ouverture [4’37]

Atto Primo:

7 La Tempesta (Introduzione). Andante [1’58]
8 nro 1: Poco Adagio – Allegro con Brio – Poco Adagio
– Allegro con brio [2’54]
9 nro 2: Adagio – Allegro con Brio [1’49]
10 nro 3: Allegro vivace [1’49]

Atto Secondo:

11 nro 16 : Finale. Allegretto – Allegro molto – Presto [6’03]

12 Benjamin Britten – Ronald Stevenson:

Peter Grimes Fantasy [8’07]

13 Matthew Whittall – Alex Freeman:

Yuki (*) [8’02]

14 Franz Liszt:

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 19, S. 244 [9’43]

(*): Assisted by Tuomas Kivistö

Total: 69’00