Pianist Inna Faliks, who has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, at such venues as Weill Hall in New York City, and The National Performing Arts Center in Beijing, has just released a new Double CD of music – Polonaise-Fantaisie: The Story of a Pianist– on Delos Records.
The thirteen works on this recording span 289 years in their dates of composition, and run the gamut from Bach and Mozart to Gershwin and Elliott Carter. The musical tracks appearing on the CD are interspersed with writings by the pianist chronicling her upbringing in Odessa, Ukraine; her musical and romantic awakenings; and her subsequent immigration to the US as a Jewish refugee.
The unique story of an immigrant, narrated on this recording by actress Rebecca Mozo, is a timely topic that needs to be heard in the current turbulent political climate.
The thirteen musical tracks featured are unified by their brevity. Representing a huge variety of styles, they are carefully curated to be emotionally and texturally illustrative of events unfolding in the life experience of the protagonist, pianist Inna Faliks.
✻Rodion Shchedrin: Basso Ostinato
✻J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp Minor, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1
✻Jan Freidlin: Ballade in Black and White* – *composed for Inna Faliks in 2011
✻W.A. Mozart: Fantasia in D Minor, K 397
✻Chopin-Liszt: The Maiden’s Wish
✻Paganini-Liszt: La Campanella
✻Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise-fantaisie, Op. 61
✻George Gershwin: Prelude 1 in B-flat Major
✻Gershwin: Prelude 2 in C-sharp Minor
✻Gershwin: Prelude 3 in E-flat Minor
✻Elliott Carter: Retrouvailles
✻P. I. Tchaikovsky: Nocturne in C-sharp Minor
✻Harrison Birtwistle: Oockooing Bird and “Living with Music…”
More about Inna Faliks
The “adventurous and passionate” (The New Yorker) Ukrainian-born pianist Inna Faliks has established herself as one of the most exciting, committed, communicative and poetic artists of her generation. Click here for a biography.
On August 31, 2017, 6 PM, Inna Faliks will be performing “Four-Hand Mahler” – an arrangement of Mahler’s 6th Symphony – with fellow pianist Daniel Schlosberg at Ravinia Festival. This will be her debut performance at Ravinia. 200 Ravinia Park Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased here.