Recorded on 02/24/2010, uploaded on 05/11/2010
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
42, were written in 1931 and make use of a well-known theme that the
seventeenth century violinist-composer Arcangelo Corelli used as the basis for
a set of variations in one of his solo violin sonatas. The melody, La folia, was among the most popular
tunes of the Baroque period, and was used by numerous composers, including J.S.
Bach, Scarlatti, and Vivaldi. Anna Petrova
in his series of twenty variations on La folia, wrings out a masterly
exploration of the possibilities of this simplest of original material. The
work is conceived as one, with an Intermezzo, which is in fact a cadenza,
before the fourteenth variation. The
final rapid set of variations lead to a gentle coda. The Variations represent a
new phase in Rachmaninov's compositions, where a tendency for greater clarity
of texture is coupled with considerable harmonic originality and daring.
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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