CD 2

Marcel Cominotto

Liszt

Chopin : third sonata op. 58
This piece composed in 1844 is definitely the work of a mature artist. Although the form remains traditional, its content reveals a very subtle and accomplished musical work... Expression and virtuosity contribute to one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of music.

Schumann : Gesänge der Frühe op.133
When Schumann wrote this piece, he was on the verge of madness. Everything here is on edge, everything is expressed as if it was at the border of another World. The descriptive character which Schumann appreciated, is quite present in these pieces. Such a degree of subtlety in the expression of one's inmost and indescribable feelings has rarely been achieved. Could it be the consequence of this genius' knowledge of the space between reason and insanity which can be both thin and infinite?

Liszt : 4 kleine klavierstücke et Unstern
At the end of his life, F.L. gave up his technical wizardry and his large forms to write a more inner music and to search in sonority beyond the usual tonal language These four short pieces and Unstern dating back from that period, bring us in his innermost universe. There are some traces of passion, rage and also anger and obsession (Unstern) left but what is most striking in each piece, is the inner peace with a certain wisdom and/or illumination.

Cominotto : 6 Studies
Each study explores a different universe, a different instrumental technique but they all have something in common: a complex polyrythm. In principle, the piano doesn’t enable the exploration of micro-intervals. That’s why, in all the studies, I used the rubbing noises and vibrations due to slight rhythmic gaps to create a personal sonority.I’ve always tried to make sure that my ideas remained clear thanks to a formal structure which finds its roots in the history of our music.