Piano Works - Neglected Treasures (2014)

Mozart

Anastasia Injushina

 

“This must be Clavierland!” These were Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s words in a letter to his father dated 2 June 1781. Only six days later, he resigned from his position as organist for the Archbishop of Salzburg. This resignation had been preceded by a rushed departure from Salzburg after an infamous “kick in the butt” which Count Arco – the Archbishop’s chamberlain – had applied to the excessively free-spirited Mozart. Now, as Mozart saw it, “Clavierland” awaited: Vienna.
As in all big cities, the music scene in Vienna proved to be very versatile. On the one hand, there was the musical mainstream that served the up-to-date fashion. On the other hand, Vienna was full of amateur musicologists who devotedly indulged in exotic interests, which especially impressed and inspired Mozart. Salzburg, where everything followed the taste of Archbishop Colloredo, felt like the backwoods to the libertine Mozart.
Vienna was also full of wealthy patrons of music. In 1782, Mozart became well acquainted with one of them, Gottfried van Swieten, a diplomat who at that time was prefect of the library of the royal court in Vienna. In that position, he had access to numerous musical works of the Baroque era. In 1782 – a time in which all unnecessary grandiloquence and gaudiness in music was being rejected – this kind of music was regarded as highly old-fashioned. Nevertheless, van Swieten brought together a group of steadfast lovers of Baroque music. At their weekly Sunday ‘music meetings’ they listened to what was known as stile antico: music composed by Georg Friedrich Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach and other old masters of music – at the time an extremely exotic repertoire. 

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Anastasia Injushina

As artistic director of a festival and a frequent visitor at concerts I read a lot of artist biographies and CVs. Most of them start with phrases like ”praised by critics”, ”one of the most brilliant/interesting pianists/cellists/violinists of his/her generation”. Let’s do something different for a change. I would like to simply tell you who I am and you can make up your mind about the rest yourself.
I come from a Russian family of engineers. I probably wouldn’t even be a musician if I hadn’t heard a Dvorak violin concerto at the age of 3. I became obsessed with classical music. We were living in Brazil at the time, so my mother had to wait a couple of years before she could enroll me in a music school in the Soviet Union.
I have nothing to say about my studies. They were like those of any other young professional musician in the Soviet Union. After school I wanted to try something different from the standard way, which was studies at St. Petersburg conservatory school and then on to St. Petersburg State Conservatory. So I went to Finland. It was around the time when the Soviet Union collapsed and a lot of things happened. Years are passed and I am still obsessed with music. Meanwhile I have won a competition (ARD in Munich) and have at times received critical praise. Other times the critics have not been pleased. In Munich I found a new love: chamber music. For 15 years I’ve been a ”hyperactive” chamber musician, spending my free time learning the new repertoire and listening to the music. Of course, when given the chance, I started my own festival. Every spring when the festival starts, those are the brightest days of the year for me.

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Piano Works - Neglected Treasures (2014)

Mozart

Anastasia Injushina

Mastering Engineer: Enno Maäemets - DXD to DSD 64fs transfer
Mastering Equipment: Editroom Oy, Helsinki, Finland
Producer: Seppo Siirala
Recording Engineer: Enno Maäemets
Recording location: Kuhmo Arts Centre, Finland, 23–25 March 2014
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Suite in C major, KV 399- I Ouverture
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Suite in C major, KV 399- II Allemande
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Suite in C major, KV 399- III Courante
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Sonata Movement for Piano in G minor, KV 312 (189i-590d)
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Prelude and Fugue in C major, KV 394- I Prelude
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Prelude and Fugue in C major, KV 394- II Fugue
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Andante in F major for a Small Mechanical Organ, KV 616
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Allegro in B-flat major, KV 400 (completed by M. Stadler)
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Ten Variations in G major on Unser dummer Psbel meint, KV 455
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Twelve Variations in C major on Ah vous dirai-je, Maman, KV 265
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