A Fearful Fairy Tale

Helena Basilova

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A Fearful Fairy Tale is Helena Basilova’s latest solo album.  The album is dedicated to fairytales, a tribute to fantasy, and the unknown and all magical in our world. With works by Medtner, Prokofiev, Schnittke, and Myaskovsky the album depicts mystery and is used as a starting point to collaborate with other artists.

There are two words for truth in Russian: Pravda for objective truth and Ishtina for transcendental truth, that what you know but cannot explain. While Helena’s previous solo albums – with music from Janacek and Scriabin – were each in their own way quite personal to her, this time she wanted more Ishtina than Pravda. She wanted a story that was not just personal for her but representative of her. And Helena’s personal story is one of multitudes. Of departures and forgetting, discovery and loss, of glimmers of understanding, and feelings of coherence in oceans of confusing false certainties.

This collection of music is meant as a story in itself, each piece included for the power it has to forge a connection that needed the story to be forged. And so it was with the piece that inspired the album.

This album – of stories and a story in itself – is Helena’s tribute, to fairy tales and her homeland.

Tracklist

1.
Fairy tale about the forgotten homeland - I. The first snow
01:03
2.
Yellowed leaves, Op. 31 - I. Andante
02:21
3.
Yellowed leaves, Op. 31 - II. Un poco sostenuto, malinconico e abbandonamente
01:57
4.
Yellowed leaves, Op. 31 - III. Andante cantabile
01:08
5.
Yellowed leaves, Op. 31 - IV. Molto vivace e fantastico
02:24
6.
Yellowed leaves, Op. 31 - V. Molto calmo, ma non troppo lento
02:24
7.
Yellowed leaves, Op. 31 - VI. Vivo
02:42
8.
Yellowed leaves, Op. 31 - VII. Moderato
03:48
9.
A fearful fairy tale, Op. 171
05:46
10.
Tales of an old grandmother, Op. 31 - I. Moderato
01:55
11.
Tales of an old grandmother, Op. 31 - II. Andantino
01:14
12.
Pohadka (fairy tale), JW VII-5 - I. Con moto
04:59
13.
Pohadka (fairy tale), JW VII-5 - II. Con moto
04:01
14.
Pohadka (fairy tale), JW VII-5 - III. Allegro
02:36
15.
Piano sonata No. 1, Op. 129 - I. Largo
06:24
16.
Three tales, Op. 9 - II. Allegro alla serenata, con alcuna licenza
04:07
17.
Four tales, Op. 34 - II. Allegro cantabile e leggiero
02:30
18.
Four tales, Op. 26 - III. Narrante a piacere
02:26
19.
Two tales, Op. 20 - II. Pesante. Minaccioso
04:03
20.
Fairy tale about the forgotten homeland - II. Winter dance
02:09

Total time: 00:59:57

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Original Recording Format

Amplifiers

Hegel H30

Cables

Furutech custom microphone cables, LineFlux XLR, NanoFluc NCF, FS-a36

Digital Converters

Hapi, Merging Technologies

Editing Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Mastering Engineer

Brendon Heinst, Tom Caulfield (DSD 512)

Microphones

DPA 4006A, Sonodore RCM-402

Network Equipment

Furutech NCF Boosters, CAD Ground Control GC1, RTFS Acoustics, JCAT M12 Switch Gold, NET Card FEMTO

Notes

DSD 512 Stereo files created by Tom Caulfield at the NativeDSD Mastering Lab using Jussi Laako's latest EC modulators from Signalyst

Piano

Steinway Model D-274

Power Conditioners

Furutech

Producer

Brendon Heinst

Recording Engineer

Brendon Heinst, Ernst Spyckerelle

Recording Location

Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven on April 8-10, 2019

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

Speakers

KEF Blade Two

SKU

TTK0041

Release Date August 8, 2019
SKU TTK0041

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