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Piano music by one of the most significant Croatian composers of the 20th century.

Born in the German spa town of Honnef am Rhein, Boris Papandopulo (1906-91) has emerged as one of the most significant Croatian musicians of the 20th century. Son of the Greek nobleman Konstantin Papandopulo and the famous Croatian opera singer Maja Strozzi-Pecic, he arrived in Zagreb in 1910. He studied conducting in Vienna and composition at the Zagreb Music Academy. He was an extremely prolific composer, with several hundred works in his catalog. His distinctive stylistic pluralism is evident in his solo piano music. His style is marked by its eclecticism and the artful manner in which various music idioms are brought together. This recording, performed by the distinguished pianist Nicholas Phillips, is the first devoted to Papandopulo's music.
Contents:
Boris Papandopulo, composer
Scherzo fantastico
Nicholas Phillips, piano

Boris Papandopulo, composer
Sonatina
Nicholas Phillips, piano

Boris Papandopulo, composer
10X1: Ten Musical Impressions Each Lasting One Minute
Nicholas Phillips, piano

Boris Papandopulo, composer
Partita
Nicholas Phillips, piano

Boris Papandopulo, composer
Eight Studies
Nicholas Phillips, piano

Review:
"The Scherzo fantastico...is a tremendous work, played with a bejeweled accuracy by Nicholas Phillips. ...Rewarding listening." (Fanfare)

"It's hard to imagine more committed performances of Papandopulo's piano pieces than these by...Nicholas Phillips..." (BBC Music Magazine)

"This new Albany collection of five piano works...show Papandopulo as an adept and ebullient composer for the instrument. ...Nicholas Phillips's playing is razor-sharp yet wonderfully spirited, tossing off the most demanding passages with just the offhand aplomb needed to make them at once effortless (As the composer intended) and tonally resplendent." (American Record Guide)
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