Variations on a theme by Scarlatti | Mirare MIR213

Variations on a theme by Scarlatti


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Label: Mirare

Cat No: MIR213

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 2nd September 2013



Matan Porat (piano)


Antheil, George

Toccata no.1

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Partita no.1 in B flat major, BWV825
» Gigue

Bartok, Bela

Mikrokosmos: Book 6 (nos.140-153), Sz107 BB105
» no.142 From the Diary of a Fly

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Bagatelles (7), op.33
» no.7 in A flat major

Boulez, Pierre

Notations (12) for piano
» IV Rythmique
» VIII Modere jusqu'a tres vif
» XI Scintillant

Brahms, Johannes

Fantasias (7), op.116
» no.5 Intermezzo in E minor

Chopin, Frederic

Mazurkas (51)
» no.11 in E minor, op.17 no.2

Couperin, Francois

Pieces de clavecin III
» Ordre 19 in D major: La Muse Plantine

Debussy, Claude

Preludes (12), Book 1
» no.6 Des pas sur la neige

Grieg, Edvard

Lyric Pieces: Book 1 (8), op.12
» no.1 Arietta

Janacek, Leos

Intimate Sketches
» Just blind fate?

Kurtag, Gyorgy

Jatekok (Games)
» Doina

Ligeti, Gyorgy

Musica Ricercata
» no.5 Rubato. Lamentoso

Liszt, Franz

Annees de Pelerinage, 1st Year 'Suisse', S160
» no.6 Vallee d'Obermann

Mendelssohn, Felix

Songs without Words (Lieder ohne Worte): Book 5, op.62
» no.1 in G major

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Eine kleine Gigue in G major, K574

Porat, Matan


Satie, Erik

Gnossiennes (6)
» no.2 Avec etonnement

Scarlatti, Domenico

Keyboard Sonata in D minor, K32

Schumann, Robert

Waldszenen, op.82
» no.7 Vogel als Prophet

Scriabin, Alexander

Vers la flamme, op.72

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Dances of the Dolls (7): Suite, op.91b
» I Lyric Waltz

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Pieces (18), op.72
» no.3 Tendres reproches


Matan Porat (piano)


The rising star of a new generation of pianist-composers, Matan Porat here meets the challenge of a visionary programme built up from the basis of Scarlatti's Sonata in D minor K32. The 24 pieces that follow - from Bach to Boulez by way of Chopin and Debussy - all use the same motif, as if they were all variations on a theme. The result is a fascinating network of correspondences and interconnections that, strangely, makes us listen in an entirely new way.

Israel-born pianist and composer, Matan Porat, has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, the Barbican in London and Alhambra’s Palacio Carlos V.

In the 2010-11 season, Porat toured the world with Peter Brook’s new production of Mozart’s 'Magic Flute', in a version for piano solo and 7 singers. He is currently living and working in Berlin. Besides his concerts and commissions, he also plays live music for silent movies, described by Alex Ross of the New Yorker as an “astounding feat of creative musicianship”.

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