Autumn Songs
Youri Egorog

KTC 1520 . 2CD . 8711801015200 . 17/04/2016 . Etcetera Records

Youri Egorog

Autumn Songs

Composer(s):
  • Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • Dmitri Sjostakovitsj (1906-1975)
  • Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
  • Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
  • Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • Sergej Prokofiev (1891-1953)
  • Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
  • Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Artist(s):

A Russian prince He knew that he would die young: his friend Svetlana said that this was the Leitmotiv of Yuri Egorov’s life. She had met the young Russian pianist from Kazan during the 1975 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, during which time he had told her that he would prefer to stay in the West because he could be himself here. Svetlana displays a bundle of letters in which he later openly wrote about his homosexuality and his experiences in Amsterdam. He missed his family and, not wanting to put them in danger, returned to Russia.

“Autumn, our poor garden is all falling down, The yellowed leaves are flying in the wind.” (Alexei Tolstoy)

It was once said that Yuri Egorov was like a historical prince, with his good and bad points visible to all. He was shunned by the Concertgebouw Orchestra after having turned up late for a rehearsal. He smoked marijuana, drank and participated fully in the Amsterdam scene during the 1980s. He also, however, possessed charm, integrity and sovereignty.

Yuri Egorov was just 33 when he died from meningitis on 18 April 1988. He had been scheduled to perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto with the Concertgebouw Orchestra the following month.

Piet Tullenaar

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Track listing

CD1
1 Theme and Variations in F major, opus 19, no. 6 11:50
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)'
2 Autumn Song from The Seasons, opus 37a, no. 10 in d minor 05:23
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)'
3 Prelude and Fugue in G major, opus 87 03:57
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Dmitri Sjostakovitsj (1906-1975)'
4 Etude no. 3 in g-sharp minor, La Campanella 04:55
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Franz Liszt (1811-1886)'
5 Suite for piano, opus 14 09:46
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Béla Bartók (1881-1945)'
6 Intermezzo opus 117, no 1 E-flat major 04:34
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)'
7 Intermezzo opus 117, no 2 b-flat minor 04:14
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)'
8 Intermezzo opus 117, no 3 c-sharp minor 05:52
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)'
9 Piano sonata no 3 in a minor, opus 28 08:41
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Sergej Prokofiev (1891-1953)'
CD2
1 Sonata in d minor, K.9 03:31
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)'
2 Sonata in d minor, K.32 02:57
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)'
3 Sonata in b minor, K.87 06:50
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)'
4 Sonata in G major, K.125 02:01
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)'
5 Sonata in G major, K.159 02:14
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)'
6 Sonata in A major, K.322 03:00
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)'
7 Sonata in B major, K.380 05:08
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)'
8 Sonata in F major, K.518 04:58
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)'
9 Miroirs - Noctuelles 04:52
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)'
10 Miroirs - Oiseaux tristes 04:17
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)'
11 Miroirs - Une Barque sur l’Océan 06:40
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)'
12 Miroirs - Alborado del Grazioso 06:28
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)'
13 Miroirs - La Vallée des cloches 05:39
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)'
14 Autumn Song from The Seasons, opus 37a, no. 10 in d minor 05:40
artists: 'Youri Egorov'
composers: 'Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)'