We take an insider look into what went on 'behind the CD' with pianist Biliana Tzinlikova!
Although the ideas for my CDs often appear as a
bit of a
this doesn't mean that there is no connection
to me and my musician-being.
case of my newest Heller Variations CD,
I used to love
his melodic etudes when I was a pupil at
I didn`t play many of them, but the few I played,
I liked very, very much.
Sometimes there are invisible conections
from the past to the
future and we only realize later,
that they have being there the whole time.
The same thing happenned with Heller: at some
I was busy making the Hoffmeister CDs,
I looked for Heller`s piano music. I knew, that
he had composed many pieces for piano and I also knew,
that people don`t know about this.
The rest was nothing new
after my Hoffmeister discoveries as
I have already had experience along the way on how
to look for 'not-famous' music:-).
Variations are one of my favorite music forms,
because it gives so many possibilities to understand
music. So I decided to record these 3 Variation Cycles.
The challenge while recording this CD was to create a bridge
between the late Beethoven Variations and the
earlier Variations Brillantes op. 5 and the
even earlier Paganini Variations op. 1.
I say "bridge" and with this I mean the recording sessions:
it was difficult to make the "jumps"
from one Cycle to the next.
Heller was a pianist, who was breathing deeply inside
of his soul and body the piano "air" of the time:
he was listening carefully to all of
his colleages such as Schumann, Chopin, Liszt,
Berlioz etc. He composed exlusively for piano
and was himself a very good pianist.
The way he composes is delicate, smart and special,
because he lets us hear all the aesthetic ideas
of piano music from that time, but in his own style.
Perhaps the invisible connections that I have already
spoken about make the recording
shine in a special "colour".
You can buy the Heller Variations on Paladino Music here, the CD will also be available on Amazon and all good music shops! Follow and be a fan of
Biliana Tzinlikova on her Hello Stage page!