Four Fantasies: Scriabin, Schumann, Beethoven, Chopin (2018)

Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin

Anna Fedorova

We all have fantasies which we love to dive into. On this Album, I will be diving into the fantasy worlds of several of the most celebrated composers. In music, the ‘fantasie’ is one of the freest genres and each composer explores it in his own way.

For this Album I have chosen some of my favourites. The recording opens and closes with two fantasy-sonatas (‘Sonata quasi una Fantasia’ ). In it there is a beautiful symmetry, as well as a common ‘moonlight’ theme. In Beethoven’s case the name ‘Moonlight’ was given to his sonata op. 27 no. 2 posthumously by the German music critic and poet Ludwig Rellstab (and although Beethoven had no such intention for this, the name really stuck to it). As for Scriabin’s sonata it’s quite a different story. We know from his notes that he worked on the  piece during his honeymoon in Crimea and that he took his inspiration from a beautiful quiet night while sitting and admiring the sea view in the light of a full moon.

Of the two other fantasies on this album, the Fantasy op. 49 by Chopin, a piece which has been so long in my repertoire, is a most profound, powerful and  dramatic work. There is a deeply intense and powerful struggle for survival throughout the piece, starting with a marche funebre at the begining, followed by a pure chorale-prayer in the middle and to close, a heavenly recitative of the soul.The ‘central’ work on this recording is Schumann’s Fantasy op. 17, which I had been in love with long before I started playing it. Schumann wrote the first movement when he had fallen madly in love with Clara but couldn’t be with her because of her father’s objections. There is so much passion, tenderness, hope and frustration, agitation and calmness in this music. The second and third movements were composed somewhat later - the second being a celebration in a glorious and positive spirit, while the third travels to an extra dimension. It is simply the music of heaven.

All together the four fantasies make a really beautiful and varied program which I do hope everyone will enjoy!

- Anna Fedorova, pianist

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Anna Fedorova

Anna Fedorova is one of the world's premier pianists. From an early age, she demonstrated an innate musical maturity and outstanding technical abilities. Her international concert career took off while she was only a child, and audiences around the world were stunned by the depth and power of her musical expression. Critics have praised Anna's signature “sweet modesty and wild expression,” which rendered listeners “completely taken by surprise, compelled and astonished.”

Anna has claimed top prizes at numerous international piano competitions, including the International Rubinstein 'In Memoriam' piano competition, the Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for young pianists, the Lyon Piano Competition, and recently became recipient of the Verbier Festival Academy Award. She is also two-time laureate of the Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Scholarship Award at the International Keyboards Institute & Festival (New York, USA). A graduate of the Lysenko School of Music in Kyiv (studio of Borys Fedorov), Anna is currently a student of Norma Fisher at the Royal College of Music in London, she is David Young Piano Prize Holder supported by a Soiree d’Or Award and Keyboard Trust. Additionally, Anna studies at the prestigious Accademia Pianistica in Imola, Italy under professor Leonid Margarius. She has also received artistic guidance from world renowned pianists such as Alfred Brendel and Menahem Pressler, and is regularly mentored by Steven Isserlis and Andras Schiff.

She has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Having mastered a formidable concerto repertoire, she played with orchestras around the world.

In September 2013 Anna performed Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto at the opening of the season of Sunday Morning Concerts series at the Great hall of the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. The recording of this concert has 19 million views on YouTube so far and is highly praised among renowned musicians. It is the Concerto with the most views on YouTube:

photo: Marco Borggreve

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Four Fantasies: Scriabin, Schumann, Beethoven, Chopin (2018)

Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin

Anna Fedorova

    Audiophile Audition -

[Beethoven]: (...) Federova’s delivery of the arpeggiated, sequential chord literally shimmers with sensitive inflection, studied, thoughtful, and emotionally compelling, given the dreamy, improvisatory character of the first movement. (...) fortissimi and sforzati project a potent, unapologetic energy. Liquid runs, a defined bass line, and seamless roulades define a most gratifying rendition of perhaps the most over-performed of all piano sonatas, but here in refreshed figures.

    Luister 10

(...) Een prachtige poëtische verteltrant (...) Wat wel duidelijk is: de rode draad (allemaal fantasieën) is niet alleen doordacht, de vertolkingen zijn dat idem dito.

Maurice Wiche

    Gramophone - High Fidelity Section

An exciting set of solo works played by Anna Feferova, captured with superb concert-hall atmosphere by Dutch label Channel Classics.


An exciting set of solo piano works played by Anna Fedorova, captured with superb concert-hall atmosphere by Dutch label Channel Classics.

Andrew Everard

    Klassieke Zaken

Wenneke Savenije Een welluidende ode aan de fantasie (...) Pianomuziek is haar moedertaal en die natuurlijke vertrouwdheid met de piano geeft Fedorova de instrumentale vrijheid om zich emotioneel helemaal onder te dompelen in de Four Fantasies op deze cd. (...) Ook de verfijnde opnametechniek verdient alle lof.

    De Gelderlander - 5 stars

Maarten-Jan Dongelmans (...) Stemmingswisselingen en rijke kleurschakeringen worden optimaal in kaart gebracht (...) (...) Mood swings and rich color nuances are optimally performed (...)

    Opus Klassiek

(…) de goed gedoseerde spanningsopbouw, de kleurenrijkdom die zij in haar spel legt, de fraaie fraseringen, de overtuigende agogiek, de pulserende ritmiek zonder nodeloos afleidende accenten en de dynamische proportionaliteit. The well-dosed tension build-up, the richness of colors that she puts into her playing, the beautiful phrasing, the convincing agogics, the pulsating rhythm without unnecessary distracting accents and the dynamic proportionality.

Four Fantasies: Scriabin, Schumann, Beethoven, Chopin (2018)

Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin

Anna Fedorova

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Executive Producers: Michiel Boreel, Nicholas l Lhasz, Stanislas Cozon, Shigeki Nakauchi, Anne Catuogno, Jerzy Czubak, Yann Rotaru Jacqui and Howard Schwartz, Jane and Walter Feddersen, Shanna Sullivan
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
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Producer: Jared Sacks
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Recording location: Big Hall, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, The Netherlands (July 2018)
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Speakers: Grimm LS1
Special Thanks To: Bart Rijckaert, Raul Ornelas, Alexei Borchevski, Richard S. Wright, Arjen te Nijenhuis, Natalya Goryacheva and to all anonymous donors.
Tuner: Charles Rademaker

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Sonata No. 2 in G sharp Minor (Sonata-Fantasie) - Andante
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