Elena Riu "Piano Icons of 21st Century" CD

Elena Riu "Piano Icons of 21st Century" CD

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Piano Icons For The 21st Century is an exceptionally performed collection of contemporary piano works by Pärt, Janácek, Sculthorpe and Mompou, plus the world premiere recording of John Tavener's Ypakoë.

'A fascinating compilation... Riu's playing is entrancing.' Classic CD

Elena Riu, with her mixture of radicalism and unworldliness is the perfect interpreter of John Tavener.' The Independent

All the works are spellbinding in Riu's readings.' American Record Guide

‘...a remarkably enterprising and imaginative young pianist...the Mompou receives a superb performance, relishing every delicate change of colour and texture...' International Piano

Piano Icons For The 21st Century was widely acclaimed upon its release and named a Gramophone ‘Critics' Choice': 'my disc of 2000 is without hesitation Elena Riu's extraordinarily fine CD.' John Tavener was inspired to write his first major solo work for piano in over twenty years after hearing Elena play. She premiered Ypakoë, a series of meditations on the death of Jesus, at the City of London Festival. The programme also includes Janacek's In The Mist, an intensely personal and darkly hued cycle, plus an intriguing collection of miniatures by three composers who, in her view, are on a similar wavelength: Peter Sculthorpe, the late Catalan composer Federico Mompou, and Arvo Pärt.


  1. Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka
  2. Djilile
  3. Ypakoë: I. Arise, O God
  4. Ypakoë: II. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent
  5. Ypakoë: III. Weep Not for Me, O Mother
  6. Ypakoë: IV. The Lord Awoke as One That Sleepeth
  7. Ypakoë: V. Remember Us Also, O Lord
  8. A Little Book of Hours: VI. Singing Sun
  9. In The Mists, Jw VIII/22: I. Andante
  10. In The Mists, Jw VIII/22: II. Molto Adagio
  11. In The Mists, Jw VIII/22: III. Andantino
  12. In The Mists, Jw VIII/22: IV. Presto
  13. Night Pieces: No. 1, Snow
  14. Night Pieces: No. 2, Moon
  15. Night Pieces: No. 3, Flowers
  16. Night Pieces: No. 4, Night
  17. Night Pieces: No. 5, Stars
  18. Charmes: Pour endormir la souffrance
  19. Charmes: Pour pénétrer les âmes
  20. Charmes: Pour inspirer l'amour
  21. Charmes: Pour les guérisons
  22. Charmes: Pour évoquer l'image du passé
  23. Charmes: Pour appeler la joie