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A Fearful Fairy Tale

by Helena Basilova

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1.
Bagri: Fairy tale about the forgotten homeland: I. The first snow
2.
3.
Myaskovsky: Yellowed leaves, Op. 31: II. Un poco sostenuto, malinconico e abbandonamente
4.
Myaskovsky: Yellowed leaves, Op. 31: III. Andante cantabile
5.
Myaskovsky: Yellowed leaves, Op. 31: IV. Molto vivace e fantastico
6.
Myaskovsky: Yellowed leaves, Op. 31: V. Molto calmo, ma non troppo lento
7.
Myaskovsky: Yellowed leaves, Op. 31: VI. Vivo
8.
Myaskovsky: Yellowed leaves, Op. 31: VII. Moderato
9.
Firsova: A fearful fairy tale, Op. 171
10.
Prokofiev: Tales of an old grandmother, Op. 31: I. Moderato
11.
Prokofiev: Tales of an old grandmother, Op. 31: II. Andantino
12.
Janáček: Pohádka (fairy tale), JW VII/5: I. Con moto
13.
Janáček: Pohádka (fairy tale), JW VII/5: II. Con moto
14.
Janáček: Pohádka (fairy tale), JW VII/5: III. Allegro
15.
Schnittke: Piano sonata No. 1, Op. 129: I. Largo
16.
Medtner: Three tales, Op. 9: II. Allegro alla serenata, con alcuna licenza
17.
Medtner: Four tales, Op. 34: II. Allegro cantabile e leggiero
18.
Medtner: Four tales, Op. 26: III. Narrante a piacere
19.
Medtner: Two tales, Op. 20: II. Pesante. Minaccioso
20.
Bagri: Fairy tale about the forgotten homeland: II. Winter dance

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There are two words for truth in Russian: Pravda for objective truth and Ishtina for transcendental truth, that what you know but cannot explain. While Helena’s previous solo albums - with music from Janacek and Scriabin - were each in their own way quite personal to her, this time she wanted more Ishtina than Pravda. She wanted a story that was not just personal for her but representative of her. And Helena’s personal story is one of multitudes. Of departures and forgetting, discovery and loss, of glimmers of understanding, and feelings of coherence in oceans of confusing false certainties.

This collection of music is meant as a story in itself, each piece included for the power it has to forge a connection that needed the story to be forged. And so it was with the piece that inspired the album.

This album - of stories and a story in itself - is Helena’s tribute, to fairy tales and her homeland.

Excerpts from the album notes by Wouter de Iongh.

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releases August 2, 2019

recording & mastering: Brendon Heinst
assistant engineer: Ernst Spyckerelle
cover photography: Anna Maria Olech

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Helena Basilova Amsterdam, Netherlands

Among the many clichés surrounding Russia, perhaps none is more persistent than a nostalgia Russians supposedly feel for a time they may never have known. Helena Basilova, born in Russia to two established pianists/composers but raised in the Netherlands, subverts all other stereotypes. But her personal history did - undeniably - instill her with a sense of melancholy. ... more

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