Alexander Romanovksy’s latest recording Childhood Memories (Decca Classics) is available to pre-order on iTunes. Childhood Memories will be Romanovsky’s fifth Decca recording following his four critically acclaimed recordings on the label: Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Brahms/Schumann, Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux and Corelli Variations, and most recently Russian Faust.
Childhood Memories is the name of the suite of short scenes written by American composer Alexey Shor in 2014. “His transparent writing and astonishingly touching way of expressing his musical ideas through mixing different styles from quasi- Baroque to romanticism and movie like melodies are what makes this work so special and appealing to the listener”, says Mr Romanovsky. It is completed by a set of pieces which represent the personal “childhood memories” of the Ukrainian pianist, including the little masterworks of Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin, Bach, Debussy, Rachmaninov – music he played in the early stages of his musical life and from which he drew inspiration. His never ending love for these pieces is evidenced by the fact that he is continuously bringing these pieces to the audiences performing them often as encores.
Mr Romanovksy continues, “It’s a very intimate album as it treats a subject which is so personal and dear to every person – our childhood. This fresh album is touching in many ways and is giving us a chance to come back to our very selves.”
Childhood Memories was recorded in Teldex studio in Berlin and Mahler’s Toblach in Italy in March 2017 and will be released on 26 May 2017.