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Listening Post: David Aladashvili, Opus 13

David Aladashvili, Opus 13 (LP Classics). I like creative CD concepts, and David Aladashvili has come up with a good one. He plays Scriabin’s brief Six Preludes, Op. 13, and follows it up with Robert Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 (the 1837 version). He follows the Schumann with 13 compositions by 13 young, contemporary composers. Born in the Georgia that was once part of the Soviet Union, Aladashvili has a fine touch when it comes to the Schumann. It’s springy, not too rigid, not too overthought, just clear and ringing and fun, too, at times. The boisterous finale is a joy. The Scriabin also shines with a clear and natural tone. The 13 composers represented in the final set (one of them is called “Thirteen”) were apparently solicited by him and although none stood out for me, it’s an interesting mixed bag. This is a live recording, made on Sept. 13, 2013 – and yes, it was a Friday. ΩΩΩ (Mary Kunz Goldman)

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