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ARTIST
TITLE
From Mozart to Messiaen (with John Ranck)
FORMAT
2CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
ARB 152CD ARB 152CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
10/16/2015

2007 release. "A stunning performance, like being submerged in a bath of beauty" --organist André Marchal on Irén Marik and John Ranck's Messiaen. Arbiter's third and final volume of Marik's art comprises essential works in her repertoire. Liner notes include a rare interview made when the label located her just east of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. Irén Marik and John Ranck performed as a duo for several decades, with an early interest in Messiaen's Visions de l'Amen; they were among the first to perform the cycle. Marik had an empathy for Liszt and aristocratically played his Sonata in B Minor as a radical musical experiment, off the path of its function as a virtuosic challenge commonly used by most players to exhibit mindless technique. Her Debussy evokes a unique sound-world, with her touch and innuendo transforming her instrument. All of these recordings came to light when Arbiter inherited a box from Marik's estate that had gone unnoticed in a garage redolent of the wild ceremonial sagebrush surrounding her house. Also includes performances of compositions by Bartók (with whom Marik studied), Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, and Schumann.