PHOENIX (2020)


1. ouverture / Frédéric Chopin / Prelude Op. 28, No. 18 in F Minor 0:37
2. seeds of soul / Erik Satie (1866–1925) / Gnossienne No. 1 0:44
3. power of fire / Béla Bartók (1881–1945) / Allegro Barbaro, Sz. 49 0:37
4. nature / Fazil Say (1970*) / Black Earth (Kara Toprak) 0:51
5. lullaby / Marco Annau (1971*) / Ninni – arr. for Maria Radutu by Marco Annau 0:58
6. passion / Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971) / Tango 1940 0:42
7. lost love / Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959) / Chôros No. 5 – Alma Brasileira 0:33
8. phoenix / Franz Liszt (1811–1886) / Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S. 514 1:18
9. acceptance / Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714–1787) / Dance of the Blessed Spirits from “Orpheus and Eurydice” arr. by Giovanni Sgambati 0:51
10. rebirth / Marco Annau (1971*) / Crossing Lines – commissioned work for PHOENIX 0:47
11. freedom / George Gershwin (1898–1937) / Three Preludes for Piano 1:05
12. finale / Mikael Karlsson (1976*) / Sovereign – commissioned work for PHOENIX based on the Finale from the ballet “Blanc” by Daniel Proietto 1:21

About Album

Nominated for OPUS KLASSIK 2021

Maria Radutu’s new piano solo album Phoenix is her answer to the question: how do you create a musical rebirth? We travel the path from the volatile youth, accelerating into a storm of flaming destruction, leading the way to a new world of musical styles and the sovereign maturity that illuminates different perspectives and opens up new experiences. A journey of cheerfulness and melancholy, obsession and balance and the inner richness of perceiving all these emotions in one evening.

PHOENIX is the transformation of the young, passionate and unrestrained soul, through outburst and loss, towards maturity and sovereignty – my answer to the question of how to create a musical rebirth. (Maria Radutu)

The beginning is built on works that focus on a solitary, strong emotion, with themes from romantic, folk and world music. Like our young soul, we dive into every single piece so deeply that we become engulfed by it’s feeling until we can no longer think of anything else.

Chopin’s rebellious prelude starts the album with fearless virtuosity, Satie’s melancholy makes us forget time and space, Say’s “Black Earth” rattles our basic trust with dark, folkloric sounds. Of course, we cannot forget the memory of lost love, which still hurts in the last bars of Villa Lobos’ “Alma Brasileira”.

Then comes Mephisto, who inevitably lets all these extreme emotions culminate and perish in a storm of flaming destruction – Liszt’s hallucinating waltz of which “only ash remains” forms the climax and turning point of the album.

Gluck’s melody from Orpheus and Eurydice is the moment when Orpheus steps towards Elysium, walking among the blessed spirits who have accepted the loss of their past lives. Only then can something new emerge: the space for a fusion of styles, a new world of musical expression in which old beauty melts into a modern musical surrounding.

PHOENIX is not about what’s best between old and new, cheerfulness and sadness, obsession and balance, rather it is about the inner richness of perceiving all these emotional worlds in one evening.

Artist: Maria Radutu
Release Date: 16-10-2020
Genre: Classical Piano
People: Maria Radutu (Piano)