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Oleg Polyanskiy
At first I want to tell you about the name - From Bloom to Gloom and Back to Front. All of us know what a human life consists of. Sometimes we feel the bright world, full of joy and energy, sometimes we feel like motherless children. So we all know times of bloom and times of gloom. But it depends only on our spirit if we are able to find the power inside ourselves to return to the first one. In my opinion this motivation should be also the way of true art, true music...

5. The Dream Master (Oleg Polyanskiy)
I would regard this piano version of The Dream Master as a prelude to more extended and ambitious project, based on Roger Zelanzny's novel. I've been so impressed by this masterpiece of science fiction literature. In Fact The Dream Master by R. Zelazny is drama of human pride, the story of Sculptor - man who creates happy dreams for his patients and considers himself a God. However it has nothing to do with moralistic story of rise and fall. This is a real tragedy of Ikarus of the Future, tragedy of his love and creation.

7. Take a Pebble/Benny the Bouncer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
I have always been inspired by not only Keith Emerson's keyboard skills but also by his music thought. Certainly he is the central figure of modern rock piano (I would way W. Horovitz and O. Peterson of rock). But I never stop wondering how he can feel the quintessence of Russian mentality in music so clear, being an Englishman? Listen to Keith's arrangements of M. Musorgskiy or S. Prokofiev. He does them precisely according to music spirit of these composers. As for K. Emerson's own music, that's an incredible synthesis of classic, jazz and rock. The most interesting moment here is harmony (in rock music, rather in pieces of B. Bartok, D. Shostakovich, S. Prokofiev or in contemporary jazz harmony.

9. On the Wild Run Variations (Oleg Polyanskiy)
What could I play after the furious Toccata? The answer was: to make my own Toccata or variations with innuendo about Prokofiev's piece. On the Wild Run Variations were born from the crazy bass riff on 5/8, which is leading to the mad theme and further into the total and spontaneous improvisation. I hope you'll enjoy it!

 


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