180g Vinyl Triple LP!
Grigory Sokolovs relationship with Deutsche Grammophon deepens with release of a captivating live album of late masterworks, including Schuberts Four Impromptus D899 and Beethovens Hammerklavier Sonata.
Grigory Sokolov is recognized as a titan among classical musicians. The Russian pianists interpretative insights and visionary musicianship arise from absolute dedication to his art and total immersion in every piece he performs. His Deutsche Grammophon debut album of works by Mozart and Chopin, The Salzburg Recital, ended an extended period during which he issued no new recordings. It drew worldwide critical acclaim, received a coveted ECHO Klassik Award, and became one of the Yellow Label's best-selling core classical titles of 2015. Sokolovs 2016 release is poised to join its predecessor as a major landmark of the piano catalogue. Sokolov: Schubert/Beethoven confirms why audiences are prepared to queue overnight for a chance to hear the maestros peerless artistry.
Sokolovs new 3LP set comprises interpretations of such late masterworks by Schubert as the Four Impromptus D899 (including a spellbinding account of the Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major) and Beethovens monumental Hammerklavier Sonata. It also presents beguiling readings of a generous selection of encores: five sparkling miniatures by Jean-Philippe Rameau and Brahmss Intermezzo in B flat minor Op. 117 No. 2. The Beethoven and the encore pieces, recorded live at the 2013 Salzburg Festival, were greeted with ecstatic press reviews. The Salzburger Nachrichten described Sokolovs music-making as a miracle of pictorial pianism, while Seen and Heard International was convinced that no one alive, and perhaps ever, on whatever instrument, has played Rameau with such distinction.
Beethovens Hammerklavier makes extreme technical and musical demands on the artist, as it probes the limits of the keyboard and piano writing. The four-movement work, written in 181718 and lasting 52 minutes in Sokolovs interpretation, was completed at a time of great emotional turmoil in the composers life. Sokolovs approach to the piece counterbalances its heroic striving with rare glimpses into the scores underlying lyricism and intense poetic spirit. In its review of Sokolovs Salzburg recital, Der Tagespiegel noted that the pianist possesses not only a superior technique and a more refined sense of style than others, but also a whole added dimension. In the last movement of the Hammerklavier one usually hears the conversation of different voices, but he also creates the space in which that dialogue is taking place.
Sokolovs Schubert was recorded live at Warsaws Philharmonic Concert Hall in May 2013. It opens with the Four Impromptus D899 and is crowned by readings of the Three Piano Pieces D946, sublime works completed not long before the composers death in 1828.
"With a piano giant like Sokolov, its hard to keep enthusiasm bottled." - The Times, January 2015
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
4 Impromptus, Op. 90
1. No. 1 in C minor - Allegro molto moderato
2. No. 2 in E Flat Major - Allegro
3. No. 3 in G Flat Major - Andante
4. No. 4 in A Flat Major - Allegretto
5. No. 1 in E Flat minor - Allegro asai
6. No. 2 in E Flat - Allegretto
7. No. 3 in C - Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
9. Scherzo (Assai vivace - Presto - Prestissimo - Tempo I)
10. Adagio sostenuto
11. Largo - Allegro risoluto
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
Premier livre de pieces de clavecin Suite in D minor-Major
12. Les tendres plaintes
13. Les tourbillons
14. Les cyclopes
15. La follette
Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin Suite in G Major
16. Les sauvages
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
17. Intermezzi Op. 117 in B Flat minor, No. 2