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SOKOLOV, GRIGORY

THE SALZBURG RECITAL
Releasedatum: 16-01-2015
Herkomst: NL
Item-nr: 3347141
EAN: 0028947943426
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Recensie

De Russische pianist Grigory Sokolov (1950) won op zijn zestiende de International Tchaikovsky Competition. Lange tijd bleef deze laatste der grote Titanen buiten het zicht van het Westerse publiek. Pas door de val van de Muur kon het publiek in het Westen van zijn sublieme spel genieten De eigenzinnige Sokolov is alleen gefocust op de muziek. Hij maakt geen studio opnamen en geeft geen interviews. Door deze ietwat excentrieke benadering weet Sokolov zich helemaal voor de muziek te geven. Voor het eerst sinds 1996 is er nieuw album, met twee sonates van Mozart en de 24 Preludes opus 28 van Chopin opgenomen mocht worden. Tezamen met zes toegiften van Scriabin, Rameau en Bach een memorabel live album met fantastische interpretaties van Sokolov. In mei zal hij in diverse plaatsen optreden.


Grigory Sokolov: The Salzburg Recital 2008

Bach, J S:
Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'
arr. Sokolov. Encore
Chopin:
Preludes (24), Op. 28
Mazurka No. 47 in A minor, Op. 68 No. 2
Mazurka No. 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3
Mozart:
Piano Sonata No. 2 in F, K280
Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K332
Rameau:
Les Sauvages
Scriabin:
Poèmes, Op. 69 Nos. 1 & 2
Grigory Sokolov (piano)



This is Grigory Sokolov’s “debut” recital on Deutsche Grammophon, an outstanding live recording from the Salzburg Festival 2008 of central repertoire: W.A. Mozart, F. Chopin & 6 encores.

At last - after 20 years - the maestro has agreed to allow his recordings to be released on CD - now as an exclusive DG artist. Regarded as one of the world’s leading pianists, and adored by his public in sold-out concerts, Grigory Sokolov is the real thing – an artist dedicated to his art, and nothing else.


Meer informatie over Grigory Sokolov:


Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov is perhaps something of an enigmatic, reclusive figure, both on the concert platform and even more so on disc. Although he was awarded first prize at the 1966 International Tchaikovsky Competition at the age of 16, he was relatively little-known outside Russia until the late 1980s.

While of course all artists have their lists of requests and requirements, Sokolov is known for being particularly demanding in this area. For instance, he will not enter the recording studio, instead allowing only live, entirely unedited and unpatched recordings of his concerts to appear on disc. Furthermore, he is extremely fastidious in his rehearsal and performance conditions: he will not perform concertos, as rehearsal time with orchestras is too limited, he refuses to play on a piano that is more than five years old, and insists on almost double the rehearsal time that most pianists are granted, working at great length with his technicians (who are apparently not allowed to touch his piano stool!)

While one might be tempted to view these conditions as somewhat excessive, when you hear his performances, it's almost impossible to disagree with the results. Last year Sokolov signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon, allowing them to release his recordings on disc, and the first fruit of that agreement has appeared today, with a recital from the Salzburg Festival, given on 30th July 2008.

The recital comprised two Mozart Piano Sonatas, both in F major (K280 and K332), as well as the 24 Preludes, op. 28 by Chopin. For me, the Mozart sonatas exemplify the essence of Sokolov's playing: he can do things with a melody that are just amazing. The way he phrases Mozart's slow movements is a joy to hear: thoughtful and individual without being fussy, he makes those melodies sing in a way that is incomparable.

This gift for lyricism is equally present in the Chopin: the F sharp major prelude is the epitome of beauty; it's so extraordinarily played, and as dazzled as I was elsewhere in the set by Sokolov's stupefyingly fast passagework and clarity of touch even in the most blisteringly rapid pieces, it was this one out of the twenty-four that I kept coming back to.

Similarly, in the famous D flat major prelude (commonly known as the Raindrop), although I must have heard this piece countless times, Sokolov managed to make it sound so fresh. His tempo here is relatively slow (clocking in at just over seven minutes), but at no stage did I tire of it or think “Oh yes, this one again”: the way he shapes every phrase and draws new colours from the piano in almost every bar is really astonishing. Even the shortest of the pieces, such as the sixteen-bar A major prelude, are sculpted into complete statements with something to say, rather than being despatched as mere throwaway items within the set.

Also included on the disc is Sokolov's generous selection of encores (six in all), ranging from Bach to Scriabin by way of Rameau and two Chopin mazurkas. Sokolov ends with the Bach (Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 639), and after all of the fireworks from the Chopin, it's an inspired, serene way to end his recital, again demonstrating perfectly his extraordinary facility with a melody. There must be many more recordings in Sokolov's archive waiting to be released, and on the strength of this first offering I simply cannot wait to hear more from this stunning artist.
Recensent : Henri Drost
Datum : 18-01-2015
verschenen in Platomania : 324

Tracks

    Disc 1
  1. 1. Allegro Assai (Original Version)
  2. 2. Adagio (Original Version)
  3. 3. Presto (Original Version)
  4. I. Allegro (Original Version)
  5. Ii. Adagio (Original Version)
  6. Iii. Allegro Assai (Original Version)
    Disc 2
  1. No. 1 In C Major: Agitato (Original Version)
  2. No. 2 In A Minor: Lento (Original Version)
  3. No. 3 In G Major: Vivace (Original Version)
  4. No. 4 In E Minor: Largo (Original Version)
  5. No. 5 In D Major: Molto Allegro (Original Version)
  6. No. 6 In B Minor: Lento Assai (Original Version)
  7. No. 7 In A Major: Andantino (Original Version)
  8. No. 8 In F-Sharp Minor: Molto Agitato (Original Version)
  9. No. 9 In E Major: Largo (Original Version)
  10. No. 10 In C-Sharp Minor: Molto Allegro (Original Version)
  11. No. 11 In B Major: Vivace (Original Version)
  12. No. 12 In G-Sharp Minor: Presto (Original Version)
  13. No. 13 In F-Sharp Major: Lento (Original Version)
  14. No. 14 In E-Flat Minor: Allegro (Original Version)
  15. No. 15 In D-Flat Major: Sostenuto (Original Version)
  16. No. 16 In B-Flat Minor: Presto Con Fuoco (Original Version)
  17. No. 17 In A-Flat Major: Allegretto (Original Version)
  18. No. 18 In F Minor: Molto Allegro (Original Version)
  19. No. 19 In E-Flat Major: Vivace (Original Version)
  20. No. 20 In C Minor: Largo (Original Version)
  21. No. 21 In B-Flat Major: Cantabile (Original Version)
  22. No. 22 In G Minor: Molto Agitato (Original Version)
  23. No. 23 In F Major: Moderato (Original Version)
  24. No. 24 In D Minor: Allegro Appassionato (Original Version)
  25. Poème, Op.69 No.1 (Live At Haus Für Mozart, Salzburg / 2008)
  26. Mazurka In A Minor, Op.68 No.2 (Live At Haus Für Mozart, Salzburg / 2008)
  27. Poème, Op.69 No.2 (Live At Haus Für Mozart, Salzburg / 2008)
  28. Mazurka In C Sharp Minor, Op.63 No.3 (Live At Haus Für Mozart, Salzburg / 2008)
  29. Les Sauvages (Suite In G Minor-Major C1728)
  30. Ich Ruf Zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ, Bwv 639 (Live At Haus Für Mozart, Salzburg / 2008)

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