[ Naive / 10 CD Box Set ]
Release Date: Thursday 20 September 2012
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"[Grigory Sokolov] has gained an almost mythical status amongst music-lovers and pianophiles throughout the world, and is now considered by many to be the world's greatest living pianist." (Musicweb)
"You'll be left wondering why you haven't heard more about the extraordinary Sokolov...The Op. 25 Etudes? Effortless brilliance, precision, delicacy, and a volcanic eruption at the end which has you hoping the piano had the rest of the week to recover." (BBC Music)
"The 24 Préludes Op. 28 are among Chopin's greatest achievements. Sokolov plays these highly concentrated pieces with poetry and tremendous atmosphere. I especially enjoyed Sokolov's playing of the vigorous second prélude with its repetitive mechanistic tempo and the exquisite fourth prélude which is sweetly and languorously performed. Sokolov communicates a persuasive state of anxiety and depression in the fitful and jerky melody of the eighth prélude and the bright and vivacious eleventh prélude is striking performed." (MusicWeb)
"Beethoven's C major and G major Rondo's, Op. 51 date from 1797 and 1800 respectively and are given performances of astonishing directness by the soloist. Sokolov's playing is full of characteristic insights and never displays any tendency to beautify the music." (MusicWeb)
"The Fourth Prelude (Largo) is played beautifully, with a real sense of sadness and rejection, producing the kind of mood Chopin in his dark moments loved to wallow in. The bright and sprightly #5 (Molto Allegro) provides nice contrast in Sokolov's hands and, all in all, the entire set is well played." (ClassicalNet on the Chopin)
Bach, J S:
The Art of Fugue, BWV1080
Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV826
Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101
Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
Rondo in C major, Op. 51 No. 1
Rondo in G major, Op. 51 No. 2
Rondo a capriccio in G major, Op. 129 'Rage over a lost penny'
Ballades (4), Op. 10
Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5
24 Preludes, Op. 28
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'
12 Études, Op. 25
Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84
Prelude Op. 23 No. 3 in D minor
Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960
Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor, Op. 23
Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 68 'Black Mass'