[ Deutsche Grammophon / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Wednesday 20 January 2016
Grigory Sokolov is an exceptional artist. He is regarded as one of the world's leading pianists and adored by his audience in sold-out concerts - dedicated to his art, and nothing else.
His debut album on Deutsche Grammophon "Salzburg Recital" was a huge success and is the best-selling frontline core classical release this year to date.
With Schubert & Beethoven we have another hit in our hands: Grigory Sokolov plays late masterworks by Schubert, including the much-loved Impromptus, and Beethoven's mighty "Hammerklavier" Sonata, finishing with six impeccable encores by Rameau and Brahms
This outstanding recital is culled from concerts in Warsaw and Salzburg. Salzburger Nachrichten claimed: "Wherever he plays, the utopia of ultimate satisfaction is closer than ever… "
An hour of Schubert comprising some of his best-loved piano music (the Impromptus in A flat and G flat major, with rippling arpeggios and timeless melodies), and three of his late piano works that search out the depths of his art (look at an excerpt here: https://youtu.be/oOVJBE5Utvc )
Beethoven's longest piano sonata - one of the famous "late" sonatas - explores the whole range of the extended keyboard then available to him. It lasts over 45 minutes and is one of his most over-the-top works -with its huge fugal finale that has been known to drive listeners crazy. Sokolov has it all under control.
After Mozart & Chopin this new live recording is another pianistic landmark release.
"listening to Sokolov, you know unequivocally that you are in the presence of someone extraordinary, someone possessing special insights and a thoroughly individual way of articulating, clarifying and communing with music so that his interpretations seem to find its very heart." (Daily Telegraph on the previous Salzburg recital)
"An idiosyncratic but beautifully co-ordinated production, this fine recital, and I highly recommend it." (AudAud.com)
"A superbly engineered disc, the piano sound is warm and sumptuous. This is incandescent playing from a charismatic player." (Recording of the Month MusicWeb March 2016)
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 'Hammerklavier'
4 Impromptus, D899
Klavierstücke (3), D946
Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op. 117 No. 2
Les tendres plaintes
Pièces de Clavecin 1724: Les Tourbillons