Grieg - Lyric Pieces / Mendelssohn - Lieder ohne Worte

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GRIEG / MENDELSSOHN
Grieg - Lyric Pieces / Mendelssohn - Lieder ohne Worte
Denis Kozhukhin (piano)

[ Pentatone / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 28 June 2019

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On his new solo album, Russian star pianist Denis Kozhukhin presents a personal and colourful collection of character pieces taken from Mendelssohn's Lieder ohne Worte and Edvard Grieg's Lyric Pieces. Combing these miniature gems by two outstanding poets of music, Kozhukhin provides a shining example of how disarmingly touching and penetrating a simple song or a vision of nature captured in sound can be. The programme features classics such as Mendelssohn's Venetian Gondola Song and Grieg's Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, as well as less famous but equally enchanting pieces. Kozhukhin lifts out the noble simplicity of these works with his delicate playing.Denis Kozhukhin has established himself as one of the greatest pianists of his generation. He now presents the fifth chapter to his exclusive collaboration with Pentatone, after albums with the piano concertos of Grieg and Tchaikovsky (2016), Brahms Ballades and Fantasies (2017), Ravel and Gershwin piano concertos, as well as Richard Strauss' Burleske (both 2018).

"Once in a while a piano recording comes along that really plucks at the heart-strings. Denis Kozhukhin's compilation of miniatures by Mendelssohn and Grieg is one such...He brings to the table a perfect balance between spontaneity and control, teamed with infinite variety of touch and timbre. Every phrase is imbued with sensitivity and luminous beauty." Gramophone Editor's Choice September 2019

Tracks:

Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 19

1) no. 1: Andante con moto in E Major
2) no. 2: Andante espressivo in A Minor
3) no. 3: Molto allegro e vivace in A Major
4) no. 5: Piano agitato in F-sharp Minor

Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 30

5) no. 2: Allegro di molto in B Minor
6) no. 6: Allegretto tranquillo in F-sharp Minor (Venetianisches Gondellied)

Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 38

7) no. 2: Allegro non troppo in C Minor
8) no. 6: Andante con moto in A-flat Major (Duett)

Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 62

9) no. 3: Andante maestoso in E Minor

Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 67

10) no. 2: Allegro leggiero in F-sharp Minor
11) no. 4: Presto in C Major

Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 102

12) no. 3: Presto in C Major (Kinderstück)

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907): Lyrical Pieces, Op. 12

13) no. 1: Arietta
14) no. 2: Waltz
15) no. 4: Elves' dance

Edvard Grieg: Lyrical Pieces, Op. 38

16) no. 4: Dance
17) no. 6: Elegy

Edvard Grieg: Lyrical Pieces, Op. 43

18) no. 1: Butterfly
19) no. 4: Little bird
20) no. 6: To Spring

Edvard Grieg: Lyrical Pieces, Op. 47

21) no. 7: Elegy

Edvard Grieg: Lyrical Pieces, Op. 54

22) no. 3: March of the Trolls
23) no. 4: Notturno
24) no. 5: Scherzo

Edvard Grieg: Lyrical Pieces, Op. 62

25) no. 4: Brooklet

Edvard Grieg: Lyrical Pieces, Op. 65

26) no. 6: Wedding Day at Troldhaugen