[ Deutsche Grammophon / 3 CD/DVD ]
Release Date: Friday 12 June 2020
Three years after his last recording, Grigory Sokolov returns with a double album of live recordings from his triumphant 2019/20 season. Focusing on early and late Beethoven sonatas (Piano Sonatas Nos. 3, 27 & 32) and Brahms's autumnal piano pieces Opp. 118 & 119, the 'musical sorcerer'continues to fascinate audiences and critics across Europe
"His pianism is stupendous … but Sokolov's real magic occurs in the moment, in his fine art of making music live, transcending epochs, levitating…" (Tagesspiegel).
"Many regard Sokolov as one of the greatest pianists of our time, and he seems to have assumed a mythical status. The performances on the two CDs derive from three live concerts, captured at Zaragoza (Spain), Wuppertal (Germany) and Rabbi (Italy). There is a variance in sound quality. The venues of Zaragoza and Wuppertal confer warmth and bloom to the sound, which the Beethoven Op.2/3 and Bagatelles benefit from." MusicWeb Recommended July 2020