Andrei Gavrilov - Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon

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Andrei Gavrilov - Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon
Andrei Gavrilov (piano)

[ Deutsche Grammophon Eloquencce / 10 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 2 December 2022

Several long-deleted albums reissued in this comprehensive survey of Andrei Gavrilov's DG career: superbly engineered recordings of a pianist in the great Russian tradition.

For three years in the early 1990s, Andrei Gavrilov belonged to the Deutsche Grammophon stable of artists, alongside his contemporaries Krystian Zimerman and Ivo Pogorelich. Like them he had technique to burn and a searching approach to repertoire which in the hands of other pianists has often become an exhibition of facility. During that period he made nine albums, both revisiting classics of his repertoire and taking on new challenges. He also joined his Decca colleague Vladimir Ashkenazy for a Stravinsky disc which had critics purring over the dynamism and finesse of The Rite of Spring in its two-piano arrangement.

To begin with, the Impromptus of Schubert took some listeners aback with their restraint and simplicity of phrasing. His response to Chopin (Ballades and Second Sonata), Ravel (Gaspard de la nuit) and Prokofiev (sonatas and Romeo and Juliet) proved to be even fuller and deeper than in the 1980s recordings which had launched his international recording career after a spectacular triumph at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition in 1974. Gavrilov paid homage to his countryman Emil Gilels with a sublime selection from Grieg's Lyric Pieces, returned to the French Suites of Bach and set down a highly individual version of the Goldberg Variations, all graced with the sophistication of touch and colour at the piano which set him apart even from the most talented of his Russian contemporaries. Inspired by his friendship with Sviatoslav Richter, he even took on the piano parts for a selection of Britten choral works, in a Viennese-made recording.

This original covers box features new essays on the pianist and his career by Peter Quantrill and Peter Czornyj, Gavrilov's producer at Deutsche Grammophon.


"A breathtaking exhibition of unanimity, rhythmic projection and keyboard colour Marvellously exhilarating performances by Ashkenazy and Gavrilov, whose virtuosity is matched by a sense of spontaneity and delight in their music-making." Penguin Guide (Stravinsky)

"Cards on the table, Gavrilov's reading of the first movement of the Seventh Sonata is one of the finest I've heard finely controlled playing and subtle nodal-pointing." Gramophone, June 1992 (Prokofiev: Sonatas)

"I have never heard the Nocturne from Op. 54 played more beautifully His lucid, perfectly poised pianism allows his inspiration to soar." Gramophone, December 1993 (Grieg)

"I can hardly imagine finer realizations of this music ... The sonata is elegance itself, the Scherzo la russe is a delight, and Le Sacre is an absolute knockout." Stereo Review, August 1994

"If you're in the mood for a piano Goldbergs where forthright entertainment trumps musical depth (and there's nothing wrong with that), Gavrilov's just what the doctor ordered." Classics Today (Bach)

"Very well played and recorded, and there is no reason to deny it a three-star recommendation." Penguin Guide (Grieg)

"Selfless playing which serves Schubert well … [with] something of the divine simplicity for which this music calls." Penguin Guide (Schubert)

"Exciting and exhilarating, and [in No. 7] totally devoid of any exaggeration. In No. 8 he is equally if not more successful, and can withstand the most exalted comparisons." Penguin Guide (Prokofiev Sonatas)


Goldberg Variations, BWV988
French Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV812-817

4 Impromptus, D899 (Op. 90)

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'
Ballades Nos. 1-4

23 Lyric Pieces

Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28
Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83
Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84
10 pieces from Romeo And Juliet, Op.75
Suggestion diabolique Op. 4 No. 4
Prelude Op.12 No 7

Gaspard de la nuit
Pavane pour une Infante defunte

Friday Afternoons, Op. 7
Holiday Diary, Op. 5: Sailing
The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
Holiday Diary, Op. 5: Night
The Golden Vanity, Op. 78

Scherzo a la Russe
Concerto for 2 Pianos
Sonata for Two Pianos
The Rite of Spring