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Primakov in Concert, Vol. 2: Bach, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Glass / Vassily Primakov, piano

Audio Samples

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813
>Glass, Philip : Suite from "the Hours"
>     1. The Poet Acts
>     2. Morning Passages
>     3. Tearing Herself Away
>     4. The Hours
>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813
>Glass, Philip : Suite from "the Hours"
>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Following the critical success of Primakov in Concert, Vol. 1, Bridge is pleased to release a second compilation of the great Russia/American pianist's live recordings. Volume 2 adds four new composers to Primakov's discography, ranging broadly from J.S. Bach to Philip Glass. Of Vol. 1 (BDG 9322) Calum McDonald in BBC Music Magazine writes: "In the last couple of years Bridge Records has released a stream of recordings of the young Russian virtuoso Vassily Primakov that have garnered well-deserved critical acclaim: he is a player of sterling quality, with a power of insight to equal his masterly technique. This well-chosen anthology is well up to standard, displaying not only keyboard brilliance but also deep understanding of the music in hand...here is a stunning account of Schubert's Wanderer Fantasie...Rachmaninov's Second Piano Sonata is fluid and fiery: the playing reminds me of Horowitz. A superbly enjoyable disc highly recommended."



Reviews

Works on this CD / Vassily Primakov Biography
Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words, Book 2, Op. 30

J.S. Bach: Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813

Debussy: Suite Bergamasque

Philip Glass: from “The Hours”: The Poet Acts; Morning Passages, Tearing Herself Away, The Hours.

Vassily Primakov, piano

In recent years, Vassily Primakov has been hailed as a pianist of world class importance. Gramophone wrote that "Primakov's empathy with Chopin's spirit could hardly be more complete," and the American Record Guide stated: "Since Gilels, how many pianists have the right touch? In Chopin, no one currently playing and recording sounds as good as this! This is a great Chopin pianist." Music Web-International called Primakov's Chopin concertos CD "one of the great Chopin recordings of recent times. These are performances of extraordinary power and beauty." In 1999, as a teen-aged prizewinner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Primakov was praised by Donald Rosenberg of the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "How many pianists can make a line sing as the 19-year-old Moscow native did on this occasion? Every poignant phrase took ethereal wing. Elsewhere the music soared with all of the turbulence and poetic vibrancy it possesses. We will be hearing much from this remarkable musician."

Vassily Primakov was born in Moscow in 1979. His first piano studies were with his mother, Marina Primakova. He entered Moscow's Central Special Music School at the age of eleven as a pupil of Vera Gornostaeva, and at 17 came to New York to pursue studies at the Juilliard School with the noted pianist, Jerome Lowenthal. At Juilliard Mr. Primakov won the William Petschek Piano Recital Award, which presented his debut recital at Alice Tully Hall, and while at Juilliard, aided by a Susan W. Rose Career Grant, he won both the Silver Medal and the Audience Prize in the 2002 Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition. Later that year Primakov won First Prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions. In 2007 he was named the Classical Recording Foundation's "Young Artist of the Year." In 2009, Primakov's Chopin Mazurkas recording was named "Best of the Year" by National Public Radio and that same year he began recording the 27 Mozart piano concertos in Denmark. BBC Music Magazine (November, 2010) praised the first volume of Primakov's Mozart concertos: "The piano playing is of exceptional quality: refined, multi-coloured, elegant of phrase and immaculately balanced, both in itself and in relation to the effortlessly stylish orchestra. The rhythm is both shapely and dynamic, the articulation a model of subtlety. By almost every objective criterion, Vassily Primakov is a Mozartian to the manner born, fit to stand as a role model to a new generation." Vassily Primakov's recent recordings for Bridge Records include: Beethoven Sonatas; the Chopin Concertos; Tchaikovsky: The Seasons and Grand Sonata; Chopin: 21 Mazurkas ; Schumann: Carnaval, Kreisleriana, Arabeske; Dvorak: Piano Concerto, Op. 33; Poetic Tone-Pictures, Op. 85; Schubert: Dances and Impromptus; Mozart Concertos, Vol. 1 and Vassily Primakov plays Brahms, Chopin & Scriabin, Primakov's first film, issued on DVD. In November of 2010 the first CD in a series of live performances, "Primakov in Concert, Vol. 1", will be released including works by Brahms, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.
Submitted on 11/29/11 by HB 
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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b
  • Performer: Vassily Primakov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813
  • Performer: Vassily Primakov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Glass, Philip : Suite from "the Hours" :: 1. The Poet Acts
  • Performer: Vassily Primakov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Glass, Philip : Suite from "the Hours" :: 2. Morning Passages
  • Performer: Vassily Primakov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Glass, Philip : Suite from "the Hours" :: 3. Tearing Herself Away
  • Performer: Vassily Primakov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Glass, Philip : Suite from "the Hours" :: 4. The Hours
  • Performer: Vassily Primakov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque
  • Performer: Vassily Primakov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890