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Nikolai Kapustin: Eight Concert Etudes; 24 Preludes In Jazz Style / Catherine Gordeladze, piano

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>Kapustin, Nikolai : Jazz Concert Etudes (8) for piano, Op. 40
>Kapustin, Nikolai : Preludes (24) for piano in Jazz Style, Op. 53

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>Kapustin, Nikolai : Jazz Concert Etudes (8) for piano, Op. 40
>Kapustin, Nikolai : Preludes (24) for piano in Jazz Style, Op. 53
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Notes & Reviews:

Nikolai Kapustin built his reputation as a jazz pianist during the 1950s and 1960s. Staking a claim as a classical composer who happens to work in a jazz idiom, he cites Oscar Peterson as his single biggest influence. The Eight Concert Etudes balance stylistic allusions to long established pianistic tradition with an exuberance which has made them favourite encores. Using the same key- sequence as Chopin and Shostakovich, the extraordinary 24 Preludes in Jazz Style exude nonchalant wit and pulsating energy. Born in Georgia and now living in Germany, the pianist Catherine Gordeladze has earned critical acclaim as a recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician. She received her musical training in Tbilisi, Frankfurt, and Weimar, graduating with a concert diploma.

Ritmo
the jazz improvisational and open and closed with the classic finish. The result is surprising because the translation of sound written on the fly to the traditional forms of "serious" music is very successful. The formal jazz reminiscent of Gershwin Kapustin, but also Scriabin; an admirable stylistic overlap away from other pastiches without interest. The 8 Concert Studies are ambitious and exuberant piece which shows this. according to the author, moved to his technique, which would like to do many jazz pianists. the swing is also present in the 24 Preludes in Jazz Style, if possible even more demanding than before. Disk, all highly recommended.

American Record Guide
His recording by the Georgian pianist Gordeladze now living in Berlin, confronts performances by the composer and legendary pianists such as Marc-Andre Hamelin and Steven Osborne. Comparison between them is fruitless, since the technical and musical challenges are fully met by all. And their entry is superlative in every way.

Fanfare
Catherine Gordeladze has her own take on these works, and wow does she swing! to my ears her performances of the etudes are even jazzier than his. I just love the way Gordeladze crushes those flatted fourths and fifths, and the way she dive-bombs those descending keyboard glisses. Honey, you make my heart sing!

Journal de MontrTal
This is the amazing pianist Marc-AndrT Hamelin as your petitioner had discovered the Russian composer Nikolai Kapustin (1937). With pianist Catherine Gordeladze, other fireworks, we are able to hear the eight studies, wish to gloss with a touch of jazz and of course 24 preludes in a jazz style. When we know that all this is written, hats off to the composer and performer.

Radio Bremen
Few living composers have in recent years made such a brilliant career as Nikolai Kapustin. Although, in the Russian music with his style stands quite alone, he is developing in the West increasingly became a cult figure. Catherine Gordeladzes new recording features great piano playing, here are Oscar Peterson and Sergei Rachmaninov make an irresistible blend. Russian music is not even dripping melancholy, but thrilling in full swing and Gordeladzes nimble fingers.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: hr-Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt, Germa (02/18/2010-02/20/2010).



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>Kapustin, Nikolai : Jazz Concert Etudes (8) for piano, Op. 40
  • Performer: Catherine Gordeladze (Piano)
  • Notes: hr-Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt, Germany (02/18/2010-02/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Kapustin, Nikolai : Preludes (24) for piano in Jazz Style, Op. 53
  • Performer: Catherine Gordeladze (Piano)
  • Notes: hr-Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt, Germany (02/18/2010-02/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary