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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas nos 7, 27 & 32; Scriabin: Piano Sonatas nos 2 & 3; Concerto for Violin, Piano & Percussion with Chamber Orchestra / Grigory Sokolov, piano

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 3 in F sharp minor ("Etats d'ame"), Op. 23
>Arapov, Boris : Sonata for Piano no 2
>Arapov, Boris : Concerto for Violin, piano, percussion & chamber orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Firma Melodiya presents recordings of the outstanding St. Petersburg pianist Grigory Sokolov. This musician's performance is notable for particular concentration and complete immersion in the musical element. His manner amazes with perfection of technique in the absence of external effects of any kind. Grigory Sokolov is one of the few contemporary pianists who always include intellectual piano masterpieces in their programs, which requires a special mood from both the performer and the audience - Beethoven's sonatas of the latter period, J.S. Bach's The Art of Fugue, Brahms's last pieces. Most of Sokolov's recordings were made from live broadcasts in Leningrad/St. Petersburg and Moscow - he prefers concert performances to studio work. This set combines the large-scale dramatic canvases of Beethoven's sonatas with the restless romantic heroics of Scriabin's Third Sonata where Sokolov emphasizes the Promethean spirit without erasing the individuality of the Russian genius of the 20th century. However, what makes this set particularly interesting is Grigory Sokolov's recordings of the works by his contemporary, Leningrad composer Boris Arapov. The piano sonata and concerto for violin, piano, percussion and chamber orchestra recorded by the pianist are released on Melodiya for the first time. Grigory Sokolov made the featured recordings of the works by Beethoven, Scriabin and Arapov in 1972 to 1988.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
Sokolov in [Scriabin] No. 3, not often come by these days, is to the manner born and up there alongside Horowitz's version and Vladimir Sofronitsky's in his authority and natural feeling for getting the music off the page. As a Beethoven player, however, he gives me pause. Everything is pushed to extremes.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Grigory Sokolov was the winner of the third Tchaikovsky competition in 1966 at the age of 16. Now in his mid-60s, he maintains a busy concert schedule (from 3 to 11 recitals each month, in different European cities). Reviews of this year's all-Chopin recitals are uniformly superb. He is a fine pianist worth getting to know better.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Dmitriyv
  • Ensemble: Leningrad State Philharmonic Society Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 26 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1814
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 3 in F sharp minor ("Etats d'âme"), Op. 23
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Arapov, Boris : Sonata for Piano no 2
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Arapov, Boris : Concerto for Violin, piano, percussion & chamber orchestra
  • Performers: Nikolay Moskalenko (Percussion); Grigory Sokolov (Piano); Mikhail Waiman (Violin)
  • Conductor: Alexander Dmitriev
  • Running Time: 27 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973
  • Studio/Live: Live