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The Salzburg Recital - works by Mozart, Rameau, Chopin, Scriabin, J.S. Bach / Grigory Sokolov, piano (rec. live, 2008)

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 2 in F major, K. 280 (K. 189e)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Piano Sonata, K. 332
>Chopin, Frédéric : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
>Scriabin, Alexander : Poème for piano, Op. 69/1
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 47 in A minor, Op. 68/2, CT. 97
>Scriabin, Alexander : Poème for piano, Op. 69/2
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63/3, CT. 91
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Sauvages, for harpsichord in G minor (Nouvelles suites)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein no 41), BWV 639 (BC
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Guardian, 29th January 2015
Some of the playing is breathtaking in its clarity, articulation and colour...The Mozart playing may seem old-fashioned, but it overflows with vitality, each movement conceived as a single, sweeping entity, while each of the Chopin Preludes manages to conjure up a complete expressive world in a miniature frame...It's all to treasure.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2015
It's an overused word, but he is inimitable. His Chopin Preludes, for example, have no time for the notion of a freely Romantic melodic line being kept in check by a Classical accompaniment...The Mozart is treasurable too, though - of course - you have to take it on its own terms.

Fanfare Magazine
For me, the Mozart sonatas exemplify the essence of Sokolov's playing: he can do things with a melody that are just amazing. The way he phrases Mozart's slow movements is a joy to hear: thoughtful and individual without being fussy, he makes those melodies sing in a way that is incomparable...This gift for lyricism is equally present in the Chopin...I simply cannot wait to hear more from this stunning artist.

Financial Times, 31st January 2015
He plays [the Mozart] with restraint, albeit micromanaging the music so that no phrase sounds the same twice...[in the Chopin] Sokolov ranges from introspective musing to his native Russian virtuosity.

The Telegraph, 24th January 2015
Listening to Sokolov, you know unequivocally that you are in the presence of someone extraordinary, someone possessing special insights and a thoroughly individual way of articulating, clarifying and communing with music so that his interpretations seem to find its very heart.

The Times, 16th January 2015
From the beginning of Mozart's F major sonata, K. 280, the first of two included, the Sokolov spell is cast. The graceful, crisp articulation; the little hesitations, so carefully wrought: here is poetic and intimate playing of the highest order.

This is Grigory Sokolov's "debut" recital on Deutsche Grammophon, an outstanding live recording from the Salzburg Festival 2008 of central repertoire: Mozart, Chopin & 6 encores. After 20 years, the maestro has agreed to allow his recordings to be released on CD - now as exclusive DG artist. Regarded as one of the world's leading pianists, and adored by his public in sold-out concerts, Sokolov is a rare and inspiring talent devoted solely to his art and his audience.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
"World's greatest living pianist" say some, and that's quite a mouthful to swallow. But to the 2008 recital is an extraordinary experience. Beginning with Mozart Sonatas 2 and 12, we know we are in hands of a master. Not only are the tempos well judged, but the full paraphernalia of expressive means is brought into bold relief - each carefully employed in the service of the music. Phrases are molded from within instead of applied from without. Piano, subito piano, mezzo forte, forte, all seem so right in letting the music grow naturally. Interior lines are brought forth from the fabric to reveal new dimensions rarely heard in the music. Sokolov probes the depths in the Adagios of both sonatas. A deeply felt expressiveness permeates the fabric in a way that is sometimes glossed over in other performances. We are also fortunate that the recital (in July) has no coughs to break the mood. DG has their little tricks, and while the well-deserved applause is well caught. To add to our joy, there is an added sparkle to the sonatas' final movements, and Sokolov takes the repeats (especially pleasant in these performances).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salzburg, Haus für Mozart (07/30/2008).



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 2 in F major, K. 280 (K. 189e)
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Piano Sonata, K. 332
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Chopin, Frédéric : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Scriabin, Alexander : Poème for piano, Op. 69/1
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912-1913
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 47 in A minor, Op. 68/2, CT. 97
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1827
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Scriabin, Alexander : Poème for piano, Op. 69/2
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912-1913
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63/3, CT. 91
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Sauvages, for harpsichord in G minor (Nouvelles suites)
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein no 41), BWV 639 (BC
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1715
  • Studio/Live: Live