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Liszt: Sonata; Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy; Janácek: Sonata 1.X.1905 / Philipp Kopachevsky, piano

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
>Schubert, Franz : Fantasy for Piano in C major, D 760/Op. 15 "Wanderer"
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Sonata for Piano ("Zulice, 1.X.05," "From the Street, 1 October, 1905"), JW 8/19 (final movement los
>Liszt, Franz : Soirées de Vienne, valse caprice for piano no 6 (II; after Schubert D. 969 & 779) S. 427/6ii
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This new recording brings together three pianistic masterpieces which share a stylistic unity: Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy is based on a single motive, which is transformed in its 4 movements. This "cyclic" principle was adopted by Liszt in his Piano Sonata in B minor, in which 3 characteristic motives are the basis of an half hour structure of epic proportions and emotions. But apart from these structural resemblances the works on this disc are eternal masterpieces of humanity, dealing with life and death. Young Russian Philipp Kopachevsky is one of the most remarkable pianists of his generation. His playing is of a rare maturity, understanding and imagination, his limitless technique is completely in the service of expressing his strong and original musical ideas. He played already with conductors like Mstislav Rostropovich, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Spivakov, Mikhael Pletnev, Yuri Simonov and others. He is a First Prize winner of the Schubert Competition in Germany.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Yet another young pianist enters the battle for supremacy in the Liszt Sonata and the Wanderer Fantasy. These warhorses have rarely had it so good as in recent years. Kopachevsky has nothing to fear when it comes to technical ability. A major positive element is his ability to let the lyrical line play a dominant role. The Wanderer Fantasy, as might be imagined, is fully competitive with the best recordings. Here we have a track for each movement. As in the Liszt, it is the lyrical sections that speak most directly to us. Especially felicitous is the emotion-laden episode that begins pp and builds ff towards the close of the Adagio. The final fugue is a wonderful catharsis to a powerful and imaginative performance. Kopachevsky is at one with the music, and music lovers need not be put off by the movement's titles: 'Foreboding' and 'Death'. The sound world is dramatic but not depressing. Still, with all the pianist's excellences, I would return to Herbert Schuch for the most satisfying performances of both the Janacek and Schubert (M/J 2014). Liszt's charming 'Valse Caprice 6 after Schubert' is played as a bonus track. The sound is very good, the notes above average.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Westvest Church, Schiedam The Netherlands (09/09/2014/09/10/2014).



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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
  • Performer: Philipp Kopachevsky (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam The Netherlands (09/09/2014/09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851-1853

>Schubert, Franz : Fantasy for Piano in C major, D 760/Op. 15 "Wanderer"
  • Performer: Philipp Kopachevsky (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam The Netherlands (09/09/2014/09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/1822

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Sonata for Piano ("Zulice, 1.X.05," "From the Street, 1 October, 1905"), JW 8/19 (final movement los
  • Performer: Philipp Kopachevsky (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam The Netherlands (09/09/2014/09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905-1906

>Liszt, Franz : Soirées de Vienne, valse caprice for piano no 6 (II; after Schubert D. 969 & 779) S. 427/6ii
  • Performer: Philipp Kopachevsky (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam The Netherlands (09/09/2014/09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869