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César Franck: Prélude, Choral et Fugue; Johannes Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3 / Sunwook Kim, piano

Album Summary

>Franck, César : Prélude, choral, et fugue, for piano, M. 21
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Piano no 3 in F minor, Op. 5
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Korean pianist Sunwook Kim came to international recognition when he won the prestigious "Leeds International Piano Competition" in 2006 aged just 18, becoming the competition's youngest winner for 40 years, as well as its first Asian winner. Since then, he has established a reputation as one of the finest pianists of his generation, appearing as a concerto soloist in the subscription series of many of the world's foremost orchestras and giving recitals in leading concert halls. In this second Accentus Music recording Sunwook Kim compares and contrasts César Franck's Prélude, Choral et Fugue of 1884 and Johannes Brahms's Third Piano Sonata in F minor op. 5 of 1853. In spite of the manifest differences in their musical language, there are certain points that the Belgian composer shares with his younger German colleague: both men were pianists, both venerated the musical forms of the past, especially Bachian polyphony, and both revered the spirit of Classicism. To these qualities may be added a love of proportion and a genius for organization and well-ordered architectural structures, which are also reflected by the works presented on this recording.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2016
Kim's deep feelings for Franck are obvious in the breadth and emotional resonance he brings to the Prelude, Chorale and Fugue. The fluttering figurations of the Prelude speak with a delicate poignancy and the Fugue blossoms into that ecstatic exaltaton so characteristic of Franck... this may not be the last word in the Brahms F minor but there can be little doubt that Kim will be back to share with us his evolving love of this fantastically challenging music.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2016
Sunwook Kim brings some splendid pianism and conceptual thinking to both works: a full-toned touch and resonant atmosphere connects the Prelude, Choral et Fugue strongly to Franck's organ works. The Brahms Sonata is likewise rugged, full and somewhat chunky, its introverted, deeply serious aspect much to the fore.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (06/2015).


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Works Details

>Franck, César : Prélude, choral, et fugue, for piano, M. 21
  • Performer: Sun-Wook Kim (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 18 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Piano no 3 in F minor, Op. 5
  • Performer: Sun-Wook Kim (Piano)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853