Sokolov – The Salzburg Recital (180g 2LP)


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Label: Deutsche Grammophon 479 4390
Hailed as the “greatest pianist alive” (The Independent), Grigory Sokolov has long been regarded as an exceptional artist, and one who has always shunned the recording studio. Now signed exclusively to Deutsche Grammophon, he makes his debut on the label with a live recording of a critically-acclaimed recital from the 2008 Salzburg Festival of central repertoire: Mozart, Chopin & 6 encores.

Considered 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.

“Sokolov stunned his audience with a kind of pianism, musicianship and artistry one thought had vanished forever.” -San Francisco Chronicle

“…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…he begins unhurriedly, as if the music were gently rousing itself into life. But whereas in less imaginative hands the results could seem mannered or overly drawn out, here it’s mesmerising.” -Harriet Smith, Gramophone Online

“…[the imagination and concentration of his playing are] transfixing…The recording also captures another characteristic of a Sokolov recital — the breadth and inquiring nature of his repertoire…It is simply a fact that, 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…a recital of truly exceptional stature.” -Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph (London)

Grigory Sokolov, piano
LP 1 - Side 1:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Piano Sonata in F major K 280
1. Allegro assai
2. Adagio
3. Presto
LP 1 - Side 2:
Piano Sonata in F major K 332
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegro assai
LP 2 - Side 3:
Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
24 Preludes op. 28
1. In C Major - Agitato
2. In A Minor - Lento
3. In G Major - Vivace
4. in E Minor - Largo
5. In D Major - Molto allegro
6. In B Minor - Lento assai
7. In A Major - Andantino
8. In F Sharp Minor - Molto agitato
9. In E Major - Largo
10. In C Sharp Minor - Allegro molto
11. In B Major - Vivace
12. In G Sharp Minor - Presto
13. In F Sharp Minor - Lento
14. In E Flat Minor - Allegro
15. In D Flat Major (Raindrop) - Sostenuto
LP 2 - Side 4:
1. In B Flat Minor - Presto con fuoco
2. In A Flat Major - Allegretto
3. In F Minor - Molto allegro
4 In E Flat Major - Vivace
5. In C Minor - Largo
6. In B Flat Major - Cantabile
7. In G Minor - Molto agitato
8. In F Major - Moderato
9. In D Minor - Allegro appassionato
Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
10. Poemes op. 69 No. 1 - Allegretto
11. Mazurka in A minor, Op. 68 No. 2 - Lento
Alexander Scriabin
12. Poeme op. 69, No. 2 - Allegretto
13. Mazurka in C Sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3 - Allegretto
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
Nouvelles Suites de pieces de clavecin
14. Les Sauvages
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
15. Ich ruf zu dir, herr Jesu Christ BWV 639

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