Kirill Gerstein won the 2010 Gilmore Artist award and Knussen’s Ophelia’s Last Dance is the world premiere recording of this work. Russian born Kirill Gerstein is one of today’s most intriguing young musicians; “with an illuminating clarity and an unassailable technique.” The New York Times. This artist will be featured in the Gramophone.
“many pianists would be glad to claim Gerstein's superb control, cultivation and taste, which make themselves felt in Liszt's B minor Sonata. Gerstein's ability to sustain quiet music at slow tempi creates an appropriately rapt aura throughout the Andante sostenuto...Moreover, [he] justifies his rhetorical phrase broadenings with plenty of dynamism and full-bodied tonal projection.”
“Gerstein’s fluid playing suits this tender piece (Knussen), with the rondo-like return of the main theme sensitively handled.”
New York Times
26th November 2010
“[Gerstein] pairs Schumann’s mercurial masterpiece “Humoresque” with Liszt’s visionary Sonata in B minor, each played with exquisite technique, refined musicianship and engrossing imagination.”
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