Kapustin's pianistic textures are rich, spanning the entire keyboard, with melodies in every register, sweeping arpeggios, tons of chords, and a fantastic array of runs. Such music is Kapustin's birthright: Ukranian born and Moscow trained, he has Medtner, Rachmaninov and Scriabin in his veins. But the jazz side is equally authentic, incorporating the fleet pianism of Oscar Peterson and the harmonic volatility and technical exuberance of Art Tatum. Kapustin's music also encompasses more modern sounds, such as McCoy Tyner's quartal voicings and the pop-tinged stylings of Keith Jarrett.
Nicolai Kapustin: Piano Sonata No. 15, Op. 127, "Fantasia quasi Sonata"
I. Maestoso - Allegro assai
III. Sostenuto - Allegro scherzando
IV. Allegro rigoroso
Nicolai Kapustin: 24 Preludes in Jazz Style, Op. 53 (excerpts)