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Boris Giltburg was selected by the great Zubin Mehta as the winner of the first Pnina Salzman Prize in Israel 2011 and has won many other prestigious prizes, including the top prize and Audience Prize in the Santander International Piano Competition, and second prize and Best Classical Concerto in the Artur Rubinstein Competition.
An exceptionally busy and versatile performer, he recently replaced Denis Matsuev at one day’s notice performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3 on tour in Germany.
This CD is the culmination of many months of constant performance and study of Prokofiev’s War Sonatas, and the highly detailed and insightful booklet notes have also been written by Boris.
Sergey Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82
I. Allegro moderato
III. Tempo di valzer lentissimo
Sergey Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83
I. Allegro inquieto - Poco meno - Andantino
II. Andante caloroso - Poco piu animato - Piu largamente - Un poco agitato
Sergey Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84
I. Andante dolce - Allegro moderato - Andante dolce, come prima - Allegro
II. Andante sognando
III. Vivace - Allegro ben marcato - Andantino - Vivace, come prima
Piano Sonata No. 6 (first movement)
31st August 2012
“Giltburg brings them right up to date with playing of terrific panache and personality, digging deep into the fabric of the music to illuminate its emotional content and harnessing an authoritative bravura to underline the savagery and nervy energy that the scores often convey...These are powerful, intuitive performances, executed with stylistic understanding and arresting presence.”
Awards Issue 2012
“Putting my head above a parapet, I have to say that these performances of Prokofiev's three 'War' Sonatas...eclipse all others on record - even those tirelessly and justifiably celebrated performances by Richter and Gilels...[Giltburg's] blistering, all-inclusive technique allows him to range from the merest whisper...to an elemental uproar that never degenerates into coarseness or mere violence.”
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