Following the critical success of Primakov in Concert, Vol. 1, Bridge is pleased to release a second compilation of the superb Russia/American pianist's live recordings. Volume 2 adds four new composers to Primakov's discography, ranging broadly from J.S. Bach to Philip Glass.
“These performances, taken from public concerts in 2005-08, ably document Vassily Primakov's technically secure pianism. To my ears, however, the pianist does not invariably find his way into the expressive worlds explored in this varied programme. I most appreciate some of the quieter moments in Bach's C minor French Suite...where Primakov seems really to be listening to himself and responding to the implications of the music.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ***
“Primakov gives a truly joyous reading of the opening 'Prelude'. The pedalling is sparse enough to allow the warm harmonies room to breathe. His clarity of sound in the upper register is also very welcome...[Clair de lune] doesn't disappoint. Full of fantasy, Primakov never overstates anything and doesn't dwell in the sumptuous harmony....notes ring out with a bell-like quality which is totally appropriate in this music.” International Record Review, January 2012