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Rachmaninov & Medtner Piano Concertos
With his second concerto disc, Yevgeny Sudbin celebrates the close relationship between two great Russian composers: Sergei Rachmaninov and Nikolai Medtner. Medtner would encourage his more famous colleague during the latter’s bouts of self-doubt, while Rachmaninov early on recognized Medtner’s unique gifts, pronouncing him the ‘greatest composer of our time’. The most sincere testament to their friendship is embodied in these two concertos, which the composers dedicated to one another.
“Sudbin's playing is vivacious” The Guardian, 27th November 2009 ***
“It is a huge asset to have a pianist of Sudbin’s stature and sensitivity championing music that can lie unpardonably overlooked by the wayside... Sudbin’s compelling performance... gives new life to a version [of the Rachmaninov] that has a breadth and passionate dynamism all its own.” The Telegraph, 23rd November 2009 *****
“…exhilarating, barnstorming, spine-tingling performance [of the Rachmaninov]… Sudbin… stresses the work's connection to… Medtner's… Second Concerto… Sudbin… sets his individual stamp on this rhythmically vital and superbly constructed score. BIS's recording is absolutely outstanding. The North Carolina Symphony play as if possessed...” BBC Music Magazine, January 2010 *****
“…Sudbin's relatively low-key playing, never leaves you in doubt of his musicianship and dexterity.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2010
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Rarities of Piano Music at the Husum Festival 1987-1988
Esquisses (48), Op. 63: No. 32 'Minuettino'
Esquisses (48), Op. 63: No. 46 'Le premier billet doux'
Esquisses (48), Op. 63: No. 45 'Les diablotins
Rainer M. Klaas
Air de Ballet
Pièces pittoresques (10): Mauresque
Autrefois, Op. 87 No. 4
Bolero, Op. 19
Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)
The Garden of Buitenzorg (from Java Suite)
Elegy for the left hand alone
Rainer M. Klaas
Étude No. 12 in A flat minor 'Prelude and Fugue'
Etude in D minor, Op. 2 No. 1
Etude in D flat major, Op. 2 No. 2
The Island Spell
Variationen über ein irisches Elfenlied
Les cloches de Genève (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 9)
Étincelles, Op. 36 No. 6
Piano Music for Young and Old, Op. 53 (FS148)
Pieces (2) in A major for piano 6 hands: Waltz
Daniel Berman/Peter Froundjian/Rainer M. Klaas
Floods of Spring (from Twelve Songs, Op. 14)
Caprice romantique (main gauche seule)
Le cheval de Ferme-l'œil, Op. 58 No. 3
Le parapluie chinois, Op. 58 No. 7
Duo Quatre Mains
Andantino varié Op. 84, No. 1
Cinq études de jazz, WV 81: Tango
Rainer M. Klaas
Der Abschied, Op. 82, No. 9
Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2
Cirandinha No. 4
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 3 Quintet (trans. von Bülow)
Recently located live recordings of the 1987 & 1988 Husum Piano festival, are now released for the first time on CD at two for the price of one. Not to missed by any piano lover!
“[Fowke's] playing is that of a true virtuoso, sumptuously coloured and inflected, while Marc-Andre Hamelin displays all of his superhuman command in his own savagely intricate Prelude and Fugue Etude. Clearly I could go on for ever, but all I can offer is a taster from this box of delights…” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010
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