Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28 - SACD

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à la russe

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Balakirev:

Islamey - Oriental Fantasy

Rachmaninov:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28

Stravinsky:

The Firebird: Danse infernale du roi Kastchei

Berceuse from The Firebird

Finale from The Firebird

Tchaikovsky:

Méditation (No. 5 from Morceaux, Op. 72)

Passé lontain (No. 17 from Morceaux, Op. 72)

Scherzo à la Russe, Op. 1 No. 1


Alexandre Kantorow (piano)

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Alexandre Kantorow released his first disc for BIS in 2016, performing Liszt’s piano concertos to critical acclaim: ‘I’m here to tell you that Alexandre Kantorow is Liszt reincarnated’ wrote one impressed reviewer, in Fanfare Magazine. Not yet 20 years old, the French pianist and son of violinist and conductor Jean-Jacques Kantorow now explores his Russian roots, in a recital that opens with Rachmaninov’s weighty First Piano Sonata, inspired by Goethe’s play Faust, and its three main characters, the scholar Faust, his beloved Gretchen and Mephistopheles, the Devil’s emissary. The nostalgic intimacy of Méditation and Passé lointain, from Tchaikovsky’s Op. 72 collection, offers respite from the drama, but tension returns with Guido Agosti’s virtuosic piano arrangement of three extracts from Stravinsky’s Firebird.

Kantorow closes his Russian recital with Mily Balakirev’s ‘oriental fantasy’ Islamey, one of the iconic works of the piano literature. Fiendishly difficult, the piece famously inspired Ravel to write something that would be even harder to play (his Gaspard de la nuit). A committed Russian nationalist, Balakirev himself found the inspiration for Islamey during a journey to the Caucasus when he was introduced to the local music tradition.

“The speed-of-light excursions from one end of the keyboard to another, the density of the writing, and the sheer range of colours (you’ll barely miss the orchestration) which Kantorow conjures from the instrument in the Stravinsky initially had us wondering whether he'd enlisted an extra pair of hands to help out...A recording to treasure.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 8th June 2017

“an outstanding young artist at work...the early Tchaikovsky Scherzo brims over with panache and relish; and Islamey rivals even Berezovsky for the title of cleanest and most exhilarating account. If Kantarow's Stravinsky and Balakirev show that his fortissimo can shake the chandeliers from the ceiling when he chooses, his Rachmaninov is notably more classical.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2017

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Rachmaninov:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28

Tchaikovsky:

The Seasons, Op. 37b


“…Mustonen creates a savage case for an unduly neglected sonata. …he creates a searing emotional turbulence, whirling us through the vortex of the first movement development with heart-stopping brilliance and making the chains of ecstatic trills concluding the central Lento flash like so many shooting stars. Mustonen is no less remarkable in Tchaikovsky's Seasons, scorning their gentler, more domestic virtues. August is allegro vivace with a vengeance, every cross-rhythm caught and underlined with razor-sharp aplomb, while December, normally a gently alluring waltz, is made elfin, piquant and scintillating at each of its many turns.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2006

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