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Grigory Sokolov at Esterházy Palace (Live)

Grigory Sokolov

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In a way, pianist Grigory Sokolov might be compared with Glenn Gould: in his performances, there is a very strong personality that is superimposed on the music, but when it came to the relationship between the concert stage and the recording studio, Sokolov went in a direction opposite to Gould's; he has prized live performance and records rarely. When he does, he offers live recordings like this one, made at Haydn's Esterházy Castle in 2018. Three Haydn sonatas open the program, and there's undeniably an attraction in hearing them performed at their birthplace. Sokolov is a prime example of the kind of artist listeners will either love or hate, and a bit of sampling will help them determine the camp into which they fall. The program has an arc not necessarily related to the music involved. He plays the Haydn sonatas in a precise and detailed but rather flat way, catching subtle features of register and motivic structure. Consider the repeated tonic notes of the finale of the Piano Sonata in B minor, Hob. 16/32, which pianists tend to give a Beethovenian percussiveness; Sokolov keeps the temperature low here. The Schubert Impromptus of Op. 142, at first, seem to flow from the Haydn but broaden lyrically as they proceed. Everywhere, Sokolov's control is total, even when he loosens up in the six encores included (one of which is a waltz by the fascinating Russian figure Alexander Griboyedov). These suggest the depth of Sokolov's fandom and that listeners should check him out, yea or nay. Deutsche Grammophon's sound in the big Esterháza spaces is quite good; there is a certain low level of noise, but no detail is lost.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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Keyboard Sonata No. 32 in G Minor, Hob. XVI:44 (Joseph Haydn)

1
I. Moderato (Live)
00:09:57

Joseph Haydn, Composer - Grigory Sokolov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Seberich, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 Grigory Sokolov

2
II. Allegretto (Live)
00:04:56

Joseph Haydn, Composer - Grigory Sokolov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Seberich, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 Grigory Sokolov

Keyboard Sonata No. 47 in B Minor, Hob. XVI:32 (Joseph Haydn)

3
I. Allegro moderato (Live)
00:07:07

Joseph Haydn, Composer - Grigory Sokolov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Seberich, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 Grigory Sokolov

4
II. Minuet - Trio (Live)
00:04:31

Joseph Haydn, Composer - Grigory Sokolov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Seberich, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 Grigory Sokolov

5
III. Finale. Presto (Live)
00:04:48

Joseph Haydn, Composer - Grigory Sokolov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Seberich, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 Grigory Sokolov

Keyboard Sonata No. 49 in C Sharp Minor, Hob. XVI:36 (Joseph Haydn)

6
I. Moderato (Live)
00:09:25

Joseph Haydn, Composer - Grigory Sokolov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Seberich, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 Grigory Sokolov

7
II. Scherzando. Allegro con brio (Live)
00:03:09

Joseph Haydn, Composer - Grigory Sokolov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Seberich, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 Grigory Sokolov

8
III. Minuet - Trio (Live)
00:05:27

Joseph Haydn, Composer - Grigory Sokolov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Seberich, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 Grigory Sokolov

4 Impromptus, op. 142, D. 935 (Franz Schubert)

9
No. 1 in F Minor. Allegro moderato (Live)
00:13:46

Franz Schubert, Composer - Grigory Sokolov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Seberich, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 Grigory Sokolov

10
No. 2 in A Flat Major. Allegretto (Live)
00:08:36

Franz Schubert, Composer - Grigory Sokolov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Seberich, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 Grigory Sokolov

11
No. 3 in B Flat Major. Theme and 5 Variations (Live)
00:12:53

Franz Schubert, Composer - Grigory Sokolov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Seberich, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 Grigory Sokolov

12
No. 4 in F Minor. Allegro scherzando (Live)
00:08:34

Franz Schubert, Composer - Grigory Sokolov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Seberich, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 Grigory Sokolov

4 Impromptus, op. 90, D. 899 (Franz Schubert)

13
No. 4 in A Flat Major. Allegretto (Live)
00:08:30

Franz Schubert, Composer - Grigory Sokolov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Seberich, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 Grigory Sokolov

Suite in E Minor, RCT 2 (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

14
V. Le Rappel des oiseaux (Live)
00:03:00

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Grigory Sokolov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Seberich, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 Grigory Sokolov

15
Schubert: Hungarian Melody in B Minor, D. 817 (Live)
00:04:06

Franz Schubert, Composer - Grigory Sokolov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Seberich, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 Grigory Sokolov

24 Preludes, Op. 28 (Frédéric Chopin)

16
No. 15 in D Flat Major. Sostenuto "Raindrop" (Live)
00:07:06

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Grigory Sokolov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Seberich, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 Grigory Sokolov

2 Waltzes (Alexander Griboyedov)

17
No. 2 in E Minor (Live)
00:02:27

Alexander Griboyedov, Composer - Grigory Sokolov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Seberich, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 Grigory Sokolov

Préludes / Book 1, L. 117 (Claude Debussy)

18
VI. Des pas sur la neige (Live)
00:04:21

Claude Debussy, Composer - Grigory Sokolov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Seberich, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 Grigory Sokolov

Album Description

In a way, pianist Grigory Sokolov might be compared with Glenn Gould: in his performances, there is a very strong personality that is superimposed on the music, but when it came to the relationship between the concert stage and the recording studio, Sokolov went in a direction opposite to Gould's; he has prized live performance and records rarely. When he does, he offers live recordings like this one, made at Haydn's Esterházy Castle in 2018. Three Haydn sonatas open the program, and there's undeniably an attraction in hearing them performed at their birthplace. Sokolov is a prime example of the kind of artist listeners will either love or hate, and a bit of sampling will help them determine the camp into which they fall. The program has an arc not necessarily related to the music involved. He plays the Haydn sonatas in a precise and detailed but rather flat way, catching subtle features of register and motivic structure. Consider the repeated tonic notes of the finale of the Piano Sonata in B minor, Hob. 16/32, which pianists tend to give a Beethovenian percussiveness; Sokolov keeps the temperature low here. The Schubert Impromptus of Op. 142, at first, seem to flow from the Haydn but broaden lyrically as they proceed. Everywhere, Sokolov's control is total, even when he loosens up in the six encores included (one of which is a waltz by the fascinating Russian figure Alexander Griboyedov). These suggest the depth of Sokolov's fandom and that listeners should check him out, yea or nay. Deutsche Grammophon's sound in the big Esterháza spaces is quite good; there is a certain low level of noise, but no detail is lost.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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