Similar artists

Albums

$13.49
$8.99

Classical - Released July 15, 2013 | naïve classique

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Choc du Monde de la Musique - 4F de Télérama - RTL d'Or - Hi-Res Audio
$14.99

Classical - Released January 15, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Booklet Distinctions Choc de Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
For this 2016 double-CD release, Deutsche Grammophon has brought together recordings of two recitals Grigory Sokolov performed in Warsaw and Salzburg in 2013, and if this creates the impression of a single major event, it may well be because of the high quality of the sound and the consistent intensity of the music. Sokolov has eschewed making studio recordings, so his live CDs reflect the spontaneity of his passionate interpretations, which presumably can't be captured under controlled conditions, though one suspects that more than a little playing to the audience is involved in these performances. His highly emotional readings of Franz Schubert's Impromptus, D 899 and the Three Piano Pieces, D 946 seem to feed off the rapt attention of his listeners, and his elastic rubato and slowed-down tempos in Ludwig van Beethoven's Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, "Hammerklavier" suggest a dramatic presentation, where Sokolov treats the work like a 53-minute soliloquy, complete with reflective pauses and emphatic delivery. The encores, a handful of short pieces by Jean-Philippe Rameau and the Intermezzo in B flat minor by Johannes Brahms, show even more clearly how Sokolov interacts with his audience, and the applause following these tracks demonstrates the enthusiastic response to his playing.
$19.99

Classical - Released November 27, 2001 | naïve classique

$39.99

Classical - Released September 1, 2017 | naïve classique

$5.99

Classical - Released October 1, 2016 | naïve classique

$7.99

Classical - Released January 1, 1999 | naïve classique

$8.99

Classical - Released March 20, 2001 | naïve classique

$8.99

Classical - Released October 14, 2003 | naïve classique

$8.99

Classical - Released October 14, 2003 | naïve classique

$4.99

Classical - Released November 24, 2017 | naïve classique

Classical - Released October 14, 2003 | naïve classique

Download not available
$8.99

Classical - Released October 14, 2003 | naïve classique

$7.99

Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | naïve classique

$7.99

Classical - Released January 1, 1993 | naïve classique

$17.49
$12.99

Classical - Released March 4, 2016 | Eurodisc

Hi-Res Booklet
$8.99

Classical - Released October 25, 2005 | naïve classique

$6.99

Classical - Released July 8, 2016 | Eurodisc

Booklet
$14.99

Classical - Released January 5, 2015 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov has refused to make studio recordings but has gained quite a reputation through bootleg live recordings alone. On this 2015 release from Deutsche Grammophon there is a 2008 recital, with excellent live sound, from the Salzburg Festival. The presumably conservative crowd goes wild and demands the long series of encores that are an integral part of Sokolov's recitals. That's an unusual way to shape a recital, and indeed everything about Sokolov's playing is unusual. In the notes he's quoted as rejecting the idea of a Russian school, but that's the only way to describe his pair of Mozart sonatas: over-the-top Romantic with added ornamentation, repeated second halves, wildly slow tempos in the slow movements, heavy-handed accents, and brilliant passagework. One imagines that Mozart was played this way in St. Petersburg in 1850. The thing is, even if some listeners don't like it, it attracts attention and holds it. The 24 Chopin preludes tend more to invite Sokolov's highly individualistic treatments, and it's very rare to hear them shaped into a set as Sokolov does here. Each of the encores is a brilliant, memorable gesture. Some hold that Sokolov is the defining piano genius of his time, a match for the great Soviet pianists of the middle 20th century. For those who have never heard him and are curious about him, he's in fine form here.