Vassily Primakov, piano - Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2
The young Russian/American virtuoso, Vassily Primakov, has created an impressive buzz in the classical music world. Of a recent Lincoln Center performance, critic Jeremy Eichler in The New York Times wrote that Primakov 'gave a fiery performance of Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto, with bold, expressive phrasing and dramatic commitment that brought the audience to its feet.' The International Record Review heaped praise on his Beethoven CD (BRIDGE 9251), writing of the 'thoughtful performances from a young musician who is more than a virtuoso.' Winner of the Young Concert Artists Competition, Primakov combines deeply personal playing, brilliant technical command, and a seductive tonal palette reminiscent of an earlier era of virtuosi. Primakov's new account of both of the Chopin Concertos was recorded in May of 2008 with the Odense Symphony Orchestra directed by British conductor Paul Mann. Bridge Records is pleased to announce that Vassily Primakov has been signed to make a series of new recordings including upcoming recordings of Chopin Mazurkas; a Tchaikovsky disc with the Sonata, Op. 37, and The Seasons, Op. 37A, and a Mozart Concerto disc with the Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 595; and the Concerto in C Minor, K. 491, with the Odense Symphony Orchestra conducted by Scott Yoo. This new Chopin disc presents Primakov's first concerto recordings.
“This is a great Chopin pianist. Primakov’s timing is perfect: he knows exactly how long to hold a note before going on to the next. His exquisite hesitations are almost sexual.” - American Record Guide“One of the great Chopin recordings of recent times. Primakov’s interpretations of the two Chopin piano concertos combine grace and fire in the service of unflagging intensity. These are performances of extraordinary power and beauty.” - MusicWeb International
“Primakov’s empathy with Chopin’s spirit could hardly be more complete...He is beautifully partnered, too, by Paul Mann and the Odense Symphony Orchestra who are entirely at one with their free and romantic soloist.” - Gramophone
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11 (1830)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21 (1829-30)
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