Primakov in Concert, Vol. 1
The international acclaim for Vassily Primakov's studio recordings during the past three years has been nothing short of phenomenal, with the pianist regularly compared to the great virtuosi of the past. In the October 2010 issue of American Record Guide, reviewer Jack Sullivan writes: "Richter, Horowitz, Fleisher and others have a great deal to say in this music, but Primakov impresses me as no one else has in a long while. His combination of openheartedness, and scrupulous musicianship is what great Schubert playing is about." This new Primakov disc is the first in a series of live-concert recordings. The disc's oldest performance is from 2002, Schubert's "Wanderer Fantasy," played when Primakov was 22. Primakov's performances of the great Russian composers are noteworthy, and this disc includes Tchaikovsky's rarely recorded Children's Album, Op. 39, as well as a powerful 2007 concert that included Rachmaninoff's gorgeous Second Sonata.
“This well-chosen anthology is well up to standard, displaying not only keyboard brilliance but also a deep understanding of the music in hand...A superbly enjoyable disc.” - BBC Music Magazine
“Primakov’s approach to the Tchaikovsky is suitably youthful, with impeccable articulation and lilt to the numerous dance movements while at all times avoiding the real depth of tone and richness of sonority with which he imbues the rest of the programme.” - International Record Review
“This recording is indispensable as a guide through the memorable moments of this young pianist’s mercurial career. It not only shows where he’s been musically, but also where he’s headed. It’s the start of a series of treasure filled recordings.” - Classical Music Sentinel
Johannes Brahms: Two Chorale Preludes, Op. 122, Nos. 9 & 10
(transcribed for piano by Busoni)
Franz Schubert: Fantasie in C major, Op. 15 (D. 760) "Der Wanderer"
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Album pour enfants, Op. 39 (Children's Album)
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2, in B-flat Minor, Op. 36
Vassily Primakov, Piano
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