Vassily Primakov plays Brahms, Chopin & Scriabin
This new DVD marks the film debut of piano virtuoso, Vassily Primakov, performing the three Intermezzos, Op. 117 by Johannes Brahms, the four Ballades by Fryderyk Chopin, and the Sonata No. 4 by Alexandr Scriabin. Vassily Primakov has been hailed as a pianist of world class significance, the New York Times trumpeting his "fiery intensity" and his "bold, expressive phrasing and dramatic commitment that brought the audience to its feet." In 2009, National Public Radio named Primakov's Chopin Mazurka disc to its "Best CD of the Year" list, and American Record Guide raved: "In every piece his touch is perfect. This is a great Chopin pianist." Gramophone wrote that "Primakov's empathy with Chopin's spirit could hardly be more complete." The program was filmed in Denmark, in 2009, David Starobin, director (68 minutes). The region free DVD includes audio in stereo as well as 5.1 surround sound in DTS and Dolby formats. Special features: Vassily Primakov photo gallery; biographical information; Primakov discography; and a Digital .Mp4 file, for easy copying to iPod or personal video devices.
“This video certainly reveals Primakov as a serious artist with fabulous pianistic skills. His tone quality is velvety, his phrasing unfailingly sensitive...when Primakov loses himself in the music and lets rip, the effect is marvellous: the Chopin Ballades are full of tenderness and elation.” - BBC Music Magazine
“Primakov is a master of keyboard colour and he is in his element here throughout, with the ternary structures of each of the Brahms Intermezzos enabling him to find real contrast of mood, aided by a natural rubato and flexibility of pulse...he is a match for any in his tonal finesse, musical maturity and effortless technical prowess.” - International Record Review
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