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Tchaikovsky / Medtner - First Piano Concertos

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Catalogue numberBIS-SACD-1588
Release date2007-02-25
Discs1
Orig. sample rate44100Hz

Gramophone: Recording of the Month; BBC Music Magazine: outstanding.

Making his début on BIS only two years ago, Yevgeny Sudbin has had a uniquely successful start to his recording career. His Scarlatti recital (BIS-CD-1508) earned him universal praise: ‘performances of a superlative vitality and super-fine sensitivity’ wrote The Gramophone, while the French magazine Piano rejoiced over ‘a pianist of the highest class, in complete control of his means and in possession of a charisma and a command which is all to often lacking in musicians of his generation.’ A year later this impression was confirmed, as Sudbin’s Rachmaninov programme (BIS-SACD-1518) reached the reviewers: ‘From beginning to end, we are in the presence here of a major, world-class artist – a fearless technician with an all-encompassing command of his instrument; a musical dramatist of exceptional acumen and sophistication; a poet who moves seamlessly between unbridled rhetoric and extreme intimacy; a stylist who catches the particular spirit of everything he plays’ wrote Piano Magazine, UK.

Now, at last, comes Yevgeny Sudbin’s first concerto disc – and what a disc! With Tchaikovsky’s and Nikolai Medtner’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1, he brings together one of the world’s most famous musical works with a concerto that may not have the same mass appeal but by the initiated is considered one of the finest examples of the genre. In his personal and deeply engaging liner notes Sudbin discusses these two contrasting works, talking about ‘the hidden, sometimes almost impressionistic colours that are waiting to be discovered’ in Tchaikovsky and ‘the unique symbiosis between Medtner’s natural feel for the form and its usage, which shows Western qualities, and the emotional intensity with its aristocratic poise, which indisputably speaks in the Russian language.’ Supporting Sudbin is the Brazilian team of São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and conductor John Neschling, acclaimed for colourful interpretations of music by their countrymen Camargo Guarnieri and Francisco Mignone. The disc closes with an encore – Yevgeny Sudbin’s own transcription of the Medtner song Liebliches Kind (‘Enchanting Child’) for solo piano.
 
Extra material for download
 
 
  Composer: Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich
  Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23 33:21
01 I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso 19:20 $ 4.06 USD
02 II. Andantino simplice 07:07 $ 1.49 USD
03 III. Allegro con fuoco 06:54 $ 1.45 USD
 
 
  Composer: Medtner, Nikolai
  Piano Concerto No.1 in C minor, Op.33 34:42
04 Allegro – 12:05 $ 2.54 USD
05 Tranquillo, meditamente – 13:27 $ 2.82 USD
06 Tempo I – 02:17 $ 0.48 USD
07 Coda. Allegro molto 06:53 $ 1.45 USD
 
 
  Composer: Medtner, Nikolai
  Liebliches Kind! [transcribed for solo piano by Y. Sudbin]
08 Liebliches Kind! [transcribed for solo piano by Y. Sudbin] 01:46 $ 0.37 USD
 
  Album total 69:49
ComposerMedtner, Nikolai
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich
PianoSudbin, Yevgeny
OrchestraSão Paulo Symphony Orchestra
ConductorNeschling, John

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