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Brahms

18 Jun 2002

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  • Original Release Date: 18 Jun 2002
  • Label: nave
  • Copyright: 2002 nave
  • Total Length: 1:06:44
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  • ASIN: B0027R7WWS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,496 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Feb 2008
Format: Audio CD
As the first reviewer pointed out, this is immensely powerful and intense account of this sonata, which surpasses even richter's Praga recording, not to mention deeply poetic rendition of slower sections and movements. Sokolov's grandiose style of playing somehow fit this heavy music well. Probably one of his best live recordings along side his Chopin recordings and Paris Live on DVD.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Neil Ford on 25 Jun 2004
Format: Audio CD
A titanic account of this mammoth Brahms piano sonata, Sokolov plays with intense concentration and huge drama. The two slow movements offer a complete contrast in mood, poetic and searching. The big guns appear in the finale heroically sweeping us relentlesly towards the double bar. This is probably the grandest and most serious account of the sonata on record, capturing magestic Sokolov in his prime. Recorded live in Paris.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Striking and beautiful Brahms 9 Mar 2003
By carol France - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD because it got an impressive French award, just out of curiosity. I never heard of Sokolov before and did not like Brahms, but this CD has become one of my best.
I am interested in classical piano, have heard hundreds of pianists, and yet Sokolov managed to impress me with this unsurpassed live performance.
His style is very different from the others. He is very romantic, deep, mature, sophisticated, has a mixture of passion and repose that leads you to another world and forget everything else.
He does not merely play the notes, but also all the subtle human emotions that make this live recording the most impressive, the most poignant, and yet the most touching and tender Brahms ever heard. The sound is lively and gorgeous.
I never get tired of listening to this recording. Since then, I bought all Sokolov's CDs available. A pianist who can make me love a composition I used to dislike is surely la perle rare!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
There is a Titan in the piano world 21 April 2004
By Harvey E. Mintz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
And his name is Grigory Sokolov. Interpretations of the utmost seriousness and dignity, power and nuance which few if any can equal, technique that is at the service of the music rather than using the music to display the technique (which is more common in today's track-meet called classical music performance). I have all of the pices on this CD played by the legendary Arthur Rubenstein. I prefer the Sokolov.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful, pensive, flowing, powerful playing - an addiction. 22 Nov 2009
By G. Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Never heard of Sokolov until November 2009, when Gramophone magazine called him, among a set, "the world's greatest pianist". And he isn't even British. So, probably worth seeking out. Started trolling the music shops in SF and, luckily, found one of the 5 CD box sets, used. (Thanks Amoeba.)

Listened to all five CDs in a row. Wasn't planning to. Really had other things to do. But his playing and interpretations are strikingly unique, fresh and driven, forceful and light - something very, very difficult sounding almost tossed off. Yes, there is personality in his playing. He is not a Moravec who seems to disappear into the piece. Nor is he a self indulgent Lang Lang who plays Bang Bang. Sokolov is large, a Romantic full of bluster and power, yet one that has thought through everything; he's pensive. He's not a throw back 50, 80 years to the era of Romantic, hell fire hit the notes playing. He's very much a modern man with exact playing. He's addictive.

If you think you have heard it all and can't imagine another way it can be played, here is a man for your musical heart.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Immensely powerful performance of the sonata 11 Feb 2008
By Scriabinmahler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is immensely powerful and intense account of this sonata, which surpasses even richter's Praga recording, not to mention deeply poetic rendition of slower sections and movements. Sokolov's grandiose style of playing somehow fit this heavy music well. Probably one of his best live recordings along side his Chopin recordings and Paris Live on DVD.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A brilliant pianist ! 14 Oct 2009
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Brahms may be proud (wherever he is)of being the German composer who has been best performed by Russian pianists. If Emil Gilels was probably the most famed pianist aoround his chamber repertoire (who can surpass his Quartet Op. 25 with the Amadeus Quartet, for instance?) his brilliant performances Ballades (it's not a mere casualty he performed them in Salzburg Festival in 1972. On the other hand, Sviatoslav Richter is still reminded by his impressive recording of Brahms Second Piano Concerto with Leinsdorff from the early sixties.

Among the innumerable amount of brilliant Russian pianists who emerged from the extinct U.R.S.S. Grigory Sokolov always remarked from the rest of his colleagues. His technique ran parallel to his expression and formal standpoints, his musical readings always revealed an authentic interest to remark unsaid aspects beneath the score.

His Brahms sounds natural without being scented, played with sentiment nut not with sentimentalism or self indulgence.

In short, a first rank artist.
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