In fact, this release from NAXOS is everything the listener
will want from a CD.
The price is affordable, the musical quality is fantatic,
the performance is nothing short of perfect, in my view.
The strength of the release, is the consistency of the
overall listening experience. In fact, for over 30 mins,
there are several numbers, all fitting well with each
other, guaranteeing the attention span of the listener.
One of the litmus tests that should be employed, in
evaluating a composer's works, in my view, is the ability
to take the listener to another level, to another space
and time, another dimension.
On this release, one of the original 5 Russian greats - with
Glazunov, Balakirev, Borodin and Glinka demonstrates that
his talent was worth his reputation as a composer 100 years
later, just with a single instrument: the piano.
It will help, however, to appreciate this work if you've been
exposed to piano pieces from other world-class composers,
such as Erik Satie, Bela Bartok for example.