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Kapustin: Piano Music CD

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  • Performer: Steven Osborne
  • Audio CD (1 May 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00004TARX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1. Vivace
2. Largo
3. Scherzo. Allegro Molto - Trio
4. Allegro Molto
5. Prelude No. 3
6. Prelude No. 7
7. Prelude No. 15
8. Prelude No. 13
9. Prelude No. 19
10. Prelude No. 5
11. Prelude No. 18
12. Prelude No. 17
13. Prelude No. 23
14. Prelude No. 11
15. Prelude No, 12
16. Prelude No. 10
17. Prelude No. 9
18. Allegro Molto
19. Scherzo - Allegro assai
20. Largo
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Here is an exhilarating disc that will get your feet tapping! Nikolai Kapustin (born 1937) studied the piano at the Moscow Conservatoire with Alexander Goldenweiser, and is a prolific composer, especially for his own instrument. His style is a fascinating and distinctive blend of classical and jazz styles, as he expounds his jazz-based melodic and rhythmic ideas within the structures of classical sonata form. The jazz influence is of course nothing new: many composers, including Ravel and Poulenc, have incorporated jazz elements in their work, but whereas their music makes occasional and relatively superficial reference to jazz, Kapustin's is unthinkable without it. The first two piano sonatas (he has so far written ten) both date from 1989, and display a deep merging of disparate stylistic elements tempered by a careful control of structure. The hallmarks of Kapustin's style are evident throughout: the scintillating virtuosity and jazz-influenced syncopations, with the occasional walking bass and doses of swing, boogie-woogie, and the raw energy of Art Tatum. The Preludes also present a great variety of jazz styles, including blues, ballad, jazz waltz, swing and a hint of jazz funk. Steven Osborne is one of the most exciting young British pianists, and the jazz idiom is wholly natural to him. Having discovered this wonderful music, he has managed to get hold of many rare scores and manuscripts from Russia (some from the composer himself) in order to make this recording. The result is a revelation, and one you'll undoubtedly want to play to your friends.

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PREISES DER DEUTSCHEN SCHALLPLATTENKRITIK EMPFEHLUNG, KLASSIK HEUTE CLASSIC CD DISC OF THE MONTH 'Engaging, often witty, jazz-inspired works that are highly recommended, especially to lovers of Gershwin or Billy Mayerl' (Gramophone) 'Osborne's dazzling playing and excellent booklet notes get top billing. So do Hyperion's gorgeous sonics. Buy this disc and be thoroughly entertained.' (International Record Review) 'Kapustin's synthesis is well-crafted, has some exciting moments and generally exudes a breezy élan. It is also superbly performed by Osborne.' (BBC Music Magazine) 'Everything on this surprisingly sunny disc is full of ear-catching delights; and it s hard to imagine a listener who won t be captivated. The performances are every bit as attractive as the music. In sum, we have a major new pianist on our hands' (Fanfare, USA) 'It s hard to imagine it better done. Recommended' (International Piano Quarterly) 'At last! A worthwhile jazz-classical fusion!' (Classic CD) 'Exudes great energy and dazzling brilliance. Outstanding performances by Steven Osborne. An invigorating disc by any standards' --Classic CD

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jun. 2000
Format: Audio CD
The name Nikolai Kapustin will probably leave all but a very few people scratching their heads. Born in 1937, Kapustin is very much alive, a wonderfully prolific and active composer, and a virtuoso pianist of the highest caliber. He studied piano at the Moscow Conservatory with Alexander Goldenweiser, and is in possession of a world-class technique (I have been extremely fortunate to hear recordings of Kapustin performing his own music). Since his earliest student days as a composer/pianist, he has embraced the jazz idiom, with remarkable freshness and seemingly endless inspiration. Make no mistake though, this is not classical/jazz "cross-over", nor classical music with a whiff of jazz, but more the other way around. It is much closer to true jazz improvisation, meticulously written out, and in the right hands, capable of sounding incredibly free and spontaneous. And yet, Kapustin writes his style of music within established classical forms, like sonatas for example, of which he has written ten thus far, with hopefully more to come. I haven't heard anything quite like it. In that sense, his music is original in its own way, while at the same time clearly descended from two very established musical styles. The few people I know, all classical musicians, who have encountered Kapustin's music have had immediate and overwhelmingly favorable responses to it, myself included. I would think only the most staunchly conservative guardians of old-world western classical music traditions, or hardened jazz-haters would not love this man's music. There are very few pianists performing Kapustin's piano music in the world today, mostly because of extremely hard to find scores, and thus a general ignorance of his existence.Read more ›
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2003
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Boy, where to start? I wonder how the recording label, Hyperion, decided to put this in the 'classical' category. Probably they did so because Kapustin himself called these pieces 'Sonata' or 'Prelude.' But, truth to tell, I'm hard pressed to find very much in the way of easily identifiable classical music procedures here (aside from grouping four pieces together and labeling them a sonata) unless one considers an eleven-minute piece [the first movement of the Second Sonata] 'classical' on the basis of length alone; of course, that would require us to include some of the improvisations of people like Keith Jarrett or Cecil Taylor in that category, too, and I suppose some would do so. Of course, a composer can call his music whatever he likes (look at Satie!) and if Nikolai Kapustin (b. 1937) wants to give these pieces 'classical' titles, that's his privilege. Maybe one of our best Amazon classical CD reviewers, 'weirdears' [Chris Forbes], who is himself a jazz pianist and composer, should be reviewing this disc. How about it, Chris?
That aside, I found this CD to be entirely delightful, once I got over my expectation that I'd be hearing sonata-allegro or other similar procedures. And I had already had SOME idea what to expect because Marc-André Hamelin had included the Toccatina, Op. 36, on his 'Kaleidoscope' CD (also from Hyperion and highly recommended).
What we have here is a masterful compendium of piano jazz styles, everything from barrelhouse, stride and boogie to Bill Evans, Cecil Taylor, Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner and Art Tatum, not to speak of the introspectively melodic close-hands technique of George Shearing and Denny Zeitlin.
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For those who don't know Kapustin's music it's a wonderful blend of classical and jazz styles. There are three works on this CD: The Sonata No 1, the Sonata No. 2 and a selection of 13 of the 24 Preludes in Jazz Style from the composer's Op.53. Of course Russian composer Kapustin is not the first composer to have blended popular music idioms with classical form - Ravel, Shostakovich and Gershwin all used jazz music in their compositions, and many composers have used popular dance melodies in a formal arrangement. The works here are played by British pianist Steven Osborne who has given many fine broadcast performances with several of the best British orchestras. This recording was made in 1999 and provides 70 minutes of entertaining, and sometimes challenging, piano music. All the pieces are played exactly as written, without improvisation.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rudi on 28 July 2010
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Having listened to the recording made by the composer of his works, listening to the recording of Steven Osborne was equally satisfying and should be a 'must have' for any classical jazz piano enthusiast.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MAISIE on 13 May 2012
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MUCH TO MY DELIGHT THE CD WAS DELIVERED WITHIN 48 HOURS. I HAD NEVER HEARD OF NIKOLAI KAPUSTIN UNTIL A RECENT BBCRADIO3 BROADCAST AND RUSSIAN JAZZ BY A CLASSICALLY TRAINED PIANIST IS CERTAINLY WORTH LISTENING TO, BORN 1937 AND STILL ALIVE AND PERFORMING. HE HAS NOT TRAVELLED AS HE DISLIKES LEAVING RUSSIA, BUT HAS RECORDED IN jAPAN. THESE 24 PRELUDES IN JAZZ STYLE ARE BRILLIANT. THE PIANIST , STEVEN OSBORNE, BORN 1971 IN SCOTLAND, IS ONE OF BRITAIN'S MOST OUTSTANDING PIANISTS. I CAN'T RECOMMEND THIS CD HIGHLY ENOUGH TO LOVERS OF PIANO JAZZ.
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