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Kapustin: Piano Music, Vol. 2 [CD]

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Nikolai Kapustin
  • Audio CD (21 May 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00026W640
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Variations
2. No 1 Prelude Allegro assai
3. No 2 Dream Moderato
4. No 3 Toccatina Allegro
5. No 4 Reminiscence Larghetto
6. No 5 Shuitka Vivace
7. No 6 Pastoral Allegro moderato
8. No 7 Intermezzo Allegretto
9. No 8 Final Prestissimo
10. Bagatelle
11. Allemande
12. Gavotte 1 - Gavotte 2
13. Sarabande
14. Bourree 1 - Bourree 2
15. Gigue
16. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
17. Grave
18. Vivace
19. Sonatina
20. No 1 Allegro Etude in minor seconds
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Suite dans le Style Ancien - 8 Etudes de concert - Variations - Bagatelle - Sonate n°6 - 5 Etudes en intervalles différents - Sonatina / Marc-André Hamelin, piano

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hamelin plays Piano Music by Nikolai Kapustin 20 Sep 2012
By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
For those who don't know Kapustin's music it's a wonderful blend of classical and jazz styles. There are seven works on this CD: The Piano Sonata No. 6, Eight Concert Etudes and Five Etudes in Different Intervals, the Sonatina Op. 100, a Suite in the Old Style, a Bagatelle and a set of Variations, Op.41. 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. Overall it makes for a thoroughly entertaining 77 minutes of unique piano music played by Canadian pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, recorded in 2003. All the pieces are played exactly as written, without improvisation.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable works, Hamelin shines 2 Aug 2004
By John Q. Public - Published on Amazon.com
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True, Russian composer Nikolai Kapustin is not a household name, but with CDs like this, hopefully his time will come (and soon). How should this album be recommended? The draw will either be Kapustin or Hamelin (or both) - and review boards are already flooded with superlatives for Marc-Andre Hamelin, the Canadian sensation with a mind-boggling technique. That said, I'll say what I can about Kapustin's works to offer a recommendation, as there is far less about him and his compositions.

Kapustin is often labeled as a 'jazz-' or a 'crossover-' composer. I think that the latter is a more appropriate label. True, many of his compositions are jazzy, but he certainly does not limit himself to this style, and the idiomatic well from which he draws is so deep, that no listener will be displeased. Reviewers often mention Art Tatum, Gottschalk, Jelly Roll Morton, Gershwin, Joplin, and Zez Confrey as those whose sounds are evoked in Kapustin - his works range over blues, jazz, ragtime, and 'cocktail bar nonchalance' themes in addition to delving into more modern ideas.

The Variations Op. 41 and 8 Concert Etudes, Op. 40 are indicative of the more jazzy side, as is the Bagatelle No. 9. The Suite in the Old Style, Op. 28 and Sonata No. 6 are, while excellent compositions, more on the borderline, thematically, between jazz and 20th-century. Recordings of these works already exist (all of them performed by Kapustin, on Russian labels), so the real gems of Hamelin's disc are the Sonatina, Op. 100 and 5 Etudes for Piano in Different Intervals, Op. 68. The Sonatina is a delightful Haydn-esque romp, very light, and the Interval Etudes are some of the most difficult, harrowing, and breathtaking etudes I've heard. The final 'Etude in Octaves' is, as another reviewer put it, "the octave study to end all octave studies," which Hamelin plays to perfection.

Yes, I'll admit I am a fan of Kapustin's music (I own 7 or 8 albums) so my recommendation is slightly biased, but all those whom I've leant this CD to have been astonished. I fully recommend this album - but have a listen to some audio samples first to judge for yourself. Tower Records has streams of all the tracks, as well as Steven Osborne's wonderful Hyperion Kapustin album. The Boheme Music website has 2 whole albums available to stream with Kapustin himself as the composer, including works featured on this disc. Check them out. Not convinced? As for a proper review of this album (this is my first; apologies to all!) and more information, please visit the Hyperion Records website for Jed Distler's comments. Happy hunting!
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gospel of Nikolai Kapustin is further spread! 17 Dec 2004
By Darin Tysdal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have Marc-Andre Hamelin to thank for introducing me to Kapustin's music. He played a work of his as an encore on one of his concerts, and the whole audience was just floored! After much searching I was able to find recordings and printed music. His music is the closest to Gershwin as I have been able to find. His fusion of Jazz and Classical music is a wonder in itself. Hamelin picks some very difficult as well as a couple of rather easy pieces of Kapustin's to record. The Toccatina is the simplest piece of all, very jazzy and almost "cute". The Variations is a mini-catalog of all of Kapustin's styles, from the romantic to boogie-woogie to Errol Garner-style jazz. With the etudes, Kapustin moves more towards the etudes of Lyapounov and Medtner. There are Latin influences, Broadway show tunes, you name it! All very difficult! I've learned some of them and played them in concert and in competition. Do not be afraid of this music-he is a major discovery and we need to spread the gospel of Kapustin around the world! You can find other recordings on Ebay, and at HMV in Japan by Kapustin himself. Groth Music in Bloomington also sells his piano music and our website is [...] It's hard music, but it's worth the effort! More recordings, please!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Technical and Artistic Brilliance from Two Master Pianists 14 April 2007
By William E. Wyness - Published on Amazon.com
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Nothing inspires and challenges a piano virtuoso like Hamelin as much as discovering a magic repertoire of another technical virtuoso. Kapustin's monumental technical capabilities, which few of us had the opportunity to hear directly, are presented by Hamelin with percussive athleticisn and intricate precision of execution. For all of us who want to be an inspired devotee to what can best be described as an early "post modern" take on pianoforte, which is Kapustin's legacy, this first collection from Hamelin egages the listener, then inspires, awes and satisfies with flawlessly executed technique, sensitive mood shifts, and dynamic voicing that confidently and potently declares, 'this is the new world, and you are in it'!Nikolai Kapustin: Piano Music
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Music For Everyone 10 Mar 2014
By Michael Nault - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Arnold Schoenberg once remarked that if something is art, it is not for all. The music on this disc forcefully contradicts that statement. What we have here are superbly crafted works that incorporate fresh jazz, rock, and other vernacular elements into old forms. Rhythmically and harmonically sophisticated, not to mention extremely daunting pianistically, these sonatas, etudes, and the rest nonetheless contain many catchy tunes and thrilling passages that anyone can enjoy intuitively. It is modern music in the best sense of the term - artfulness based upon shared experience. Its composer clearly refuses to buy into the faulty notion that because something is accessible, it is somehow of lesser quality. Beyond this I can say very little generally about the music itself. Just listen to it. It might help to restore your confidence, if it was lacking, in the viability of the Western Classical tradition.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marc-Andre Hamelin plays piano music by Nikolai Kapustin 20 Sep 2012
By Dr. H. A. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For those who don't know Kapustin's music it's a wonderful blend of classical and jazz styles. There are seven works on this CD: The Piano Sonata No. 6, Eight Concert Etudes and Five Etudes in Different Intervals, the Sonatina Op. 100, a Suite in the Old Style, a Bagatelle and a set of Variations, Op.41. 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. Overall it makes for a thoroughly entertaining 77 minutes of unique piano music played by Canadian pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, recorded in 2003. All the pieces are played exactly as written, without improvisation.

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