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Solo Piano Recital:Tchaikovsky/Scriabin/Stravinsky/Prokofiev

Simon Trpceski Audio CD
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  • Performer: Simon Trpceski
  • Audio CD (6 May 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0000647IV
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. March - Tempo di marcia viva
2. Tanech [Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy] - Andante ma non troppo
3. Tarantella - Tempo di Tarantella
4. Intermezzo
5. Trepak - Molto vivace
6. Kitaisky Tanez [Chinese Dance] - Allegro moderato
7. Andante maestoso
8. Piano Sonata No. 5 in F sharp, Op. 53:Allegro.Impetuoso. Con stravaganza
9. I. Danse russe - Allegro giusto
10. II. Chez Pétrouchka - Stringendo
11. III. La semaine grasse - Con moto
12. I. Allegro moderato
13. II. Allegretto
14. III. Tempo di valzer lentissimo
15. IV. Vivace

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding CD Debut 29 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Frankly you will be hard pressed to spend the money and yield a better purchase in terms of fire and musicianship. There are a number of youngsters who may be 5 years from the top and it is fun to predict if they will make it into the very highest rank. So far I have restricted my predictions to Piotr Anderszewski, but I would now add Simon Trpceski (why such hard to pronounce names?). This disk is all Russians and in my view it is the Stravinsky - Trois mouvements de Petrouchka - which is the outstanding track. Although it does not topple Pollini it is still amazingly fine. The next best in the Prokofiev Sonata No.6. I found the Scriabin a bit lack luster and the Pletnev Nutcracker transcription OK but not terribly engaging. Worth double for the Stravinsky alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! Long Live Trpceski! 3 Jan 2004
By "mrcatbert" - Published on
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I first had the privilege of listening to this recording by Simon Trpceski in December 2002, and I have been listening to it ever since. This is the sort of recording that you can listen to many times and find something new and wonderful each time. I have already inducted it into my personal pantheon of exceptional recordings, and it ranks with such legendary recordings as Horowitz's 1986 Moscow recital, Gieseking's performances of Debussy's piano music, and Richter's sublime Schubert from the 1970s, to mention but a few.
Trpceski was born in 1979 in Skopje, Macedonia, and has won many international competitions. This is his first disc, and it has deservedly garnered many awards, including Gramophone's "Editor's Choice of the Year" award for 2003 and BBC Music magazine's "Disc of the Month" award. The disc starts off with Mikhail Pletnev's piano transcription of seven movements from Tchaikovsky's popular ballet The Nutcracker. I unfortunately have not heard Pletnev's own recording of his transcriptions, but with all due respect to Pletnev's impressive playing, I cannot imagine a better recording than Trpceski's.
Pletnev's transcriptions of the nutcracker are certainly spectacular, but it is not just Trpceski's virtuosity that makes this recording so special. What makes this recording wonderful is the fact that Trpceski plays with incredible passion. The "Pas de deux" is the most incredibly powerful recording of any piece of music I have ever heard - while I am not an overly sentimental person, I cry every time I listen to it. When I hear this track I often think of Joseph Campbell's quote that in life we "participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world," for Trpceski plays the piece with life affirming joy, while also acknowledging the more poignant undertones so that we can truly appreciate the brighter side of the music.
The next item on this recording is Alexander Scriabin's Fifth Sonata. It is an excellent recording, and I think that it compares favorably to Horowitz's 1976 recording, which is often cited as the benchmark. Horowitz's recording is considerably slower than Trpceski's (Horowitz plays the sonata in slightly over twelve minutes, while Trpceski clocks in at slightly under eleven minutes), and to my ear Horowitz gives a more fiery, heavy performance than Trpceski, who tends to be more lyrical and soft. I would not like to choose between the two versions, for each of them has something special to offer.
The ballet "Petrushka" is my favorite work by Stravinsky, and I am constantly delighted by the composer's own piano transcription. I once read that Artur Rubinstein, who commissioned the transcription, pronounced it unplayable, and as a pianist myself I can imagine the difficulty of the piece. Trpceski, however, has no problems handling its massive technical challenges. Yet while I cannot help but be amazed at Trpceski's technical feats, what really holds my attention is his musicality. According to the informative CD booklet, Stravinsky wanted the three movement transcription to be seen as a work in its own right, rather than just "mere" transcription, and Trpceski clearly realizes this. I hesitate to compare the transcription to the orchestral original, but since I have not had the opportunity to hear another recording of the piano transcription, I must say that Trpceski's recording complements Stravinsky's own recording of the orchestral original.
Prokofiev's sixth sonata rounds off this generous disc (the total time of the disc is 72:42). When I first got this disc I did not listen to the Prokofiev sonata as often as the other pieces, but since then I have come to cherish it. Hearing Trpceski's recording made me begin to understand this piece for the first time. I had previously listened to recordings by Evgeny Kissin and Sviatoslav Richter, both of whom are legendary for their interpretations of this piece. However, for me their recordings, while excellent, simply don't compare to Trpceski's. His performance never sounds harsh or acidic, and yet it avoids the other extreme of bleakness and bland dissonance. Before listening to Trpceski's recording, I had never understood or appreciated the two inner movements of the sonata, and I only appreciated the fast movements for their technical difficulties. However, Trpceski succeeds in making this music very human. It is at once both tragic and compassionate, and it is certainly my benchmark for this piece.
This recording was made at EMI's legendary Abbey Road Studios, and the sound quality is up to today's usual high standards. On the basis of this recording (and the odd radio broadcast that I have been lucky enough to hear) I think it is fair to say that Simon Trpceski is already one of the "great" pianists. I will be looking for any future CDs that he makes, and, while I do not attend concerts often, I will certainly go out of my way to see Mr. Trpceski perform. He is one of those rare musicians who has awesome technical abilities combined with an obvious love of music, and it is, very simply, a joy to listen to him.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trpceski vs. Pletnev 21 April 2005
By Frank Hamilton - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Regarding the Tchaikovsky transcription by Pletnev, performed

here by Trpceski and on a Philips CD by Pletnev himself,

I can only say, there is no comparison, the performance by

Trpceski is a miracle, while Pletnev is pedestrian at best.

The Pletnev was recorded about 27 years ago and the engineering

of the recorded sound was terrible. The piano used in the

Pletnev was out-of-tune and otherwise still not a great

instrument, while Trpceski's piano on this EMI recording

is almost unique in its beauty and balance. EMI's engineering

is superb.

Given the differences in the engineering and instruments, it

is hard to make a fair comparison of the two pianists. I

bought the Pletnev recording only because of the previous

Amazon review, and very much regret that I did. I found it a

tremendous disappointment.

Pletnev's transcription is wonderful, but his interpretation

leaves much to be desired. The sensitive phrasing and

delicate touches found in Trpceski's, are tossed off and

go for nothing in that particular Pletnev recording, not

to mention Pletnev's fumbled notes.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Broader Spectrum of Simon Trpceski's Repertoire 27 April 2008
By Grady Harp - Published on
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Though this very affordable EMI Classics CD was released in 2002, it is happily current sounding and an exciting introduction to the amazingly gifted Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski. For those fortunate enough to hear him in live performance, either as a recitalist or as a soloist in concertos with orchestras around the world, this collection of works will serve as a reminder of just how intensely musical and electrifying this young pianist is. But for those who have yet to experience the wonders created between Trpceski and his instrument, this well programmed CD is as fine an introduction to a new artist as has been created by the EMI Debut Series.

The recital opens with Tchaikovsky's own concert suite of music from 'The Nutcracker', with four movements as further enhanced for the piano by Mikhail Pletnev. Here Trpceski shines in his ability to make particular instrumental sections sound like the original instrumentation (for example, the Chinese Dance). His playing is richly romantic and finds more of the inner voices of the score than most other pianists. Subtlety + drama seem to be one of this pianist's fortés.

Turning to the Piano Sonata No.5 by Scriabin, a brief but elegant 'excerpt' from the inspirations for his 'Poem of Ecstasy', Trypceski finds the balance between the inherent eroticism of the music and the theme development that make this among the more exceptional of the ten sonatas Scriabin wrote. Moving back to the 'transcription of orchestral works' territory, Trpceski performs Stravinsky's own piano versions of three movements from the 'Petrouchka' ballet. What happens with the music themes so well known to audiences from the orchestral version is a sense of fresh concepts and the ability to hear Stravinsky's ideas as though for the first time. The moods and excitement of the drama are all very much in place, but in addition to this the keyboard technique is so secure and pristine that one only wishes for more of this version of the score.

For this listener the highlight of the CD is the Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 6, a work that contains all the elements that make Prokofiev's music so consistently exciting. There are soaring melodies as well as playful fast movements that suggest the score of 'Romeo and Juliet', and the overall effect is a work of great beauty and excitement - a perfect sonata - and Simon Trpceski plays it with complete control and romantic abandon. This is a young giant of a pianist about whom we will surely hear much, much more. Highly recommended for all lovers of classical music. Grady Harp, April 08
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Record 3 Aug 2005
By Joshua Appel - Published on
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was pleasantly surprised by this recording. The playing is of a very high order throughout and Mr. Trpceski is really a lot of fun to listen to. His technique is remarkable and he really has good taste (which is not always the case with young pianists). If you enjoy this repertiore (or even if you don't), this is playing that deserves to be heard. The recording is also excellent.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! 7 Jun 2007
By customer - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I think that this CD is simply magnificent. The pieces in this compilation need no introduction for fans of classical music. Each is a masterpiece, in my humble opinion; and I find Trpceski's interpretations to be enthralling, as a result of their insight, communicativeness, spontaneity, and splendid execution. To put it differently, Trpceski's technique is brilliant, in the best and most inclusive sense of the word. Personally, I don't believe that the "golden age" of piano playing is long over. I believe that we are fortunate to have many exceptional and distinctive classical pianists currently concretizing - Argerich, Zimerman, Pollini, Kovacevich, Hamelin, Anderszewski, and Freire are but a handful. Trpceski easily fits into this tradition of excellence, and he offers this listener the hope that the tradition will continue for many generations. Although Trpceski's Rachmaninov and Chopin recitals (see below) are also certainly worthy of your attention, I advise you to begin your exploration of Trpceski's art with this recording.

I also highly recommend:

Trpceski's Rachmaninov recital Simon Trpceski Plays Rachmaninoff

Trpceski's Chopin recital Chopin: Sonata No. 2; 4 Scherzos
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