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Works for Piano - Rachmaninoff/Scriabin/Medtner/Lipunov [CD]

Chisato Kusunoki , None Audio CD
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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: None
  • Audio CD (14 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Quartz Music Limited
  • ASIN: B0062K2EEW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Six Moments Musicaux, Op. 16
2. Sonata in G Minor, Op. 22
3. Fantasie in B Minor, Op. 28
4. Berceuse
5. Ronde Des Sylphes
6. Tempete

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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and interesting programme 31 Mar 2012
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Chisato Kusunoki is a Japanese-born pianist who grew up in Germany and studied at the University of Oxford, where she was already developing something of a reputation for perceptive and commanding performances of Russian romantic repertoire. Often the type of programme offered here is the preserve of native Russian artists, but there is plenty to be gained from hearing it from a relative outsider, who may sometimes bring an instructive kind of objectivity to the task and show the music in a refreshing light. In any case, Medtner's dual Russian/German ancestry and cultural upbringing invite this, and (slightly improbably) Scriabin spent a period studying in Belgium during the first decade of the 20th century.

Kusunoki brings considerable technical assurance to these works. Her poetic sensibility isn't in doubt, though more than once one senses that the recording itself lets her down a little (the more clamorous climaxes tend towards a harshness which more judicious engineering, rather than a different approach to the keyboard, might have avoided). Four stars seem a reasonable averaging of three for the engineers, five for the pianist, who impressed me most in the Scriabin Fantasie. This transitional, mid-career work is shrewdly paced and structured in Kusunoki's dramatic performance, proceeding with clarity and structural control towards a suitably impassioned climax. She brings a consciously (and appropriately) lower-key drama to Medtner's elegantly-crafted and (in purely structural terms) Liszt-influenced G minor Sonata. The early Rachmaninov pieces are affectionately played, but have a hint of reserve that is welcome in music which can easily become sentimental or even self-pitying. The formidable E minor piece (no.
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5.0 out of 5 stars russian composers unravelled by Miss Kusunoki 21 Mar 2012
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I have listened to this recording many times and find it casts a spell over me. I recommend it to both cognoscenti and to those less familiar with these composers. Chisato deserves to be heard by a wider audience. There are few pianists who can match her lyrical and intelligent interpretation on this recording. QTZ2089
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