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Works for Piano - Konrad Skolarski, piano ~ Rachmaninov / Scriabin / Prokofiev
Works for Piano - Konrad Skolarski, piano ~ Rachmaninov / Scriabin / Prokofiev
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I purchased this disc on the strength of the enthusiastic comments of the reviewer above.
The original 1913 version of Rachmaninov's second piano sonata has long been a favorite of mine.
As readers will know, the number of recordings is much less than the 1931 version which is leaner in passages with some of the denser, more virtuosic passages tamed a little.
In some hands the 1913 version can indeed sound laboured.
This recording from the young Polish pianist, Konrad Skolarski is a revelation.
His playing is of of the highest order with complete conviction. The denser passages are dispatched with ease and octave passages in the first movement leave one… Read more
Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage ~ Franz Liszt
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A quick look on 'Google' informed me that this complete cycle has only been recorded 11 times (3 of them by Claudio Arrau)
Many other pianists have of course recorded the 1st and 2nd of the Années, and the so called Dante sonata has been recorded many times.
Here we have the complete cycle from the young French pianist Bertrand Chamayou. And what a cycle it is!
His playing throughout the three years of Pilgrimage is quite wonderful. He displays great insight into the writing of Liszt, the cycle spanning the different styles, from the virtuosic to the more sparse writing of his later period.
I wouldn't want to be without the interpretations of certain pieces from… Read more
Works for Piano Vol. 1 - Florian Noack ~ Sergei Lyapunov
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Here we have Vol. 1 of a promised complete series of the solo piano works of Lyapunov.

The pianist is Florian Noack, a young Belgian who, although only in his early twenties, has already attracted fame as an interpreter of some of the rarer works in the romantic literature. He has also composed transcriptions of works by, amongst others, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.

I have always liked the 12 Transcendental studies of Lyapunov, played by such champions of the music as louis Kentner and Malcolm Binns. I have always felt these etudes deserved to be more widely known.
It is therefore great to hear that a pianist is embarking on the whole of the composer's solo… Read more