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We are very excited to welcome London based pianist Mark Viner to the Piano Classics roster.
We are very proud to be a part of his "bold championing of unfamiliar pianistic terrain".
RACHMANINOFF: Preludes, complete
Rachmaninoff’s 24 Preludes are pianistic masterworks of the highest order. Each prelude expresses the deepest emotions of the Russian master, from ecstatic joy and tolling of bells, to Slavic melancholy and utter tragedy. This CD presents a unique live recording of the complete 24 Preludes by Lukas Geniusas, a feat of extraordinary concentration of technical mastery and deep involvement. Played in the big hall of the famous Moscow Conservatory it displays Geniusas’s prodigious gifts: supreme control, a strong sense of structure and a sincere and warm projection of the human emotions of the music.
Lukas Geniusas, born into a family of musicians, (his grandmother was the legendary Vera Gornostaeva) is Silver Medallist of the 2010 Chopin Competition, and first-prize winner of the German Piano Award and the Gina Bachauer Competion.
His earlier recording for Piano Classics (PCL0075, Beethoven: Hammerklavier Sonata: Brahms: Piano Sonata 1), received great critical acclaim: “Geniusas not only convinces with energy and virtuosity, he also approaches the massive sound structures with a deep poetic feeling” (Spiegel, Germany).
BRAHMS: Paganini Variations
LISZT: Mephisto Waltz, Tarantella, Danse Macabre, Isolde's Liebestod
For his third album for Piano Classics, Alexander Gavrylyuk has chosen works close to his heart in which his unique gifts may shine; his technical mastery and his deep emotional involvement. Never playing for the sake of mere effect, he employs his stupendous virtuosity as a carrier of the musical content, always in service of the dramatic or poetic gesture. Included are the famous Paganini Variations by Brahms (his most virtuosic piano work), and a selection of piano works by Liszt: Mephisto Waltz, Danse macabre, Isolde’s Liebestod, Consolation and Tarantella.
Gavrylyuk, in his early thirties, plays in the most important venues of the world, with prestigious orchestras and conductors: Concertgebouw Orchestra (4 years in a row!), New York Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, NHK Philharmonic, with conductors like Blomstedt, Jarvi, Jurowski, Vanska, Petrenko, Fedoseyev, Gergiev. His total involvement and devotion turn his concerts into events, never failing to bring the audience to their feet.
“..a treasure...magical insights..you may think you know this music, but I can assure you, you don’t till you’ve heard this CD..” International Piano Magazine.
“The Pictures come to life in bright colours, virtuoso and powerful, with fantasy and passion...the control of the pp and ppp is breathtaking, the fortissimo eruptions are awe commanding...” Luister Magazine.
“ ..extreme finesse...among the many issues of Mussorgsky’s Pictures this is one of the most successful, personal and original..” Classica.
“Stunning!..an amazing artist..the most effective and evocative that I’ve heard of any pianist...” Fanfare.
“Alexander Gavrylyuk, pianiste extraterrestre” Tribune de Geneve.
THALBERG: Opera Fantasies
A swashbuckling extravaganza of nineteenth century pianism and a veritable contribution to Romantic Revivalism. This, Viner's debut recording, presents the operatic paraphrases of the neglected pianist-composer, Sigismond Thalberg, aristocratic rival of Liszt and innovator of the so-called 'three-hand effect'. Here are some of the very finest of his works; a music of opulent grandeur which draws upon all the heady romantic rhetoric and dramatic narrative of the opera house whilst being sumptuously conceived for the piano. A tour de force of virtuosity and an evocation of an era.
Mark Viner is one of the most exciting young British pianists of his generation. 1st prize winner of the 2012 Alkan-Zimmerman Competition in Athens, he is also the Chairman of the Alkan Society and is steadily gaining a reputation for his bold championing of unfamiliar pianistic terrain.
“Viner established a remarkable combination of personal integrity and artistic maturity”.