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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".
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH – TOCCATAS (COMPLETE)
Alessandro Deljavan, piano
A Toccata (from Italian toccare, "to touch") is a virtuoso piece of music typically for a keyboard featuring fastmoving, lightly fingered or otherwise virtuosic passages or sections, with or without imitative or fugal interludes, generally emphasizing the dexterity of the performer's fingers.
Originating in Renaissance Italy the Toccata travelled North and in Bach’s time it was an important form of keyboard writing. Bach’s seven Toccatas are highly intricate, “pianistically” elaborate works, in free, quasiimprovisatory style, demanding a high level of virtuosity.
This is the perfect repertoire for young Italian ALESSANDRO DELJAVAN, one of the most remarkable and original pianists of today. He lets his imagination free reign, is eloquent in the recitative style episodes, shows his incredible sense of polyphony in the fugues and displays a blinding and glittering pianism in the virtuoso sections: spellbinding!
“His playing is full of intensive power and contagious artistry” (Dmitri Bashkirov)
“he is one of the most interesting pianists I’ve heard in my life” (Fou Ts’Ong)
“he is one of the most major talents of his age” (John Perry)
“Jawdropping virtuosity and heart stopping eloquence”(Dallas Morning News).
SCRIABIN: Preludes Op. 11; Vers la flamme; Sonata No. 10
LISZT: Mephisto Waltz No. 3; Nuages gris; en rêve; Bagatelle sans tonalité
Philipp Kopachevsky, piano
This program shows a fascinating diversity of styles: Scriabin’s Preludes Op. 11 are clearly moulded on Chopin’s Preludes Op. 28 in their Chopinesque melodic lines and extreme mood shifting. The preludes are the most “old fashioned” works on this disc, as we move on into the darker and mysterious world of late Scriabin, the 10-th Sonata and “Vers la flamme” (towards the flame) exalted creations of a mind seeking connection with the spiritual forces of the cosmos. The harmonic language of late Scriabin, the building of chords in intervals of a fourth (instead of the traditional thirds) finds a curious predecessor in “Late Liszt”, whose Third Mephisto Waltz, Nuages gris and Bagatelle sans tonalité are using the fourth (or the augmented fourth, the tritonus) as the basis of the melodic and harmonic discourse.
Philipp Kopachevsky is one of the most remarkable pianists of the younger generation. Winner of several international competitions he is in much demand as a soloist, having played with conductors like Rostropovich, Gergiev, Spivakov, Pletnev and many others.
This is Philipp Kopachevsky’s second CD for Piano Classics. His first CD (PCL0084, Liszt/Schubert/Janacek) received rave reviews:
“..a rare discovery…extraordinary talent…a great musician..” Piano World
“..technical mastery and deeply searching musicality…a must…6 Stars..” Piano News Germany
“…Kopachevsky’s hands communicate real musical thought, he adds a touch of intensity to every bar..personal and intriguing…” Fanfare
EARL WILD: The Complete Paraphrases and transcriptions Vol. 2:
Giovanni Doria-Miglietta, piano
The second instalment of the complete Piano Works by Earl Wild!
Earl Wild (1915-2010) was without doubt one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. His immense repertoire, his staggering virtuosity, his warmth and his charm deserve him the epithet legendary. Wild was a great improviser as well, and he frequently played his own fantasies in his concerts. Fortunately he wrote these wonderful pieces down, and his creative legacy contains a wealth of transcriptions, fantasies and paraphrases, as well as original piano works. This CD features the complete recording of Wild’s famous transcriptions of Rachmaninoff songs. Rachmaninoff was of course one of the greatest pianists ever, and the piano writing for his songs is virtuoso and substantial, a severe challenge for the performer. In Wild’s transcriptions the voice melody melts into the accompaniment, creating the most wonderful, lush and sumptuous pianism ever written!
The previous issue in this series by Italian pianist Giovanni Doria-Miglietta (Piano Classics PCL0069) received excellent reviews: “extremely well played..possibly my favourite piano disc of 2014..” Classical Net.