Konstantin Scherbakov - Soiree Russe (CD)
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Russia has long been a source ofmusical inspiration in the West. The Romantics in particular found the
music of Russia fascinating, and public interest in Russian music has no doubt been fuelled by a general
curiosity about sounds that seem exotic to Western ears. This recording features a Russian pianist, Konstantin
Scherbakov, playing an all-Russian program.
If this latter statement is not enough to set this disc apart from the rest of the field, consider this: Konstantin
Scherbakov has become known for recording the ‘unplayable’ and has a discography spanning complete
concerti by Tchaikovsky, Respeghi, Medtner and Scriabin. Another highly acclaimed project was the release of
the complete Beethoven Symphonies in Franz Liszt’s piano arrangement.
Yet Konstantin has never made a live recording and has chosen Soirrée Russe as entrée into a new adventure.
Some of the most powerful Russian repertoire are featured on this disc: Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an
Exhibition, luminous Rachmaninoff pieces incuding the Elegy Op. 3 no.1 and Prokofieff’s tumultuous Sonata
no.7. The combination of great acoustic, concert-hall excitement and brilliant piano playing combines to
create a stunning disc of energy and impact.
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