The Salzburg Recital / Sokolov / 2 Cd
Bach, J S: Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ' arr. Sokolov. Encore Chopin: Preludes (24), Op. 28 Mazurka No. 47 in A minor, Op. 68 No. 2 encore Mazurka No. 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3 encore Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 2 in F, K280 Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K332 Rameau: Les Sauvages encore Scriabin: Poèmes, Op. 69 Nos. 1 & 2 encore
Few pianists of recent years have become quite such a legend in their own lifetime as Grigory Sokolov. His artistry has attracted comparison with the great golden age Russian pianists of the earlier 20th century; yet the breadth of his repertoire, the epic scale of his interpretations and the apparently limitless range of his imagination are in a class of their own. This recital, given in 2008 at the Salzburg Festival, amply demonstrates the distinctive nature of Sokolov s artistry, featuring repertoire from Rameau onwards. The programme begins with two particularly beautiful Mozart sonatas in F major K 280 with its dark-hued central siciliano movement, and the brilliant and tender K 332 both played with Sokolov s habitual care, intensity and wealth of characterization. The second half consists of Chopin s 24 Préludes op. 28, traversing an extraordinary spectrum of colour and concept even within those pieces that last less than a minute. There follows a typically generous complement of six encores: ranging from the highly decorated poise and vigour of Rameau s Les Sauvages to the mystery and whimsy of two short Scriabin Poèmes, and from the inward-looking delicacy of Chopin s late mazurkas to the sepulchral majesty of the Bach chorale prelude Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ.