Primakov In Concert, Vol. 1
Label: Bridge Records
Vassily Primakov, piano
Composed by: Johannes Brahms - Two Chorale Preludes, Op. 122, Nos. 9 & 10 (transcribed for piano by Busoni)
The international acclaim for Vassily Primakov's studio recordings during the past three years has been nothing short of phenomenal, with the pianist regularly compared to the great virtuosi of the past. In the October 2010 issue of American Record Guide, reviewer Jack Sullivan writes: "Richter, Horowitz, Fleisher and others have a great deal to say in this music, but Primakov impresses me as no one else has in a long while. His combination of openheartedness, and scrupulous musicianship is what great Schubert playing is about." This new Primakov disc is the first in a series of live-concert recordings. The disc's oldest performance is from 2002, Schubert's "Wanderer Fantasy," played when Primakov was 22. Primakov's performances of the great Russian composers are noteworthy, and this disc includes Tchaikovsky's rarely recorded Children's Album, Op. 39, as well as a powerful 2007 concert that included Rachmaninoff's gorgeous Second Sonata.