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Nikolai Petrov, piano: F. Liszt - Concert Fantasy `Don Juan`/ J. Brahms - Fantasies Op.116 / F. F. Chopin- 4 Ballades

Nikolai Petrov, piano:  F. Liszt - Concert Fantasy `Don Juan`/ J. Brahms - Fantasies Op.116 / F. F. Chopin- 4  Ballades-Piano-Russian Piano School
ID: RCD16361 (EAN: 4600383163611)  | 1 CD | ADD
Released in: 2011
Russian Compact Disc
Russian Piano School
BRAHMS, Johannes | CHOPIN, Frédéric François | LISZT, Franz
PETROV, Nikolai (piano)
Other info:

Recording in 1989 (1-4), 1987 (5-12)
Remastering: RCD, 2003

The following words of the composer himself may serve as a key to performance of Chopin’ works, “After all the difficulties have been overcome and a great number of notes have been played, simplicity appears in all its charm, as the ultimate summit of art. One has to toil hard, to do an immense work to reach this goal...” Nikolai Petrov not only displays model performance of Chopin’s ballads, skillfully conveying all the richest sound palette of the great Romanticist; his interpretation strikes with emotion and philosophical depth, sincerity and genuineness of feeling, and delivery of Chopin’s deep cordiality in music that cannot bear any slight formality in performance. Petrov’s flawless pianism is as natural as breathing, and his inimitable touch, a distinctive mark of the great Russian piano school, lets you fully enjoy the subtlest nuances of Chopinian masterpieces, the charm and poetry of Chopinian sound.

Brahms’s innovation is especially noticeable in his piano miniatures distinguished by subtle fragmentation of themes and multifaceted, contrapuntally developed texture. The composer assigned an auxiliary role to technique, avoiding meaningless virtuoso concert effects, but he could manage the instrument’s expressive resources like no one else.
In his pieces of the last period of composing, Capriccio and Intermezzo, intimate facets of the composer’s mental life are disclosed. Attitudes are conveyed flexibly and with utmost terseness, and the complex content is expressed with sparing tools, and primarily with a “speaking” turn of melodies. . As performed by Nikolai Petrov, the element of exalted romantics and psychological subtleties are combined with the power and dense sound of Brahmsian texture. The pianist's interpretation shows not only depth, but also a harmonious concept: Nikolai Petrov turns the entire composition of separate independent pieces into a single whole, into a through-composed Romanticist form based on contrasts of moods and tempos and united with a coordination of tonalities considered by Brahms himself.
CHOPIN, Frédéric François (1810-1849) 
4 Ballades 
1. Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 239:43 
2. Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 387:42 
3. Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 478:01 
4. Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 5211:51 
BRAHMS, Johannes (1833-1897) 
7 Fantasies Op.116 
5. Capriccio in D minor2:24 
6. Intermezzo in A minor3:36 
7. Capriccio in G minor2:51 
8. Intermezzo in E major5:13 
9. Intermezzo in E minor2:08 
10. Intermezzo in E major2:52 
11. Capriccio in D minor1:57 
LISZT, Franz (1811-1886) 
12. "Réminiscences de Don Juan"18:39 


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