Chopin on Pleyel
Hubert Rutkowski piano (Pleyel 1847)
Ballade in G minor, Op.23
Mazurka in C major, Op.24 No.2
Étude in G flat major, Op.10 No.5
Nocturne in F sharp minor, Op.48 No.2
Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op.66
Mazurka in B flat minor, Op.24 No.4
Scherzo in B minor, Op.20
Mazurka in B flat major, Op.7No.1
Nocturne in D flat major, Op.27 No.2
Polonaise in B flat major, Op.71
Mazurka in A minor, Op.68 No.2
Waltz in D flat major, Op.64 No.1
The first concert Frédéric Chopin gave in Paris (the city which would be his person of the influential Francois-Joseph Fétis, was enthousiastic, he praised the “spiritualized melodies, the fanciful landscapes and uniqueness in all”. Chopin himself was in love with the instrument, with “the lightness of touch and the songful singsong tone”. From then on his instrument of preference would be Pleyel.
In his search for the ideal Chopin tone pianist Hubert Rutkowski studies the writings and recordings of the students of Mikuli, who himself was a student of Chopin. Notably Moritz Rosenthal and Raul Koczalski are the greatest inspirations, in their refined artistic ease, fanciful rubato and a perfect legato.
Hubert Rutkowski chose a representative program, in which all facets of the Pleyel instrument and Chopin’s unique pianism are presented: Etudes, Nocturnes, Waltzes, Ballade, Scherzo, Mazurka, Polonaise, Fantaisie-Impromptu. He plays a magnificent Pleyel instrument from1847. He is the winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition in Hannover in 2007.
The booklet contains extensive liner notes written by the artist.
On his third album for Piano Classics, Alexander Gavrylyuk chose works close to his heart, in which his unique gifts may equally shine: his amazing technical mastery and his deep emotional involvement. Never playing for the sake of mere effect, he employs his stupendous virtuosity as a carrier of the musical content, always in service of the dramatic or poetic gesture.
Included are the famous Paganini Variations by Brahms (his most virtuosic piano work), and a selection of piano works by Liszt: Mephisto Waltz, Danse macabre, Isolde’s Liebestod, Consolation and Tarantella.
Gavrylyuk, in his early thirties, plays in the most important venues of the
world, with prestigious orchestras and conductors: Concertgebouw Orchestra (4
years in a row!), New York Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic,
NHK Philharmonic, with conductors like Blomstedt, Järvi, Jurowski, Vänska,
Petrenko, Fedoseyev and Gergiev. His total involvement and devotion make his
concerts into events, never failing to bring the audience on their feet.
Piano Classics PCL10129
|Release Period||April 2018|