Grigory Sokolov - Live in Paris
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(Feb 17, 2004)
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The program is strong. He starts with three early Beethoven sonatas, Nos. 9, 10 and 15, played without pause--that is, there are no breaks and no applause until the end of the third sonata. Sokolov is an extremely meticulous technician, but he is not mechanical in the least. Indeed there are what some might call rather many tempo and dynamic variations. But the overall results are powerful, sensitive and expressive readings of what are, after all, fairly early works that could be played as if by Haydn, and often are. The slow movements--two of them gorgeous sets of variations--are particularly effective. Sokolov's control is amazing. His legato is seamless and he seems to manage it without much finger-shifting. His attacks in fortissimi are frightening in their intensity and they are also absolutely spotless technically. This is what reminds me so much of Michelangeli.Read more ›
In all fairness, I should add that Bruno Monsaingeon is a master of his art, and that I do not know any live concert on video (and I have collected a few, despite my initial caveat) that catches "atmosphere" (let alone such technical aspects as exposure, lighting etc.) any better than this. So far I have never been disappointed by any of his productions, and of those, this must be one of his most technically polished (since most modern, I guess).
Sound quality (16-Bit/48kHz PCM) is very impressive, by the way.
Greetings from Switzerland, David.
7 years Pletnev's senior, Sokolov looks much older than his actual age. Fortunately his hands and fingers (and memory) tell us that he is still very vigorous. He is most careful in placing his fingers. His touch is on the light side even though he sounds grand and could be thunderous. His wrists are the loosiest one could expect and the tone is luminous. I don't however find him close to Michelangeli at all, but he does remind me a little bit of Richter. He also reminds me of Lupu, another great Russian trained pianist.
Sokolov played two French pieces as part of his encores which are very intriguing. It would be interesting to know how the French audience received it. And the audience was obviuosly spellbound by his Beethoven, Komitas, Prokofiev. To conclude, this is a very recent performance with excellent recording both sound and sight, giving us two hours of fabulous music.
Absolutely a treat.
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Measured and mercurial - a paradoxical performance. Sokolov is a mesmerising pianist. He plays the three Beethoven sonatas that comprise the first half of the concert very slowly... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Iso Thringwyn Gade
After Richter and Lazar Berman's death, Grigory Sokolov may be the last living pianist of the same capacity and artistry, and this recital show the depth and richness of music... Read morePublished on January 22, 2008 by Scriabinmahler
This DVD shows us the countless attributes of the Russian "wonder kid" , who won in 1966 the prestigious Tchaikoovsky competition in its third edition when he just was 16 years... Read morePublished on October 15, 2007 by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela
This is a DVD that will, quite simply, change the life of any Pianist and/or Musician that views it. Read morePublished on April 27, 2007 by lextune
This is one of the most beautiful and engaging DVD's I own. Grigory Sokolov is a true artist and will blow you away with this. Read morePublished on November 15, 2006 by David Cheli
I am astonished with the lack of respect of Sokolov in the way he reads Komitas' scores. It's important to say that this is not what Komitas has written. Read morePublished on July 5, 2006 by latinamericancomposer