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A debut recording by the Juilliard trained Russian pianist, Igor Lovchinsky. Recorded in 2007 in 24-bit state-of-the-art technology.
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Product Details

  • Performer: Igor Lovchinsky
  • Composer: Chopin, Scriabin, Gershwin/Earl Wild
  • Audio CD (December 15, 2007)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Ivory Classics
  • ASIN: B00111DGEE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By Hank Drake VINE VOICE on October 13, 2008
Format: Audio CD
While dinosaur mainstream classical labels such as Sony/BMG and Deutsche Grammophon are busy reissuing their back catalogues (often for the umpteenth time) or promoting pianists of questionable musicality (Lang Lang), smaller labels have been searching for interesting artists to promote. Ivory Classics, started by pianist Earl Wild and his partner, Michael Rolland Davis, is one such label, and Igor Lovchinsky is one such pianist.

The secret to playing Chopin's Mazurkas lies in balancing the dance elements with the fantasy/tone-poem aspects of the works. Vladimir Horowitz and William Kapell were notably successful in this. Lovchingsky's imaginative interpretations bear in mind that the Mazurkas are, first and foremost, peasant dances. Lovchinsky favors formal clarity over romanticism in the Polonaise-Fantasie. There is little of the rubato heard in many performances of this piece, the pianist preferring a firm rhythmic hold and steady tempo.

While many pianists use Scriabin as an excuse to engage in keyboard histrionics and near psychotic posturing, Lovchinsky plays the Sonatas 2, 5 and 9 as true sonatas - and the great works they are. The pianist's performance of the early 2nd Sonata suits the ardor of the young Scriabin, and demonstrate why the composer was often referred to as the "Russian Chopin." I've never heard the 9th Sonata, the so-called "Black Mass" played with such a unified approach.
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This young pianist surprises at every turn with the freshness of his readings, the kaleidoscopic sound palette, and the dynamic strength of the music. Original without ever being eccentric, his readings are informed by a powerful and natural logic, and an aristocratic refinement of line reminiscent of pre-WW2 pianists. The melancholic lilt of the Chopin selections flows with inward poise, and the Scriabin Sonatas soar with imagination and lightness. The Gershwin-Wild set is delightful in its freshness and rhythmic verve. This young pianist is one to watch, and this recording comes highly recommended.
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