Nikolai Kapustin Variations Op 41.pdf
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My interest in this composer was piqued when I discovered that he collaborated with the World Symphony (Harmonia Mundi) to record the piano works, Vladimir Ashkenazy. Ashkenazy plays in Europe and the USA and is as famous for his musical virtuosity as they come. I wonder if he was in awe of the talent he was recording against, the composer enough of a pianist to even ask for corrections!
This was also one of the first pieces I learned - the old bones of the piano. Although I had read the sheet music, it only took a few moments of playing to identify the piece on the CD. But the surprising thing was finding out that Kapustin removed some of his ideas from this piece, such as the orphaned chord at the end, in the later Sonata Op. 63, the "technical tour de force."
I strongly recommend this album to piano players everywhere. The contrast with the keyboard works of Sibelius, Prokofiev, and Hindemith is striking. Anyone who thinks of this composer as "the classical guy" will be surprised by this joyful and unpredictable music.
Like previously mentioned, I have not been a classical music listener for very long. I began with piano jazz and improvised classical in college. Over the years I began to explore the composer of my favorite piano styles, and realized that so many classical composers also experimented with jazz. And then I found this album. I was grateful that Schott Music identified the works this time around. And why not? The one I had on a re-release was already on this album, too. 7211a4ac4a