Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Russian winners of the Queen Elisabeth competition play Grieg on Spotify

…is a less fabricated topic for a playlist than you might think at first. Actually, when browsing Spotify for past winners of this prestigious piano and violin competition in Brussels, many fine interpretations of music by Edvard Grieg could be found. Dennis Kozukhin’s (winner, 2010) CD with piano concertos by Tchaikovsky and Grieg was universally praised for the Grieg concerto. It even made it to editor’s choice in the Gramophone magazine. Boris Giltburg (winner, 2013) excels in the often overlooked piano sonata in e minor op 7 by the same composer. Violinist Vadim Repin (winner, 1989) concludes this playlist with a glowing and warm performance of Grieg’s 2nd violin sonata in G major, showing Russian passion in this Nordic composer…

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907):

-Piano concerto op 16 in a minor 
Dennis Kozukhin, piano
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Vassily Sinaisky, conductor

-Piano sonata op 7 in e minor
Boris Giltburg, piano

-Edvard Grieg: Violin sonata no 2 op 13 in G major
Vadim Repin, violin
Nikolai Lugansky, piano

(Link for if you want to use the Spotify web player)

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