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Rachmaninov : Œuvres pour piano. Osokins.
Format : 1 CD

Recording : 2017-2018
Location : Schiedam
Country : Pays-Bas
Sound : Eglise

Label : Piano Classics
Catalog No. : PCL10166
EAN : 5029365101660
Price Code : DM019A

Publishing Year : 2019
Release Date : 05/06/2019

Genre : Classical
Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Variations sur un thème de Chopin, op. 22
In the Silence of the Secret Night, op. 4 n° 3 (arr. Earl Wild)
How Fair this Spot, op. 21 n° 7 (arr. arcadi Volodos)
Mélodie, op. 3 n° 3
Barcarolle, op. 10 n° 3
Fragments, op. posth.
Cavalize, op. 34 n° 14 (arr. A. Richardson/E. Wild/G. Osokins)
Now lettest thou depart, extrait des Vêpres, op. 37 n° 5
The Dream, op. 38 n° 5 (arr. E. Wild)

Georgijs Osokins, piano

Après quelques distinctions dans divers prix internationaux, Georgijs Osokins a suscité l’intérêt d’artistes tels que Gidon Kremer, Dimitri Bashkirov, Oleg Maisenberg et Andras Schiff. Il a judicieusement choisi ces arrangements qui encadrent les « Variations sur un thème de Chopin » de Rachmaninov. Ces pièces mettent en valeur son toucher et un magnifique sens de la respiration. Il rend hommage à l’art du « bel canto » dont Chopin fut le premier promoteur, au clavier. L’album du pianiste d’origine lettonne, qui est tout entier consacré aux couleurs mordorées d’un postromantisme complexe, reprend les pages de Wild et de Volodos. Rachmaninov qui pratiquait si volontiers l’arrangement aurait certainement apprécié la richesse nouvelle de sa célèbre et inusable Vocalise devenue presque une véritable cadence de concerto ! On ne peut reprocher à l’interprète, qui perçoit l’intensité de la vie des phrases longues et le plaisir d’accord chargés, de succomber à tant de charmes sonores. Nul doute qu’un pianiste au toucher aussi raffiné et si maître de la couleur (on ose penser à quel point les feutres du piano ont été piqués) mérite d’être entendu en concert. Un artiste à découvrir. (Jean Dandrésy)

After his participation in the 2015 Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Sergei Babayan noted of Georgijs Osokins that ‘he has a very rare gift of a true Chopinist... This young musician is exceptionally talented.’This talent was on show for all to hear in his debut album of late Chopin for Piano Classics (PCL0109). Now Osokins moves between the contrasting worlds of Chopin and Rachmaninov with the same unruffled authority as his seamless legato. As his first lengthy composition for piano, Rachmaninov’s set of Chopin Variations Op.22 is a rare bird both in recital and on record, and rarer still in its complete form, as presented here. Osokins also takes the rare option, authorised by the composer, of playing the full theme both at the beginning and end of the Variations, lending to it a shape and coherence missing from several other, more storied versions. Indeed Osokins places himself in the distinguished tradition of Earl Wild and his forebears stretching back to Liszt, both in terms of his dazzling technical assurance and his repertoire, which encompasses original transcriptions as much as Romantic-era masterpieces. To follow the Variations he plays Wild’s version of ‘In the Silence of the Secret Night’ Op.4 No.3 – a brooding, melancholy nocturne of a song – and a sensual take on ‘How Fair This Spot’ by Arcadi Volodos. Then there is Rachmaninov’s own, early Barcarolle, a rarely heard collection of Fragments (from 1917, the year of his exile to the US) and a version of the famous Vocalise which is the work of many hands, including Ososkins, who rounds off the album in the grand style with his own transcription of the ‘Nunc Dimittis’ from the Vespers.

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