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Grieg * Liszt-Rachmaninov: 'Romantic Sonatas'

Magazine article Gramophone

Grieg * Liszt-Rachmaninov: 'Romantic Sonatas'

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Grieg * Liszt-Rachmaninov [GC] [GP]

'Romantic Sonatas'

Grieg Piano Sonata, Op 7 Liszt Piano Sonata, S178

Rachmaninov Piano Sonata No 2, Op 36

Boris Giltburg

Orchid (F) ORC100035 (73' * DDD)

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Second solo recording from 2013 Queen Elisabeth winner

After storming the heights on his disc of Prokofiev's 'War' Sonatas (A/12), Boris Giltburg, the recent winner of the Brussels Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition, turns to three Romantic piano sonatas. Once again he shows himself the possessor of a massive and engulfing technique, this time supporting interpretations that glow with warmth and poetic commitment. His inclusion of the Grieg Sonata as a companion for such opulent masterpieces as Rachmaninov's Second (played here in the 1931 revision) and the Liszt Sonata will raise a few eyebrows. But as Giltburg himself claims, the Grieg Sonata was a beloved part of his childhood. And certainly few performances could show such musical engagement, making even the weaker third and fourth movements spring vividly to life. …

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