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Natasha Paremski: Balakirev Islamey Brahms Piano Sonata No 2

Magazine article Gramophone

Natasha Paremski: Balakirev Islamey Brahms Piano Sonata No 2

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Natasha Paremski [R]

Balakirev Islamey Brahms Piano Sonata No 2, Op 2 (a) Kahane Piano Sonata (a) Prokofiev Piano Sonata No 7, Op 83 (a)

Natasha Paremski pf Steinway & Sons (F) STNS30063 (69' * DDD) (a) From Arioso ARIOSO13

Originally released in 2011 on the Arioso label, Natasha Paremski's solo debut CD has been picked up by Steinway & Sons, which provides completely new and improved packaging, along with an additional musical selection.

Paremski dives into the monster octaves in the first movement of Brahms's F sharp minor Sonata with steely assurance and the rhythmic incisiveness of a pouncing tigress. In the beautiful Andante con espressione, she keeps the textural shifts between melody and accompaniment in well-contoured perspective. The rapid octaves and chords in the Scherzo's outer sections retain body and definition even in the softest moments (no small feat), although Paremski's lingering over the Trio's theme dissipates the profile of its phrase structure. The long finale unfolds straightforwardly, if without the dynamic contrasts and long-lined shaping one hears in Sviatoslav Richter's live Decca and Praga readings. …

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