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Grigory Sokolov - Mozart/Rachmaninov Concertos is KUCI 'Featured CD'

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Russian Pianist Sokolov does not record in the studio. Sokolov stopped playing with orchestras in 2005. Deutsche Grammophon convinced him to select from various live recordings so that those not fortunate to be in proximity to his genius have the opportunity to hear a very special performer. The Mozart, Concerto #23 in A Major, was recorded in concert with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in 2005. The Rachmaninov, the Concerto # 3 in D minor, was recorded in 1995 with the BBC Philharmonic. In an approach reminiscent of Glenn Gould, the performances are loose tight, very controlled playing with precision abounding yet there is room for personality to emerge in the interpretations. His style seems to be not to call attention to style, but to be just right all the time. What emerges is an artful artlessness. Programmatically the two pieces chosen for the recording are dissimilar. Yet the controlled naturalness of Sokolov's performances provide a satisfying unity. 

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