30 May 2016

Pianist: 5 Stars

“What a gargantuan task: to a record Rachmaninov’s complete solo piano music. It is best left for only the finest virtuoso pianists, not only because the technical
challenges are monumental, but also the sheer magnitude of music is overwhelming. Artur Pizarro copes with all these challenges without ever sounding strained or out of steam. His preferred Yamaha piano is clearly recorded, and the whole production arrives in a sleek seven-CD box. Pizarro includes early sketches, plus the arrangements, and his set is
the most complete to date. As an overall view of the Rachmaninov piano music, this should be your first choice, but naturally we cannot forget individual recordings, not least of the sonatas and the preludes where Pizarro is up against legendary performers. However, and this has to be underlined, for a complete set Pizarro is a master musician with enough technical power to make the music dance from score.”

Marius Dawn
April-May 2016

01 – Tryggvi M. Baldvinsson Sonata – I. Molto agitato // Concordia / Duo Concordia
  1. 01 – Tryggvi M. Baldvinsson Sonata – I. Molto agitato // Concordia / Duo Concordia
  2. 02 – Tryggvi M. Baldvinsson Sonata – II. Elegia // Concordia / Duo Concordia
  3. 03 – Hilmar Thordarson – Gefjun // Concordia / Duo Concordia
  4. 04 – Thorkell Sigurbjornsson – Vapp // Concordia / Duo Concordia
  5. 05 – John A. Speight – Samtvinna // Concordia / Duo Concordia
  6. 06 – John A. Speight – Bergmal Orfeusar (Echoes of Orpheus) for solo guitar – I. Allegro vivace // Concordia / Duo Concordia
  7. 07 – John A. Speight – Bergmal Orfeusar (Echoes of Orpheus) for solo guitar – II. Lamentoso // Concordia / Duo Concordia
  8. 08 – John A. Speight – Bergmal Orfeusar (Echoes of Orpheus) for solo guitar – III. Quasi tarantella // Concordia / Duo Concordia
  9. 09 – Magnus Blondal Johannsson – 9 Sonorities VI for solo violin // Concordia / Duo Concordia