When Yevgeny Sudbin's début disc was released earlier this year, it caused a sensation. Garnering top marks in a number of international magazines, the interpretations of the 25-year-old Russian pianist were compared with those of Horowitz and Pletnev in glowing terms. Gramophone magazine made the disc its Editor's Choice and described it as "arguably among the finest, certainly most enjoyable of all Scarlatti recitals." Now Sudbin - who earlier this year signed a 5 year exclusive contract with BIS - gives us the opportunity to experience his artistry in a completely different context.
Taking on some of his compatriot Rachmaninov's most demanding works for solo piano - Sonata No. 2 and the less well-known Chopin Variations - he mixes them with shorter pieces in a varied program. In his own liner notes the performer describes the works as "music, which always communicates at a deeply personal level and goes to the very root of human emotion." For this recording Sudbin has taken as a motto Rachmaninov's own words: 'Music must first and foremost be loved, it must come from the heart and it must be directed to the heart.'
Yevgeny Sudbin, piano
Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
1.-3. Variations on a theme of Chopin, Op.22
4. Lilacs, Op.21 No.5
5. Daisies, Op.38 No.3
6.-8. Piano Sonata No.2, Op.36 (based on versions played by Horowitz)
Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) (transcribed by Sergei Rachmaninov)
Total Time: 64:02