Grigory Sokolov: a living legend of the piano whose public performances and recordings are as rare as the man is secretive. He stepped away from the limelight years ago, refusing to be idolised by a society avid for imagery. Under the winged fingers of the giant you hear the vibrancy of an inner song, wordless but not illegible. June 7 1990: concert and recording of Chopins Preludes by Grigory Sokolov, still relatively unknown in France.
This is Grigory Sokolov’s “debut” recital on Deutsche Grammophon, an outstanding live recording from the Salzburg Festival 2008 of central repertoire: W.A. Mozart, F. Chopin & 6 encores. At last - after 20 years - the maestro has agreed to allow his recordings to be released on CD - now as an exclusive DG artist. Regarded as one of the world’s leading pianists, and adored by his public in sold-out concerts, Grigory Sokolov is the real thing – an artist dedicated to his art, and nothing else.
This release - set for March 2017 - is a piece of history: it is a combination of unreleased and historic audio and visuals. It allows a unique view of the enigmatic maestro Grigory Sokolov’s life because it offers an opportunity to hear authentic performances from over ten and even twenty years ago accompanied by a brand-new film by Nadia Zhdanova.
The complete recordings on Naïve of legendary Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov have now been collected into this specially-priced 10CD set. Included are critically acclaimed recordings of music by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Chopin, Prokofiev, Scriabin, and Rachmaninov.
Grigory Sokolov is an exceptional artist. He is regarded as one of the world’s leading pianists and adored by his audience in sold-out concerts – dedicated to his art, and nothing else. His debut album on Deutsche Grammophon “Salzburg Recital” was a huge success and is the best-selling frontline core classical release this year to date.