Kapustin: Twenty-four Preludes, Op.53 and Sonata No.1 (Sonata-Fantasia) Op. 39
In his jazz-inspired compositions Kapustin forges a new language for the piano with homages to jazz greats Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, but drawing on the great Russian classical traditions from Scriabin to Shostakovich.
Andrew McGregor on his weekly BBC Radio 3 CD Review described Kapustin's music as "a deliriously joyful synthesis of jazz and classical composition" and said: "There is something about Brain's playing that really taps well into the complexity and inventive joy of the music in the Preludes and also in Kapustin's Fantasy Sonata. I really enjoyed this." Listen to the full review Andrew Clark, in the Financial Times, wrote: "The interpreter needs a non-academic sense of freedom as well as a dazzling technique, and Brain meets both demands in a performance that should win Kapustin new admirers." Guy Weatherall wrote on his blog that the composer, a fine pianist himself, has recorded most of his own music, "yet in this new disc, Brain is every bit as dazzling and persuasive, and significantly better recorded".
Rachmaninoff: Etudes-tableaux Op.39 and Beethoven: Sonata in E major, Op.109
In his hauntingly beautiful and richly textured Etudes-Tableaux Op.39 for solo piano, Rachmaninoff conjures up images of his native Russia, which he was soon to abandon after the 1917 revolution. David's playing conveys their full poetry and drama.
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Debussy: L'Isle joyeuse
Scriabin: 1st of 2 Poemes, Op.71
Scriabin: 2nd of 2 Poemes, Op.71