On his new solo album, Russian star pianist Denis Kozhukhin presents a personal and colourful collection of character pieces taken from Mendelssohn’s Lieder ohne Worte and Edvard Grieg’s Lyric Pieces. Combing these miniature gems by two outstanding poets of music, Kozhukhin provides a shining example of how disarmingly touching and penetrating a simple song or a vision of nature captured in sound can be. The programme features classics such as Mendelssohn’s Venetian Gondola Song and Grieg’s Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, as well as less famous but equally enchanting pieces. Kozhukhin lifts out the noble simplicity of these works with his delicate playing.
Denis Kozhukhin has established himself as one of the greatest pianists of his generation. He now presents the fifth chapter to his exclusive collaboration with PENTATONE, after albums with the piano concertos of Grieg and Tchaikovsky (2016), Brahms Ballades and Fantasies (2017), Ravel and Gershwin piano concertos, as well as Richard Strauss’ Burleske (both 2018).
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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847) Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 19 1. no. 1: Andante con moto in E Major 2. no. 2: Andante espressivo in A Minor 3. no. 3: Molto allegro e vivace in A Major 4. no. 5: Piano agitato in F-sharp Minor
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 30 5. no. 2: Allegro di molto in B Minor 6. no. 6: Allegretto tranquillo in F-sharp Minor (Venetianisches Gondellied)
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 38 7. no. 2: Allegro non troppo in C Minor 8. no. 6: Andante con moto in A-flat Major (Duett)
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 62 9. no. 3: Andante maestoso in E Minor
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 67 10. no. 2: Allegro leggiero in F-sharp Minor 11. no. 4: Presto in C Major
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 102 12. no. 3: Presto in C Major (Kinderstück)