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Offline piulento

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Your thoughts on Alexei Sultanov
« on: February 13, 2016, 05:42:02 PM »
Definitely one of the more controversial piano players to ever (almost) win the Chopin competition. Just wanted to hear your opinion on his playing.
Good? Not good? Why? Favorite recordings? etc.
I discovered him 2-3 years ago while looking for some good recordings of Schubert's impromptu op. 90 no. 4 (which I was learning at the time) and was completely blown away by his level of expressiveness. I'll have to admit that he overdoes it at some points, but it's totally worth it. Never have I heard a pianist that pays that much attention to details and uses them to express himself in such a musical manner. It's a shame he died so young...
Here is said Schubert recording, along with some other wonderful recordings of his playing:



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Re: Your thoughts on Alexei Sultanov
«Reply #1 on: February 13, 2016, 06:22:33 PM »
I enjoy his playing very much. I have most of his CDs and the DVD of the Van Cliburn Competition the year he won. He plays with such great passion and intensity. At the time, I was a recording engineer, and I recorded his concert with our local symphony as part of his prize from the VC competition. He was very friendly/enthusiastic despite his very limited English! His early death was so tragic.

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Re: Your thoughts on Alexei Sultanov
«Reply #2 on: February 14, 2016, 05:20:44 PM »
At the time, I was a recording engineer, and I recorded his concert with our local symphony as part of his prize from the VC competition. He was very friendly/enthusiastic despite his very limited English!

You lucky dog!
Did you get to work with some other pianists?

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Re: Your thoughts on Alexei Sultanov
«Reply #3 on: February 19, 2016, 06:18:33 AM »
You lucky dog!
Did you get to work with some other pianists?

Sure. A few that come to mind include Abbey Simon, Ruth Laredo (incredibly rude and demanding!), Mischa Dichter, Anton Kuerti, Bella Davidovich, Jean Yves Thibaudet, Ursula Oppens, Lorin Hollander, and many others whose names escape me at the moment. I wish I had kept logs/journals at the time.

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Re: Your thoughts on Alexei Sultanov
«Reply #4 on: February 19, 2016, 08:14:55 AM »
Genius. His ability to create such an enormous sound with a tiny frame is amazing. Favourite performances are definitely his Mephisto Waltz from Van Cliburn and his liszt Sonata.
Currently Learning:
Liszt - Spanish Rhapsody
Brahms - Handel Variations and fugue
Beethoven - Appassionata sonata
Chopin - Etude op 10 no 2

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Re: Your thoughts on Alexei Sultanov
«Reply #5 on: February 26, 2016, 04:05:26 AM »
He had a unique approach to his repertoire and music making, he stood out quite a bit, in a very  good and exciting way. In particular was a truly bombastic Rachmaninov sonata 2.
Ravel, Alborada del Gracioso
Schumann, Kreisleriana
Scriabin, Sonata nr.3
Liszt, Don Juan