Piano Sonata No 2 / 4 Scherzi
- 製品サイズ : 12.7 x 14.61 x 1.14 cm; 98.94 g
- メーカー : EMI Classics
- EAN : 0094637558621
- 製造元リファレンス : 094637558621
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : EMI Classics
- ASIN : B000LE0TB0
- ディスク枚数 : 1
Add Simon Trpceski to the recent surge of young virtuoso pianists. Born in 1979, he studied in Skopie, the capital of his native Macedonia, won prizes in Italy, the Czech Republic and England, and is already embarked on a flourishing international career. This is his third CD; the other two feature Russian music in one all-Rachmaninov and one mixed program. These five Chopin compositions give him ample opportunity to display his technical prowess and facility. He lets his hands act as equal partners, tossing off glittering, exhilarating runs and cascades at hair-raising speeds; his tone is beautiful, capable of delicate, singing lyricism and crashing chords, and he combines a fiery temperament with poetic sensibility. In the Sonata, the Funeral March is extremely slow, stately and solemn, the Finale and Scherzo are exciting but too fast for clarity, the Trio is dreamy but excessively free. The four Scherzos make somewhat strange bedfellows. Written years apart, they can hardly have been conceived as a group to be performed together. All are basically fast, virtuosic, dramatic and aggressive, with the turbulent impetuosity set off by oases of calm. Only the last one has the capriciousness, elfin lightness and charm of a true Scherzo. Trpceski brings out the changes of character and the contrasts in texture and mood both between and within the Scherzos almost too starkly; the dynamics often become exaggerated, the expression effusive. But the playing is invariably splendid. --Edith Eisler
Having said that, this CD brings out it's own unique flavor to the classical music world. Every pianist is allowed to express themselves in their own unique way, just like artists are allowed to paint whatever they like and everyone still calls it art!
Think of a piano piece as a painting, composed with the added element of time. It is flowing, never the same and always unique, that's what makes every recording of it so different and special, but the fundamental elements in the core of the piece remains the same.
Simon Trpceski is technically flawless in piano playing. The speed and skill at which he handles these pieces, which are not easy by the way, is amazing and you just wonder how he gets his 10 fingers to fly around the keyboard like that.
However, I did feel that the Sonata was played a little faster than usual in the beginning, but it was compensated for with varying speeds and interesting changes in tone throughout all 4 movements.
The Scherzi were incredible, No.2 and 3 just blew my mind away with the way he managed to contrast the colors in each of the different sections, AND fly all over the place with those running passages, how is that humanly possible? Chopin's 4 Scherzi were always dark and very dramatic, never meant as jokes and I think Simon has managed to pull it off marvelously.
Chopin was too weak to play all his loud (FF to FFF) sections, so he compensated for it by feeling it. He couldn't possibly handle the speed at which the Sonata or Scherzi were played at in this CD, but I'm sure he would be very happy with the results.
There is nothing new in these readings, which makes the CD redundant. The Finale of the great b-flat minor Sonata reminds a Czerny Etude rather than a dry sand storm over the graves. And the Scherzi, while technically assured, bring no musical revelation or innovation. Most of it is simply too loud and fast, and the passage work sounds more like Liszt rather than Chopin. There is little elegance and grace in these performances. Just hear the best recordings of the Sonata and Scherzi and compare. Unfortunately, this EMI release does not stand much of a chance.