Freddy Kempf Plays Balakirev, Ravel & Mussorgsky

Freddy Kempf Plays Balakirev, Ravel & Mussorgsky

by Freddy Kempf
     
 

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Freddy Kempf is apparently a madman. Who else would release a disc joining Mussorgsky's "Pictures from an Exhibition," Ravel's "Gaspard de la nuit," and Balakirev's "Islamey"? Each piece is harder than the next: "Pictures" needs massive power, "Gaspard" requires enormous agility, andSee more details below

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Freddy Kempf is apparently a madman. Who else would release a disc joining Mussorgsky's "Pictures from an Exhibition," Ravel's "Gaspard de la nuit," and Balakirev's "Islamey"? Each piece is harder than the next: "Pictures" needs massive power, "Gaspard" requires enormous agility, and "Islamey" demands speed, strength, and Herculean stamina. Fortunately, Kempf has all those qualities in apparent abundance. His "Pictures" soars, flies in "Baba-Yaga," and triumphs against enormous sonorities in "The Great Gates of Kiev." Kempf's "Gaspard" is less brutal and more insidious. In Kempf's hands, the shimmering arpeggios of "Ondine" glimmer and gleam while the spook show dynamic contrasts of "Scarbo" are simply spectacular. If his "Gaspard" is insidious, Kempf's "Islamey" -- with its rapidly repeated notes and ever accelerating tempo -- is frankly seductive. There might be those listeners who find Kempf less than persuasive in "Pictures"' dark Catacombs and "Gaspard"'s gloomy Le Gibet, but even they will have to admit he has what it takes to conquer the most challenging works in the piano repertoire. BIS' super audio sound makes Kempf's piano sound roughly the size of Montana. It may not be entirely accurately, but it certainly is imposing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/2008
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318599915807
catalogNumber:
1580
Rank:
357944

Tracks

  1. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for piano  - Modest Mussorgsky  - Robert Suff  - Freddy Kempf
  2. Gaspard de la nuit, for piano  - Maurice Ravel  - Robert Suff  - Freddy Kempf
  3. Islamey, Oriental fantasy for piano  - Mily Balakirev  - Robert Suff  - Freddy Kempf

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