Freddy Kempf Plays Balakirev, Ravel & Mussorgsky

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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: 5/27/2008
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318599915807
  • Catalog Number: 1580
  • Sales rank: 346,065

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–16 Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s v├»stavski), for piano - Modest Mussorgsky & Robert Suff (33:05)
  2. 17–19 Gaspard de la nuit, for piano - Maurice Ravel & Robert Suff (22:59)
  3. 18 Islamey, Oriental fantasy for piano - Mily Balakirev & Robert Suff (9:04)
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Freddy Kempf Primary Artist
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