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The Master Pianist / Youri Egorov


Release Date: 06/10/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 06531   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Claude DebussyFrédéric ChopinRobert SchumannLudwig van Beethoven,   ... 
Performer:  Youri Egorov
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 7 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 7 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pianist Youri Egorov first came to international prominence as the clear favorite among the 1977 Van Cliburn Competition's semi-finalists. When Egorov failed to make the finals, outraged audience members raised funds to match the $10,000 first prize and present their hero in his New York recital debut. The critics raved, and Egorov's career took off, flourishing for 10 years until his tragically early death from AIDS in 1988 at age 33.

Perhaps it's no coincidence that this seven-disc retrospective marks the 20th anniversary of Egorov's passing. It contains all of his recordings released by EMI in one form or another, save for one possible exception. Egorov's 1979 studio recording of Schumann's C major Fantasie and Arabeske
Read more originated from EMI Music Netherlands, although neither selection actually appeared on an EMI release so far as I know (the Arabeske included here is Egorov's 1985 remake). The Dutch Globe label coupled the Fantasie with the Bach, Mozart, and Chopin Fantasies featured on disc seven.

The latter three selections, recorded live at Carnegie Hall in December 1978, generally stand the test of time well. You could imagine more fervency and drama within the Bach Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue and the Mozart C minor Fantasy K. 475, yet the pianist's clarity, concentration, and full-bodied tonal projection are nothing less than masterful. While the live Chopin Fantasie's agitated sections generate exciting flow and momentum, Egorov's studio remake is simpler, more spacious, and better unified. He fusses a bit with the E major Op. 10 Etude's outer sections and delivers a brisk, staggeringly accurate Black Key Etude whose final descending octaves more than match Horowitz's whiplash effect.

Although I've written at length about the virtues and occasional drawbacks of Egorov's studio Chopin and Debussy sessions, the pianist is at his peak in Schumann's music. I've previously discussed these excellent performances, of which Kreisleriana is the prize. Here Egorov's flawless technique, poetic impulses, and deep sympathy for the composer's moody idiom magically merge (these words also apply to Egorov's stunning C major Fantasie, cited earlier). On the other hand, I largely agree with my erstwhile Classicstoday.com colleague Rad Bennett's less than enthusiastic assessment of Egorov's facile yet rather tensionless Beethoven "Emperor" and Mozart D minor, his only two EMI concerto recordings. However, for the most part, EMI's Egorov legacy does the pianist's reputation proud, as do Farhan Mailik's thoughtful, sympathetic annotations.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Préludes, Book 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
2. Images for Piano, Set 1: no 1, Reflets dans l'eau by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
3. Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Length: 12 Minutes 31 Secs. 
4. Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
Length: 9 Minutes 10 Secs. 
5. Préludes, Book 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
6. Estampes (3) for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
7. Carnaval, Op. 9 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833-1835; Germany 
8. Kreisleriana, Op. 16 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
9. Toccata for Piano in C major, Op. 7 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1832; Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 5 Secs. 
10. Arabeske for Piano in C major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
11. Bunte Blätter for Piano, Op. 99: no 11, Marsch by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1849; Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 20 Secs. 
12. Novelletten (8) for Piano, Op. 21: no 1 in F major by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 56 Secs. 
13. Novelletten (8) for Piano, Op. 21: no 8 in F sharp minor by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 7 Secs. 
14. Papillons, Op. 2 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1831; Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 54 Secs. 
15. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
16. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
17. Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
18. Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Length: 9 Minutes 53 Secs. 
19. Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 55 Secs. 
20. Fantasy for Piano in C minor, K 475 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 13 Minutes 23 Secs. 
21. Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Length: 13 Minutes 42 Secs. 
22. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 5 in G flat major "Black Keys" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
23. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 3 in E major, B 74 "Tristesse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
24. Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
25. Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
26. Concerto for Piano no 17 in G major, K 453 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 

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