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Nikolai Kapustin: 2+2 4 Kapustin / Daniel Del Pino & Ludmil Angelov


Release Date: 01/11/2011 
Label:  Non Profit Music   Catalog #: 1011   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Nikolai Kapustin
Performer:  Daniel del PinoLudmil AngelovJuanjo GuillemRafael Galvez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neopercusión
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.


Aside from George Crumb's Music for a Summer Evening, there are very few masterpieces for two pianos and percussion to stand alongside Bartók's famous sonata for those forces. Nikolai Kapustin's Concerto belongs in this select company. It's a masterpiece. The composer's personal jazz-inflected style fits the medium like a hand in a glove, and the performance here is absolutely marvelous. Pianists Daniel del Pino and Ludmil Angelov play with uninhibited gusto, while the duo Neopercusión provides an irresistible rhythmic impetus. Really, it's impossible to recommend this music highly
Read more enough: Kapustin is one of contemporary music's most original and distinctive voices.

The Eight Concert Etudes are getting to be well known, and have been recorded several times, including by the composer himself, marvelously. Marc-André Hamelin's Hyperion recording, though, may be the easiest to find, and it's also outstanding. Del Pino hasn't quite the technical dazzle of Hamelin; his tempos are a bit more relaxed, but some listeners may well prefer his more lyrical approach, and slower doesn't mean less virtuosic. In the atrociously difficult Sonata No. 14 (which even the composer says he has not played), Ludmil Angelov offers a brilliantly exciting premiere performance.

Kapustin's Paraphrase on Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca" makes a perfect encore, and brings both of the pianists together for a rousing finale. The sonics are excellent: big, bold, well-balanced, but never hard, and (difficult in music for two pianos) never overloaded. This is one of the most enjoyable and worthwhile discs of contemporary music to come along is quite a while. Don't miss it!

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concert Etudes (8) for Piano, Op. 40 by Nikolai Kapustin
Performer:  Daniel del Pino (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; USSR 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 14, Op. 120 by Nikolai Kapustin
Performer:  Ludmil Angelov (Piano)
Written: 2004 
3.
Concerto for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Op. 104 by Nikolai Kapustin
Performer:  Juanjo Guillem (Percussion), Daniel del Pino (Piano), Ludmil Angelov (Piano),
Rafael Galvez (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neopercusión
4.
Paraphrase on Dizzy Gillespie’s “Manteca, Op. 129 by Nikolai Kapustin
Performer:  Ludmil Angelov (Piano), Daniel del Pino (Piano)

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