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Evgeny Starodubstev: Piano Recital

Starodubstev / Prokofiev / Ginastera / Bartok
Release Date: 06/12/2012 
Label:  Anima Records (Classical)   Catalog #: 100900001   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei ProkofievAlberto GinasteraKarol SzymanowskiBéla Bartók
Performer:  Evgeny Starodubtsev
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 5 (revised version). GINASTERA Piano Sonata No. 1. SZYMANOWSKI Piano Sonata No. 3. BARTÓK Piano Sonata Evgeny Starodubtsev (pn) ANIMA ANM/100900001 (64:34)


A 30-something Moscow-trained winner of multiple competitions, one known for his interest in early Read more 20th-century repertoire and who offers a collection including such hard-hitters as Ginastera and Bartók—surely we know what’s coming? Yes; and to a large extent, he delivers on the expectations that his biography raises. He has a stunning technique: Listen, for instance, to his facility with the tricky rhythms and accents in the first movement of the Bartók. His tone can be imposing as well: Try the saturated climaxes in the Szymanowski, played with an enviable vertical control that keeps them from turning, as they so easily can, into indistinct gobs of sound. Yet his decision to open the recital with the most amiable of the Prokofiev sonatas suggests another side to his personality, and in the end, what struck me most about this excellent recital was not the barnstorming (exciting as it is) but the bewitching. It’s most obvious in the velvet paws of his Prokofiev: in the uptempo sunlit innocence of the first movement and in the grace of the finale, played with a charm than never falls into naïveté. But his sensitivity emerges, as well, in the diaphanous opening of the Szymanowski (traced out with a feathery touch), in the eloquent account of the Adagio molto appassionato in the Ginastera, and in the middle movement of the Bartók. And even in some of the more motoric music, he impressively steers clear of the aggressive; the finale of the Ginastera has, in Starodubstev’s hands, an energy that’s sunny rather than strident.


In sum, Starodubtsev is a pianist to watch. The sound is adequate; while the translations of the notes are laughable (not that the French originals are much better), that hardly matters with this reasonably familiar repertoire. Strongly recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 5 in C major, Op. 135 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Evgeny Starodubtsev (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952-1953; USSR 
Date of Recording: 04/2010 
Venue:  Studio de Meudon 
Length: 15 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 1, Op. 22 by Alberto Ginastera
Performer:  Evgeny Starodubtsev (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; Argentina 
Date of Recording: 04/2010 
Venue:  Studio de Meudon 
Length: 14 Minutes 34 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 3, Op. 36 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Evgeny Starodubtsev (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Poland 
Date of Recording: 04/2010 
Venue:  Studio de Meudon 
Length: 20 Minutes 32 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Piano, Sz 80 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Evgeny Starodubtsev (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 04/2010 
Venue:  Studio de Meudon 
Length: 13 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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