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Live In Warsaw - Evgeni Bozhanov Plays Chopin, Schubert, Debussy, Scriabin, Liszt

Chopin / Bozhanov
Release Date: 08/28/2012 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 12015   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinFranz SchubertClaude DebussyAlexander Scriabin,   ... 
Performer:  Evgeni Bozhanov
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



CHOPIN Barcarolle. Mazurka in C#-Minor, op. 41/1. Mazurka in C#-Minor, op. 50/3. Grande Valse Brilliante. Valse in Ab. Grande Valse. SCHUBERT 12 Deutsche Tänze. DEBUSSY La plus que lente. L’Isle joyeuse. SCRIABIN Valse, Read more class="ARIAL12"> op. 38. LISZT Sonetto del Petrarca 104. Mephisto Waltz EVGENY BOZHANOV (pn) PROFIL PH12105 (75:07 Text and Translation)


Evgeny Bozhanov is not a pianist of the old school, or better to say, of any of the old schools. His roots in tradition seem to date back only as far as Ivo Pogorelich, in that he shares his predecessor’s arbitrary, mannered, and willful style. There are exquisite moments, and vulgar ones as well. The C?-Minor Mazurka, op. 51, is especially beautiful due to the pianist’s graceful phrasing, and absolutely stunning pianissimos, which are his strongest asset. In Chopin’s Barcarolle , on the other hand, the gondola sets out upon very choppy waters. The rhythm is pulled this way and that, the dynamics are exaggerated, the tone clangs and bangs from time to time in the forte passages. Often at the expense of the music, the player demonstrates just how technically accomplished, just how sensitive he is, and the spotlight swings relentlessly from the music to the musician. One might say generally that Bozhanov’s fingers are considerably more developed than his taste or style—or humility toward his art. He also speaks both French and German with a heavy Russian accent. Schubert’s lyrical dances seem to be a bit overly weighted, and Debussy’s La plus que lent , a bit overly dramatized. Most convincing are Liszt’s Sonnet and Waltz, vehicles for the vain and virtuosic composer to display his dazzling technique. With these two works, we become aware of just what a virtuoso—as well as what kind of virtuoso—Bozhanov, in this stage of his promising career, appears to be.


The sound ambience of this live recording with studio inserts is quite fine. I know the acoustics of the hall and it is captured beautifully. One finds it hard to believe there was an audience present; a tribute to the artist.


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Works on This Recording

1. Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgeni Bozhanov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
2. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 41: no 1 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgeni Bozhanov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
3. Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 145/Op. 50: no 3 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgeni Bozhanov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
4. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 3 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgeni Bozhanov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
5. Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgeni Bozhanov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
6. Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgeni Bozhanov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France; Paris, France 
7. German Dances (12) for Piano, D 790/Op. 171 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Evgeni Bozhanov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
8. La plus que lente by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Evgeni Bozhanov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
9. L'isle joyeuse by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Evgeni Bozhanov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
10. Waltz for Piano in A flat major, Op. 38 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Evgeni Bozhanov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
11. Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 5, Sonetto 104 del Petrarca by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Evgeni Bozhanov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
12. Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Evgeni Bozhanov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1860; Weimar, Germany 

Sound Samples

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60
Mazurka No. 26 in C sharp minor, Op. 41, No. 4
Mazurka No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50, No. 3
Waltz No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, "Grande valse brillante"
Waltz No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64, No. 3
Waltz No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42
12 German Dances (Landler), Op. 171, D. 790: 12 Deutsche Tanze (Landler), Op. 171, D. 790
La plus que lente
L'isle joyeuse
Valse in A flat major, Op. 38
Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy, S161/R10b: No. 5. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Sonnet 104 of Petrarch)
Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S514/R181, "Mephisto Waltz No. 1"

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