Grigory Sokolov

Biography

Born: April 18, 1950; Leningrad, Russia  
Grigory Sokolov is among the most important Russian pianists to have emerged from the latter half of the twentieth century. His career has both suffered and thrived from restraints foisted on him by Soviet authorities: like other iconic Russian keyboard giants of the past, in particular Sviatoslav Richter and Lazar Berman, he was prohibited from appearance in the West for a time, but when he finally debuted in western Europe and the United Read more States, his career took a meteoric upswing, with Sokolov suddenly in heavy demand in the world's major concert halls. Another aspect to Sokolov's career that has added to his charismatic though eccentric persona has been his general avoidance of the recording studio. Most of his recordings are drawn from live concerts, and they attest to his virtuosity and interpretive genius in unusual but generally conservative fare: while his repertory takes in Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Rachmaninov, and Prokofiev, it also includes Byrd, Couperin, Rameau, and Froberger. Sokolov has recorded for several labels, including Melodiya, Opus 111, and Naïve Classics.

Sokolov was born in Leningrad, Russia, on April 18, 1950. At five he was playing the piano and two years later began studies with Liya Zelikhman. At 15, as a student at the Leningrad Conservatory under Moisey Khalfin, he captured first prize in the prestigious Russian National Competition. More impressive, he won the Tchaikovsky International Competition in 1966, at 16, still the youngest pianist ever given that most coveted of competition medals.

In the wake of his victory Sokolov became an instant celebrity in his homeland, appearing as soloist with the major orchestras and as recitalist in the most important concert halls. But he was not allowed to concertize in the West by Soviet authorities until the late '80s. In the meantime he taught piano at the Leningrad Conservatory from 1975 as an adjunct to his concert and recording activity. In 1990 his Paris debut was a sensation, and he became an overnight celebrity in the United States as well. Sokolov continued to impress his admirers in the new century: his November 2006 concerts in Paris and Dusseldorf, playing the same program of Bach, Beethoven, and Scriabin works in each city, drew rave reviews. His recordings include the Naïve Classics DVD of his live Paris concert from November 2002 containing works of Beethoven, Komitas, and Prokofiev. Read less
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Biography

Born: April 18, 1950; Leningrad, Russia  
Grigory Sokolov is among the most important Russian pianists to have emerged from the latter half of the twentieth century. His career has both suffered and thrived from restraints foisted on him by Soviet authorities: like other iconic Russian keyboard giants of the past, in particular Sviatoslav Richter and Lazar Berman, he was prohibited from appearance in the West for a time, but when he finally debuted in western Europe and the United Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.2 In F, K.280 - 1. Allegro assai
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.2 In F, K.280 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.2 In F, K.280 - 3. Presto
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.12 In F, K.332 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.12 In F, K.332 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.12 In F, K.332 - 3. Allegro assai
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 1. In C Major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 2. In A Minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 3. In G Major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 4. In E Minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 5. In D Major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 6. In B Minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 7. In A Major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 8. In F Sharp Minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 9. In E Major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 10. In C Sharp Minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 11. In B Major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 12. In G Sharp Minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 13. In F Sharp Major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 14. In E Flat Minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 15. In D Flat Major ("Raindrop")
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 16. In B Flat Minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 17. In A Flat Major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 18. In F Minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 19. In E Flat Major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 20. In C Minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 21. In B Flat Major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 22. In G Minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 23. In F Major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 24. In D Minor
No. 1 in C Major
No. 2 in A Minor
No. 3 in G Major
No. 4 in E Minor
No. 5 in D Major
No. 6 in B Minor
No. 7 in A Major
No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor
No. 9 in E Major
No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor
No. 11 in B Major
No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor
No. 13 in F-Sharp Major
No. 14 in E-Flat Minor
No. 15 in D-Flat Major, "Raindrop"
No. 16 in B-Flat Minor
No. 17 in A-Flat Major
No. 18 in F Minor
No. 19 in E-Flat Major
No. 20 in C Minor
No. 21 in B-Flat Major
No. 22 in G Minor
No. 23 in F Major
No. 24 in D Minor
Prelude No. 1 in C major, Op. 28, No. 1
Prelude No. 2 in A minor, Op. 28, No. 2
Prelude No. 3 in G major, Op. 28, No. 3
Prelude No. 4 in E minor, Op. 28, No. 4
Prelude No. 5 in D major, Op. 28, No. 5
Prelude No. 6 in B minor, Op. 28, No. 6
Prelude No. 7 in A major, Op. 28, No. 7
Prelude No. 8 in F sharp minor, Op. 28, No. 8
Prelude No. 9 in E major, Op. 28, No. 9
Prelude No. 10 in C sharp minor, Op. 28, No. 10
Prelude No. 11 in B major, Op. 28, No. 11
Prelude No. 12 in G sharp minor, Op. 28, No. 12
Prelude No. 13 in F sharp major, Op. 28, No. 13
Prelude No. 14 in E flat minor, Op. 28, No. 14
Prelude No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28, No. 15, "Raindrop"
Prelude No. 16 in B flat minor, Op. 28, No. 16
Prelude No. 17 in A flat major, Op. 28, No. 17
Prelude No. 18 in F minor, Op. 28, No. 18
Prelude No. 19 in E flat major, Op. 28, No. 19
Prelude No. 20 in C minor, Op. 28, No. 20
Prelude No. 21 in B flat major, Op. 28, No. 21
Prelude No. 22 in G minor, Op. 28, No. 22
Prelude No. 23 in F major, Op. 28, No. 23
Prelude No. 24 in D minor, Op. 28, No. 24
I. Grave - Doppio movimento
II. Scherzo
III. Marche funebre
IV. Presto
Etude No. 13 in A flat major, Op. 25, No. 1, "Harp Study"
Etude No. 14 in F minor, Op. 25, No. 2
Etude No. 15 in F major, Op. 25, No. 3
Etude No. 16 in A minor, Op. 25, No. 4
Etude No. 17 in E minor, Op. 25, No. 5
Etude No. 18 in G sharp minor, Op. 25, No. 6
Etude No. 19 in C sharp minor, Op. 25, No. 7
Etude No. 20 in D flat major, Op. 25, No. 8
Etude No. 21 in G flat major, Op. 25, No. 9, "Butterfly's Wings"
Etude No. 22 in B minor, Op. 25, No. 10
Etude No. 23 in A minor, Op. 25, No. 11, "Winter Wind"
Etude No. 24 in C minor, Op. 25, No. 12
Prelude No. 4 in E minor, Op. 28, No. 4
Prelude No. 4 in E minor, Op. 28, No. 4
I. Drammatico
II. Allegretto
III. Andante
IV. Presto con fuoco
I. Andante dolce
II. Andante sognando
III. Vivace
Theme: Vivace
Variation 1: Alla marcia, maestoso
Variation 2: Poco allegro
Variation 3: L'istesso tempo
Variation 4: Un poco piu vivace
Variation 5: Allegro vivace
Variation 6: Allegro ma non troppo e serioso
Variation 7: Un poco piu allegro
Variation 8: Poco vivace
Variation 9: Allegro pesante e risoluto
Variation 10: Presto
Variation 11: Allegretto
Variation 12: Un poco piu mosso
Variation 13: Vivace
Variation 14: Grave e maestoso
Variation 15: Presto scherzando
Variation 16: Allegro - Variation 17
Variation 18: Poco moderato
Variation 19: Presto
Variation 20: Andante
Variation 21: Allegro con brio (alla Notte e giorno faticar de Mozart)
Variation 22: Allegro molto
Variation 23: Allegro assai
Variation 24: Fughetta: Andante
Variation 25: Allegro
Variation 26
Variation 27: Vivace
Variation 28: Allegro
Variation 29: Adagio ma non troppo
Variation 30: Andante, sempre cantabile
Variation 31: Largo, molto espressivo
Variation 32: Fuga: Allegro
Variation 33: Tempo di menuetto: Moderato
I. Molto moderato e cantabile
II. Andante
III. Menuetto: Allegro moderato
IV. Allegretto
I. Molto moderato
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace con delicatezza
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
No. 1 in D minor, "Edward"
No. 2 in D major
No. 3 in B minor
No. 4 in B major
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante espressivo
III. Scherzo: Allegro energico
IV. Intermezzo (Ruckblick): Andante molto
V. Finale: Allegro moderato ma rubato
Contrapunctus I
Contrapunctus II
Contrapunctus III
Contrapunctus IV
Contrapunctus V
Contrapunctus VI a 4 in Stylo Francese
Contrapunctus VII a 4 per Augmentationem et Diminutionem
Contrapunctus VIII a 3
Contrapunctus IX a 4 alla Duodecima
Contrapunctus X a 4 alla Decima
Contrapunctus XI a 4
Contrapunctus XIIa a 4, rectus
Contrapunctus XIIb a 4, inversus
Contrapunctus XIIIa a 3, rectus
Contrapunctus XIIIb a 3, inversus
I. Sinfonia
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Rondeaux
VI. Capriccio