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Piano Recital / Antonii Baryshevskyi

Baryshevskyi,Antonii / Scarlatti / Ravel / Debussy
Release Date: 05/25/2010 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572573   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Domenico ScarlattiMaurice RavelClaude DebussyDaniel Mateos,   ... 
Performer:  Antonii Baryshevskyi
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

NTONII BARYSHEVSKYI • Antonii Baryshevskyi (pn) • NAXOS 8.572573 (78:42)

SCARLATTI Sonatas: in E, K 135; in d, K 1. RAVEL La Valse. DEBUSSY Images, Book II. MATEOS Orion. STRAVINSKY 3 Pieces from Petrushka. RACHMANINOFF Piano Sonata No. 2 in b?, op. 36

"Ukraine-born Antonii Baryshevskyi won both first prize and the contemporary music prize at the 2009 Jaén International Piano Competition in Spain. He has been successful also in a number of other competitions, including the Fourth Enescu Competition (1999) and the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition (Kiev) in 2005.

The first Scarlatti sonata (given with three different catalog numbers) receives an affectionate reading.
Read more Baryshevskyi makes no apologies for the fact he is playing on a concert grand. Sustaining pedal is used to good effect (at times, though, there do appear to be pre-echoes of Ravel in the E Major). If all is good (but with nothing special) here, the Ravel itself (La Valse) introduces the listener to Baryshevskyi’s true talent. Textures are appropriately veiled but never just undefined. Baryshevskyi’s technique is entirely up to Ravel’s demands, and he projects the sparkling heart of the waltz superbly. His strength lies in fingerwork, which can clarify the most congested of Ravel’s textures. The frenzied climax is breathtaking. Daniel Mateos (b.1977) is a name new to me. His Orion was the test piece at the 2009 Jaén Competition. It is a demanding piece of modernist bent, but not difficult to follow, and very involving. Baryshevskyi gives a confident account. It would be good to hear him in more contemporary repertoire.

Baryshevskyi plays the 1931 revision of Rachmaninoff’s Second Sonata. The way Baryshevskyi plays it, it is as if he is attempting to emphasize the work’s newfound concision. There is little dawdling. He also revels in the typically Rachmaninoff bell references. There is also no doubting the sheer aplomb with which Baryshevskyi dispatches the final pages. It is stunning playing.

Naxos’s recording is forward and involving."

FANFARE: Colin Clarke
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 135/L 224 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Antonii Baryshevskyi (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 1/L 366 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Antonii Baryshevskyi (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
La valse by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Antonii Baryshevskyi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
Images for Piano, Set 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Antonii Baryshevskyi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Orion by Daniel Mateos
Performer:  Antonii Baryshevskyi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Antonii Baryshevskyi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1931; Russia 
Pétrouchka: Three movements for Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Antonii Baryshevskyi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; France 

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