Kirill Gerstein plays Liszt, Schumann & Knussen

February 26th, 2011

Schumann: Humoresque
Knussen: Ophelia’s Last Dance
Liszt: Sonata in B Minor

MYR005, 1 CD, 65:30, & © 2010 myrios classics

The spellbinding solo debut album of the 2010 Gilmore Artist on myrios classics, including Liszt‘s Sonata in B minor, Schumann‘s Humoreske and the world premiere recording of Oliver Knussen‘s enchanting composition ”Ophelia‘s Last Dance“ from 2010.

“The superb Russian-born pianist Kirill Gerstein, who received the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award this year, pairs Schumann‘s mercurial masterpiece “Humoresque” with Liszt‘s visionary Sonata in B minor, each played with exquisite technique, refined musicianship and engrossing imagination”

 

In the Press

NY Times’ 25 Best Classical Recordings of 2010. Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times Gift Guide

The Top 5 Chopin and Schumann Albums of 2010 — The Best Music of 2010, NPR

“…many pianists would be glad to claim Gerstein’s superb control, cultivation and taste, which makes themselves felt in Liszt’s B minor sonata” — Jed Distler, Gramophone Magazine

“I suspect we are going to be hearing a lot more about Gerstein in years to come” — Gavin Dixon, Classical CD Reviews

“A new generation of pianists rises, Kirill Gerstein represents them with dignity” — Jean-Luc Caron, ResMusica.com
 

Tracklisting

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
Humoreske, Op. 20

  1. I. Einfach — Sehr rasch und leicht — Noch rascher — Erstes Tempo — Wie im Anfang [5:18]
  2. II. Hastig — Nach und nach immer lebhafter und stärker — Wie vorher — Adagio [4:28]
  3. III. Einfach und zart — Intermezzo — Adagio [4:27]
  4. IV. Innig — Schneller — Sehr lebhaft — Immer lebhafter — Stretto — Mit einigem Pomp [5:45]
  5. V. Zum Beschluss [5:31]

 
Oliver Knussen (b. 1952)

  1. Ophelia’s Last Dance, Op. 32 [10:08]

 
Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178

  1. I. Lento assai — Allegro energico [12:22]
  2. II. Andante sostenuto [6:47]
  3. III. Allegro energico [1:43]
  4. IV. Finale [8:39]