Paraphrase on Dizzy Gillespie's, 'Manteca' calls for two very agile pianists! Performed here by Daria Fedorova & IlyaTakser. Buy now in our 50% discount sale!
The Burlesque starts with two lines of solo cello music (arco), which switches to pizzicato as the piano picks up the theme. Performed here, 'Italian style' by Duo Perfetto!
Kapustin Violin Sonata performed by Gwyneth Thomson.The whole Sonata is classical in structure and style, but it has the same sense of exuberance and continuous flow as most of Kapustin's other works.
Nikolai Kapustin speaks for himself in this cracking performance of, 'Motive Force', Op.45. Kapustin died on 2 July 2020.
He said this of himself: "I was never a jazz musician. I have never attempted to be a genuine jazz pianist, but have to slip into this role for the benefit of my compositions. I am not interested in improvisation – and what would a jazz musician be without improvisation? Any improvisation on my part has naturally been notated and has improved during the process which has allowed it to mature."
This performance by Yoav Levanon of Kapustin's Concert Etudes Op.40, No.1 was the encore to a performance of Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto with the Israeli Philharmonic. They seemed to enjoy it!