Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)
Pavel Kolesnikov’s deep affinity with the music of Chopin is once again on display: immaculate performances—and an intelligently planned recital, which builds towards the epic F minor Fantasy—can only enhance the listener’s appreciation of this much-loved repertoire.
Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49
Impromptu No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 29
Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major, Op. 36
Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major, Op. 51
Impromptu No. 4 in C sharp minor, Op. 66 'Fantaisie-Impromptu'
Mazurka No. 3 in E major, Op. 6 No. 3
Mazurka No. 6 in A minor, Op. 7 No. 2a
Mazurka No. 18 in C minor, Op. 30 No. 1
Mazurka No. 21 in C sharp minor, Op. 30 No. 4
Mazurka No. 28 in B major, Op. 41 No. 3
Mazurka No. 29 in A flat major, Op. 41 No. 4
Mazurka No. 33 in B major, Op. 56 No. 1
Mazurka No. 39 in B major, Op. 63 No. 1
Mazurka No. 40 in F minor, Op. 63 No. 2
Polonaise No. 13 in A flat major B5/KKIVa:2
Waltz No. 9 in A flat major, Op. 69 No. 1 'Farewell Waltz'
Waltz No. 13 in D flat major, Op. 70 No. 3
Waltz No. 16 in A flat major, Op. post., KKIVa:13, B 21
Waltz No. 18 in E flat major 'Sostenuto', Op. post., KKIVb:10, B 133
"What deep-dyed melancholy he finds in the A-flat major Waltz Op 61/1, and how he whirls the dancers across the ballroom floor in the posthumous A-flat Waltz! His First Impromptu is a rapid, delirious flight of fancy, while in the F minor Fantasy (his single large-scale offering) he has big guns to fire, making one long to hear him in the ballades, scherzos and sonatas. Kolesnikov’s Chopin is as magical as it is unforgettable."
International Piano - October 2019
"The combination of Kolesnikov’s sensitive touch, a Yamaha CFX concert grand and Andrew Keener’s production values gives us beautiful sound in abundance. The longer pieces come off best…Kolesnikov is clearly a pianist and musician of exceptional talent. He really doesn’t need to force his own imprint on the music."
BBC Music Magazine - December 2019 (Performance ****)/(Recording *****)
"If these are carefully considered readings, they nevertheless exude an air of spontaneity. Judicious embellishments and the occasional interpolation are added, convincingly and with taste. Kolesnikov, always eager for the deep dive, here resurfaces with rare pearls of perfect proportion and lustre from the long-picked-over beds of Chopin interpretation."
Gramophone Magazine - Awards Issue 2019