Yulia Chaplina: Piano Recital | Champs Hill Records CHRCD070

Yulia Chaplina: Piano Recital


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Label: Champs Hill Records

Cat No: CHRCD070

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 28th April 2014



A demanding recital disc from pianist Yulia Chaplina, a former Junior Tchaikowsky Competition winner and highly acclaimed young international soloist, who studied under Dimitri Alexeev at the Royal College of Music in London.

Yulia’s connection with the music on this disc began before she was born - her concert-pianist mother continued to give recitals until shortly before Yulia’s birth - and Yulia has childhood memories of dancing to her mother’s playing of Chopin Waltzes.

The disc opens and closes with works by the great Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov. His second piano sonata is a work that confused some at its premiere in 1913, with a critic writing: ‘(it) has no interesting or profound ideas, and exterior pianistic virtuosity dominates its musical potential….’ He did, however, commend the ‘fresh, and for Rachmaninov, rather unusual harmonies and counterpoint’.

Shortly after completing his revisions to this work in 1931, Rachmaninov wrote his dazzling and technically demanding Twenty Variations on a Theme of Corelli, which contrast dashing display and pianistic fireworks with introspective and meditative slow variations.

Yulia's recital includes two Tchaikovsky transcriptions - the Lullaby No.1 Op.16 and the Andante maestoso from The Nutcracker Suite arranged by celebrated pianist by Mikhail Pletnev.

This recording, intense and full of energy, also includes a Chaconne from Sofia Gubaidulina, one of the most important Russian composers of her generation, and Scriabin's Ninth Piano Sonata of 1912-13, which projects a sinister, often troubling soundworld.

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