Valentin Malinin Piano Laureate Recital | Naxos 8574468

Valentin Malinin Piano Laureate Recital


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574468

Barcode: 0747313446872

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 2nd December 2022



Russian pianist Valentin Malinin, winner of the 62nd Jaén International Piano Competition, has chosen a programme that offers moments of reflection alongside dazzling virtuosity. The album opens with Shostakovich’s imposing Piano Quintet, one of the composer’s most popular chamber works. Granados evokes a ‘Ghost’s Serenade’ with guitar-like effects in the exuberant finale to his Goyescas, while Prokofiev’s Four Études are among the most complex and technically challenging works of their kind. Malinin’s own inspired fantasy The Pearl Fishers, based on Nadir’s Romance from Les Pêcheurs de perles, serves as a fine encore, reimagining Bizet’s original in daring, compelling style.

Our Laureate series is a valuable and always excitingly inspiring introduction to artists of the future and, established in 1953, the Jaén Prize has become one of the most prestigious awards for its involvement of contemporary Spanish composers, with leading juries and outstanding winners amongst a significant international participation.

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