Vera Gornostaeva | Vol III | Beethoven/Mozart
Beethoven. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 “Emperor” (37:19)
I. Allegro (19:27)
II. Adagio un poco mosso (7:47)
III. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo (10:05)
Vera Gornostaeva, piano
State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia
Vladimir Fedoseyev, conductor
(recorded Live at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire on October 11, 1974)
W.A.Mozart. Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466 (31:31)
1. Allegro (14:13)
2. Romanze (9:02)
3. Allegro assai (8:16)
Vera Gornostaeva, piano
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Saulius Sondeckis, conductor
(recorded Live at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire on April 21, 1987)
DISCOVERING A LEGEND. VERA GORNOSTAEVA, Vol. III BEETHOVEN/MOZART
After critical and commercial success of the first two volumes, LP Classics continues to explore the vaults of Gosteleradiofond (one of the main Russian Archives of radio and television broadcasts), and is honored to release live performances of this remarkable pianist.
In one of the recent reviews of Vol.2, David DeBoor Canfield of Fanfare Magazine stated:
“There is simply no telling how many musical treasures are collecting dust in various radio archives and similar institutions waiting to be unearthed. I know how rewarding unearthing a gem can be, as I’ve had a few occasions to come across something really musically valuable during the course of my decades as a record dealer. The present recital by Russian pianist Vera Gornostaeva must rand among the significant discoveries of such desiderata in the past decade.
This is playing of the first order by an artist of unquestionable major stature. Gornostaeva’s reading of Pictures sits squarely in the grand tradition of Russian and Soviet performers of the era. She convincingly sets each of the pictures within the framework of the whole, so that one hears the piece as an entity, and not a series of separate smaller works. This is a near flawlessly executed live performance of the Mussorgsky masterpiece.
Rachmaninoff’s preludes fare equally well. Gornostaeva exhibits beautiful singing lines (Op.23/1), a Richter-like virtuosity (Op. 23/7), and a radience that evoked for me a mental image of the sun breaking through the clouds on a bleak November day (Op. 23/10).
This is a recital simply not to be missed by pianophiles and others who want a stunning example of the Russian school of playing during its golden era.”