Vera Gornostaeva | Vol VII |Beethoven, Piano Sonatas | Memorial Release
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3
1. Presto [7:00]
2. Largo e mesto [9:49]
3. Menuetto: Allegro [2:32]
4. Rondo: Allegro [4:14]
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, “Quasi una fantasia,” Op. 27 No. 2 “Moonlight”
5. Adagio sostenuto [6:30]
6. Allegretto [2:07]
7. Presto agitato [7:48]
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14 No. 1
8. Allegro [6:20]
9. Allegretto [3:14]
10.Rondo: Allegro comodo [3:12]
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”
11.Allegro assai [9:54]
12.Andante con moto [6:11]
13.Allegro ma non troppo – Presto [8:21]
On January 19th, 2015 the world lost a remarkable woman, pianist and pedagogue. A true legend – Vera Gornostaeva. A few years ago, outside of Russia, rarely was her name mentioned as a performer of magnitude akin to her classmates and colleagues, Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels and other piano giants of the Russian Golden Era. She was mainly known as a tremendous pedagogue at the Moscow Conservatory, but due to Soviet politics she never performed in the West and retired from the stage by the time the regime collapsed. Since releasing the first Volume in the “Discovering a Legend” series in November of 2011, Ms. Gornostaeva’s unearthed live performances have garnered audience and critic accolades and she became an overnight sensation in Chicago, thanks to WFMT.
Brian Reinhart from MusicWeb International said this of one of the previous releases and we feel it really sums up why LP Classics felt a responsibility toward Vera and listeners worldwide to take on this project, as challenging as it is at times.
“Discovering a Legend,” the cover says. “Creating a Legend” might be more like it. Vera Gornostaeva is an extraordinary pianist, maybe one of the greats. She builds her performances from fire and tempered steel, but is capable of poetic softness. She embraces huge contrasts, steering with complete control from an explosive fortissimo to a hypnotic sung melody… For once, the title “Discovering a Legend” is not a hyperbole. This is how legends begin.”
And indeed, on January 19th, 2015 as the founders of LP Classics received an overwhelming amount of messages from listeners that have been embracing these never heard before recordings and paying their respects and tributes to Vera Gornostaeva, it became clear that what started as a personal project of her former student, Vassily Primakov has grown into an important and poignant company mission of LP Classics – because despite Ms. Gornostaeva’s passing, her art will now forever live on and that is, after all … exactly how legends begin!
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