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BORIS GILTBURG

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Image Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 and Strin
Shostakovich’s two Piano Concertos span a period of almost thirty years. The youthful First Piano Concerto is a masterful example of eclecticism, its inscrutable humour and seriousness allied to virtuoso writing enhanced by the rôle for solo trumpet. Written as a birthday present for his son Maxim, the Second Piano Concerto is light-spirited with a hauntingly beautiful slow movement. With the permission of the composer’s family, Boris Giltburg has arranged the exceptionally dark, deeply personal and powerful String Quartet No. 8, thereby establishing a major Shostakovich solo piano composition.

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Image Rachmaninoff: Études-tableaux, Op. 39 & 6 Moments
Pianist Boris Gildburg sees Rachmaninov’s Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39 as cinematic short stories or colourful tone paintings. In contrast, the unashamedly beautiful Moments musicaux are concentrated explorations of a single idea or mood, from struggle and pain towards light and genuine joy. In these collections, which contain some of the composer’s most affecting music, Rachmaninov shows himself to be a master of the meticulously crafted short-form genre.

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Image Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, 21 & 32
Ludwig van Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas form an unparalleled canon, remaining one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges for pianists to this day. These three sonatas represent Beethoven’s Early, Middle and Late periods but are united in the key of C – minor, for the dramatic and stormy intensity of mood in the Pathétique, and major for the radiant and poetic Waldstein sonata. In his sonata Op. 111 the cycle is completed with music of utmost dramatic tension and the deepest spirituality. The multiple prizewinning pianist Boris Giltburg was born in 1984 in Moscow and has lived in Tel Aviv since early childhood. Notable débuts have included a 2002 South American tour (and every season since), with the Israel Philharmonic in 2005, a tour of China in 2007, and at the 2010 BBC Proms in London. First appearing on record in 2006, Mr. Giltburg recently began a long-term recording plan with Naxos as of 2014.

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Image Schumann: Carnaval, Davidsbündlertänze & Papillons
The three works on this recording are collections of short pieces, strung together and forming a cohesive whole – a form which Schumann himself invented, developed and brought to perfection. Davidsbündlertänze (Dances of the League of David) was written after Schumann’s engagement to Clara Wieck, to whom he wrote, ‘If I have ever been happy at the piano, it was when I was composing these.’ Papillons (Butterflies) is the work of a youthful, unfettered imagination, and Carnaval is one of his most popular pieces, a display of both technique and emotion. Boris Giltburg, who took first prize at the 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition, is one of today’s most exciting young pianists, lauded for his ‘massive and engulfing technique, supporting interpretations that glow with warmth and poetic commitment’ (Gramophone).

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Image Rachmaninov, Grieg & Liszt: Romantic Sonatas
Pianist Boris Giltburg—winner of the 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition—releases his second recording on the Orchid Classics label, following his acclaimed Prokofiev War Sonatas release of 2012.Giltburg’s new project, Romantic Sonatas is inspired by the beauty and drama of piano literature from the Romantic period and features the music of Grieg, Liszt and Rachmaninov. Giltburg’s War Sonatas received huge critical acclaim, including a Gramophone “Editor’s Choice” accolade and a 5-star review in the Daily Telegraph.

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Image Prokofiev: War Sonatas
Prokofiev’s challenging “War Sonatas,” the name given to the Piano Sonatas Nos. 6, 7, &8, are deftly and smoothly performed here by rising star Boris Giltburg. Giltburg, winner of the Pinan Salzman Prize, Santander Competition, and Rubenstein Competition, is a formidable talent who has been described as “old-school but magical and quite ravishing.” He also been famously compared to past masters like Richter and Rachmaninov.

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