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Pictures / Andrey Gugnin

Release Date: 04/08/2016
Label: Steinway & Sons Catalog #: 30042
Composer:  Jacques Ibert ,  Modest Mussorgsky ,  Arno Babadjanyan Performer:  Andrey Gugnin Number of Discs: 1
Recorded in: Stereo Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins.

Andrey Gugnin, Gold Medalist at the Gina Bachauer International Competition, presents Mussorgsky’s monumental work surrounded by rarely heard “Exhibitions” by Jacques Ibert and Armenian composer Arno Babadjanian.

R E V I E W S:

"Gugnin gets both the grandeur and the delicacy of Mussorgsky’s tribute to Hartmann just right, and captures all the humor as well as the seriousness that the composer brought to this variegated work. Furthermore, Gugnin couples the Mussorgsky with two wonderfully apt companion pieces."

-- InfoDad [5/19/2016]

"Shall we get ready to promenade? You would expect that a Russian tyro piano player would do justice to Mussorgsky's signature
Read more "Pictures at an Exhibition" but would you expect him to make it his own and give it that something extra? ...this solo set shows classical piano fans that they have a new pro with many good years ahead of him that will provide them with years of enjoyment. A winner."

-- MidWest Record [5/7/2016]

"The U.S.-based Steinway & Sons label has specialized in piano recitals, thematically organized and recorded with high quality. The idea is to re-create and update the programs that might have been heard during the golden age of American pianism, and indeed it's easy to imagine the first two-thirds of this recital by Russian pianist Andrey Gugnin being played around 1950. There is Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition along with two other works bearing the word "pictures" or 'images' in the title. As it happens, those other works aren't really counterparts to the Mussorgsky, but they're worth hearing. Jacques Ibert's Petite Suite en 15 images are intermittently programmatic; this suite is something of a late neoclassic homage to Couperin, with dances and little portraits mixed together, and Gugnin gives a precise reading that makes a good case for its revival. The Mussorgsky itself is made to fit into its small-recital surroundings here; if you're buying the album for that work alone, sample the opening "Great Gate of Kiev" (track 16) for a taste of the technically masterful, but not ebullient, performance. The Sono Luminus studio sound is clear and entirely appropriate to Gugnin's playing. Recommended, like most of the well-considered Steinway catalog."

-- AllMusic Guide

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