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This stunning programme and its dazzling performance represents the penultimate release in our 15-volume edition of Leopold Godowsky's complete piano works, a significant recording project that is in the hands of Swiss-Russian pianist Konstantin Scherbakov, who has impressed the public and media alike since the series' inception more than a decade ago.

Leopold GODOWSKY (1870–1938)
53 Studies on the Chopin Études, Vol. 1
Piano Music, Vol. 14

Konstantin Scherbakov, Piano

Leopold Godowsky wrote his first Studies on the Chopin Études when he was barely 23 years old, and the complete cycle took some 20 years to finish. It remains one of the most extraordinary and technically demanding of all such works. It offered Godowsky – one of the greatest virtuosi of his age, but a haphazard teacher – an opportunity to resolve his innovative theories of keyboard technique. His exploration of developing the left hand in these studies remains revolutionary, and his ambition of ‘furthering the art of pianoforte playing’, triumphantly vindicated.

About the Artist
Swiss-Russian pianist Konstantin Scherbakov is among the most ubiquitous and frequently recorded pianists today. The range of his repertory is vast and demanding, both technically and interpretively: his discography comprises some 50 recordings, including the complete solo piano outputs of Godowsky, Shostakovich and Respighi, and the complete works for piano and orchestra by Medtner, Tchaikovsky, Respighi and Scriabin.
Previous releases in the Scherbakov-Godowsky series
‘Scherbakov maintains his reputation once again, and few will be disappointed in his achievement here.’
American Record Guide
‘In Godowsky's paraphrase on Wine, Women and Song, [Scherbakov's] sharp-edged, muscular, and supremely delineated rendition is quite a piece of workmanship.’
‘This is gold-standard piano playing which should not be missed.’
‘As always, Scherbakov is in complete command, technically and musically.’
‘I’ll make this short: get this disc! This is one of the most amazing series of recorded piano music ever to come my way.’
Pianist ★★★★★

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