Beautifully recorded at Potton Hall in Suffolk, Konstantin Scherbakov gives thought-provoking and wonderfully controlled accounts of the Op.34 Preludes. By comparison with Nikolayeva he is at times a little too sophisticated in matters of tonal finesse, and dynamic marking are a shade exaggerated; but this has such imaginative and masterly pianism that readers can afford to overlook the occasional affectation (which we have not encountered in this artist before). He plays the whole recital with the keyboard mastery we associated with him. Strongly recommended.
"Konstantin Scherbakov certainly has the measure of the almost quixotic contrasts of mood in the latter work [24 Preludes], demonstrating sensitive and technically brilliant playing that is captured in a recording of outstanding clarity and perspective...Of other currently available recordings, Raymond Clarke on Athena offers some insights into the Preludes and the First Sonata, but Scherbakov's programme is ultimately the more satisfying."
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