August DVD of the Month: Sokolov

The DVD of the Month for August 2016 is one of the great pianists of our time, Grigory Sokolov.

This is a recording of an amazing concert at he gave in Berlin.


Grigory Sokolov: Live at the Berlin Philharmonie


  • Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 ‘Hammerklavier’


  • Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op. 117 No. 2


Les tendres plaintes

Pièces de Clavecin 1724: Les Tourbillons

Les Cyclopes

La follette

Les Sauvages


  • 4 Impromptus, D899
  • Klavierstücke (3), D946

All performed by Grigory Sokolov (piano)

Acclaimed French film-maker Bruno Monsaingeon is well known for his documentaries about several pianists. In the director’s notes to this new Sokolov film, Monsaingeon writes:

“Sokolov himself believes that the concert represents the focal point of musical life and that everything else is artificial. As a result, he is not only reluctant to be recorded but also to be filmed…”

Here is this amazing musician, who plays first one of my all time favorites, the intermezzo Op. 117, number 2 by Brahms:

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