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
- 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: