Following a much-praised first recording dedicated to the Russian piano sonata, the second release by Anna Vinnitskaya is of two of the most significant concertos of the 20th century, Prokofiev’s Second, in G Minor, and Ravel’s Concerto in G Major. The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin is conducted by Gilbert Varga.
Anna Vinnitskaya was born in 1983 in the Russian city of Novorossiysk. She began piano lessons at the age of six with her mother, and played her first solo recital at the age of nine. She has won several international awards, most notably first prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels in 2007, and the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in 2008. Still only 27, she has been compared to legendary performers such as Martha Argerich and Sviatoslav Richter. For her first concerto recording, she has selected two masterpieces from the early 20th century, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, and Ravel’s Concerto in G. Anna Vinnitskaya’s debut CD, a programme of works by Rachmaninov, Gubaidulina, Medtner and Prokofiev (V5238), was released on Naïve in April 2009. It was awarded the ‘Diapason d’Or Découverte’, and was nominated for a Midem Classical Award in the Solo Instrumental category.
Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.2 in G Minor was written in 1913 and dedicated to a friend of the composer who had recently committed suicide. It was revised in 1923, and this version remains one of the most technically challenging works in the standard repertoire. Following a highly successful tour of America as piano soloist, Maurice Ravel finished his Piano Concerto in G Major in 1931. The concerto is heavily influenced by jazz, which at the time was highly popular in Paris as well as the USA.
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