Week of June 6th

Schubert & Beethoven
Grigori Sokolov

The story of Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov is a strange one. He won the Tchaikovsky Competition at the unheard of age of 16 (1966), and went on to be much better known in Europe than here in the US, due in part to the scarcity of recordings by him. In fact, he released no recordings at all during a 20 year period from 1995 to 2015. In 2015, he signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon and last year, we were able to feature his Salzburg recital of 2008 as Album of the Week. This week, KDFC will highlight his latest release: live performances of Schubert, Beethoven, Rameau, and Brahms from recitals in Warsaw and Salzburg (again) which took place in 2013. Sokolov is a strict vegan, sleeps only three to four hours a night, and has been called the greatest pianist in the world. You be the judge!

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