Nikolai Tokarev – Alexander Rosenblatt: Tokarev plays Rosenblatt
Artists: Nikolai Tokarev, Alexander Rosenblatt
Title: Tokarev plays Rosenblatt
Catalogue No.: SM 137
The two good friends Tokarev and Rosenblatt make music already for a very long time with one another. For the first time here Tokarev plays on this CD both Rosenblatt’s own compositions and its already several times highly praised arrangements. Rosenblatt is also an excellent pianist, as we can hear on the track “Concertino on Two Russian Themes for 4 hands“, which he plays together with Nikolai Tokarev.
In April 2007, Nikolai Tokarev released his first piano recital featuring works by Schubert, Chopin and Alexander Rosenblatt. He received the German Echo Classical 2008 award as Best Newcomer (piano). On his current CD Nikolai Tokarev plays the Piano Concerto in A minor by Grieg and the Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor by Chopin.
Tokarev about the track „Paganini’s Variations“: The pianist must have a distinct, precise feeling for rhythm when playing this work, even in the slow variation, for example, where a degree of free phrasing is allowed. I hope that everyone who listens to the work will derive similar pleasure to that of the performer playing it. I am absolutely sure that these Variations bear comparison with such famous compositions based on themes by Paganini such as those by Liszt, Brahms and Rakhmaninov.
02 Concertino on Two Russian Themes for 4 hand – Rosenblatt
03 Paganini’s Variations – Rosenblatt
04 Sonata for Cello and Piano – Rosenblatt
05 Piano Sonata Nr. 3 – Rosenblatt
06 Two Fragments from the ballet suite “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” – Rosenblatt
07 Waltzing with Hartmann (after Mussorgsy) – Rosenblatt