Grieg and Mendelssohn - Lyric Pieces and Lieder ohne Worte (2019)

Grieg, Mendelssohn

Denis Kozhukhin

“The infinite power and depth of romantic vibrations does not always require big shapes to express it. These miniature gems by two poets of music are a shining example of how disarmingly touching and penetrating a simple song or a vision of nature captured in sounds can be.”
- Denis Kozhukhin

On his new solo album, Russian star pianist Denis Kozhukhin presents a personal and colourful collection of character pieces taken from Mendelssohn’s Lieder ohne Worte and Edvard Grieg’s Lyric Pieces. Combing these miniature gems by two outstanding poets of music, Kozhukhin provides a shining example of how disarmingly touching and penetrating a simple song or a vision of nature captured in sound can be.

The program features classics such as Mendelssohn’s Venetian Gondola Song and Grieg’s Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, as well as less famous but equally enchanting pieces. Kozhukhin lifts out the noble simplicity of these works with his delicate playing. 

Denis Kozhukhin has established himself as one of the greatest pianists of his generation. Other albums available at NativeDSD are the piano concertos of Grieg and Tchaikovsky (2016), Brahms Ballades and Fantasies (2017) and Ravel and Gershwin Piano Concertos (2018). 

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Denis Kozhukhin

Denis Kozhukhin’s playing is characterised by an extraordinary technical mastery balanced by a sharp intelligence, calm maturity and wisdom. Kozhukhin has that rare and special gift of creating an immediate and compelling emotional connection with his audience. Born in Nizhni Novgorod, Russia, in 1986 into a family of musicians, Denis Kozhukhin began his piano studies at the age of four with his mother. As a boy, he attended the Balakirev School of Music where he studied under Natalia Fish. From 2000 to 2007, Kozhukhin was a pupil at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid learning with Dimitri Bashkirov and Claudio Martinez-Mehner. Upon graduating, he received his diploma personally from the Queen of Spain and was named best student in his year and twice best chamber group with his own Cervantes Trio. After his studies in Madrid, Kozhukhin was invited to study at the Piano Academy at Lake Como where he received tuition from amongst others Fou Ts’ong, Stanislav Yudenitch, Peter Frankl, Boris Berman, Charles Rosen and Andreas Staier. He completed his studies with Kirill Gerstein in Stuttgart. Kozhukhin has also been awarded 1st Prize at the Vendome Prize in Lisbon in 2009, and 3rd Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006. Since winning First Prize in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels at the age of 23, Kozhukhin has quickly established a formidable reputation and has already appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls. In 2015, Kozhukhin signed an exclusive recording agreement with Pentatone. His debut recording for the label (Grieg Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and Vassily Sinaisky) was Gramophone Editor’s Choice and Disc of the month in Fono Forum and Stereophone. His next recording of solo Brahms was released in February 2017. Both albums are available in DSD Stereo and DSD Surround Sound from NativeDSD Music. Kozhukhin is a committed chamber musician and has worked with amongst others, Leonidas Kavakos, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Janine Jansen, Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin, the Jerusalem Quartet, the Pavel Haas Quartet, Radovan Vlatkovic, Jörg Widmann, Emmanuel Pahud and Alisa Weilerstein. photo: Felix Broede
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Grieg and Mendelssohn - Lyric Pieces and Lieder ohne Worte (2019)

Grieg, Mendelssohn

Denis Kozhukhin

Executive Producer: Renaud Loranger
Producer: Erdo Groot
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot
Recording Location: MCO (Muziekcentrum van de Omroep) Studio 5, Hilversum, The Netherlands in November 2018
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD

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Mendelssohn - Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 19 - no. 1 - Andante con moto in E Major
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Mendelssohn - Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 19 - no. 2 - Andante espressivo in A Minor
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Mendelssohn - Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 19 - no. 3 - Molto allegro e vivace in A Major
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Mendelssohn - Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 19 - no. 5 - Piano agitato in F-sharp Minor
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Mendelssohn - Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 30 - no. 2 - Allegro di molto in B Minor
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Mendelssohn - Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 30 - no. 6 - Allegretto tranquillo in F-sharp Minor (Venetianis
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Mendelssohn - Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 38 - no. 2 - Allegro non troppo in C Minor
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Mendelssohn - Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 38 - no. 6 - Andante con moto in A-flat Major (Duett)
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Mendelssohn - Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 62 - no. 3 - Andante maestoso in E Minor
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Mendelssohn - Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 67 - no. 2 - Allegro leggiero in F-sharp Minor
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Mendelssohn - Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 67 - no. 4 - Presto in C Major
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Mendelssohn - Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 102 - no. 3 - Presto in C Major (Kinderst?_ck)
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Grieg - Lyric Pieces, Op. 12 - no. 1 - Arietta
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Grieg - Lyric Pieces, Op. 12 - no. 2 - Waltz
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Grieg - Lyric Pieces, Op. 12 - no. 4 - Elves' dance
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Grieg - Lyric Pieces, Op. 38 - no. 4 - Dance
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Grieg - Lyric Pieces, Op. 38 - no. 6 - Elegy
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Grieg - Lyric Pieces, Op. 43 - no. 1 - Butterfly
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Grieg - Lyric Pieces, Op. 43 - no. 4 - Little bird
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Grieg - Lyric Pieces, Op. 43 - no. 6 - To Spring
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Grieg - Lyric Pieces, Op. 47 - no. 7 - Elegy
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Grieg - Lyric Pieces, Op. 54 - no. 3 - March of the Dwarfs
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Grieg - Lyric Pieces, Op. 54 - no. 4 - Notturno
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Grieg - Lyric Pieces, Op. 54 - no. 5 - Scherzo
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Grieg - Lyric Pieces, Op. 62 - no. 4 - Brooklet
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Grieg - Lyric Pieces, Op. 65 - no. 6 - Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
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