Pianist Naum Grubert follows up his earlier DSD releases that highlighted the music of Beethoven and Chopin with his third DSD album from Navis Classics at NativeDSD. Celebrating Franck and Scriabin finds Grubert performing selected works from these two composers on a Steinway d274 piano.
Grubert tells us “When I first thought of recording on the same album Franck’s Prelude, Chorale and Fugue and selected early works by Scriabin, I had no inkling that the two composers were born exactly fifty years apart, and when the album was released in 2022 the world would be celebrating the bicentenary of Franck’s birth and 150th anniversary of Scriabin’s. I simply thought that, despite their largely incompatible creative objectives, their music belonged together. That a mysterious link existed between these two composers on some level, a link that would make them comfortable sharing the same album.”
Naum Grubert – Piano
Total time: 01:09:43
|Original Recording Format|
Steinway & Sons d274 Piano
Daan van Aalst
Daan van Aalst
Westvest 90 in Schiedam, Netherlands
|Release Date||May 20, 2022|
Naum Grubert, a pianist of a special signature who, in my experience, has excelled for years in immediately convincing characterization, color hue, expressiveness, analytical transparency and pianistic refinement. A musician who also knows how to give the impression of the creative origin sur place, so cleverly stylized that the music seems to have just been discovered, but inwardly considered down to the smallest detail, but outwardly almost intuitive. On the one hand the lyricism that is accompanied by the most subtle color shifts, on the other hand the finely graduated degrees of strength that function as expectation, construction, eruption and solution within this noble sound image. I wrote it before: not calculating, not looking for one’s own limits, but discovering those of the music itself and presenting it to the listener as new. Grubert’s highest trump cards are played out in the works of Scriabin, with one of the absolute highlights being the Third Sonata, whose corner movements evoke an apparently almost self-creating drama in his hands. Does that make Francks Prélude, Choral et Fugue less by definition? Certainly not, because under Grubert’s hands, the work is rightly closer to Liszt than you might think.
De Groene Amsterdammer
Grubert plays this introverted masterpiece, with pastoral care and the improbably beautiful sound that captivates you without vulgar seduction skills. He knows what’s going on: his fascinating analysis in the program booklet is as long as the play. In the poco allegro, foreland of the fugue, there is light and core in the dissolving poetic notes until their disappearance. Remember: this isn’t soft music, it’s music that harnesses a post-secondary energy as powerfully as possible. The triplefortes in the lock are so strong because they still have mental reserves. Behind that is calculation, the analytical rigor that, at this level of musicality, does not drop the mind but elevates it. Grubert’s concentrated intimacy in the andante of Skriabin’s Third Sonata proves the untenability of the separation between feeling and reason. Therein lies perhaps the essence of this late-romantic keyboard art, a profoundly intellectual journey to an architecturally justifiable state of rapture, protected by the power of the mind.
The new album by his mentor Naum Grubert from his time studying in the Netherlands. I would like everyone to listen to it!!
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