Global Fascinations and Sophistications
Nikolai Kapustin Piano Music
Hyperion Records is full of new surprises. Has anybody heard of Nikolai
Kapustin, who studied piano at the Moscow Conservatoire with that doyen
of teachers Alexander Goldenweiser? Six piano concertos, ten sonatas (including
those for other instruments) and a feast of solo piano works are his compositions
to date, but he also made a name for himself as a jazz pianist with his
own quintet and concerts for the Central Artist's Club Big Band,
later touring Russian with Leg Lundström's Jazz Orchestra.
I thought I might be listening to Oscar Peterson swinging in a new style
when listening to Stephen Osborne's wonderfully creative playing
- I am sure this disc of Sonatas 1 and 2 and the 24 Preludes in Jazz
Style will catch out many out who listen for the first time without
seeing the liner frontispiece, for there is an inner discipline here which
fuses the improvisation and extemporisation in jazz to classical structures
with renewed vigour and impulse that denotes a master at work.
Osborne's note is humorously authorative as any good piece of
writing should be, but he doesn't give all the secrets away concerning
his quite obviously meticulous preparation beforehand for what must have
been a highly enjoyable series of sessions. Prelude 19 is an example of
free-ranging skills [listen - track 9, 0:36 - 1:12],
and if you think Earl Hines at his peak had the world's keyboard
speed record, just listen to the close of Sonata 2 [listen
- track 21, 2:32 - 3:32].
Copyright © 23 August 2000
Bill Newman, Edgware, UK
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