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The Legend of Dombra

  • Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata #13 in A Major, D 644
  • Serge Prokofieff:
  • Piano Sonata #4 in C minor, Op. 29
  • Toccata for piano in D minor, Op. 11
  • Nagim Mendygaliev: Poem "The Legend of Dombra"
  • Robert Schumann: Great Piano Sonata #3 in F minor, Op. 14
Amir Tebenikhin, piano
K&K KuK09 77m DDD
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This fascinating concert recorded live in the mystic Castle of Bad Homburg is a truly mystical tour-de-force showcasing the magnificent talents of this young pianist who will surely become a household name in the very near future.

Tebenikhan is unfazed by the monumental difficult of Schubert's A Major sonata and he sails through it with the professionalism and aplomb of a seasoned master such as Jorge Bolet or Alfred Brendel. Even more wizardry is to be displayed in Prokofiev's Fourth Piano Sonata with the Toccata also receiving a lightning-quick interpretation.

Tebenikhin leaves the best for last in the shape of Schumann's monumental Piano Sonata #3 and even in this work he comes off superbly with flying colours. Truly a disc to relish, although the work called "The Legend of Dombra" from which the CD gets its name is really nothing to write home about. There are also almost no notes but otherwise a sincere thumbs up to this most gifted of pianists.

Copyright © 2009, Gerald Fenech