Grigory Sokolov

 (RUS)

Grigory Sokolov is undoubtedly one of the most impressive living pianists. Performances of this Russian master are so convincing in their conception that they sound both natural and new.

Sokolov lives in his own world. He puts his own stamp on the music without doing violence to the composer. He seems to live on another planet, from which he has a more panoramic view than we—mere mortals—have. His playing is a search for the essence, for deeper layers. Under his hands, every familiar piece becomes a discovery. Sokolov is superior, but not arrogant; he is above it all, but above all he puts himself at the service of the music.

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