Anna Vinnitskaya plays Ravel

Anna Vinnitskaya plays Ravel piano works V5284  NZ $33

Up and coming Russian pianist Anna Vinnitskaya (previously recorded on Naive label playing Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto and the Ravel G major concerto), excels in these solo pieces. With a tremendous insight into Ravel’s complex soundscapes, she is a worthy successor to Gieseking and Michelangeli.

New, refreshing and played with fabulous technique – click here to listen to tracks on the Naive website.

Said John Button in the Dominion Post (Wellington, NZ, 28 June 2012):  “With biting finger work and magnificent control of dynamics this a masterly display, and with very fine recording quality, this is a significant release…” ****½ stars

CD Contents: Pavane pour une infante défunte | Miroirs (Noctuelles, Oiseaux tristes, Une Barque sur l’océan) | Alborada del gracioso | La Vallée des cloches | Gaspard de la nuit  (Ondine,  Le Gibet, Scarbo)

Playing time: 57 min

Biography (Wikipedia):

Anna Vinnitskaya was born in Novorossiysk. She displayed musical talent from an early age, following her first piano lessons at age 6. From 1995 to 2001, she studied at the Rachmaninoff Conservatory in Rostov-on-Don with Sergei Ossipenko, after which she was admitted to the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, where she studied with Ralf Nattkemper and Evgeni Koroliov. As a soloist, she has played with major orchestras, including the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Dortmunder Philharmoniker, the Milan Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid, and has given recitals all around Europe.

She entered the competition circuit at age 13, winning first prize at the International Junoshenki competition. In 2000 she achieved a third place at the Monza Competition and two years later first place at the Jaèn Competition, where she also won the Audience Award. This was followed with a first prize at the Elise Meyer Competition in Hamburg in 2004, and the fourth prize in the Ferruccio Busoni International Competition in Bolzano in 2005.

On 2 June 2007, she won first prize in the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels. After a memorable Gaspard de la nuit (Ravel) in the first rounds, she impressed the audience and jury in the final round with Beethoven’s Sonata No.13 in E flat “Quasi una fantasia”, Op. 27 No.1; the compulsory work La Luna y la Muerte by Miguel Gálvez-Taroncher; and the Piano Concerto No.2 by Sergei Prokofiev. Vinnitskaya was only the second woman in the history of the competition for piano to win the first prize, after Ekaterina Novitskaya in 1968

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