A GREAT RECORDING THAT WILL STAND THE TEST OF TIME
Thursday, February 12, 2015
by DR JOHN DANIELS
This recording has received numerous accolades and I would not be surprised if there are many more. I doubt that there will be a better classical release this year. This is pianism of pure genius, the kind that stands alongside Richter, Gilels, Rubinstein, Cortot, Gould, Sofronitsky and Lipatti. His Mozart is a real revelation. With incomparable ease, he conquers the obvious difficulties and those beneath the surface. So few can do that. In making that comment, I do not mean to downplay the rest of what is a spelling binding performance. The recording quality is outstanding and captures the beautiful tone of Sokolov's instrument which sounds like a pre 50's Steinway but may be a more modern keyboard. The vinyl is clearly of high quality and has very quiet backgrounds. There is none of the treble tizz that used to be an issue with DGG.
Classic records do not come along very often. This is one, there are likely to be many re-issues over the years.