Dear people: this CD is simply magnificent! Secretly I find myself thinking that it might be one of the most beautiful piano recitals of recent times. Not that Sergei Bortkiewicz is an acknowledged genius, but since when is genius a prerequisite for appreciation and – more importantly – for pure enjoyment?
I knew the composer mainly for his vocal works and I think I once heard one of his piano works, without it making any special impression on me. Which is the reason why I put the CD in my player without much enthusiasm. And lo and behold; there I was on my couch, enjoying it shamelessly and with bated breath!
Pavel Gintov plays ‘Chaos’ from Bortkiewicz’s Esquisses de Crimée: