Monday, May 18, 2015

Nikita Magaloff Plays Beethoven & Brahms

Nikita Magaloff (Magalashvili) was born in a Georgian-Russian family ; his mother and uncle were amateur pianists, and family friends included Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, and especially Alexander Siloti. In 1918 Magaloff moved with his parents to Finland, and to
Paris in 1922, where he studied at the Paris Conservatoire in the class of Isidore Philipp. He graduated in 1929, obtaining the Premier Prix. In 1938 he participated in the Ysaÿe Competition in Brussels but failed to place. He began a concert career, initially in Germany and France. He often appeared with violinists József Szigeti (whose daughter he married) and Arthur Grumiaux, and cellist Pierre Fournier. During his period, he also befriended Artur Schnabel, Walter Gieseking, as well as Ravel and Stravinsky (Magaloff was the first performer on disc of Stravinsky's Concerto for piano and winds). In 1949, he took the piano class at the Geneva Conservatoire over from the late Dinu Lipatti, where he lectured until 1960. He sat in the juries of the Chopin Competitions of 1965 and 1980; protesting against the elimination of Ivo Pogorelić during the latter, he left the jury alongside Martha Argerich. In subsequent years, he held piano classes and masterclasses in Paris, Siena, Taormina and Montreux, where he was chairman of the Clara Haskil competition between 1965 and 1989. His pupils include Jean-Marc Luisada, Maria Tipo, Sergio Calligaris and Michel Dalberto; he also gave some private lessons to Martha Argerich.
Magaloff's style was characterised by economy and a classical sense of proportion. He sparingly used forte, emphasising the melodic line and a precise execution of the musical text. He remained influenced by the French piano school, but also looked to Germany and its 'objectivist' trends, especially that of Artur Schnabel, as shown by Magaloff's selection of manuscript versions of some Chopin and Scriabin works. Less obvious were his links to the Russian tradition. In his wide and eclectic repertoire, Russian composers (especially Scriabin) dominated alongside French music and Mozart (sonatas, concertos and chamber works). He is also valued for his interpretations of Mendelssohn and Schubert ; in his youth, he was considered a prominent Liszt pianist.
Wojciech Bońkowski

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Nikita Magaloff


Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata n° 21 in C major ("Waldstein"), Op. 53
1 I. Allegro Con Brio  10:20
2 II. Adagio Molto  3:57
3 III. Rondo  9:49

Johannes Brahms

Piano Sonata n° 3 in F minor, Op. 5
4 I. Allegro maestoso  10:14
5 II. Andante. Andante espressivo - Andante molto  11:00
6 III. Scherzo. Allegro energico avec trio  4:31
7 IV. Intermezzo (Rückblick). Andante molto  2:43
8 V. Finale. Allegro moderato ma rubato  7:41


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Recorded at the Montreux Festival ; September 25, 1988 [# 1-3] ; & October 3, 1988 [# 4-8]

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