2nd Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, op. 14
Suite for Piano, op. 92
4th Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, op. 56
Les Six Petites Pieces, op. 133
10 Inventions, op. 73
What was your first experience with Kapustin’s music?
In 2006, I was asked by the organizers of the Alexis Weissenberg Festival in Engelberg, Switzerland, to include a piece with jazz elements as to best fit with their “Classic and Jazz” theme. I first thought about the Barber Sonata as it was already in my repertoire, but the promoter asked me, “What about Kapustin?” I had never heard his name before. After our conversation I began to search for the scores and recordings of Kapustin, and the first recording I heard was the CD with Marc-André Hamelin. Promptly I was in love with this music. At the festival, I played Kapustin’s Piano Sonata No. 6.
How did you select this repertoire for the CD? (op 40 & 53)
After arrangement with the NAXOS recording company to produce a recording with works by Kapustin, it took me some time to select the pieces. NAXOS chairman, Claus Heymann, proposed recoring two complete cycles: 24 preludes and 8 concert etudes. I thought it was a great idea and huge project. After maestro Kapustin I am the first artist to record the 24 Preludes, op. 53 as a complete cycle.
What was your experience like in recording this CD?
I enjoyed recording this extensive program over three days at the Great Hall of “Hessischer Rundfunk,” (German public broacasting.) The hall had a very nice atmosphere and the producer and his team were wonderful to work with.
What kind of feedback do your fans give you when you play Kapustin live in a recital?
The fans are delighted and impressed about this very witty and energetic music.
They enjoy it very much.
What future recording projects do you have lined up?
I have two different project ideas. One of them with works by one of the famous Baroque composers and another one with modern music. At the moment I am thinking about a suitable recording label for my ideas.
Kapustin’s Trio, op. 86 for flute, cello and piano has been released on two new recordings in the past six months. In July the UK-based Emanuel Ensemble recorded the work on their self-titled debut recording. Kapustin’s trio is recorded with the works of several other composers and is available in iTunes and from the ensemble’s web site store.
More recently in November, Germany-based Trio Panta Rhei has released a version of the Trio for violin, cello and piano on their third album. Their recording is available from iTunes and from JPC.
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Performed by Natsuo Nishimoto and Asuka Matsumoto
2 + 2 4 Kapustin
Daniel del Pino and Ludmil Angelov, pianos
Concerto for two pianos and percussion, op. 104
Concert Etudes, op. 40
Piano Sonata No. 14, op. 120
Manteca Variations for two pianos, op. 129
SACD available now from Amazon.com
MP3 Digital Download available now from Amazon.com
Sheet music available soon.
Sonata For Flute And Piano Op 125 - Now In Print.
This work, to date Kapustin’s only composition for flute and piano, was written in 2004 at the request of Immanuel Davis, flute professor at the University of Minnesota.
The work is in four movements, and both flautist and pianist are occupied, jointly and individually, in performing a piece that requires a considerable level of technique as well as a thorough grasp of Kapustin’s jazz idioms.
The Sonata has recently been recorded by Akane Otsuka (flute) and Masahiro Kawakami (piano) on “Kapustin Chamber Music” volume 1 (Nippon Acoustic Records NARD-5030). See link below.
Nikolai Kapustin : Sonata for flute and piano op 125
48pp piano score + 24pp flute part
ISMN 979-0-708036-31-9 / £23.60
available for purchase
Kapustin: Chamber Music Vol. 1
Masahiro Kawakami and friends perform:
Sinfonietta, op. 49 for two pianos
Sonata for Flute & Piano, op. 125
Sonata for Violin & Piano, op. 70
Paraphrase on Dizzy Gillespie’s Manteca for Two Pianos, op. 129
Available now from HMV.co.jp
Cameron Carptenter’s Recital October 5, 2010, At LE POISSON ROUGE, New York
Mr. Carpenter included Kapustin works: Contemplation and Motive Force on the piano and a version of Toccatina for the organ.
Read the new york times review
I’m Pleased To Announce The Publication Of Nikolai Kapustin’s ‘Paraphrase On Dizzy Gillespie’s “Manteca”‘ Op 129, For 2 Pianos.
Here’s A Tantalising Glimpse Of What It Sounds Like:
The Title Will Be Up For Ordering At
In A Few Days’ Time.
Coming soon: DVD Performance of Kapustin: Trio for flute, cello and piano, op. 86
Preview on YouTUBE
Newly Listed Recordings
Kapustin and Zagorinski in Concert
Kapustin Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2
and other works by Beethoven, Chopin and Kapustin.
Engelberg Piano Festival 2006
Two CD set with Tatiana Kolesova performing
Concert Etude, op. 40, no. 7 – Intermezzo
Concert Etude, op. 40, no. 6 – Pastoral
Concert Etude, op. 40, no. 3 – Toccatina
Live Performance Of Kapustin Works In Germany
Podium Festival Esslingen
April 25, 2009
Trio, op. 86 and a selection of Preludes, op. 53
Joachim Carr, Mathias Susaas Halvorsen (piano)
Magnus Boye Hansen (violin), Steven Walter (cello)
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