Kolesnikov Wins 2016 Gramophone Award

Chopin Mazurkas
Frederic Chopin: Mazurka in A flat major, Mazurka in E minor, Mazurka in B minor, Mazurka in C sharp minor, Mazurka in C major, Mazurka in A minor, Mazurka in F sharp minor, Mazurka in G major, Mazurka in C minor
Pavel Kolesnikov: piano
Hyperion CDA68137

The new recording by Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov has been announced as the winner of Gramophone Magazine’s 2016 Classical Music Award in the Instrumental category. The young artist– a member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme – shows a remarkable command and originality in this superb Chopin set. Writing for Gramophone in September, Patrick Rucker further comments Kolesnikov’s musicianship in his glowing review for the album:

I know of no other pianist who combines attention to the smallest detail with such nobility of phrase and cohesive sweep of the dance as a whole. The engineers have captured Kolesnikov’s sound – silvery, deeply resonant – perfectly. Listening to this recording over a period of weeks, Wagner’s description of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony as ‘the apotheosis of the dance’ kept running through my mind. Whether or not Kolesnikov’s new disc will suggest to everyone ‘the apotheosis of the mazurka’, for me these performances are the most beautiful and strikingly original I’ve heard.

[Source: gramophone.co.uk]