Brahms - Ballades & Fantasies (2017)

Brahms

Denis Kozhukhin

“These works by Brahms reflect the many aspects of the life of a great man; the intellect of an exceptional mind and the emotions of a profoundly sensitive human being. From the Ballades with their resonance of a young man wondering about an uncertain future, to the Phantasies, with their sickening contrasts, which move from the despair of a man who suffered great loss to the powerful resilient strength of a human being who refuses to accept the approaching end.”
Denis Kozhukhin

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Denis Kozhukhin

Denis Kozhukhin’s playing is characterised by an extraordinary technical mastery balanced by a sharp intelligence, calm maturity and wisdom. Kozhukhin has that rare and special gift of creating an immediate and compelling emotional connection with his audience. Born in Nizhni Novgorod, Russia, in 1986 into a family of musicians, Denis Kozhukhin began his piano studies at the age of four with his mother. As a boy, he attended the Balakirev School of Music where he studied under Natalia Fish. From 2000 to 2007, Kozhukhin was a pupil at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid learning with Dimitri Bashkirov and Claudio Martinez-Mehner. Upon graduating, he received his diploma personally from the Queen of Spain and was named best student in his year and twice best chamber group with his own Cervantes Trio. After his studies in Madrid, Kozhukhin was invited to study at the Piano Academy at Lake Como where he received tuition from amongst others Fou Ts’ong, Stanislav Yudenitch, Peter Frankl, Boris Berman, Charles Rosen and Andreas Staier. He completed his studies with Kirill Gerstein in Stuttgart. Kozhukhin has also been awarded 1st Prize at the Vendome Prize in Lisbon in 2009, and 3rd Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006. Since winning First Prize in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels at the age of 23, Kozhukhin has quickly established a formidable reputation and has already appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls. In 2015, Kozhukhin signed an exclusive recording agreement with Pentatone. His debut recording for the label (Grieg Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and Vassily Sinaisky) was Gramophone Editor’s Choice and Disc of the month in Fono Forum and Stereophone. His next recording of solo Brahms was released in February 2017. Both albums are available in DSD Stereo and DSD Surround Sound from NativeDSD Music. Kozhukhin is a committed chamber musician and has worked with amongst others, Leonidas Kavakos, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Janine Jansen, Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin, the Jerusalem Quartet, the Pavel Haas Quartet, Radovan Vlatkovic, Jörg Widmann, Emmanuel Pahud and Alisa Weilerstein. photo: Felix Broede
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Brahms - Ballades & Fantasies (2017)

Brahms

Denis Kozhukhin

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"It must be a common problem for reviewers: when you can’t find the words to describe a particular performance. When the vocabulary of praise is pretty much exhausted…"

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Brahms - Ballades & Fantasies (2017)

Brahms

Denis Kozhukhin

Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Erdo Groot
Producer: Erdo Groot
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot
Recording location: MCO Studio Hilversum, Holland
Recording Software: Merging
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Theme and Variations in D Minor, Op. 18
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4 Ballades, Op. 10 - No. 1 in D Minor, - Edward
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4 Ballades, Op. 10 - No. 2 in D Major
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4 Ballades, Op. 10 - No. 3 in B Minor
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4 Ballades, Op. 10 - No. 4 in B Major
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7 Fantasies, Op. 116 - No. 1. Capriccio in D Minor
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7 Fantasies, Op. 116 - No. 2. Intermezzo in A Minor
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7 Fantasies, Op. 116 - No. 3. Capriccio in G Minor
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7 Fantasies, Op. 116 - No. 4. Intermezzo in E Major
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7 Fantasies, Op. 116 - No. 5. Intermezzo in E Minor
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7 Fantasies, Op. 116 - No. 6. Intermezzo in E Major
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7 Fantasies, Op. 116 - No. 7. Capriccio in D Minor
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