Grigory Sokolov plays Beethoven, Komitas, Prokofiev
Recital at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

Rare and mysterious, the Russian pianist agreed to be filmed during a recital.

Still completely unknown in Western Europe in the eighties, pianist Grigory Sokolov was a rising star from Russia, the only country able to surprise us with such musicians at times. Born in Petrograd in 1950, Grigory Sokolov won at the age of sixteen the 1st prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition presided over that year by Emil Guilels. With Sokolov, we discover a unique, powerful and highly characteristic world of sound. One may or may not like it, as in other times Glenn Gould had his fans and his critics.

The master allowed a film crew to film him one evening in November 2002, at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris. In minimalist lighting which amplifies the mystery surrounding him, Sokolov gives a recital of works by Beethoven (Sonatas No. 9, 10 and 15), Komitas and Prokofiev (Sonata No. 7), with many encores (Chopin, François Couperin, Bach). We let you be the judge!

Movie director : Bruno Monsaingeon
Playlist : Russian music
Music genre : Recitals and chamber music
Musical form : Sonata

Duration : 02 h 04 min
Location : Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Paris, France)
Recording date : 2002
Production date : 2003
Production : © Idéale Audience / ARTE France / INA