Grigory Sokolov plays Beethoven, Komitas, Prokofiev

Recital at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

In 2002, the Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov agreed to be film during his recital at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris: an rare event, that could only be recorded by Bruno Monsaingeon, and that was not going to happen again in the next 10 years...

Still completely unknown in Western Europe in the eighties, the pianist Grigory Sokolov was then a rising star from Russia.

Born in Petrograd (St. Petersburg's name in the years of the Soviet Union) in 1950, Grigory Sokolov won at the age of sixteen the 1st prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition presided over that year by Emil Gilels. 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 Bruno Monsaingeon and his film crew to recording his performance on an evening of November 2002, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées 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 (six dances inspired by the Armenian folk music) and Prokofiev (Sonata No. 7), with many encores (Chopin, Couperin, Bach). We let you be the judge!

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

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