Grigory Sokolov plays Beethoven, Komitas, Prokofiev by Bruno Monsaingeon

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Grigory Sokolov — Pianist

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

Born in Petrograd (St. Petersburg's name in the years of the Soviet Union) in 1950, Grigory Sokolov won first prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition at the age of sixteen, awarded by a jury under Emil Gilels. With Sokolov, we discover a unique, powerful and highly characteristic world of sound as exacting and meticulous as Glenn Gould.

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. The minimalist lighting amplifies the mystery of Sokolov during a recital of works by Beethoven (Sonatas No. 9, 10 and 15), Komitas (six dances inspired by Armenian folk music), and Prokofiev (Sonata No. 7), with many encores (Chopin, Couperin, Bach). Experience a pianist like no other!

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