C0692. GENNADI ROZHDESTVENSKY Cond. USSR State S.O., w.Viktoria Postnikova: Piano Concerto #1 in D-flat; Piano Concerto #4 in B-flat (both Prokofiev). (Russia) Melodiya 10 00203, recorded 1985/’87, resp. - 4600317002030
“Postnikova was born in Moscow into a family of musicians. She entered the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory at age six, studying with E.B. Musaelian. She graduated in 1967, having studied there and in postgraduate courses with Professor Yakov Flier. In 1965 she won a prize at the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition. She subsequently also won prizes at the Leeds International Piano Competition in England, the Vianna da Motta International Music Competition in Lisbon, and the Fourth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Her repertoire is extremely broad, covering works by composers such as Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart, Liszt, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms and Rachmaninoff and from more contemporary periods music by Busoni, Ives, Britten, Shostakovich and Schnittke. One of her greatest accomplishments is her recording of Tchaikovsky's complete piano works.
She takes part in concerts, recordings and recitals at home and abroad with her conductor husband Gennady Rozhdestvensky, whom she married in 1969. She is also an accomplished chamber musician, having given recitals in the CIS and France with Yehudi Menuhin featuring the complete Brahms violin and piano sonatas along with sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Bartók.”
…in this age of technically proficient but carbon-copy, cookie-cutter conductors, Rozhdestvensky is one of the few remaining podium talents who stands out for the individuality of his conducting style and interpretations….Like Knappertsbusch and Beecham, Rozhdestvensky is not a fanatic for rehearsal and…rehearsal sessions…[canceling] them for fear that over-rehearsing would kill the spontaneity of the performance.”
- Lawrence Hansen, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, July/Aug., 2008