P0915. YEVGENY SUDBIN: Liszt, Saint-Saëns & Ravel (the latter’s ‘Gaspard de la Nuit’). (E.U.) BIS Hybrid SACD 1828, recorded 2009-12. - 7318599918280
“BIS is proud to present a new disc from star pianist Yevgeny Sudbin who here combines works by Liszt, Ravel and Saint-Saëns.
‘Funérailles’ is Liszt’s elegy for his Hungarian countrymen who died in the 1849 uprising against Habsburg Rule. Death also appears in Ravel’s depiction of a hanging – ‘Le Gibet’ (The Gallows) from GASPARD DE LA NUIT – and closes the programme in Saint-Saëns’ ‘Danse macabre’.
Love is present in the Petrarch Sonnets – originally song settings of poems in which Petrarch immortalises, the object of his unrequited passion – and Ravel’s ‘Ondine’ – the tale of a water nymph tempting a mortal to join her in the depths of the lake.
Yevgeny Sudbin has received considerable critical acclaim for his recordings on BIS. His disc of music by Scriabin was described in BBC Music Magazine as being ‘as terrifyingly changeable and emotionally all-engulfing as the music itself’.”
- Z. D. Akron