Alexei Lubimov, Kagan, Gutman, Zverev  (Vista Vera 00205)
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Alexei Lubimov, Kagan, Gutman, Zverev  (Vista Vera 00205)
S0443. ALEXEI LUBIMOV, VALENTIN ZVEREV & VALERI POPOV: Trio for Piano, Flute & Bassoon in G, recorded 1972; OLEG KAGAN, GENNADI FREIDIN, NATALIA GUTMAN, SERGEI AKOPOV, etc.: Septet in E-flat, Op.20, recorded 22 Dec., 1988 (both Beethoven). (Russia) Vista Vera 00205. - 4603141002054



CRITIC REVIEWS:

“[Lubimov’s] unique and compelling interpretations are always tasteful and imaginative….His are not textbook examples of utmost fidelity to the printed score, or traditional interpretations. Nor is he doing anything remotely outlandish. He makes you listen closely and think.”

- James Harrington, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Sept./Oct., 2012



"Alexei Lubimov was born in Moscow in 1944, and began his musical training at the Central Music School in 1952. In 1963, he became a student at the Moscow Conservatory, where he worked with Heinrich Neuhaus - the celebrated teacher of such performers as Sviatolslav Richter and Emil Gilels. While still a student at the Conservatory, he won several prestigious competitions, including 1st Prize at the International Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro, in 1965. He also began performing in concert, such as at the Warsaw Autumn Festival of Contemporary Music, in 1964.

Since his graduation from the Conservatory in 1968, Mr. Lubimov has pursued an active career as a performer and has recorded a wide array of music, an extensive sample of which is provided here at the Classical Archives. From early in his career, he has championed the works of modern composers, and premiered numerous works of Soviet composers, such as Schnittke, Demidov, Pärt, and Volkonsky; he also gave first performances in the Soviet Union of works by such seminal composers as Webern, Boulez, Stockhausen, Cage, Penderecki, Ligeti, and Ives. He even created his own festival, Alternativa, dedicated to the music of the avant-garde, in 1988. During much of the 1970's and 80's, ideological censorship restricted Alexei's public performances to within the USSR; during this period he created strong associations with such outstanding chamber musicians as violinist Oleg Kagan and cellist Natalia Gutman, as well as with the Philharmonic Orchestra, under conductors Kyrill Kondrashin and Wassili Sinaiski.

In 1976, Alexei Lubimov's interests expanded to Baroque music and historic instruments, manifest in his co-founding of the Moscow Baroque Quartet - along with Tatiana Grindenko on violin, Anatoly Grindenko on viola da gamba, and Oleg Khudyakov on flute. By 1981, Mr. Lubimov was giving performances on the fortepiano of the works of Mozart and Haydn, the first of their kind in the Soviet Union. A few years later, he presented the program, "The Golden Age of Harpsichord Music 1650-1750" with his own Moscow Chamber Academy, with works by German, French, Italian, and British composers. He continues to be very active in the Early Music world, performing in several festivals within Europe; he was recently appointed to the faculty of the celebrated Mozarteum in Salzburg.

Alexei Lubimov has numerous recordings since the 1970's, for the Melodia (Russia), BIS, Sony, and Erato - for whom he has recorded the complete sonatas of Mozart on fortepiano."

- Loyal Bluto