P0535. BORIS BEREZOVSKY: Ludus tonalis; Suite 1922 (both Hindemith). Warner Classics 63412. Final Sealed Copy! - 825646341221
"How does Berezovsky fare in LUDUS TONALIS (1942)? In a word, impressively. There's no attempt to beef up Hindemith's contrapuntal sobriety with spurious expressiveness, but a searching sense of line and a feeling for polyphonic give-and-take make the quieter fugues absorbing, while the extrovert ones positively sizzle with attitude. As for the more freely composed Interludes, dexterity and fantasy combine to project maximum energy and atmosphere, especially in the cheeky cross-rhythms of 'Interlude 4'."
“According to conventional wisdom, the adjective that most aptly describes Hindemith's music is ‘dry’, just about as damning an assessment as exists. Who wants to listen to dry music? Hindemith was remarkably prolific, and it must be admitted that he perhaps wrote more than his share of dry music, but he also wrote music of great energy, expressiveness, and wit. LUDUS TONALIS - a 50-minute cycle of 12 fugues, one in each of the major keys, connected by interludes and framed by a prelude and postlude - is clearly related to the structure of Bach's WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER. As the largest and most ambitious piano piece by one of the twentieth century's leading composers, self-consciously modeled on a great monument of keyboard music, it's a work that demands to be taken seriously.”
- Ned Ludd
"…an artist of exceptional promise, a player of dazzling virtuosity and formidable power."
- THE TIMES, 1988 [Following his London début at the Wigmore Hall]
“Berezovsky studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Eliso Wirsaladze and privately with Alexander Satz. Following his London début at the Wigmore Hall in 1988, THE TIMES described him as ‘an artist of exceptional promise, a player of dazzling virtuosity and formidable power’.
In May 2005 he had his first solo recital in Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and played in the same venue in January 2006 with the Orchestre National de France. In January 2007 he played seven recitals ‘Carte Blanche’ in the Louvre. In May 2009, he premiered Karol Beffa's Piano concerto in Toulouse, with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Tugan Sokhiev as conductor.
He has initiated and organized the International Medtner Festival that took place 2006 and 2007 in Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Vladimir, as he has championed the composer since the early 1990s and has been one of the foremost recent interpreters of Medtner's music.
With the Mirare Label, he has recorded the Rachmaninoff Préludes (May 2005) as well as that composer's complete Piano Concertos with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dmitri Liss (August 2005).”