Piano works

Piano works

Sergei Edelmann

Label: Triton (JP)
Format: SACD
Barcode: 4526977930585
Catalog number: OVCT 58
Releasedate: 07-01-11
The pianist, Sergei Edelmann has certainly established himself as a significant, highly acclaimed pianist of his generation. Devoting considerable amount of his time to teaching, and after silence in the recording market, finally he started his new era with a new recording series with EXTON/TRITON. This disc shows his splendid pianism at the hight of a mature master of music.
  • A mature master in music
  • Hybrid (CD SACD 2ch)
  • After some years of recording silence and devoting time to teaching Edelmann is back in the studio!
  • Edelmann worked with famous orchestras, conductors and on festivals all over the world
  • A virtuose pianist to the bone, and master in conveying the deeper meaning of the composer
In a review of some of Chopin’s piano music in 1841, Robert Schumann praised the “significant originality” of his Polish-French contemporary, evident in “an abundance of new forms which, in their tenderness and daring alike, deserve admiration” (Henry Pleasants’s translation). Some of these new forms were matched by new titles. For example, Chopin borrowed the word “ballade” from poetry and song for four independent pieces in 6/4 or 6/8 time (two groups of three beats to the bar), all with a strong feeling of narrative. Schumann reported a remark by Chopin that his ballades had been prompted by the poetry of his compatriot Mickiewicz. But this may be a matter of atmosphere rather than of story-lines: despite much speculation, links with specific poems have never been conclusively proved. What is certain is that each of the ballades has its own formal structure, and with it a distinct emotional trajectory; and in each case the structure provides a perfect platform for Chopin’s fertile invention of memorable melodies, allied to striking piano textures and figuration.

These striking, memorable melodies are played with the utmost virtuosity and depth by the mature piano master Sergei Edelmann!
Sergei Edelmann
Born in Lvov, Ukraine in 1960, Sergei Edelmann comes from a long and outstanding musical heritage; his father, Alexander Edelmann, renowned pianist and pedagogue, a pupil of both Felix Blumenfeld (professor of Vladimir Horowitz) and Heinrich Neuhaus (professor of Sviatoslav Richter) taught Sergei since the age of 5. In his native country, Sergei’s first orchestral performance was at the age of 10 playing Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. He subsequently performed extensively in recitals and with orchestras throughout ex-USSR.

Sergei Edelmann came to the United States in 1979. Within his first year here, he quickly established himself as a significant and highly acclaimed pianist of his generation. Not long after his debut performance in the United States, one of Los Angeles’s major concert critics described the excitement generated by Sergei’s performance: “Music reviewing, as a profession has its perils, but one of its rewards is the shock of unexpectedly stumbling onto great talent. That happened last night when this young pianist, Sergei Edelmann, gave a recital to our full house audience”. And, after his debut recital in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, one of the most respected and feared musical critics, Claudia Cassidy, wrote in the Chicago Magazine: “Sergei Edelmann walked in the Orchestra Hall a stranger and out of it one to be cherished”.
Sergei Edelmann has since become a leading artist both in the concert hall and in the recording studio. His BMG Classics/RCA Red Seal CDs with the Bamberg Symphony under the baton of Claus Peter Flor and the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra with Paavo Berglund include both Mendelssohn concertos and the Strauss Burlesque, and his series of solo recordings of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, and Prokofiev, have gathered enthusiastic critical acclaim.

His solo recitals in the United States have included Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, New York’s 92nd Street “Y” and Metropolitan Museum of Arts, Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium among numerous others. In Europe he has performed in Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid, Munich, Detmold, Frankfurt,  Milan, Turin, Ferrara and in Asia he regularly appears in Tokyo, Taipei and Seoul. Mr.Edelmann has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra at the Carnegie Hall, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Washington National Symphony Orchestra (at the invitation of Mstislav Rostropovich), the Toronto Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Haifa Philharmonic Orchestra, Mexico Philharmonic, Orchestra National de Buenos Aires in Teatro Colon, Saint Louis Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Orchestra Verdi in Milano with Vladimir Yurovsky, the Rotterdam Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev, the Maggio Musicale Festival of Florence, tour of Italy with Moscow Soloists under Yuri Bashmet, the National Symphony of Johannesburg and the Cape Town Philharmonic in South Africa and other major orchestras across Europe, the Far East, and North and South America. A true collaborator Mr.Edelmann enjoys festival appearances that afford him the opportunity to work with friends and colleagues. Among his chamber music partners: violinists Philip Hirshhorn, Dora Schwarzberg, Sergei Stadler, Alissa Vaitsner, clarinetists Michel Portal, Pascal Moragues, Julian Milkis and Paul Mayer, violoncellists Mario Brunello, Dmitri Yablonsky and Sviatoslav Zagursky.

In January 2008 Mr.Edelmann was invited to be a soloist in J.Brahms Piano concerto No.2 with Sinfonia Warsovia under the direction of Peter Csaba for the tour of Italy. Other leading artists he has collaborated with include conductors Franz Paul Decker, Valery Gergiev, Claus Peter Flor, Lawrence Foster, Hans Graf, Gunther Herbig, Raymond Leppard, Yoel Levi, Vladimir Yurovsky, Eduardo Mata, Gerard Schwarz, Peter Csaba, Lawrence Leighton Smith, Semyon Bychkov, Catherine Comet and Maxim Shostakovich. Sergei Edelmann is a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Gina Bachauer Memorial Scholarship at Juilliard, and a major prizewinner of Belgium’s Queen Elizabeth International Competition. Mr.Edelmann is also the recipient of the prestigious 92nd Street YM-YWHA’s Shura Cherkassky Recital Award.