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Clair de Lune
Ludwig van Beethoven - Claude Debussy - Johannes Brahms - Alexander Scriabin - Frédéric Chopin - Sergei Rachmaninoff

Clair de Lune

Misha Fomin

Label: Clam Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 8718868632548
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Catalog number: Clam 20151
Releasedate: 01-04-16
- A varied program in which romance prevails. Inspired by the famous poem "Clair de Lune" by Paul Verlaine, Fomin presents a lovely selection of classical nocturnes, arabesques, etudes and preludes, each voicing in its own way not only the magic of moonlight but also of romantic dreams and yearning desires. "Clair de Lune" opens the door to a nostalgic world full of subtle timbres, breathtaking atmospheres and pure musical charm.

- The CD provides a good insight into the versatility of a pianist who feels very much at home in the classic French, German and Russian repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries. From Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms to Debussy, Scriabin and Rachmaninov, the interpretations of Fomin are stylistically authentic, highly refined and meticulous. He plays with a personal tone that allows the music to speak for itself.

- With his intelligent, nuanced and technically flawless playing, Fomin continually allows new listeners to discover the gems of the classical piano repertoire.
The poem written by Paul Verlaine in 1869 embraced every aspect of an exemplary moonlight scene: nocturnal silence, heartbreak, the impossibility of happiness, ecstatic fountains and marble statues. All of these qualities preferably enhanced by a minor key.
Thus, the elusive, indefinable and inexplicable surely do gain clear shape in music. Forgotten dreams, fading images and yearning for the past is relived and imagined in nocturnes, preludes, interludes and etudes. Time passes but has no grip on silver moonlight, rippling water and whispering leaves; a comforting thought by Verlaine that melody will always be assimilated with 'Clair de Lune'.
Audiences all over Europe, North America and Russia might know the pianist Misha Fomin as a romantic virtuoso who appears unruffled by the most demanding works in the repertoire. Fomin however is a versatile pianist whose repertoire spans from Baroque through Romanticism to Contemporary music. Fomin has always been renowned for his fine communicative skills in front of an audience, effortless technique and inspiring musicianship in everything he performs. His playing is praised by prominent musical critics for his subtlety of touch and phrasing, his wide and rich palette of colours and refinement of musical expression. Misha began studying at an early age in Nalchik (Russia) and his outstanding early promise blossomed into graduation with distinction from the Gnessin’s Russian Academy of Music, Moscow. He studied with Lina Bulatova, herself a pupil of the revered professor Helen Gnessina and legendary Heinrich Neuhaus, and later became her assistant. Following his successes in international piano competitions, Misha was invited to take part in several music festivals in Russia, Germany and France and perform with first-class orchestras. He is currently in demand for a wide variety of chamber music essembles, playing with leading instrumentalists, as well as appearing on major international concert platforms in recitals.
Fomin is passionate about sharing his artistry with the young generation of pianists and enjoys working regularly with students in master classes and educational events. He is frequently heard and seen on TV and radio broadcasts. Recordings he made have received critical acclaim in the leading classical music magazines. Most recent appearances include the Musikverein Vienna, The Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Fairfield Halls London and Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall New York.