Daumants Liepiņš: Rachmaninoff. Zemzaris

Performers

Daumants Liepiņš - piano

Recorded

2020

Compositions

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Etude-tableaux, Op. 39 No. 2

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36

Imants Zemzaris

Piano Sonata No. 3 "Kaija" ("Seagull")

Description

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"Like many of us, I also spent more time out in nature during the pandemic. Similarly to Imants Zemzaris and Konstantin Treplyov, on my long walks near my home I thought a lot about art’s mission in the world, I listened to the calls of the seagulls against the backdrop of the sea, and I truly felt the might of the element of water, just like in Rachmaninoff’s music. And that is what this album is about – about the majesty of nature and the fragility of the soul."

Daumants Liepiņš

Review

"Placed at the top of Pianist magazine’s list of “Pianists to Look Out for in 2020”, the young Latvian Daumants Liepins also offers fireworks, yet they are always embedded in sustained drama. Listen to the aqueous flow and stormy waves in the second of Rachmaninov’s Op 39 Études-Tableaux, or the textural subtleties and fiery panache in the composer’s Second Sonata, dispatched in its tightened 1931 revision. Sensitive, imaginative, in full command of his instrument’s resources, Liepins effortlessly keeps the listener transfixed.

That’s equally true with the Third Sonata of Imants Zemzaris, a contemporary Latvian with a quizzical attitude towards his musical material. Restless and obsessive, this singular sonata exactly suits what Liepins describes as his recital’s theme: “the majesty of nature and the fragility of the soul”. This is a deeply satisfying album."

★★★★☆
Geoff Brown
The Times

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