Grigory Sokolov piano
Piano aux Champs-Elysées
Sokolov, one of the greatest living pianists, has a gift for moving audiences to tears. Handkerchiefs out for his only Parisian concert
Schubert Sonata op. 143 D. 784
Six Moments musicaux op. 94 D. 780
Chopin Two Nocturnes op. 32, Sonata N°.2 op. 35
The days are long since gone when as a virtual unknown, even among the initiated, his concerts attracted only one or two hundred people. The enthusiasm which he now generates has scaled almost unprecedented heights. Like Sviatoslav Richter in the past – the only pianist who can hold a candle to him – he has a transcendent mastery of the keyboard and a very heightened musical sensitivity; his performances are surprising and unique and his enigmatic personality exerts its own fascination. A Grigory Sokolov concert is akin to a ritual – developing a programme follows strict rules, right down to the choice and number of encores. This keyboard wizard can channel his vision to an audience which is well aware that it is enjoying a unique experience in many respects.