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Op.39 | Piano Sonata No.1 Kapustin   composed   his   first   Piano   Sonata,   op.   39,   in   1984   -   surprisingly   late   in   his   career.   Its subtitle,   Sonata-Fantasia,   and   the   fact   that   the   first   three   movements   are   played   without   a break,   give   the   impression   of   a   constant   stream   of   thought;   the   first   movement   certainly   has an   improvisatory   feel   and      the   second   begins   in   an   equally   searching   way.   But   in   the   scherzo and   finale   it   is   obvious   that   the   composer   is   unable   to   repress   his   love   of   the   sheer   physical aspect of playing; the finale, especially, is  an unstoppable tour de force. Published: Yes Duration: 18 minutes. Recorded by: Nikolai Kapustin, Steven Osborne. Additional info: n/a Sound sample: Weblink sheet music: Op.54 | Piano Sonata No.2 Kapustin   composed   his   second   Piano   Sonata,   op.   54,   in   1989,   and   it   is   the   longest   of   the sixteen   he   has   written   to   date.   A   hugely   extrovert   work,   it   combines   many   disparate   stylistic elements    into    a    carefully    controlled    structure:    a    vigorous    first    movement,    a    muscular scherzo,   an   unhurried   and   dream-like   Largo   and   an   explosive   perpetuum   mobile   with   a remarkable   time   signature.   The   confidence   and   ebullience   of   this   Sonata   are   evident   from the first bar to the last, as an uninhibited performance will amply demonstrate. Published: Yes Duration: 22 minutes. Recorded by: Nikolai Kapustin, M.A. Hamelin, Steven Osborne, Vito Reibaldi. Additional info: two Alexei Volodin recordings excist (radio broadcasts). Sound sample: Weblink sheet music: Op.55 | Piano Sonata No.3 Kapustin composed his third Piano Sonata, op. 55, in 1990. Published: Yes Duration: 15 minutes. Recorded by: Nikolai Kapustin. Additional info: published by Schott - Authorized version Sound sample: Weblink sheet music: Op.60 | Piano Sonata No.4 Hinted   at   in   his   second   Sonata   and   developed   in   the   third,   Kapustin’s   fourth   Piano   Sonata, op.    60,    is    an    exercise    in    expanded    tonality.    This    comprises    the    idea    of    a    composition revolving   around   a   twelve-tone,      rather   than   a   traditional   8-tone,   scale.   There   is   a   lesser sense   of   major   and   minor   key   and   less   of   a   distinction   between   diatonic   and   chromatic figuration.   Like   all   his   other   compositions   the   Sonata   is   heavily   influenced   by   Jazz   idioms, and   the   whole   work   gives   the   impression   of   being   an   exercise   in   improvised,   progressive jazz. Published: Yes Duration: 12 ½ minutes. Recorded by: Nikolai Kapustin. Additional info: Sound sample: Weblink sheet music: Op.61 | Piano Sonata No.5 The   sequence   F   ?   G   ?   D   ?   C   –   tentatively   stated   in   bar   2   –   forms   the   backbone   of   Kapustin’s fifth   Piano   Sonata,   op.   61,   which   he   composed   in   1991.   The   first   movement   functions   as   a sketchbook   of   musical   ideas   in   various   moods   and   at   contrasting   speeds,   and   the   second’s slow   choral-spiritual   feel   reminds   one   of   the   same   movement   in   the   sixth   Sonata   that followed   later   that   year.   The   finale,   with   its   heavy   blue   thirds   and   offbeat   staccato   quavers, could   easily   have   been   Kapustin’s   eleventh   Bagatelle;   the   whole   Sonata,   brimful   with   rapid twists   and   turns   that   are   brought   together   cohesively   in   this   last   movement,   Weblink sheet music: Op.77 | Piano Sonata No.8 Kapustin's   eighth   Piano   Sonata   op   77   was   composed   in   1995.   In   this   single-movement   work he   develops   three   contrasting   themes:   a   rhapsodic,   Scriabinesque   opening   section   that reapperas   several   ft: 525.19px; top: 1758.47px;">last   just   12 minutes. Published: Yes Duration: 11 ½ minutes. Recorded by: Nikolai Kapustin. Additional info: Sound sample: times   in   different   guises,   a   quirky,   offbeat   scherzando   that   develops   in rhythmic   complexity,   and   a   slow,   romantic   interlude   which,   towards   the   end   of   the   piece, reappears   triumphantly   with   the   left   hand   chordal   accompaniment   of   the   opening   section. This reaches a breathtaking climax, but the work ends in a whisper. Published: Yes Duration: 13 ½ minutes. Recorded by: Carlo Levi Minzi. Additional info: Sound sample: Weblink sheet music: Op.78 | Piano Sonata No.9 The   joyous,   mischievous   nature   of   Kapustin’s   ninth   Piano   Sonata,   op.   78   (1995),   is   evident from   the   start.   A   jolly   semiquaver   figure   introduces   his   first   theme,   with   the   second   not   far behind,   and   the   development   section   is   punctuated   by   unexpected   chords   and   dextrous runs    in    both    hands.    The    yearning,    impassioned    slow    movement    -    Kapustin    the    great Romantic   -   gives   way   to   an   unusual   two-      page   interlude   so   as   not   to   prepare   the   listener   for the   rumbustious   finale.   Again   shot   through   with   offbeat   chords,   this   movement   gathers momentum   via   a   number   of   jocular   diversions,   and   after   a   buildup   of   pseudo-grandiose proportions   gets   faster   and   faster   -   and   faster   still,   ending   with   a   thumping      right   hook   on three terrified black keys. Published: Yes Duration: 16 ½ minutes. Recorded by: Vadim Rudenko. Additional info: Sound sample: Weblink sheet music: Op.81 | Piano Sonata No.10 Kapustin composed his 10th Piano Sonata, op. 81, in 1996. Published: Yes Duration: 12 ½ minutes. Recorded by: Carlo Levi Minzi. Additional info: published by Schott Music Sound sample: Weblink sheet music: Op.101 | Piano Sonata No.11 "Twickenham" Kapustin composed his 11th Piano Sonata, op. 1015, in 2000. Published: Yes Duration: 18 ½ minutes. Recorded by: Carlo Levi Minzi, Masahiro Kawakami. Additional info: published by Schott Music Sound sample: Weblink sheet music: Op.102 | Piano Sonata No.12 Kapustin   composed   his   twelfth   Piano   Sonata,   op.   102,   in   2001.   This   two-movement   work   is written   in   his   mature   style;   whilst   undeniably   influenced   by   jazz   and   rock   it   is   more   complex, both   rhythmically   and      harmonically,   than   some   of   his   earlier   compositions.   The   opening Allegretto   is   pure   jazz   fantasy   and   sounds   improvised   throughout,   while   the   Allegro   assai that   concludes   the   Sonata   is   a   fiery   jazz-rock   rollercoaster   with   numerous   twists,   and   a spine-tingling coda ending on the outermost reaches of the  keyboard. Published: Yes Duration: 12 minutes. Recorded by: Nikolai Kapustin, Carlo Levi Minzi. Additional info: dedicated to Hideaki Takaoki. Sound sample: Weblink sheet music: Op.110 | Piano Sonata No.13 Kapustin composed his 13th Piano Sonata, op. 55, in 2003. Published: Yes Duration: 16 ½ minutes. Recorded by: Masahiro Kawakami. Additional info: published by Schott Music Sound sample: Weblink sheet music: Op.120 | Piano Sonata No.14 Kapustin composed his 14th Piano Sonata, op. 120, in 2004. Published: Yes Duration: 15 minutes. Recorded by: Ludmil Angelov. Additional info: published by Schott Music Sound sample: Weblink sheet music: Op.127 | Piano Sonata No.15  "Fantasia quasi sonata" Kapustin composed his 15th Piano Sonata, op. 127, in 2005. Published: Yes Duration: 23 minutes. Recorded by: John Salmon. Additional info: Sound sample: Weblink sheet music: Op.131 | Piano Sonata No.16   Kapustin composed his 16th Piano Sonata, op. 131, in 2006. Published: Yes Duration: 14 ½ minutes. Recorded by: Nikolai Kapustin. Additional info: Sound sample: Weblink sheet music: Op.134 | Piano Sonata No.17 Kapustin composed his 17th Piano Sonata, op. 134, in 2008. Published: Yes Duration: 17 minutes. Recorded by: Additional info: Sound sample: Weblink sheet music: Op.135 | Piano Sonata No.18 Kapustin composed his 18th Piano Sonata, op. 135, in 2008. Published: Yes Duration: 16 minutes. Recorded by: Vito Rebaldi (not released). Additional info: dedicated to pianist Vito Reibaldi. Sound sample: Weblink sheet music: Op.143 | Piano Sonata No.19 Kapustin composed his 19th Piano Sonata, op. 143, in 2011. Published: Yes Duration: 18 minutes. Recorded by: Additional info: dedicated to pianist Alexei Volodin. Sound sample: Weblink sheet music: Op.144 | Piano Sonata No.20 Kapustin composed his 20th Piano Sonata, op. 144, in 2011. Published: Yes Duration: 15 minutes. Recorded by: Additional info: Sound sample: Weblink sheet music:
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nikolai.kapustin
pianist & composer