The North Carolina Symphony today announced the release of its internationally distributed recording featuring pianist Yevgeny Sudbin, the second of two compact discs with renowned Scandinavian classical music label BIS Records.
Recorded in Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, the CD features works by Russian composers Sergei Rachmaninoff and Nikolai Medtner.
“We are delighted to present the eagerly-awaited release of this Rachmaninoff/Medtner SACD,” says BIS Records Artists and Repertoire Director Rob Suff. “Yevgeny Sudbin is one of the leading artists of his generation and we are particularly pleased that he has been joined in this project by the North Carolina Symphony under the direction of Grant Llewellyn, whose first recording for the label was rapturously received by critics worldwide.”
The recording, Sudbin’s second concerto disc, celebrates the close relationship between these two great composers. An avowed Medtner champion, Sudbin performs the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. “Why this concerto is not performed more often remains a mystery and is nothing short of scandalous, “ he says. “It offers everything a pianist, or a conductor, can wish for.”
“To have found a brilliant, young, sensitive Russian pianist, on the cusp of a major career, is great good luck,” says Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn. “To then match his pianistic flair with two of the greatest Russian pianist/composers ever is fortunate planning. But to have discovered two concertos, each dedicated to the other’s composer, containing such richness of detail and depth of expression, and then find that one has never been fully recorded in its original version, is pure serendipity. I hope that the music world will truly appreciate the revelations that are herein displayed.”
The disc’s Rachmaninoff selections include the original version of the Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40 and Floods of Spring from Twelve Songs, Op. 14, transcribed for piano solo by Sudbin himself.
Sudbin, who plays with a spine-tingling brilliance that has been compared to that of a young Vladimir Horowitz, is garnering lavish praise from critics and audiences around the world. The Daily Telegraph (London) calls him “potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century,” and his first concerto recording received a number of distinctions, including a 2007 Gramophone Award nomination.
“We are extremely pleased with the quality, depth, and polish of this disc,” says Symphony president and CEO David Chambless Worters. “Yevgeny Sudbin is a consummate musician and a great partner for our orchestra. The result is a recording that audiences far beyond North Carolina will enjoy. Together with the first disc, American Spectrum, the North Carolina Symphony has made a significant contribution to the world of music.”
The CD may be purchased at the North Carolina Symphony’s office at North Hills in Raleigh, or online: http://www.ncsymphony.org/store/index.cfm?cid=1&pid=19
Founded in 1973 and located in near Stockholm, Sweden, BIS is well-known in the music industry for its uncanny ability to find musical niches to fill. The label focuses on classical music, both contemporary and early, and explores undeservedly neglected or previously unknown repertoire. BIS is currently working with only two American orchestras; its other U.S. project is a cycle of Beethoven symphonies with the Minnesota Orchestra and its music director Ösmö Vänskä.
About the North Carolina Symphony:
The North Carolina Symphony is a full-time, professional orchestra with 68 members. With its home in Raleigh, North Carolina’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall, the symphony performs about 175 concerts in nearly 40 communities annually across North Carolina.