September 6, 2010

Virtousic and sensuous

“If you want to know what real piano virtuosity sounds like, you have to listen to this CD. Salov’s performance is characterised by great sensitivity and a very strong feeling for the colours of the music.(…)

The main event on this disc is of course Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’. Here Salov sets out his credentials as both pianist and arranger with phenomenal success, using every resource to convey the impact of the archaic in Stravinsky’s music. The rhythms, which have his fingers scuttling across the keyboard like millipedes, are not his only concern. His main priority is to bring out the orchestral colours and moods as intensely as possible, in order to reflect the sensuous quality of the music. And he succeeds brilliantly!