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15 July 2024
Konstantin Lifschitz: Toccatas and Fantasies

Konstantin Lifschitz (piano)

A fascinating juxtaposition - the seven early toccatas of J.S. Bach are interleaved with the 6th of Peter Seabourne's nine "Steps" cycles, the concept of renowned Bach player, Konstantin Lifschitz. Far from the Romantic toccata style, these canvases are multi-sectional kaleidoscopes of texture and tempi - each a miniature world encompassing virtuosity, intimacy and narrative. In the masterly hands of Lifschitz the result is a monumental journey of extraordinary invention.



Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in F sharp minor, BWV 910

Peter Seabourne: Toccata No. 1

Peter Seabourne: Fantasia Lachryma

Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in C minor, BWV 911

Peter Seabourne: Toccata No. 2

Peter Seabourne: Fantasia Tragica

Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in D major, BWV 912

Peter Seabourne: Toccata No. 3

Peter Seabourne: Fantasia Tenebrosa

Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in D minor, BWV 913

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Fantasia in E flat major, H. 348

Peter Seabourne: Toccata No. 4

Peter Seabourne: Fantasia Meditativa

Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in E minor, BWV 914

Peter Seabourne: Toccata No. 5

Peter Seabourne: Fantasia Malinconica

Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in G minor, BWV 915

Peter Seabourne: Toccata No. 6

Peter Seabourne: Aria Sarabanda con Variazioni

Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in G major, BWV 916

Recorded in Steinway Recording, Fulbeck, Lincolnshire, UK on 21st-24th October 2021
Recording Engineering: Spencer Cozens
Recording Editing: Peter Seabourne
Design & Photography: Valery Orlov
Total Time: 144:46
Release Date: June 2022

KONSTANTIN LIFSCHITZ has established a worldwide reputation for performing extraordinary feats of endurance with honesty and persuasive beauty. He gives recitals and performs concertos in the world’s leading concert halls, besides being an active recording artist.

Born in Kharkov, Ukraine in 1976, at the age of five, Konstantin Lifschitz was enrolled in the Gnessin Special School of Music, Tatiana Zelikman class in Moscow. After graduating he continued his studies in Russia, England and Italy where his teachers included Hamish Milne, Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher and Theodor Gutmann. In the early 1990s, he received a grant from the Russian Cultural Foundation. He toured Japan with The Moscow Virtuosi, as well as with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, also performing with Mischa Maisky and Gidon Kremer in many European cites. In 1995 he received the ECHO Klassik Award of “The Best Emerging Artist of the Year” for his first recording, and the following year he was nominated for a Grammy award for his recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

Since his sensational debut recital in the October Hall of the House of Unions in Moscow at the age of 13, Konstantin has performed solo recitals at major festivals and the most important concert venues worldwide, and has appeared with leading international orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, San Francisco, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic and Berlin Radio Symphony. As a soloist he has collaborated with leading conductors including Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Spivakov, Yury Temirkanov, Sir Neville Marriner, Bernard Haitink, Sir Roger Norrington, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and Marek Janowski, As a chamber musician, Konstantin has collaborated with Gidon Kremer, Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin, Misha Maisky, Mstislav Rostropovich, Natalia Gutman etc.. Konstantin appears as a conductor with many ensembles and orchestras. Directing from the piano, he released Bach’s seven keyboard concertos with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.

As a prolific recording artist, he has released numerous CDs and DVDs to critical acclaim. Amongst these are 8 recordings for the Orfeo label including Bach’s Musical Offering, Gottfried von Einem’s Piano Concerto with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (2009), Brahms Second Concerto and Mozart Concerto K.456 under Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (2010), Bach’s The Art of Fugue (2010), Bach’s Goldberg Variations (2015) and Saisons Russes with works of Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky and Jakoulov (2016). In 2008, a live recording of Lifschitz’s performance of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier (Books I and II) at the Miami International Piano Festival was released on DVD by VAI. In 2014. Beethoven’s complete Violin Sonatas with Daishin Kashimoto was released by Warner Classics. In 2020, Lifschitz released the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas with Alpha Classics (Live recordings).

Konstantin Lifschitz is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London and has been appointed a professor of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts since 2008.

WHR073     View Booklet     UPC: 5060742690186

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