Maria Razumovskaya (piano)
Enigmatic and controversial in equal measure, Ferenc Liszt forces us to reconsider our understanding of what it means to be an artist. This debut-recording for Maria Razumovskaya presents Liszt’s most iconic work, the Sonata in B minor, along with his great masterpiece - the rarely performed Variations on a Theme of Bach ‘Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen’ - and the set of Petrarch Sonnets. Together, this album unveils an intense musical portrait of a composer on an epic journey of self-realisation.
Described as a musician of ‘integrity, great talent and beguiling charisma’ and a ‘story-teller’ of the piano, Maria Razumovskaya’s playing has been singled out for its emotional impact. Razumovskaya received her pianistic training in the class of Rustem Hayroudinoff at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Subsequently, she undertook further studies with Professor Dmitri Alexeev as an Arts and Humanities Research Council doctoral scholar at the Royal College of Music. Whilst a student, Razumovskaya received advice in masterclasses from pianists including Pascal Devoyon, Felix Gottlieb, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Emanuel Krasovsky, Boris Petrushansky, Stanislav Pochekin and Tamás Ungár.
I. Franz Liszt: Variations on a Theme by Bach 'Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, S.180
Franz Liszt: Three Petrarch Sonnets from Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année: Italie
I. Sonetto 47 del Petrarca 'Benedetto sia il giorno'
II. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca 'Pace non trovo'
III. Sonetto 123 del Petrarca 'I' vidi in terra angelici costumi'
Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor, S.178
Maria Razumovskaya has been described as a ‘virtuoso story-teller of the piano’ (Le Courrier). As a soloist and chamber musician her recitals, recordings and radio
broadcasts have taken her to some of the most coveted festivals and concert platforms around the world. With her playing praised as ‘exquisitely cast’ (Pizzicato) and ‘staggeringly passionate’ (Gramophone), Maria Razumovskaya’s interest is in giving performances that aim to narrate the autobiographic, psychological inner-world of the composer. Underpinning her commitment to sharing the curiosities shaping the stories of the music and its makers is her writing – including monographs, book chapters and articles – and teaching at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and guest faculty member at numerous international festivals.
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