Alexander Slobodyanik | Brahms: Sonata in F Minor - Liszt: Sonata in B Minor

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Brahms: Sonata in F Minor - Liszt: Sonata in B Minor

by Alexander Slobodyanik

Alexander Slobodyanik performs Piano Sonatas by Brahms and Liszt
Genre: Classical: Brahms
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5: I. Allegro maestoso (Live)
9:45 $0.99
2. Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5: II. Andante. Andante espressivo - Andante molto (Live)
12:30 $0.99
3. Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5: III. Scherzo. Allegro energico (Live)
4:18 $0.99
4. Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5: IV. Intermezzo. Andante Molto (Live)
4:15 $0.99
5. Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5: V. Finale. Allegro moderato ma rubato (Live)
6:45 $0.99
6. Piano Sonata in B Minor, S. 178 (Live)
29:53 $0.99
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Alexander Slobodyanik is known to audiences around the world as one of the greatest pianists to emerge from the former Soviet Union. A highly individual artist, he was regarded as “a pianist of intellect, highly passionate with a poetic sensitivity and commanding spectacular virtuosity.” He enjoyed a prodigious international career spanning five decades, touring throughout Europe, North and South Americas, the former Soviet Union, South Africa, Australia and the Far East. He is remembered as one of the great romantic piano virtuosos of the 20th century.
Mr. Slobodyanik graced the world’s major stages including Carnegie & Avery Fisher Halls, Kennedy Center, London’s Barbican Center and Albert Hall, Milan’s La Scala, Paris’ Theatre de Champs Elysees, Amsterdam’s Concertgebau, Vienna’s Musikverien, Salzburg Mozarteum, Argentina’s Teatro Collon, and the Hollywood Bowl.
He performed with many of the world’s foremost conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Sir John Barbirolli, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Neeme Jarvi, Dmitri Kitaenko, Kiril Kondrashin, Kurt Masur, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Thomas Sanderling, Maxim Shostakovich, Evgeni Svetlanov and Yuri Temirkanov.
He appeared as soloist with major American and international orchestras such as London, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Washington’s National and San Francisco Symphonies, the New York, Los Angeles, Royal, and St. Petersburg Philharmonics, the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Mariinsky Orchestras, the Moscow Soloists, Orchestre National de France, and the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig as well as many others.
Alexander Slobodyanik was born in Kyiv, Ukraine on September 5, 1941 and began piano studies with Lidia Golembo in Lviv. At 15, he joined the studio of legendary Professor Henrich Neuhaus in Moscow, where he later completed his Masters and Doctorate at the Moscow Conservatory under Vera Gornostayeva.
Soon he became a laureate of major international competitions, such as the Chopin Competition in Warsaw and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
By the age of 20, Slobodyanik had toured extensively throughout the Soviet Union and Europe. Upon hearing him, impresario Sol Hurok was so overwhelmed, he immediately engaged him for a tour of North America.
Mr. Slobodyanik’s American debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 1968 left the critics proclaiming him a “leader of his generation.” He returned regularly for tours of the United States and Canada until 1979, when his career was blighted by the politics of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The cultural exchange between USSR and the West was suspended and his concert activity became restricted. During the next decade he toured the Soviet Republics, Latin and South Americas, Eastern Europe, China, Japan, Singapore and the Philippines. Following a nine year absence from the American stage his 1988 concert tour was hailed by the Chicago Tribune a “triumphant return.”
After emigrating to the United States in 1989, Mr. Slobodyanik continued to concertize as a soloist and chamber musician worldwide in major concert series and international music festivals including “Mostly Mozart”, “White Nights”, Edinburgh, Salzburg, Schleswig Holstein, Hamburg, Verbier, Athens, Rotterdam. He also often performed two-piano repertoire with colleagues, his son Alex and wife Laryssa.
Embarking on a mission to revive a local theatre, Mr. Slobodyanik created the Morris International Festival of the Arts, engaging world renowned musicians, artists, sculptors, poets, composers, and ensembles to participate in the Festival’s unique and innovative programs. The Gala Opening concert of Morristown’s Community Theatre on September 29, 1994 featured his friend, conductor Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, with himself as soloist.
During the 20th Anniversary, Alexander Slobodyanik was honored, posthumously, as the founder of the now thriving Mayo Performing Arts Center.



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