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Anna Vinnitskaya has now joined Alpha Classics. Her first recording for the label is devoted to one of her repertories of choice: the concertos of Shostakovich.
‘When I performed the Second Piano Concerto for the first time at the age of eleven, his music seemed very optimistic to me. Only later did I understand everything else that is concealed behind the “façade” of Shostakovich’s music.’
The Russian pianist reveals two facets of the composer’s music on this disc by juxtaposing the First Piano Concerto in C minor op. 35, an ‘insolent’ composition with a kaleidoscope of atmospheres and stylistic registers (Russian Romanticism, American jazz, neoclassicism) that constantly surprise the listener, and the more traditional Concerto in F major, which radiates youthful high spirits.
A pupil of Sergey Ossipenko at the Serge Rachmaninoff Conservatory, then of the great Evgeni Koroliov at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg, Anna Vinnitskaya won the Leonard Bernstein Prize, but it was her First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2007 that launched her career. For this recording, Anna Vinnitskaya is surrounded by partners of the front rank: the famous Kremerata Baltica, regarded as one of the most creative ensembles on today’s musical scene, and the prestigious wind players of the Staatskapelle Dresden.
‘Anna Vinnitskaya displays a dazzling, indeed Olympian technique, combined with a particularly bold taste for differentiating sonic textures. . . . Stubborn, virtuosic, possessive and possessed, Anna Vinnitskaya is a musician who never cheats. That was bound to bring her luck.’
Marie-Aude Roux, Le Monde, 2009.
"Anna Vinnitskaya is worth hearing in every way"
"A lot of adrenaline flows through the digital microdots of this cd on which Anna Vinnitskaya shows her great affinity with Dimitri Shostakovich' work. Together with Kremerata Baltica she nails the spectacular performances of both piano concertos. Shostakovich himself was a brilliant pianist and also a jitterbug. Vinnitskaya brings both of these aspects together in a very gifted way with uptempo sparkling notes and a toucher that rings like little metal spoons on porcelain. Now and then there is also room for clarity and contemplation. The music seems to be superficial and lighthearted but also of those aspects you can never be sure when it concerns Shostakovich. The extra two quatre-mains works are really uncomplicated but very well worth hearing."