A New Path - Reichert
Ars Produktion ARS 38 311
Classical - Instrumental
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 12
Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 52
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 5
Gabiz Reichert (piano)
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Review by Adrian Quanjer - October 13, 2021
An interesting combination: Haydn at his best, one of Beethoven’s most popular, both leading up to Prokofiev’s ‘Paris’ Sonata, all three, according to the interpreter, Gabiz Reichert, marking “A New Path”. One may agree that each mark deviance of a pattern, but may find it odd to associate one of Haydn’s final piano sonatas with a new path, whereas both Beethoven and Prokofiev had reasons to deviate, without setting foot on a new path. Be that as it may, interpreters need a quest to believe in to get to the heart of the score. And that is the kind of endeavour an audience likes best.
This being a debut recording, I was impressed by Reichert’s precise and immaculate approach in Haydn’s most mature sonata, giving it as much weight and structure as an early Beethoven Sonata. His analytical and firm touch, helped by a wonderfully sounding Bösendorfer Grand, catapults him in a line-up of qualified Haydn performers.
Beethoven is a different matter. Taken his relatively young age, Reichert does an excellent and technically nigh perfect job in the 'Funeral March' Sonata. However, Beethoven takes a lifetime experience to bring it to a higher level than ‘good’. For instance, I would have preferred somewhat more lyricism in the first movement. Competition is stiff, but Reichert is nonetheless in the upper half of the countless Beethoven pretenders.
Prokofiev is a different matter as well though this time in an altogether positive sense. Composed in Paris it mixes neo-classical French elements with dissonance and eerie passages reminiscent of the composer’s inkling for fairy tale music. In his notes, Reichert suggests that the 5th sonata “sought to record his impressions of the Parisian music scene while attempting to please Russian audiences at the same time”. The fact that it didn’t is not the point here. What is, is that this sonata suits Reichart admirably well. An excellent reason to give this disc an attentive listen.
The sound is deep and wide with an impressive surround presence
Blangy-le-Château, Normandy, France
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