Franz Schubert - Impromptus - Drei Klavierstucke - Moments Musicaux on 180g Import 2LP
Kun Woo Paik is considered one of the most important pianists of his generation. Born in Seoul, his first concert was at the age of ten performing Grieg´s Piano Concerto with the Korean National Orchestra. At the age of fifteen, he moved to New York to study with Rosina Lhevinne at the Julliard School and with Ilona Kabos in London. Paik is the winner of the Naumburg award and Gold Medallist at the Busoni International Piano Competitions. His international career took off following his first New York appearance, in which he performed complete piano works by Maurice Ravel at the Lincoln Center, and his orchestral debut at the Carnegie Hall. In 1974, Paik made his European debuts with three consecutive recitals at the Wigmore Hall, London, followed in 1975 by a recital in Berlin's Philharmonie.
Since then he has closely collaborated with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Long Yu, Sir Neville Marriner, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Jiří Bĕlohlávek, Dmitri Kitaenko, James Conlon, John Nelson, Eliahu Inbal and Antoni Wit, and performed with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Berlin Symphony, Hungarian National, Oslo Philharmonic, Rotterdam and Warsaw Philharmonic.
Paik's numerous recordings include Scriabin, Liszt, complete works for solo piano by Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov's complete piano concerti and Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini. His complete Prokofiev piano concerti recording received both Diapason d'Or of the year and Nouvelle Académie du disque awards in France. In 2000, he recorded Busoni's transcriptions of Bach's organ works followed by an album of Fauré's Piano works, which won all the major prizes in France. He has also released the complete works for piano and orchestra by Chopin with Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic and has recorded all thirty-two Sonatas by Beethoven.
In 2013 the Paris-based virtuoso pianist added the early Romantic solo piano works of Austrian composer Franz Schubert to his expansive and well rewarded repertoire with a flawless program of four of Shubert's Impromptus, three piano pieces of Drei Klavierstücke, and Nos. 2, 4, and 6 from Moments of Musicaux. Paik explained that, "After Beethoven and Brahms, I might have needed the peaceful Schubert," and even designed the album's cover himself.
Franz Schubert (composer)
Kun-Woo Paik (piano)
Franz Schubert Impromptus - Drei Klavierstucke - Moments Musicaux Track Listing:
1. 4 Impromptus Op.90 D.899 No. 1 in C Minor, Allegro Molto Moderato
2. Drei Klavierstucke D.946 No. 3 C Major, Allegro
3. 6 Moments Musicaux Op.94 D.780 No.2 in A Flat Major, Andantino
4. 6 Moments Musicaux Op.94 D.780 No.4 in C Sharp Minor, Moderato
5. 4 Impromptus Op.90 D.899 No.3 in G Flat Major, Andante
6. 4 Impromptus Op.90 D.899 No.2 in E Flat Major, Allegro
1. Drei Klavierstucke D.946 No.1 E Flat Minor, Allegro Assai-Andante-Andantino
2. Drei Klavierstucke D.946 No.2 E Flat Major, Allegretto
3. 4 Impromptus Op.90 D.899 No.4 in A Flat Major, Allegretto
4. 6 Moments Musicaux Op.94 D.780 No.6 in A Flat Major, Allegretto