John Salmon, pianist

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John Salmon Plays Kapustin

John Salmon Plays Kapustin

(Naxos 8.570532)

“Ideal, in its range and scope, for introducing the rarefied music of Kapustin to newcomers.  Salmon’s interpretations are accomplished and idiomatic."

  Uncle Dave Lewis,

“A jazz pianist blessed with virtuoso classical chops … accomplished and committed performances."

  Jed Distler,

“Salmon tosses these difficule pieces off with an ease as if he himself had composed them."

  Attilla Csampai, Steroplay (Germany)

“I was thoroughly enchanted from beginning to end.  This is highly listenable, very engaging music.  John Salmon’s enthusiasm for this music is evident."

  Cook, American Record Guide

“With this Naxos release, the brilliant pianist John Salmon steps up to the plate with virtuosic performances of Kapustin’s Piano Sonata No. 15 Fantasia quasi Sonata, the Schertzo from the Piano Sonata No. 2, op 54, and handfuls each of preludes, etudes, and bagatelles. In Salmon, who has recorded a substantial amount of Brubeck for Naxos, Kapustin may have met his ideal interpreter … Salmon approache sthe manifold challenges of Kapustin’s often-intricate keyboard-writing sympathetically, with a fierce technical arsenal at his disposal.  His playing exhibits tremendous energy, textural clarity, and an unambiguous point of view … Salmon’s own notes on the pieces are as personal as they are informative. Warmly recommended."

  Patrick Rucker, Fanfare