Recorded on 09/16/2009, uploaded on 12/09/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Kapustin is a Ukrainian-born pianist who received a thorough classical training
at the Moscow Conservatory before beginning a career in jazz as a pianist,
composer and big band leader. He is a
prolific composer with over one hundred opuses to his name. Kapustin's compositions fuse classical
structures such as sonatas, concertos, or preludes and fugues with an idiomatic
musical language that is purely jazz.
Although his works often sound improvisatory, no real improvisation is
required of the performer, as Kapustin meticulously notates every small note
and inflection. The Eight Concert
Etudes Op. 40 represent an integration of virtuosic technique with jazz
harmonies and rhythms, and are an electrifying successor to the grand
nineteenth-century tradition of dazzling concert etudes. Janice Fehlauer
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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