Piano: Konstantin Scherbakov
Cat. #: TP1039107
Label: TwoPianists Records
Recorded at: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa - February 15-17, 2011
A critical flick through the pages of Gramophone magazine reveals the demands of the classical music marketplace: a strange interaction between consumers and suppliers, a difficult economic marriage where sometimes it is hard to see whether it is the audience dictating programs, or the industry giving the consumer very little choice. Caught in the middle are often the performers, their talents subjected to the demands of the market and the record companies. Bothering to ask the performer is what this album, simply titled ME, is all about.
Konstantin Scherbakov’s constantly growing discography comprises 34 CDs featuring around 300 works. Many recordings received prizes and awards, including the Preis der Deitschen Schallplattenkritik and the Cannes Classical Award. With some of the most unique projects captured on disc - including the complete piano works by Leopold Godowsky, Respighi and Schostakovich, and complete piano concertos by Tchaikovsky, Respighi, Medtner and Scriabin - what more is there that this performer will want to record?
ME is a program not held together by historical circumstance or some sort of common theme. Instead the works are held together by the performer’s commitment: a commitment to the love of music for music’s sake. This personal selection by Konstantin Scherbakov, featuring such beautiful melodies as the Bach/Siloti Prelude in E minor, Lyadov Prelude Op.11, no.1, and the Mozart/Thalberg Lacrimosa from the Requiem, flies in the face of the domineering commercialization of musical performance.
What we have here is not a case of the performer saying ‘Who Cares if You listen?’. It is rather a case of ‘Would you Care to Listen to Me?’, and there is a great reward for any listener that accepts Konstantin Scherbakov’s invitation.