Death of a formidable Russian pianist, 80

The Scrabin interpreter and musical intellectual Igor Zhukov died yesterday, January, 26, in Moscow.

A student of Gilels and Neuhaus, he conducted the Moscow Chamber Orchestra until 1994 and the Soloists of Nizhny Novgorod. He recorded the complete Scriabin sonatas for Melodiya, along with much else.

More than most artists, he had a passionate interest in the mechanics of recording. ‘I am the best pianist among recording engineers, and the best recording engineer among pianists,’ he would say.

He had little interest in foreign travel and none at all in personal image.

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  • His Medtner First Concerto is also fantastic. He gives this concerto tremendous sweep and momentum, so necessary in a work that can tend to ramble.The lyrical aspects really take wing, and, combined with his formidable power and bravura, make for an unforgettable musical experience.

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