The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (266): An encore to end all encores

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (266): An encore to end all encores


norman lebrecht

December 20, 2020

This is the Israeli pianist Dorel Golan playing the socks off a piece by Nikolai Kapustin for an audience in Azerbaijan.

Anyone known what it’s called?


  • Peter San Diego says:

    I bet Marc-Andre Hamelin knows the work.

  • mel says:

    If you know the Italian-Korean pianist Sunhee You she would definitely know. She released a CD of Kapustin works a few years ago and was close to the composer as well.

  • Chris says:

    It’s the first of Kapustin’s Five Etudes in Various Intervals. This one based on minor seconds.

  • Themysteriousviolist says:

    This is the first of Five Études in Different Intervals, Op.68…

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Dorel Golan is marvelous.
    I’m still not convinced by Kapustin, however – so many of his piano works sound like warmed-over Oscar Peterson.

  • Nik K says:

    Etude op 68 no 1, seconds interval

  • mary says:

    Is she SD’s new Yuja now?

  • quasifaust says:

    This is the Etude in Minor Seconds from the Five Etudes in Different Intervals.

  • Croak says:

    Etude Op 68/1 (5 Etudes in different intervals).

  • Edgar Self says:

    Kapustin himself has several Russian CDs of his piano music. Marc-Andre Hamelin has recorded him as Peter of San Diegonotes, also I think Steven Osborn, both for Hyperion. Hamelin ferrets out these little-known composers … Radames Gnattali, Sofia-Carmen Eckhardt-Grammate, Alkan,Wolpe, and another obscure Brazilian I’ll think of tomorrow, Francesco X.

  • Edgar Self says:

    The other elusive Brazilian composer played by Marc-Andre Hamelin is Francesco … MIGNONE! Now I don’t have to wait until tomorrow to remember it and cut myself shaving. Oh,John,the persistence of memory …

    I’d stilllike to know thestory of Radames Gnattali, who even had a sister named Aida. I wonder, what wa going on in that family?

  • John Borstlap says:

    Brilliant….. It’s the only piece where hitting the wrong notes is right. Some pianists play it with gloves on which makes it easier. Other pianists play only a global version with their own wrong/right notes.