Mikhail Mordvinov plays Songs and Pictures

The pianist Mikhail Mordvinov titled his new CD “Songs and Pictures” not only as a reference to Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, but also because the songs by Franz Schubert have an intrinsic pictorial value, especially in their transcriptions by Franz Liszt. Mordvinov chose a C. Bechstein concert grand piano to “sing” Schubert’s works and to brilliantly interpret the various roles in the Erlkönig. The instrument also allowed him to render in detail all the shades of Mussorgsky’s Pictures, and excelled in illuminating The Great Gate of Kiev.

This alluring CD (Genuin, GEN 14326) was recorded at Britz Manor, Berlin, on a C. Bechstein D 283 concert grand piano prepared by Torben Garlin.