Frank Dupree’s new album, Nikolai Kapustin: Piano Concerto No. 5, Concerto Op. 104 & Sinfonietta Op.49, is available now on Capriccio. The collaboration with Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin is Dupree’s third album showcasing the unique stylistic blend of Soviet composer Nikolai Kapustin. Morphing from classical to jazz, his music crosses fully notated scores with the free soul of improvisation. This latest release offers a similar variety, featuring a solo concerto, one for two pianos and percussion, and the Sinfonietta for piano four hands, featuring the Opus Klassik-winning pianist Adrian Brendle.
Dupree’s first two albums, Kapustin: Blueprint and Kapustin: Piano Concerto No. 4, certainly hit the mark, with the latter receiving both the 2022 ICMA Award in the Assorted Programme category and Gramophone’s Critics Choice of the Year Award.
Dupree said, “I am overjoyed and grateful to have recorded Kapustin’s 5th Piano Concerto together with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. The RSB is one of the few orchestras that has already gained experience with Kapustin’s orchestral works. Thus we approached the highly complex work with the utmost respect and were optimally prepared for the new recording. And conductor Dominik Beykirch really got the orchestra going.”
Watch the album trailer below:
Photo credit: Marco Borggreve