Vera Gornostaeva, is a celebrated Russian performer considered A "True Treasure" of Russian culture and has traveled extensively throughout Soviet Union with up to 100 concerts a year. Her performances were always sold out; halls were overflowing with fans trying to get to hear their favorite pianist. Critics used words like “Stupendous,” “Unique,” “A True Artist” and “Simply Outstanding” to describe her playing. Some of the quotes stated: “Gornostaeva is a natural! She has an envious control of the instrument.” “Recitals, given by Gornostaeva, are never flashy. Her playing is neither mannered nor false. She communicates the true essence of music that she delivers in the most profound way. Whether it is works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Schumann, Prokofiev or Shostakovich – there is always a great sense of knowledge, intellect and inescapable passion.”
Gornostaeva, who never made any compromises – politically or musically, unfortunately became a persona non grata in the eyes of the Soviet Regime. She spoke openly about never belonging to the communist party or any party for that matter. She did not hide her religious beliefs, became friends with so-called “outcasts,” read poetry by Boris Pasternak ... So in many ways Gornostaeva was not groomed to facilitate the ideals that the Soviet Regime approved of. Therefore, despite the fact that invitations from the west kept pouring in, the permission to leave was never granted. As a result, for over twenty years Gornostaeva’s name was among those “blacklisted” and was officially deemed politically unreliable. When the iron curtain fell, Gornostaeva was “set free” and the inevitable happened. The world embraced her with open arms. In France, where she was first invited to give master classes, “Le Monde” published a celebratory article entitled “Gornostaeva’s method”. Her lectures and master classes were triumphant. She immediately accepted invitations from Italy, Germany, Switzerland, England, USA and Japan. Alas, by then, Vera Gornostaeva, already in her 60s, decided to abandon her performing career and dedicate herself entirely to teaching and would perform only occasionally. To this day Gornostaeva continues a very active life as a teacher, propaganding the arts and musical education in Russia and is the President of the Moscow Association of Musicians.
LP Classics is thrilled to have formed an alliance with State Fund of Television and Radio Programs in Russia and to have discovered a great amount of well-preserved, live performances of this legendary pianist and pedagogue, Vera Gornostaeva. These performances are from some of the most prestigious halls in Russia and none of these recorded recitals were ever released. Her particular love and dedication to Chopin’s music showed – her recitals often featured all of his 4 Ballades, 3 Sonatas, Polonaises, Scherzos, Mazurkas, Waltzes, Nocturnes, Etudes, Fantasie and Concertos. This record will be the first glimpse into the life of a true legend and consummate artist.