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Anatole Leikin

Anatole Leikin is Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has published in various musicological journals and essay collections worldwide and recorded piano works of Scriabin, Chopin, and Cope. His critically acclaimed books The Performing Style of Alexander Scriabin and The Mystery of Chopin's Préludes were recently published by Ashgate Publishing (UK) and reissued by Routledge (UK). Dr. Leikin also serves as an editor for The Complete Chopin — A New Critical Edition (Peters, UK).

Articles by this Author

Recital Review
September 14, 2016

The pianist was eloquent, both speaking and playing, in a big recital.

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Recital Review
April 13, 2014

Georgian-born Khatia Buniatishvili’s deeply felt musicality proves right for Liszt and Ravel, but is a bit off for a Chopin sonata.

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Recital Review
March 23, 2014

A disappointing debut from pianist Dmitri Alexeev at the Steinway Society made for a long, and loud, evening.

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Recital Review
February 1, 2014

The poetic and insightful pianist Vadym Kholodenko delights listeners in the South Bay with works by Nicolai Medtner, Chopin, and Brahms.

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CD Review
April 19, 2013

Pinnacles of the variation genre receive sublime, spirited, deeply felt performances by Emanuel Ax.

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Recital Review
April 6, 2013

Refined musicianship and enviable technique are hallmarks of pianist Richard Goode, who plays historically linked late works by Beethoven.

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CD Review
February 22, 2013

Uneven playing, despite her brilliant pianistic gifts, marks Valentina Lisitsa’s latest CD.

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Recital Review
January 22, 2013

The brilliance of Emanuel Ax’s playing at Stanford is somewhat dimmed by a lidless piano and distractions around the instrument.

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CD Review
January 11, 2013

David Fray’s account of Bach-in-a-minor-mode is puzzling, despite some deeply felt playing.

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CD Review
December 7, 2012

Knitting dissimilar piano works into a compelling recording is quite a feat, but pianist Rafal Blechacz is up to the challenge.

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CD Review
June 26, 2012

Nareh Arghamanyan performs piano works by Rachmaninov with passion and technical fluency, on a CD whose program notes run from problematic to sappy.

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CD Review
March 6, 2012

Charm and elegance distinguish performances of Enrique Granados’ scintillating piano suite.

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Recital Review
February 18, 2012

An astonishing young piano virtuoso captivates listeners with his rare storytelling gift.

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CD Review
January 13, 2012

From butterflies to specters, an esteemed pianist’s rendition of Schumann remains fitfully two-dimensional, respectable but too tame.

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Recital Review
December 9, 2011

Precision in playing C.P.E. Bach marks the local recital debut of a noted German pianist and conductor.

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Recital Review
November 20, 2011

Chopin, and nothing but, comes to San Jose, courtesy of an accomplished young pianist with a heavy foot on the pedals.

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Recital Review
November 13, 2011

Pianist Alexander Melnikov enchants listeners with his playing of the entire set of Shostakovich Preludes and Fugures.

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CD Review
October 18, 2011

A two-CD set celebrates the bicentennial of Franz Liszt’s birth, revealing threads connecting that visionary to other composers of note.

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Choral Review
June 3, 2011

A rare program of Russian Orthodox sacred music displays its emotional ardor, fervor, and great beauty.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 12, 2009

The program that Evgeny Kissin played at Davies Symphony Hall on Thursday brought together Sergei Prokofiev, a flamboyant 20th-century extrovert — the “Russian Liszt” (as Francis Poulenc called him) — and Frederic Chopin, a reticent bard of the 19th-century piano. As dissimilar as these two composers are, Kissin apparently attempted to bridge them together, at least up to a point, by choosing to play Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 8 and Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantaisie, Op. 61.

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