Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4

Label:

BIS

Catalogue No:

BISCD975

Discs:

1

Release date:

2nd July 2012

Barcode:

7318590009758

Length:

81 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4


Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

Revised version

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40

Final version

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43


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Noriko Ogawa and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra return to the works of Rachmaninov with a disc featuring his first and fourth piano concertos and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Rachmaninov’s first concerto was written while he was a student at the Moscow Concervatory, but underwent considerable revisions up to 1917.

His fourth piano concerto was written after a considerable break from composition as he was kept busy as a touring performer in the USA. The unsuccessful first performance again led to considerable revisions.

The Rhapsody on a Theme of Paginini was his first major composition after the fourth piano concerto and since its première has been an enduring fixture in the repertory.

Noriko Ogawa and the Malmö Symphony have recorded the Second and Third concertos for BIS (BISCD900) which attracted considerable acclaim.

Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

I. Vivace

II. Andante

III. Allegro vivace

Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40

I. Allegro

II. Largo

III. Allegro vivace

Sergei Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Introduction: Allegro vivace

Variation 1: Precedente

Theme: L'istesso tempo

Variation 2: L'istesso tempo

Variation 3: L'istesso tempo

Variation 4: Piu vivo

Variation 5: Tempo precedente

Variation 6: L'istesso tempo

Variation 7: Meno mosso, a tempo moderato

Variation 8: Tempo I

Variation 9: L'istesso tempo

Variation 10: Poco marcato

Variation 11: Moderato

Variation 12: Tempo di minuetto

Variation 13: Allegro

Variation 14: L'istesso tempo

Variation 15: Piu vivo scherzando

Variation 16. Allegretto

Variation 17: (Allegretto)

Variation 18: Andante cantabile

Variation 19: A tempo vivace

Variation 20: Un poco piu vivo

Variation 21: Un poco piu vivo

Variation 22: Un poco piu vivo (Alla breve)

Variation 23. L'istesso tempo

Variation 24: A tempo un poco meno mosso

BBC Music Magazine

October 2012

*****

“Ogawa never forces the tone. She ensures that beauty, clarity and richness of sound are sustained at all costs, even in the most thunderous passages...Yet to suggest that her playing is cool, detached and uninvolving would be utterly misleading...By any standards, this is an outstanding release.”

Gramophone Magazine

October 2012

“the first movement cadenza, following pages of insouciant athleticism, conveys more vividly than most the image of someone trapped at the bottom of a dark well clawing their way up its side into the sunlight...The Malmo players under Owain Arwel Hughes offer acutely observed support throughout, with the important wind and brass solo writing subtly highlighted to gratifying effect.”

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