Rachmaninov - Solo Piano Works


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Rachmaninov - Solo Piano Works


BBC Music Magazine

Instrumental Choice - December 2005



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31st Oct 2005




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Rachmaninov - Solo Piano Works



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Variations on a theme of Chopin, Op. 22

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36



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Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22

Theme - Var. 1-10

Var. 11, 13-18

Var. 19-22

Sergei Rachmaninoff: 12 Songs, Op. 21 (version for piano)

Siren' (Lilacs), Op. 21, No. 5

Sergei Rachmaninoff: 6 Songs, Op. 38 (version for piano)

Margaritki (Daisies), Op. 38, No. 3

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 36 (arr. V. Horowitz for piano)

I. Allegro agitato

II. Non allegro - Lento

III. L'istesso tempo - Allegro molto

Sergei Rachmaninoff: 3 Old Viennese Dances

Liebesleid (trans. S. Rachmaninov)

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Kreisler - Liebesfreud

Liebesfreud (trans. S. Rachmaninov)

Piano Magazine

“From beginning to end, we are in the presence here of a major, world-class artist – a fearless technician with an all-encompassing command of his instrument; a musical dramatist of exceptional acumen and sophistication; a poet who moves seamlessly between unbridled rhetoric and extreme intimacy; a stylist who catches the particular spirit of everything he plays.”

BBC Music Magazine

December 2005


“In the case of the very expansive Chopin Variations… Sudbin makes a persuasive case for this unjustly neglected work, demonstrating not only breathtaking technical control throughout, but also a capacity to extract the most wide-ranging character and textural variety from the music he plays here. Similar qualities abound in a tremendously riveting account of the revised version of the Second Sonata... an extraordinary disc by anyone's standard.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“After the richly deserved acclaim that greeted his debut disc of Scarlatti, Yevgeny Sudbin moves onto home ground. And here, surely, is a young virtuoso in the widest, most encompassing sense.
Sudbin makes an unforgettable case for the Chopin Variations, a florid and uneven work, though at its finest (in, say, Variation 21) as memorable as anything in Rachmaninov. Omitting the quickly aborted fugue of Variation 12 and choosing the quiet rather than rumbustious coda, he is breathtakingly fleet in Variations 7-8 and goes through Variations 9-10 with all guns firing. Hear him in the whirling measures of Variation 20 (complete with sky-rocketing ossia) in page after page of dark, lyrical introspection and you will be hard pressed to recall a more talented or deeply engaged young artist.
The Second Sonata, played here in Sudbin's own Horowitz-based conflation, is equally inspired, going out in a spine-tingling final blaze of glory. In the two song transcriptions he sounds warmly committed to their floral enchantment.
Again, whether in love's joys or sorrows, Sudbin evinces a deft and super-sensitive virtuosity; and even though competition in both the Variations and the Sonata is intense he creates an entirely individual aura. His own personal and informative notes provide a crowning touch to this well recorded, deeply heartfelt recital.”

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