Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 & Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini


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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 & Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini



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26th March 2012




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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 & Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini


Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Yevgeny Sudbin (piano)

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44



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BIS present two works composed by Sergei Rachmaninov, featuring virtuoso pianist Yevgeny Sudbin alongside the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under Lan Shui.

Rachmaninov composed Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini after a seven-year silence, and consists of 24 variations taken from Paganini’s 24th Caprice for solo violin.

The Rhapsody was soon followed by his Third Symphony. Its themes have a marked Russian character used with great subtlety.

Lan Shui and his Singapore Symphony Orchestra here follow their acclaimed 2008 recording of Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2 (BISSACD1712).

The discography of Yevgeny Sudbin includes a Rachmaninov solo recital (BISSACD1518), and a recording of the Fourth Piano Concerto (BISSACD1728).

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

Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44

I. Lento - Allegro moderato

II. Adagio ma non troppo

III. Allegro

The Telegraph

5th April 2012


“Sudbin’s playing has terrific presence in this recording of Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody. The blend of personality and stylistic perception that marks Sudbin’s live performances is also manifest here. He plays with passion, drive, dexterity, discretion and dynamism...This is a top-flight, richly enjoyable performance”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2012

“This, as you would expect from Subdin, is a performance rich in detail and immaculately executed; furthermore, from the outset the ear is immediately taken by the superb sound quality”

BBC Music Magazine

May 2012


“Subdin, clearly on top form, treats Rachmaninov's variations like a set of diabolical virtuoso etudes, displaying transcendental virtuosity and kaleidoscopic keyboard colour. Sudbin nevertheless plays with all the necessary intimacy and sense of Romantic feeling in the lyrical sections...The Singapore Symphony accompanies perfectly, adding considerably to the colour and atmosphere of the work.”

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