Rachmaninov - Solo Piano Recordings Volume 1

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Rachmaninov - Solo Piano Recordings Volume 1

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Naxos

Catalogue No:

8112020
(8.112020)

Discs:

1

Release date:

2nd March 2009

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0636943202074

Length:

67 minutes

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CD

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Rachmaninov - Solo Piano Recordings Volume 1

Victor Recordings 1925-1942


Chopin:

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

Recorded on 13th April 1925

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

Recorded on 5th April 1927

Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2

Recorded on 5th April 1927

Waltz No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64 No. 3

Recorded on 5th April 1927

Waltz No. 14 in E minor, Op. post., KKIVa:15, B 56

Recorded on 18th February 1930

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'

Recorded on 18th February 1930

Liszt:

Polish Songs S480 No. 1 "Maiden's Wish" (after Chopin)

Recorded on 27th February 1942

Polish Songs S480 No. 6 "Die Heimkehr (Narzeczony, Homeward)" (after Chopin)

Recorded on 27th February 1942

Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

Recorded on 9th, 10th and 12th April 1929

Der Kontrabandiste, Op. 74 No. 10

Recorded on 27th February 1942


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Rachmaninov’s formidable piano technique was notable for its precision, rhythmic drive, refined legato, crystalline clarity and sensitivity to melodic line. While avoiding sentimentality, he sought and expressed music’s emotional essence.

Though fleet fingered, he had, in Arthur Rubinstein’s words, “the secret of the golden, living tone which comes from the heart”, awing listeners with the aristocratic quality of his playing.

This is particularly evident in his interpretations of Chopin, Schumann and Liszt, whose great Romantic spirit matched his own. Even today, his recordings remain classics.

Fryderyk Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2

Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64, No. 3

Waltz No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64, No. 3

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 14 in E minor, Op. posth.

Waltz No. 14 in E minor, Op. posth.

Fryderyk Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March"

I. Grave - Doppio movimento

II. Scherzo

III. Marche funebre: Lento

IV. Finale: Presto

Robert Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9

No. 1. Preambule

No. 2. Pierrot

No. 3. Arlequin

No. 4. Valse noble

No. 5. Eusebius

No. 6. Florestan

No. 7. Coquette

No. 8. Replique

Sphinx 1-3

No. 9. Papillons

No. 10. ASCH - SCHA (Lettres dansantes)

No. 11. Chiarina

No. 12. Chopin

No. 13. Estrella

No. 14. Reconnaissance

No. 15. Pantalon et Colombine

No. 16. Valse allemande

No. 17. Intermezzo: Paganini

No. 18. Aveu

No. 19. Promenade

No. 20. Pause

No. 21. Marche des Davidsbundler contre les Philistins

Robert Schumann: Spanisches Liederspiel, Op. 74: No. 10. Der Kontrabandiste (arr. C. Tausig)

Spanisches Liederspiel, Op. 74: No. 10. Der Kontrabandiste (arr. C. Tausig)

Franz Liszt: Chopin - 6 Chants polonais, S480/R145

No. 6. Die Heimkehr (Narzeczony, Homeward)

No. 1. Madchens Wunsch (Zyczenie, The Maiden's Wish)

BBC Music Magazine

June 2009

*****

“Exceptional transfers of justly famous performances Rachmaninov brings this music vividly to life with a unique blend of rubato, unsentimentality, solidity of line and virtuosity.”

Gramophone Magazine

October 2009

“Here is a reminder and a remembrance of a matchless idiosyncrasy and mastery… Try this great pianist in Chopin's E flat Nocturne, Op 9 No 2, played in the style of the greatest Russian singers, with a melting cantabile and with a freedom and rubato that can make even the ever-elfin Cherkassky sound sober by comparison.”

Sunday Times

26th April 2009

***

“His 1929 recording of Carnaval is wonderfully incisive. By subtle, barely perceptible touches of rubato, he makes each figure in Schumann’s gallery of characters so vivid, you can see them.”

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