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Rachmaninov’s reputation as a composer has waxed and waned over the years, but as a pianist he remains renowned, not least among other pianists, as one of the greatest. His perfect technique, utter clarity and discipline, and supreme musicianship shine undiminished through even his earliest recordings.
Ever the perfectionist, he would often set down multiple takes of even the shortest pieces (no fewer than 22 of Mendelssohn’s Spinning Song, for instance), carefully choosing only the best for release. His account of a selection of Beethoven’s 32 Variations in C minor WoO 80 effortlessly negotiates every nuance, from utmost delicacy to thunderous virtuosity, while his affinity for the Romantics is self-evident.
Producer and Audio Restoration Engineer: Ward Marston
Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828
Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828: V. Sarabande
George Frideric Handel: Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV 430
Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV 430: IV. Air with Variations, "Harmonious Blacksmith"
Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (arr. G. Sgambati for piano)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Melodie (arr. G. Sgambati for piano)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331: III. Alla turca: Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven: 32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80
Ludwig van Beethoven: Die Ruinen von Athen (The Ruins of Athens), Op. 113: Turkish March (arr. Anton Rubinstein for piano)
Die Ruinen von Athen (The Ruins of Athens), Op. 113: Turkish March (arr. Anton Rubinstein for piano)
Franz Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899
4 Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899: No. 4 in A flat major