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Zenph re-performances of Rachmaninoff playing his own works in crystal-clear sound - the third release from Zenph Studios and Sony Masterworks. Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff follows upon the success of Zenph Studios’ productions of Glenn Gould’s 1955 recording of The Goldberg Variations (2007) and Art Tatum’s Piano Starts Here (2008). This new compilation of re-performances is made from original masters that the Russian composer and pianist recorded during his lifetime. The recording features Rachmaninoff playing five of his own compositions: the Prelude in C-sharp minor; the Etudes Tableaux in C major and E-flat major, Op. 33; “Daisies”; and Moment Musical in E-flat minor, Op. 16. It also includes Rachmaninoff’s renditions of Kreisler’s Liebesleid and Liebesfreud; Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee; Mendelssohn’s scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Tchaikovsky’s Lullaby.
“there's little doubt Zenph's enhanced sound quality makes one appreciate the warmth and clarity of Rachmaninov's playing with its lightness of touch, sparing use of the pedal and avoidance of indulgent mannerisms.”
6th December 2009
“It's unnervingly like raising Rachmaninov from the dead but it's undeniably fascinating to hear his own etudes and arrangements of works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky in these 21st-century reincarnations.”
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