Rachmaninov: Preludes Op. 32 Nos. 1-13 (complete)

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Rachmaninov: Complete Preludes

Rachmaninov: Complete Preludes


Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Preludes Op. 23 Nos. 1-10 (complete)

Preludes Op. 32 Nos. 1-13 (complete)


Guillaume Vincent (piano)

New naïve signing, and rising star of the piano, Guillaume Vincent's first recording is dedicated to the demanding Rachmaninov Complete Preludes.

Born in Annecy in 1991, Guillaume Vincent took up the piano at the age of 7 and gave his first recital three years later. At only 16 he was unanimously awarded his premier prix for piano, and he also received his diploma of higher education.

He continued his studies in Paris with Jean-François Heisser and Marie-Josèphe Jude (piano) and Yves Henry (harmony). Supported by his teachers, he obtained in 2011 his artist’s diploma (Diplôme d’Artiste Interprète).

He has already won many awards including Prix de l’Orchestre National de France at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud competition (2009); and First Prize in the International Adelia Alieva Piano Competition (2010). He was recently nominated for the ‘Révélation Classique 2010’ award by the ADAMI. He is regularly invited to appear, in recital or with orchestra, at festivals in France and around the world. Guillaume Vincent appears frequently as a chamber musician, with renowned artists such as Renaud Capuçon and Augustin Dumay.

“He's clearly a pianist of great technical ability; there's a wonderful clarity to even the most hectic passages here, and though his tone can harden at the big climaxes, as in the B flat major Prelude from Op 23, his playing never loses its poise. But it's all peculiarly uninvolving.” The Guardian, 3rd January 2013 ***

“Vincent’s debut really is encouraging. At age 21, he’s already thinking very independently about this music, and he’s not merely a rote technician, either. He has the potential to develop into somebody with a lot of interesting ideas about the music he plays, and the playing power to deliver them. I’m very glad to welcome an artist like this to the scene.” MusicWeb International, March 2013

“virtuosity is never allowed to trump expressiveness. His is a cool artistry, sensitive to uncovering the poetry and capable of presenting the over-familiar in a completely new light...Vincent's weighting and voicing of his chords is fastidiously refined, he brilliantly treats the fast pieces without a trace of hurry, and the lyrical pieces are rendered with lovely delicacy.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2013 *****

“Vincent has something interesting and personal to say about each of these little gems. His is more emotionally engaging than some other complete sets and, despite my reservations over 'It' (as Rachmaninov called his first-born), is well worth investigating.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2013

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David Stanhope: Virtuoso Recital

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Fauré:

Ballade in F sharp major for solo piano or piano & orchestra, Op. 19

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Wedding March

arranged Franz Liszt

A Midsummer Night's Dream: March of the Elves

arranged Franz Liszt

Rachmaninov:

Preludes Op. 32 Nos. 1-13 (complete)

Schumann:

Toccata in C major, Op. 7

Sibelius:

Flickan kom från sin älsklings möte, Op. 37, No. 5

arranged David Stanhope


This is the third solo CD that David has recorded for Tall Poppies. (See also TP088 and TP135). The centrepiece here is Rachmaninoff's Preludes, Op 32, which David plays magnificently. Rounding out the programme are the Schumann and Fauré works, neither of which are for the faint-hearted pianist, Liszt's rarely played transcription of Mendelssohn's Wedding March and Elves' Dance, and lastly David's own transcription of Sibelius' song, The Tryst.

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Rachmaninov: The Complete Preludes

Rachmaninov: The Complete Preludes


Rachmaninov:

Preludes Op. 23 Nos. 1-10 (complete)

Preludes Op. 32 Nos. 1-13 (complete)


Peter Katin (piano)

This release is an 80th birthday tribute to Peter Katin and the booklet contains a recent interview with him. He began studying the piano at the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 12 and made his Wigmore Hall debut at the age of 18. He has made almost 40 recordings, many of which have been critically well received, including these Rachmaninov Preludes.

“playing of considerable tonal subtlety, refinement and poise.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

“this latest remastering adds a modicum of fullness and body masked in previous editions. In general, Katin is technically secure and stylistically idiomatic, although some of the more demanding selections find the pianist erring on the side of caution...In all, the best of Katin's work has much to offer” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

“He projects the music strongly and with great dynamism...this Katin set has a great deal to offer and is well worth consideration. This reissue is a welcome tribute to a highly distinguished pianist.” MusicWeb International, 29th July 2014

“His playing is magisterial: one couldn’t ask for more insight, intensity, virtuosity in this prodigious repertoire. No other piano preludes have quite Rachmaninov’s way of combining giganticism and intimacy, of driving immensity into a nutshell...Katin fixes them superbly in the here and now.” Sunday Times, 18th September 2011

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Rachmaninov: The 24 Preludes

Rachmaninov: The 24 Preludes


Rachmaninov:

Preludes Op. 23 Nos. 1-10 (complete)

Preludes Op. 32 Nos. 1-13 (complete)


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Rachmaninov: Preludes

Rachmaninov: Preludes


Rachmaninov:

Preludes Op. 23 Nos. 1-10 (complete)

Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

Preludes Op. 32 Nos. 1-13 (complete)

Moments Musicaux, Op. 16

Melodie in E Major, Op. 3 No. 3

Oriental Sketch (1917)


“Alexeev delivers impressively muscular playing in the faster Rachmaninov Preludes.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ***

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Rachmaninov - Piano Works

Rachmaninov - Piano Works


Rachmaninov:

Preludes Op. 32 Nos. 1-13 (complete)

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42

The Isle of the Dead - Symphonic Poem, Op. 29

(trans. G Kirkor for solo piano)


Carlo Grante (piano)

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Rachmaninov - 24 Preludes

Rachmaninov - 24 Preludes


Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Preludes Op. 23 Nos. 1-10 (complete)

Preludes Op. 32 Nos. 1-13 (complete)


Steven Osborne’s live performances of Rachmaninov’s preludes were greeted ecstatically by critics and audience alike: a new benchmark for performances of these works, and a new departure for this most subtle and sensitive of pianists. Now Steven has committed the complete cycle to disc—a surprisingly rare recording venture in itself. His matchless musicianship has rarely been so blazingly evident as it is here. Also apparent is his deeply individual relationship with the repertoire. This is a disc to treasure.

“…outstanding Rachmaninov playing of acute perception, discretion and poetic sensibility, limpid, powerful and luminous in equal measure.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2009 *****

“It's all too easy to coarsen Rachmaninov's melodic genius with an overtly applied emotionalism, its clearly drawn lines becoming smudged. But Osborne conveys both the monumentality of these pieces, even the most fleeting, and their very human qualities. ...while there's no empty barn-storming on display here, that's not to say the technical challenges are shirked or underplayed in any way. There are few pianists who offer such range and depth of palette: not even Ashkenazy's seminal reading.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2009

“His dazzling technique illuminates the virtuosic allegro and allegretto sections, and his playing has a Rachmaninovian pliancy and beautifully achieved rubato in lyrical passages. One of the piano discs of the year.” Sunday Times, 17th May 2009 ****

“Osborne's skill and imagination combine to bring fresh perspectives to the well-known pieces and an absorbing range of expressivity to those that remain underplayed…” The Telegraph, 4th May 2009 *****

“These are wonderfully natural performances: the best on disc since Vladimir Ashkenazy's set from the 1970s, with Osborne always alert to the variegated surfaces of the music, yet mindful of the deeper currents that run beneath. His sound is perfectly judged, never overbearing in even the heftiest passages, and translucent enough to allow the inner lines, which often in Rachmaninov have an expressive life all their own, to be heard. A lovely disc.” The Guardian, 1st May 2009 *****

“A quick dip into Rachmaninov’s scattered recordings from this repertoire finds the composer boxed in, not just by ancient recording technology but by his own circumspection. Osborne, by comparison, flies free without ever rampaging. Sorrow and sunlight, death and life: all Rachmaninov is here, in three dimensions, luscious colour and widescreen. A most exciting release.” The Times, 24th April 2009 ****

“This sensational pianist is usually associated with Messiaen or Tippett. Here, playing a Steinway, he brings his technical wizardry and, above all, his penetrating musical intelligence to these much-recorded works of Rachmaninov. There's no indulgence and no piano bashing. In his combination of modesty, inner fire and natural virtuosity he brings to mind that other Rachmaninov master, Ashkenazy.” The Observer, 19th April 2009

“Extremely impressive all round … Osborne lavishes a remarkable level of authority on every one of these masterworks, playing with a rare combination of technical ease, tonal lustre and idiomatic identification. He also has the undeniable advantage of a magnificent Steinway instrument with a rich, opulent sonority and great solidity in its bass register … In summary, Osborne goes from strength to strength as he moves through the cycle, wrapping up the final page of the concluding D flat prelude in a blaze of glory … For a truly spellbinding modern account, Osborne now holds the winning ticket” International Record Review

“It's all too easy to coarsen Rachmaninov's melodic genius with an overtly applied emotionalism, its clearly drawn lines becoming smudged.
But Osborne conveys both the monumentality of these pieces, even the most fleeting, and their very human qualities. It's rare to find the balance so acutely achieved. The composer himself, of course, knew how to achieve that equilibrium, but then he had a head start.
Yet this is only a starting-point – the detail is equally delectable: the way that Osborne shapes the tear-stained melody of Op 23 No 4, for instance, and picks out the line from the dark, bustling figuration of Op 23 No 7 or the lefthand countermelody of Op 23 No 8. Then, in the Op 32 set, there's the simplicity of the second, with its incessant tolling around the note C, through to the meditative quality of No 10, the line rising out of the depths as sonorously as Debussy's cathedral. Another fascination is the way Osborne's range of touch puts the Preludes into such a clear historical context.
Osborne throws down the gauntlet with a towering C sharp minor Prelude: it's arguably too slow but makes an apt curtain-raiser on a set that glories in the magnificence of this music. And while there's no empty barn-storming on display here, that's not to say the technical challenges are shirked or underplayed in any way.
There are few pianists who offer such range and depth of palette.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Stephen Osborne is well up to the task, and like any truly great pianist makes [the preludes] sound easy. He also plays with real authority and combines his trademark musical intelligence with both fire and tenderness. Very highly recommended.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, April 2009

Presto Disc of the Week

27th April 2009

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GGramophone Awards 2009

Finalist - Instrumental

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - June 2009

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Earl Wild plays Rachmaninov

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Kreisler:

Liebesleid

trans. Rachmaninov

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

trans. Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov:

Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42

Preludes Op. 23 Nos. 1-10 (complete)

Preludes Op. 32 Nos. 1-13 (complete)

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

Rimsky Korsakov:

Flight of the Bumble Bee

trans. Rachmaninov


Earl Wild (piano)

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Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes

Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes


Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Preludes Op. 23 Nos. 1-10 (complete)

Preludes Op. 32 Nos. 1-13 (complete)


Victor Eresko (piano)

Eresko recorded these 24 Preludes by Rachmaninov in Paris in 1995.

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Rachmaninov - Complete Preludes

Rachmaninov - Complete Preludes


Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Preludes Op. 23 Nos. 1-10 (complete)

Preludes Op. 32 Nos. 1-13 (complete)


Eldar Nebolsin (piano)

“Nebolsin is a Russian pianist with all of the technical skills necessary to handle this difficult music. More important is his musical ability to make far more of the Preludes than a mere splattering of notes and empty bravura” American Record Guide

“undoubtedly a fluent pianist” Gramophone Magazine

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