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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4; Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
     

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4; Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini

by Ian Hobson
 
This two-disc set of the complete Rachmaninoff works for piano and orchestra is different from other such offerings in two important ways. First, there are clear stylistic differences between each of the five works. This is a characteristic that is often lacking when a single artist records all five pieces, but is necessary as they were

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This two-disc set of the complete Rachmaninoff works for piano and orchestra is different from other such offerings in two important ways. First, there are clear stylistic differences between each of the five works. This is a characteristic that is often lacking when a single artist records all five pieces, but is necessary as they were written across almost the entire span of Rachmaninoff's life and his compositional approach certainly changed over that time. The other difference is that pianist Ian Hobson also serves as the conductor of the Sinfonia Varsovia. Hobson posits that Rachmaninoff, who was also a conductor, would have done the same had it occurred to him. Whether or not this is true is a matter of speculation, but Hobson is unusually successful in filling this dual role. He guides the orchestra through one riveting performance after another. The lesser-known "First" and "Fourth" concertos are played with every bit as much passion and precision as the "Second" and "Fourth" concertos and the "Paganini Variations." Hobson's technique is quite ample, and the recorded sound of the piano is remarkably clear and precise. His musical decisions are educated and well thought out, although there are some moments (particularly in the "Paganini Variations") where some listeners might prefer the tempo a bit faster. Sill, this set makes an excellent choice for those looking for a quality recording of these works.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2007
Label:
Zephyr Records
UPC:
0076593280723
catalogNumber:
7
Rank:
206558

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1
  2. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40
  3. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), in A minor for piano & orchestra, Op. 43
  4. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
  5. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

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Performance Credits

Ian Hobson   Primary Artist

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