Rachmaninov Rarities

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Few pianists can rival Vladimir Ashkenazy for his wide-ranging repertoire, and he is second to none in the depth of his coverage of the music of Sergey Rachmaninov, which he has served up many times over the five decades he has recorded for Decca. This 2013 album completes his recordings of Rachmaninov's oeuvre, and as the culminating collection of the solo piano music, it presents minor pieces that rarely have been recorded and, in some cases, have been hidden from view since the composer's lifetime. The "Morceaux de salon, Op. 10," are the most frequently played, but the majority of pieces here date from Rachmaninov's youth, or were sketches he never published. While ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Few pianists can rival Vladimir Ashkenazy for his wide-ranging repertoire, and he is second to none in the depth of his coverage of the music of Sergey Rachmaninov, which he has served up many times over the five decades he has recorded for Decca. This 2013 album completes his recordings of Rachmaninov's oeuvre, and as the culminating collection of the solo piano music, it presents minor pieces that rarely have been recorded and, in some cases, have been hidden from view since the composer's lifetime. The "Morceaux de salon, Op. 10," are the most frequently played, but the majority of pieces here date from Rachmaninov's youth, or were sketches he never published. While the "Piano Piece in A flat major" would be unknown but for Ashkenazy's acuity in copying it down from the sketch he found in the Library of Congress, and the "Song without Words" being retrieved from a facsimile in Oskar von Reisemann's biography, the remaining juvenilia and student works have been published. Even Ashkenazy's two premiere recordings of "Noch' pechal'na, Op. 26/12," and the Nunc dimittis from the "All-Night Vigil" are merely the pianist's own arrangements, so the sense of discovery is limited. All the same, Ashkenazy performs a service to Rachmaninov's memory by rescuing these minor gems, and fans will be interested to hear them, if not necessarily bowled over by them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2013
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947829393
  • Catalog Number: 001808702
  • Sales rank: 78,800

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pieces (3) for piano, TN ii/19: Piano Piece in A flat major - Sergey Rachmaninov & Vladimir Ashkenazy (1:59)
  2. 2–8 Morceaux de salon, for piano, Op. 10 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Vladimir Ashkenazy (28:57)
  3. 9–11 Nocturnes (3) for piano, TN ii/13 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Vladimir Ashkenazy (13:37)
  4. 10 Lento (Song without Words), for piano in D minor, TN ii/11 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Vladimir Ashkenazy (1:22)
  5. 11 Piano piece (Canon), in D minor, TN ii/14 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Vladimir Ashkenazy (1:51)
  6. 14–17 Pieces (4) for piano, TN ii/12 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Vladimir Ashkenazy (12:43)
  7. 15 Prélude for piano in F major, TN ii/15 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Vladimir Ashkenazy (3:38)
  8. 19–20 Pieces (2) for piano, TN ii/17 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Vladimir Ashkenazy (2:22)
  9. 20 Pieces (3) for piano, TN ii/19: Oriental Sketch - Sergey Rachmaninov & Vladimir Ashkenazy (1:53)
  10. 21 Night is mournful, song for voice & piano, Op. 26/12 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Vladimir Ashkenazy (2:25)
  11. 22 Vespers (All-Night Vigil), for alto, tenor & chorus, Op. 37: Nunc dimittis - Sergey Rachmaninov & Sergey Rachmaninov (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vladimir Ashkenazy Primary Artist
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