Russian Piano Music

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
With a balanced and diverse program executed with technical brilliance and expressive intensity, this disc of Russian piano music played by pianist Benjamin Moser is a delight from start to finish. The program takes works by well-known composers like Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, along with works by less well-known composers like Scriabin and Medtner, then mixes together familiar works like four of Rachmaninov's preludes with less familiar works like his "Etudes Tableaux," and the result is a continually surprising and always satisfying collection. More importantly, Moser's performances are uniformly first-class. The young German pianist has a gargantuan technique that can ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
With a balanced and diverse program executed with technical brilliance and expressive intensity, this disc of Russian piano music played by pianist Benjamin Moser is a delight from start to finish. The program takes works by well-known composers like Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, along with works by less well-known composers like Scriabin and Medtner, then mixes together familiar works like four of Rachmaninov's preludes with less familiar works like his "Etudes Tableaux," and the result is a continually surprising and always satisfying collection. More importantly, Moser's performances are uniformly first-class. The young German pianist has a gargantuan technique that can handle anything from the delicate filigree of Rachmaninov's sultry "G sharp minor Prelude" to the muscular calisthenics of Prokofiev's hurtling Precipitato from his "Seventh Sonata." But he also has a soul that shines through in every piece, an absolute necessity in Russian music. Few readings of Scriabin's overheated "Fantasy in B minor" have the steady-beating heart of Moser's account and fewer readings of the central Andante caloroso from Prokofiev's sonata have the sense of tragedy that Moser brings to it. Recording in crisp, clean but not especially evocative sound, Moser's disc should be heard by anyone interested in great piano playing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • Label: Oehms
  • UPC: 812864016543
  • Catalog Number: 726
  • Sales rank: 294,494

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prelude for piano No.23 in G sharp minor, Op. 32/12 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Dieter Oehms (2:59)
  2. 2 Prelude for piano No.21 in B minor, Op. 32/10 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Dieter Oehms (5:49)
  3. 3 Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 39: No. 5 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Dieter Oehms (5:08)
  4. 4 Prelude for piano No.11 in G flat major, Op. 23/10 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Dieter Oehms (3:37)
  5. 5 Prelude for piano No.3 in B flat major, Op. 23/2 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Dieter Oehms (3:36)
  6. 6 Fantaisie for piano in B minor, Op. 28 - Alexander Scriabin & Dieter Oehms (9:22)
  7. 7 Prelude for piano in C sharp minor (for left hand alone), Op. 9/1 - Alexander Scriabin & Dieter Oehms (2:47)
  8. 8 Nocturne for piano in D flat major (for left hand alone), Op. 9/2 - Alexander Scriabin & Dieter Oehms (5:35)
  9. 9–10 Fairy Tales (Skazki) (2) for piano, Op. 20 - Nikolay Medtner & Dieter Oehms (6:45)
  10. 10 The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: October - Chant d'automne (Autumn Song) - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Dieter Oehms (5:19)
  11. 11 The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: January - Au coin du feu (At the Fireside) - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Dieter Oehms (4:57)
  12. 13–15 Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major ("War Sonata 2/Stalingrad"), Op. 83 - Sergey Prokofiev & Dieter Oehms (19:51)
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Performance Credits
Benjamin Moser Primary Artist
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