Rachmaninov: Corelli Variations; Piano Sonata No. 2; Morceaux de Fantaisie

Rachmaninov: Corelli Variations; Piano Sonata No. 2; Morceaux de Fantaisie

by Bernd Glemser

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Rachmaninov: Corelli Variations; Piano Sonata No. 2; Morceaux de Fantaisie

Although Bernd Glemser is known for his Rachmaninov playing -- he performed the composer's "Third Piano Concerto" with the Philadelphia Orchestra to great acclaim for its 100th anniversary concert -- he's not really a great Rachmaninov player. As this 2006 all-Rachmaninov disc shows, Glemser's textures are too clean, his articulation is too crisp, and his pedaling is too light. This doesn't mean, however, that Glemser is not a great pianist. As this disc also shows, his tone is rich, his colors are brilliant, and his technique is superlative. More to the point, Glemser is a great musician and his interpretations here are outstanding. His "Variations on a Theme by Corelli" is modernist but still romantic at heart, his "Piano Sonata No. 2" is supremely cogent but always moving, and his early "Morceaux de Fantaisie" -- including the "Prélude in C sharp minor" -- is expressive and characterful, if not perhaps as emotional as it might be. That, for some listeners, will be the sticking point. For all Glemser's virtuosity, some might complain that he doesn't lean hard enough into the deep emotions of Rachmaninov's music. Perhaps he doesn't -- but that may itself be the aspect of his playing that makes him most accessible to listeners for whom Rachmaninov's emotionalism has been emphasized at the expense of his musicality. While not for everybody, Glemser's interpretations will be just the thing for listeners who find most Rachmaninov performances just a wee bit too emotional. Oehms' sound is a clear and full, if a tad too dry.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/09/2006
Label: Oehms
UPC: 4260034865587
catalogNumber: 558

Tracks

  1. Variations on a Theme of Corelli, for piano, Op. 42
  2. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op.36
  3. Morceaux de fantaisie (5), for piano, Op. 3
  4. Morceaux de fantaisie (5), for piano, Op. 3: Mélodie, Op. 3 No. 3 (revised version)
  5. Morceaux de fantaisie (5), for piano, Op. 3: Sérénade, Op. 3 No. 5 (revised version)

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