Rachmaninov: Études-tableaux, Op. 39; Moments musicaux

Rachmaninov: Études-tableaux, Op. 39; Moments musicaux

by Boris Giltburg


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Boris Giltburg's 2016 release on Naxos consists of two sets of piano pieces by Sergey Rachmaninov, the "Études-tableaux, Op. 39" (1916-1917), and the "Moments musicaux, Op. 16" (1896). The "Études-tableaux" are a cross between technical studies and character pieces, reminiscent of the etudes of Frédéric Chopin, and they present considerable challenges, even to virtuoso pianists. Here, Giltburg displays his remarkable skills, as well as a range of expressions that run from the fiery and turbulent to the atmospheric and melancholy. In the "Moments musicaux," Rachmaninov experimented with short forms, such as the nocturne, etude, funeral march, barcarolle, and theme with variations, and these pieces demonstrated his mastery of piano technique, if not yet his full maturity as a composer. Giltburg's playing brings out a variety of colors and textures, and his passionate interpretations accord with Rachmaninov's youthful, ardent style. The recording in the Concert Hall, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth offers a big sound with great resonance, though all the details of the music are easily heard, thanks to close microphone placement.

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Release Date: 05/13/2016
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0747313346974
catalogNumber: 8573469
Rank: 211263

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