Rachmaninov: Preludes & Études-Tableaux

Rachmaninov: Preludes & Études-Tableaux

by Sviatoslav Richter

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Overview

This disc has two strikes against it. It's a reissue and it's a mash-up of excerpts from various collections of short pieces, which means that the composer's original intentions are violated. But those two strikes hardly matter when the performer hits a home run with every piece. Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter, through the sheer strength of his virtuosity, sensitivity, intensity, and poetry transforms this disparate collection of Rachmaninov's "�tudes-tableaux, Opp. 33 and 39," and his "Preludes, Opp. 23 and 32," into a cogent and compelling artistic statement. Though the works are out of order -- the opening three "�tudes-tableaux from Op. 33," for example, are performed first (No. 9, No. 5, and then No. 6) -- Richter lets each one shine individually, and joins them together to make a whole greater than the sum of the parts. The same could be said for all the performances here; both separately and collectively, they are worlds ahead of those by virtually any other pianist who has ever taken on these tremendously difficult and extravagantly expressive pieces. Recorded in vivid digital sound (the "�tudes-tableaux" in 1984) and warm stereo sound (the "Preludes" in 1971), these incandescent performances should be heard by anyone interested in Rachmaninov or great piano playing, unless they can't stand excerpts.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2010
Label: Alto
UPC: 5055354410727
catalogNumber: 1072
Rank: 60000

Tracks

  1. Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32: No. 12 in G sharp minor. Allegro
  2. Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32: No. 10 in B minor. Lento
  3. Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32: No. 9 in A major. Allegro moderato
  4. Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32: No. 7 in F major. Moderato
  5. Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32: No. 6 in F minor. Allegro appassionato
  6. Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32: No. 2 in B flat minor. Allegretto
  7. Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32: No. 1 in C major. Allegro vivace
  8. Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23: No. 8 in A flat major. Allegro vivace
  9. Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23: No. 7 in C minor. Allegro
  10. Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23: No. 5 in G minor. Alla Marcia
  11. Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23: No. 4 in D major. Andante cantabile
  12. Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23: No. 2 in B flat major. Maestoso
  13. Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23: No. 1 in F sharp minor. Largo
  14. Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 39
  15. Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 33

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