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Rachmaninov: Music For Two Pianos / Donohoe, Roscoe


Release Date: 11/21/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557062   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Peter DonohoeMartin Roscoe
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Peter Donohoe and Martin Roscoe take to Rachmaninov like ducks to water. They luxuriate in his opulent keyboard idiom and even evoke the composer's own titanic playing by way of thrust-inducing accents and booming bass notes that ring in your ear long after they're struck. Check out the ravishingly shaded first-movement trills and the finale's full-throated evocations of bells, and discover for yourself. The players admirably mirror Ax and Bronfman's sensible, dance-oriented tempos, even if they don't match the latter duo's finely honed textural clarity in the Symphonic Dances' middle movement or the Second Suite's Romance. By virtue of Donohoe and Roscoe's immense dynamic range and superbly sprung rhythms, the Second Suite's Waltz and Read more Tarantella make an impact no less exhilarating and arguably more musically satisfying than the edge-of-seat bravura and breathless speeds Argerich and Rabinowitz favor. Naxos' sonics turn a little clangorous at the loudest moments, plus you occasionally hear intakes of breath and fingernails on the keys. Nevertheless, for a single-disc, bargain edition of Rachmaninov's major two-piano canon, you can't go wrong with this fine release.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Peter Donohoe (Piano), Martin Roscoe (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1940; USA 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 32 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (09/24/2004 - 09/25/2004) 
2. Suite for 2 Pianos no 2, Op. 17 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Peter Donohoe (Piano), Martin Roscoe (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900-1901; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (09/24/2004 - 09/25/2004) 
3. Suite for 2 Pianos no 1, Op. 5 "Fantaisie-tableaux" by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Peter Donohoe (Piano), Martin Roscoe (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/05/2002 
Venue:  Royal Northern Music College, Manchester 
Length: 22 Minutes 58 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: I. Non Allegro
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: II. Andante con moto (Tempo di valse)
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: III. Lento assai - Allegro vivace
Suite No. 2 in C major, Op. 17: I. Introduction: Alla marcia
Suite No. 2 in C major, Op. 17: II. Valse: Presto
Suite No. 2 in C major, Op. 17: III. Romance: Andantino
Suite No. 2 in C major, Op. 17: IV. Tarantelle: Presto
Fantaisie-tableaux - Suite No. 1, Op. 5: I. Barcarolle: Allegretto
Fantaisie-tableaux - Suite No. 1, Op. 5: II. La nuit... l'amour: Adagio sostenuto
Fantaisie-tableaux - Suite No. 1, Op. 5: III. Les larmes: Largo di molto
Fantaisie-tableaux - Suite No. 1, Op. 5: IV. Paques: Allegro maestoso

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