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Rachmaninov: Piano Trios / Ashkenazy, Visontay, Lidstrom


Release Date: 09/17/2013 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001903402   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Zsolt-Tihamér VistonayVladimir AshkenazyMats Lidstrom
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ashkenazy Completes Lifelong Project To Record Each Of Rachmaninov’s Works With Piano.

Vladimir Ashkenazy, one of the most renowned and revered pianists of our times, crowns his lifelong project to record each of Rachmaninov’s works with piano with the release of Rachmaninov Piano Trios. He performs the composer’s Trio elegiaque No. 1 in G minor and the Trio elegiaque No. 2 in D minor Op. 9. Ashkenazy is joined by two outstanding young colleagues: violinist Zsolt-Tihamer Visontay, leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and cellist Mats Lidstrom. The Trio elegiaque No.1 was written in just four days in 1892. Rachmaninov then performed the piece at the Conservatory with the eminent cellist Anatoly Brandukov and the violinist
Read more David Krein – one of seven musical brothers. He began composing the Trio elegiaque No. 2 in November 1893, on the day of his mentor Tchaikovsky’s sudden death. The work is clearly inspired by themes from Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor and is a deeply grief-stricken tribute of the young composer to his teacher.Fifty years ago Ashkenazy’s first recording for Decca was of Rachmaninov: the 3rd Piano Concerto with Fistoulari and the LSO, followed soon after by three of the Etudes-tableaux Op.39. As a pianist, Ashkenazy has been an exclusive Decca artist ever since Rachmaninov Rarities, released in February, celebrated the notable anniversary with a beguiling selection of overlooked and unpublished works, including several world premiere recordings. Of Ashkenazy’s recent Rachmaninov recordings, The Guardian observed: “An exceptional artist...Ashkenazy presents every piece immaculately”, while The Daily Telegraph wrote that “Ashkenazy’s Rachmaninov recordings have long led the field."
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Works on This Recording

1. Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in D minor, Op. 9 "Trio élégiaque" by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Zsolt-Tihamér Vistonay (Violin), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Mats Lidstrom (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
2. Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor "Trio élégiaque" by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Zsolt-Tihamér Vistonay (Violin), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Mats Lidstrom (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
3. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Zsolt-Tihamér Vistonay (Violin), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Mats Lidstrom (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
4. Songs (6), Op. 38: no 5, A dream by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Zsolt-Tihamér Vistonay (Violin), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Mats Lidstrom (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; Russia 

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