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Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 2, Etc / Sudbin

Release Date: 10/25/2005 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1518   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovFritz Kreisler
Performer:  Yevgeny Sudbin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Yevgeny Sudbin's inquiring mind, unflappable fingers, and huge heart mesh with extraordinary concentration and intensity, resulting in some of the most carefully thought-through, powerfully projected, and fastidiously executed Rachmaninov interpretations I've ever heard. A few general comments equally pertain to all of the selections.

In Sudbin's hands, inner voices aren't gently coaxed from the massive, orchestrally inspired textures for ear-catching effect, but instead emerge as integral and active components. He balances and calibrates chords to unsplintered perfection, regardless of dynamic level, thickness, or tempo. Sudbin's command of Rachmaninov's trademark swirling leggiero
Read more passages recalls the composer's own bedrock solidity at the keyboard and also replicates Alexis Weissenberg's icy brilliance, but with more tonal heft.

While Sudbin offers plenty of nuances and felicitous differentiation of textural levels, he contains them within a strong architectural game plan, where he weaves transitions and tempo relationships between variations into a unified dramatic and cumulative whole that minimizes the music's tendencies to sprawl. The same holds true for the Second sonata, where Sudbin essentially follows Horowitz's well-balanced synthesis of the composer's original 1913 text and much pared down 1931 revision.

In the two Kreisler transcriptions and piano versions of two songs, Sudbin uncovers layers of linear sophistication that other pianists barely scratch, and without the slightest sense of contrivance or lack of surface charm.

Sudbin's superb booklet notes give clear, insightful analyses of the works in hand and explain his harmonic and textual rationale for changing the Chopin C minor Prelude theme statement's E-natural on the fourth beat of measure 3 to E-flat. Either in surround-sound or conventional stereo playback, the sonics are gorgeous. When this release achieves classic status among the reference Rachmaninov recital collections, remember that you read it here first! A winner, not to be missed.

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

Variations on a theme of Chopin, Op. 22 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Yevgeny Sudbin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; Russia 
Length: 25 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Songs (12), Op. 21: no 5, Lilacs by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Yevgeny Sudbin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1913-14 
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 3, Daisies by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Yevgeny Sudbin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1922/40 
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Yevgeny Sudbin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1931; Russia 
Length: 20 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1913).
Composition revised: Russia (1931). 
Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Yevgeny Sudbin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed by Rachmaninov 
Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud" for piano by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Yevgeny Sudbin (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1921; Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed by Rachmaninov 

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