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Rachmaninov: Paganini Rhapsody; Dohnanyi, Liszt, Lutoslawski / Jablonski, Schiff, Et Al

Release Date: 08/15/2005 
Label:  Eloquence   Catalog #: 4767671   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ernö von DohnányiFranz LisztSergei RachmaninovWitold Lutoslawski
Performer:  András SchiffPeter KatinPeter Jablonski
Conductor:  Sir Georg SoltiJean MartinonVladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony OrchestraLondon Philharmonic OrchestraRoyal Philarmonic Orquestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This highly entertaining Eloquence release returns to the catalog Dohnányi's Variations on a Nursery Song in a blazing performance by András Schiff with Georg Solti leading a revved-up Chicago Symphony. The orchestra makes a meal of Dohnányi's vibrant, colorful, and brass-rich writing (it plays the wonderfully campy and portentous introduction for maximum dramatic impact), while Schiff boldly shows off his stunning pianism at every turn.

Lutoslawski's Paganini Variations is an original and highly imaginative work that hurls all manner of musical styles and orchestral effects at everyone's favorite little theme--it's a real audience pleaser that should be heard more often, especially if it's played with
Read more such wit and bravura as Peter Jablonski, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and the Royal Philharmonic bring to it. The same team also offers a Rachmaninov Paganini Rhapsody (the one warhorse in the collection) that goes more for polish than for all-out passion and showmanship.

The remastered Decca recordings sound lucid and fully present, with nice depth. The 1950s mono Liszt Totentanz is obviously less impressive sonically, but not drastically so. Besides, the virtuoso performances by Peter Katin, Jean Martinon, and the London Philharmonic of this delightfully vulgar music are so enthralling that you quickly forget about the sound. Enthusiastically recommended.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Variations on a Nursery Song for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 25 by Ernö von Dohnányi
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; Berlin, Germany 
Totentanz, S 126 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Peter Katin (Piano)
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1859; Weimar, Germany 
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Peter Jablonski (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philarmonic Orquestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Variations on a theme of Paganini for Piano and Orchestra by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Peter Jablonski (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philarmonic Orquestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941/1978; Poland 

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