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Rachmaninov: Sonata No 2; Prokofiev: Sonata No 6 / Cliburn


Release Date: 06/30/2008 
Label:  Rca Victor Gold Seal Catalog #: 7941   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovSergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Van Cliburn
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

...However, for me the real treasure on these discs is the Rachmaninov Second Sonata, a live performance of the complete original version, with a few nods to the revision. Here is a master pianist in full flight. The finale in particular captures the exaltation of the piece in a way rarely heard, and it ends in a burst of clamorous virtuosity. This has to be one of the finest recorded performances of the sonata, and there's certainly nothing to compare with it in the refined but comparatively unremarkable solo performances on the second disc. Recording quality is generally somewhat dry and constricted but not difficult to adapt to.

-- Gramophone [1/1999]
reviewing the Rachmaninov Sonata no 2 previously reissued as
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1931; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1960 
Venue:  Live  Moscow, USSR 
Notes: Version: Original
Composition written: Russia (1913).
Composition revised: Russia (1931). 
2.
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 4 in D major, Andante cantabile by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1970 
3.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 5 in E flat minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1972 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 6 in A major, Op. 82 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1970 

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