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Rachmaninoff: Sonata No 2, Preludes, Etudes / Kocsis


Release Date: 04/10/2007 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 000868402   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Zoltan Kocsis always has shown great flair for Rachmaninov's singular pianistic idiom as well as the brains to make all the solo works on this classic 1995 release sound like music rather than gymnastics. He may not play the F-sharp minor Op. 23 No. 1 and C minor Op. 23 No. 7 Preludes so translucently as Richter (who does?), but the textural clarity, shapely bass lines, and effortless momentum are of the highest technical and musical order. Kocsis' siciliana-like treatment of the F minor and B minor Op. 32 Preludes is a welcome corrective to the heavy, literal, and ultimately lifeless performances many young pianists favor today. He springs forth the F minor Op. 33 No. 1 Étude-tableau with
Read more galvanizing rhythmic verve and incisive accents.

These qualities run rampant throughout the B-flat minor sonata. Here Kocsis triumphantly tangles on Horowitz and Weissenberg's febrile turf, keeping his cushy, full-bodied tone intact nearly at all times. Moreover, Kocsis' hair-trigger articulation and sixth sense for when to linger or push ahead make Rachmaninov's upholstered original 1913 text sound nearly as compact as his pared-down 1931 revision. Now is the time to reconnect with this wonderful disc, splendidly remastered at midprice.

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

1. Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Ver: 1913
Composition written: Russia (1913).
Composition revised: Russia (1931). 
2. Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 1 in F sharp minor, Largo by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
3. Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 7 in C minor, Allegro by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
4. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 2 in B flat minor, Allegretto by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
5. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 6 in F minor, Allegro appassionato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
6. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 9 in A major, Allegro moderato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
7. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 10 in B minor, Lento by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
8. Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 2 in A minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
9. Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 7 in C minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
10. Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 33: no 1 in F minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Russia 
11. Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 3, Mélodie in E major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1892).
Composition revised: 1940. 
12. Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 5, Sérénade in B flat minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 

Sound Samples

Prelude in A, Op.32, No.9
Prelude in F sharp minor, Op.23, No.1
Etude-Tableau in B minor, Op.39, No.4
Melodie in E, Op.3, No.3
Prelude in B minor, Op.32, No.10
Prelude in C minor, Op.23, No.7
Prelude in F minor, Op.32, No.6
Etude-Tableau in F minor, Op.33, No.1
Etude-Tableau in C minor, Op.39, No.7
Prelude in B flat minor, Op.32, No.2
Serenade in B flat minor, Op.3, No.5
Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.36: 1. Allegro agitato
Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.36: 2. Non allegro - Lento
Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.36: 3. Allegro molto

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