The opening bars tell you this is going to be a good ‘Pag Rhap’. As things turn out, it is a great one, up there with the very best. Trifonov and Nézet-Séguin do seem genuinely to be a meeting of musical minds. DG’s sound in the Rhapsody is sumptuous, full-bodied and realistic, with a near-perfect balance between piano and orchestra. The Philadelphia’s silky strings and characterful woodwind are a joy, while the percussion department is suitably punchy without being overcooked.
The remainder of the disc is given over to solo works, recorded with the sameRead more opulent piano tone and natural acoustic.
DG, not incidentally, helpfully gives each variation throughout the disc a separate track – an impressive 73 in all. Not, I think, that you’ll want to do anything but listen all the way through to this early contender for the 2016 Awards.
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43by Sergei Rachmaninov Performer:
Daniil Trifonov (Piano)
Period: Romantic Written: 1934; USA
Music is GREAT - trouble with the discFebruary 27, 2016By Robert W. See All My Reviews"I'll be brief - the recording is awesome! All the solo, in addition to the Rhapsody with the Philadelphia Orchestra. However -- the disk arrived sort of "wrapped" in a thin cardboard material which offered no protection whatsoever. The case was badly broken,in at least 30 pieces. The disk did survive. As I put it on my computer, the "Language" used to identify the tracks was not anything I could read."Report Abuse
A Little DisappointingFebruary 25, 2016By R. McNeill (Winston-Salem, NC)See All My Reviews"To my taste, performances of Rachmaninoff variations were over-interpreted, not unlike the "treatment" his music got in the movies of the 30s and 40s. And I was not interested in the pianist's own pastiche of the master's music. I know it is difficult to sell in a glutted market, but I will not buy this man's performances again."Report Abuse