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Grante Plays Rachmaninoff


Release Date: 09/08/2009 
Label:  Music & Arts   Catalog #: 1228   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Carlo Grante
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

BUZZ: Serge Rachmaninoff's piano music can serve as a powerful introduction to the instrument for those not yet familiar with classical repertoire: its immediacy, sheer charm, and expressive power cannot fail to move even non-musical listeners. These same qualities, however, yield the most common prejudices against Rachmaninoff, especially among those who view him as a reactionary bent on easy appreciation, as if this were inherently synonymous with mediocrity. In these virtuosic performances of three Rachmaninoff solo works - of which Isle of the Dead is a recording premiere - Italian pianist Carlo Grante demonstrates the music's depth of thought, originality, and inventiveness, making a convincing case for its viability today. BUZZ: Serge Rachmaninoff's piano music can serve as a powerful introduction to the instrument for those not yet familiar with classical repertoire: its immediacy, sheer charm, and expressive power cannot fail to move even non-musical listeners. These same qualities, however, yield the most common prejudices against Rachmaninoff, especially among those who view him as a reactionary bent on easy appreciation, as if this were inherently synonymous with mediocrity. In these virtuosic performances of three Rachmaninoff solo works - of which Isle of the Dead is a recording premiere - Italian pianist Carlo Grante demonstrates the music's depth of thought, originality, and inventiveness, making a convincing case for its viability today. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Carlo Grante (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
2.
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Carlo Grante (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1931; USA 
3.
Isle of the Dead, Op. 29 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Carlo Grante (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Notes: Arranger: G. Kirkor. 

Sound Samples

13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 1 in C major: Allegro vivace
13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 2 in B flat minor: Allegretto
13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 3 in E major: Allegro vivace
13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 4 in E minor: Allegro con brio
13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 5 in G major: Moderato
13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 6 in F minor: Allegro appassionato
13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 7 in F major: Moderato
13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 8 in A minor: Vivo
13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 9 in A major: Allegro moderato
13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 10 in B minor: Lento
13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 11 in B major: Allegretto
13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 12 in G sharp minor: Allegro
13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 13 in D flat major: Grave - Allegro
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Theme: Andante
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 1: Poco piu mosso
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 2: L'istesso tempo
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 3: Tempo di menuetto
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 4: Andante
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 5: Allegro (ma non tanto) - Variation 6: L'istesso tempo
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 7: Vivace
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 8: Adagio misterioso
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 9: Un poco piu mosso
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 10: Allegro scherzando
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 11: Allegro vivace
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 12: L'istesso tempo
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 13: Agitato
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Intermezzo
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 14: Andante (come prima)
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 15: L'istesso tempo
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 16: Allegro vivace
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 17: Meno mosso
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 18: Allegro con brio
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 19: Piu mosso, Agitato
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 20:Variation XX: Piu mosso
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Coda: Andante
Ostrov myortvikh (The Isle of the Dead), Op. 29 (arr. G. Kirkor): Ostrov myortvikh (The Isle of the Dead), Op. 29 (arr. for piano)

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