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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. 

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