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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Etudes-tableaux / Giltburg, Prieto, RSNO


Release Date: 09/08/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573629  
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovFritz KreislerFranz Behr
Performer:  Boris Giltburg
Conductor:  Carlos Miguel Prieto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is one of the most passionate and beloved concertos in the repertoire, its lyricism and virtuosity charting a trajectory from darkness through idyll to dazzling triumph. The Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33 are richly characterized musical evocations, expressive and often explosive, that reflect a more angular, modern aspect. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra was formed in 1891 as the Scottish Orchestra and became the Scottish National Orchestra in 1950. It was awarded Royal Patronage in 1977. Throughout its history the orchestra has played an integral part in Scotland’s musical life, including performing at the opening ceremony of the Scottish Parliament building in 2004. Many renowned conductors have Read more contributed to its success, including George Szell, Sir John Barbirolli, Walter Susskind, Sir Alexander Gibson, Neeme Jarvi, Walter Weller, Alexander Lazarev and Stephane Deneve. In 2012 the RSNO welcomed British-Canadian musician and conductor Peter Oundjian as its latest music director and Danish conductor Thomas Sondergard as principal guest conductor. The RSNO has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its recordings, receiving two Diapason d’Or de l’annee awards for Symphonic Music and eight Grammy Award nominations over the last decade.

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REVIEW:

His account of the Second Concerto displays a very personal approach that enjoys a freedom of tempo and rhythm. I greatly admire his reluctance to inject virtuosity purely for its own sake. He receives very good support from the Scottish orchestra and the Mexican conductor, Carlos Miguel Prieto. Giltburg continues with a similarly personal view of the Etudes-tableaux, op. 33, a work believed to be a musical evocation of various pictures or events in the composer’s life. Again I enjoy Giltburg for eschewing the temptation of making them into technical showpieces, and he delights in his filigree moments when his right hand makes notes sparkle like rare diamonds.

– David’s Review Corner (David Denton) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Boris Giltburg (Piano)
Conductor:  Carlos Miguel Prieto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
2.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 33 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Boris Giltburg (Piano)
Conductor:  Carlos Miguel Prieto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Russia 
3.
Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Boris Giltburg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
4.
Lachtäubchen, Op. 303 by Franz Behr
Performer:  Boris Giltburg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 

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