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Rachmaninov: Les Deux Sonates Pour Piano / Yakov Kasman

Release Date: 02/09/1999 
Label:  Calliope   Catalog #: 9259   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Yakov Kasman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Yakov Kasman, winner of the 1997 Van Cliburn Prize, knows his Russian piano music. This recording has a tremendous amount to offer. Unlike some other concert pianists, Kasman treats Rachmaninov like a real composer, not just a virtuoso who wrote some music to show off with.
These two sonatas are immense works, both in length and technical demands. The First Sonata, Op. 28, was composed in 1907-1908 and is generally neglected, as Rachmaninov himself was unsatisfied with the final product, refusing to premiere it. Kasman binds this rhapsodic sonata together by not letting rubato and unnecessary climaxes inhibit the structure of the work.
The Second Sonata was composed in 1913 and revised in 1931. However, it is believed that
Read more Rachmaninov's revisions (which include significant cuts) may have been motivated by his advancing arthritis rather than any weakness in the original score. Kasman plays the original version here. With both sonatas, Kasman's interpretation is more orchestral than linear. He has tremendous power of sound and rhythm, but at times his melodies could be milkier and more lush. However, Rachmaninov is rarely played with such poise and understanding. Don't throw away your Horowitz records, but supplement them with Kasman. Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonata for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 28 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Yakov Kasman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Imperial Theater, Compičgne, France 
Length: 40 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Yakov Kasman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1931; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Imperial Theater, Compičgne, France 
Length: 27 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1913).
Composition revised: Russia (1931). 

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