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Rakhmaninov: 24 Preludes / Marta Deyanova

Release Date: 12/02/1992 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 5094   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Marta Deyanova
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Warmth without sultry condensation and drama without uncontrolled blur.

Nimbus are a steadfastly faithful label. By this I mean that even the products of their vinyl twilight days have been transferred to CD and kept in the catalogue. On the other hand they are not given to discounting. Their products remain confidently at premium or upper middle price except in the case of their occasional forays into jumbo boxes.
Sofia-born Marta Deyanova has been a name long associated with Nimbus alongside those of Shura Gehrman, Hugues Cuénod, Youra Guller and Vlado Perlemuter. A graduate of the Bulgarian State Conservatory, she first appeared in the UK in 1975 at the Wigmore Hall. Her other Nimbus CDs,
Read more all dating from about the same time, are Scriabin ( Etudes)/Prokofiev (Visions Fugitives) (NI 5176), Schumann Carnaval and Phantasiestücke (NI 5545) and Scriabin/Shostakovich Preludes (NI 5026). I would like to hear her Balkanton CDs – especially the Rachmaninov First Piano Concerto but they seem to be unavailable. I see that alongside the Brahms, Grieg, Tchaikovsky (1), Strauss ( Burleske) she has Rachmaninov 2 and 3 in her repertoire.
The present generously packed disc sets out some very healthy sounding recordings dating from 25 years ago. The readings exude warmth without sultry condensation and drama without uncontrolled blur. The centred calm and unerring pace of Op. 23 No. 4 ( Andante Cantabile) contrasts with the blocky angular muscularity and glimmery shimmer of the famous Op. 23 No. 5 ( Alla marcia). Speaking of shimmer try the sentimentally trembling Op. 32 No. 4 where we hear elite empathy and advocacy. One regrets that in those days Deyanova never got to tackle the Etudes-Tableaux not to mention the Medtner Skazki. Console yourself in the meantime with a set that is an intrinsic pleasure and a characterful companion to the conventionally and rightly celebrated Ashkenazy Decca traversal.
The excellent notes are by Noël Goodwin.
-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International [12/2011]
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Works on This Recording

Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Marta Deyanova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1987 
Venue:  Nimbus Studios, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Marta Deyanova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1987 
Venue:  Nimbus Studios, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth 
Length: 33 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Marta Deyanova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1987 
Venue:  Nimbus Studios, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth 
Length: 39 Minutes 12 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Prelude Opus 3 No.2 in C sharp minor: Lento
Prelude Opus 23 No.1 in F sharp minor: Largo
Prelude Opus 23 No.2 in B flat: Maestoso
Prelude Opus 23 No.3 in D minor: Tempo di minuetto
Prelude Opus 23 No.4 in D: Andante cantabile
Prelude Opus 23 No.5 in G minor: Alla marcia
Prelude Opus 23 No.6 in E flat: Andante
Prelude Opus 23 No.7 in C minor: Allegro
Prelude Opus 23 No.8 in A flat: Allegro vivace
Prelude Opus 23 No.9 in E flat minor: Presto
Prelude Opus 23 No.10 in G flat: Largo
Prelude Opus 32 No.1 in C: Allegro vivace
Prelude Opus 32 No.2 in B flat minor: Allegretto
Prelude Opus 32 No.3 in E: Allegro vivace
Prelude Opus 32 No.4 in E minor: Allegro con brio
Prelude Opus 32 No.5 in G: Moderato
Prelude Opus 32 No.6 in F minor: Allegro appassionato
Prelude Opus 32 No.7 in F: Moderato
Prelude Opus 32 No.8 in A minor: Vivo
Prelude Opus 32 No.9 in A: Allegro moderato
Prelude Opus 32 No.10 in B minor: Lento
Prelude Opus 32 No.11 in B: Allegretto
Prelude Opus 32 No.12 in G sharp minor: Allegro
Prelude Opus 32 No.13 in D flat: Grave

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