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Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme / Jean Philippe Collard


Release Date: 10/20/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 97170   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For modern audiences the name of Sergei Rachmaninov, who was born in 1873, conjures up great memorable tunes primarily from his second piano concerto (used in the film Brief Encounter) and second symphony; he was indeed the last flowering of Russian late Romanticism. For his contemporaries, however, he was one of the greatest pianists and who was an expert in expressing moods in the briefest time scale – he was a brilliant miniaturist. He wrote 17 Etudes-Tableaux and 26 Préludes, this collection provides all of the former and 5 of the latter including the one (in C# minor), written when was only 19, which became so popular that it haunted him as he was known to the general public by that piece alone. The Second Sonata is in one movement but Read more three distinct sections, with the slower central movement providing some respite from the turbulence of the outer movements. The Variations on a theme of Corelli was Rachmaninov’s last work for solo piano and is based on the traditional tune La follia which Corelli used in his twelfth violin sonata. The Variations are skilfully wrought as they are in the Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, the work that immediately followed it; the tune on which the Variations are made is the 24th Caprice for solo violin by the brilliant violinist-composer Paganini. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
2.
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1931; USA 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1931; Russia 
Notes: Version: 1913. 
4.
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 4 in D major, Andante cantabile by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
5.
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 2 in B flat major, Maestoso by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
6.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 33 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Russia 
7.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
8.
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 1 in F sharp minor, Largo by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
9.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 12 in G sharp minor, Allegro by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
10.
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
11.
Moments musicaux (6), Op. 16: no 3, Andante cantabile in B minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 

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