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My Favorite Rachmaninoff - Van Cliburn


Release Date: 05/16/2000 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63612   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Van Cliburn
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The outsized and restlessly beautiful piano music of Sergei Rachmaninov requires an outsized and refined technique to make it sing. Van Cliburn is graced with such a technique, and he makes this music sing like few can. Listening to Cliburn play this challenging music, it is easy to forget about technical considerations altogether, which is a most wonderful and difficult thing to do. Recorded live in Russia in 1960, two years after garnering highest honors at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Cliburn's performance of the great Sonata in B-flat Minor takes on tremendous poignancy, especially in the heartbreakingly fragile melancholy of the second movement. With the outer movements of this work, he seems propelled by a thunderous Read more impatience that is stunning. Cliburn brings this same immediacy to every other piece on this recording. Always seeming to eschew the formulaic approach, he plays even the ever-popular Preludes in G Minor and C-sharp Minor in ways that continue to sound fresh. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 5 in E flat minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/13/1970 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1931; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1960 
Length: 25 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1913).
Composition revised: Russia (1931). 
3.
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 4 in D major, Andante cantabile by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/07/1972 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
4.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 5 in G major, Moderato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/25/1972 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
5.
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 5 in G minor, Alla marcia by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/05/1971 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
6.
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 6 in E flat major, Andante by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/07/1972 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
7.
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 7 in C minor, Allegro by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/25/1972 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
8.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 12 in G sharp minor, Allegro by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/04/1975 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
9.
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/06/1971 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 

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