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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 / Zilberstein, Abbado


Release Date: 09/02/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 439930   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lilya Zilberstein was born in 1965 and began her studies under Ada Traub at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow at the age of six. She has the stamina required for the hammered chords in the peroration of the Third Concerto’s finale and the dexterity to cope with the more mercurial fingerwork. Hers is a no-nonsense approach. She knows just how she wants the music to go, and the orchestra must stay with her. Not that it always does. In places where solo instruments or sections accompany the piano, they’re sometimes not quite together – or, at least, not at the beginning of the phrase (witness track 5 from 5:27 mins, and track 6 from 7:11, for instance), and at times there’s an element of living dangerously. But I’m not sure that this is a bad Read more thing in a concerto that so embodies the struggle between gargantuan forces.

The Berlin strings are incomparable, and Zilberstein is as good at milking the dark side of the drama as she is at relaxing into the less intense moments. Like Rachmaninov himself, in his classic recording, she takes the thinner, less tumultuous cadenzas.

-- Wadham Sutton, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 

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