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Some of the most gloriously sentimental and impassioned pianism I have heard for a good while.
"Feltsman’s virtuosity and complete immersion in the idiom are things of wonder; it must have helped that he had an equally passionate and virtuosic pianist in Pletnev as his conductor. This is a grand, storming performance in which technical difficulties are not even a consideration for the soloist. The electricity of the live occasion excuses the audience noise and some congestion at peak volume. The Finale builds and builds to a truly thrilling climax and the audience response is ecstatic.
In addition, the dreamy beauty of Feltsman’s playing of the Elegy and the six Preludes in themselves constitute some
of the most gloriously sentimental and impassioned pianism I have heard for a good while. The Elegy is a stirring outpouring by a composer not yet twenty, infusing the melancholy delicacy of Chopin with the tragic grandeur of the Russian soul. The Preludes are equally remarkable for their variety and for the sensitivity and technical bravura of Feltsman’s treatment of them.
In short, a collector’s disc where it is very easy to make allowances for the sonic deficiencies in the concerto.
- Ralph Moore,
MusicWeb International - [Recording of the Month, July 2011]
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Russian National Orchestra
Written: 1909; Russia
Six Preludes: Prelude in B Major, Op. 32 no. 11; Allegretto
Six Preludes: Prelude in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 32 no.12; Allegro
Six Preludes: Prelude G-Flat Major, Op. 23 no.10; Largo
Six Preludes: Prelude in D Major, Op. 23 no.4; Andante cantabile
Six Preludes: Prelude in G Major, Op. 32 no.5; Moderato
Six Preludes: Prelude in C Minor, Op. 23 no.7; Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30: I. Allegro ma non tanto
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30: II. Intermezzo, Adagio
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30: III. Finale, Alla breve
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