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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1-4, Etc / Marshev, Loughran


Release Date: 02/03/2006 
Label:  Danacord   Catalog #: 582/83   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Oleg Marshev
Conductor:  James Loughran
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rachmaninoff's boyhood friend, Matvej Presman, later recalled a day during a holiday in the Crimea when the thirteen-year-old composer-to-be, who had been thoughtful and melancholy for some time, called him to the piano and played him a piece. At the end he said, "Do you know what that is?" "No, I don't," replied Presman. "What do you think," he continued, "of the harmonic pedal in the bass in relation to the chromaticism of the upper part?" Presman replied approvingly, whereupon Rachmaninoff, very pleased, declared, "I wrote the piece, and I'll dedicate it to you." Though the piece in question has not survived, it is still easy to see that the child was father to the man. Over and over again in his work we find a slow-moving and basically Read more very simple harmonic outline, distantly derived perhaps from Orthodox chants, as a backdrop for often feverishly chromatic activity. How obvious this is from the very beginning right from the Piano Concerto, Op. 1 on. One can only marvel that the composer could write five such varied works, with a clear line of development from each to the next, while at the same time remaining true to his own particular tone of voice as few composers have. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Oleg Marshev (Piano)
Conductor:  James Loughran
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891/1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Frichsparken, Aarhus, Denmark 
Length: 28 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Oleg Marshev (Piano)
Conductor:  James Loughran
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Frichsparken, Aarhus, Denmark 
Length: 36 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Oleg Marshev (Piano)
Conductor:  James Loughran
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Frichsparken, Aarhus, Denmark 
Length: 45 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G minor, Op. 40 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Oleg Marshev (Piano)
Conductor:  James Loughran
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926/1941; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Frichsparken, Aarhus, Denmark 
Length: 28 Minutes 9 Secs. 
5.
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Oleg Marshev (Piano)
Conductor:  James Loughran
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Frichsparken, Aarhus, Denmark 
Length: 26 Minutes 35 Secs. 

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