Eugene Mursky makes the opening descent of Rachmaninov's Sonata No. 2 sound almost like the physical gesture of throwing down the gauntlet. Though his bass chord doesn't hit with the impact of Horowitz's piano-slamming assault, Mursky still enthralls by the power of his declamation, something he will display again and again in this tightly-coiled, fiery reading. In fact, Mursky's fluid intensity is such that you almost wish he'd recorded the more substantial and pianistically robust 1913 original rather than Rachmaninov's foreshortened and considerably lighter 1931 revision.(Even Horowitz's hybrid version would have satisfied.) However, Mursky makes his chosen texts his own as he finds genuine poetry in the reflective second movement andRead more passion in the driving finale.
It may be that the slight lack of resonance in the left hand is a result of the somewhat bass-shy recording, and if there's anything you want to hear a lot of in Scriabin's Op. 42 No. 5 etude, it's the bass line (again, something Mr. H provides in spades). Otherwise, Mursky proves an equally emphatic interpreter of Scriabin. Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet transcriptions make up the other half of the program. Mursky's precision and clarity as well as his willing engagement in the music's drama make listening to this piano version nearly as enjoyable an experience as the orchestral original. This is an artist to watch, and this is certainly a CD worth hearing.
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36by Sergei Rachmaninov Performer:
Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century Written: 1913/1931; Russia Date of Recording: 03/2001 Venue: Academy of Music, Trossingen, Germany Length: 21 Minutes 14 Secs. Notes: Composition written: Russia (1913). Composition revised: Russia (1931).
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