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Rachmaninov: Variations On A Theme Of Chopin, Etc / Biret


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554426   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rachmaninov's Chopin Variations date from 1902-3, a time of renewed inspiration following a major creative crisis brought on by the failure of his First Symphony. This fruitful period also resulted in some of his best and well-known works like the Second Concerto and Second Suite for Two Pianos. If the Chopin Variations aren't quite on that level, Idil Biret certainly takes the composer's prolix, upholstered keyboard layout in her stride, giving the spiraling passagework a firm, rhythmic backbone. The disc's remaining works are essentially chips off the master's block, but not necessarily cast-offs. Biret may not equal Horowitz for necromatic color in the Moment musical Op. 16 No. 2, but her gaunter sonority and tighter rein on matters of Read more rubato hold their own in such heavy-duty company. She makes what she can out of morceaux like the assured teenager's cleverly constructed Lento in D minor, a pair of canonic exercises and a Fughetta, and paints the evocative Oriental Sketch in playful pastels, in contrast to the composer/pianist's darker basics in his memorable recording from the twilight of his discographic career. This is one of the strongest entries in Biret's complete Rachmaninov cycle.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Variations on a theme of Chopin, Op. 22 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  Clara-Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 31 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
Moments musicaux (6), Op. 16: no 2, Allegretto in E flat minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  Clara-Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1940 
3.
Song without words for Piano in d by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1887; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  Clara-Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
4.
Fughetta for Piano in F major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  Clara-Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
5.
Canon for Piano in D minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890-1891; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  Clara-Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
6.
Canon for Piano in E minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  Clara-Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
7.
Morceau de fantaisie in G minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  Clara-Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 0 Minutes 59 Secs. 
8.
Andante semplice [fragment] by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; USSR 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  Clara-Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
9.
Oriental Sketch for Piano in B flat major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; USSR 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  Clara-Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
10.
Prelude for Piano in F major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  Clara-Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
11.
Prelude for Piano in D minor, Op. posthumous by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  Clara-Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 

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