Rachmaninov: Études-Tableaux, Op 33 & 39 / Ovchinnikov
Emi Classics Encore
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1 Hours 8 Mins.
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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Etudes-Tableaux have not been as well served as the preludes, but there are some outstanding modern recordings that have become benchmarks for new talent to challenge. Collard’s recordings on EMI from the 70s remain definitive, though on re-listening to them and comparing them to more recent ones, I find him to be more elegant than passionate; but he is still a very convincing proponent of these enigmatic masterpieces. I consider Idil Biret and Nicholas Angelich emotionally more compelling than Collard, though they approach these masterpieces quite differently. Why Angelich isn’t better known puzzles me, because his Rachmaninoff is passionate, thoughtful, and unique. I must, however, place these reissues of the
Etudes-Tableaux as my recent favorite. I somehow missed these recordings when they initially came out in 1991, though I was familiar with Ovchinnikov and dismissed him as one of those Russian pounders when I first encountered him as a Silver Medal winner at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1982; he shared second place with Peter Donohoe. His performances of the Etudes have everything: passion (controlled), tenderness, terrific detail, and conviction. Try not to break down when listening to No. 8 in G Minor, op. 33. I can think of no other performances that have moved me so deeply.
Patrick Meanor, FANFARE
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Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
nothing too special February 8, 2013
By Timothy K. (Pawling, NY) See All My Reviews
"I bought this CD based on the editor's review. He said it was a overlooked but good recording. Specifically that it was a moving and sensitive rendition of Rachmaninov's etudes. I will admit I was disappointed. While the pianist is technically proficient, I have heard many other recordings that have more passion than this. There were several instances the music was underwhelming. I would recommend recordings by Grimaud or Kissin over this one."