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Paremski Plays Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov

Tchaikovsky / Paremski / Rpo / Gabel
Release Date: 10/29/2013 
Label:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Catalog #: 44   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Natasha Paremski
Conductor:  Fabien Gabel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1. RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Natasha Paremski (pn); Fabien Gabel, cond; Royal PO RPO 044 (59:20)


This is the first concerto recording for young Natasha Paremski, born in Russia in 1988 and raised in the U.S. It’s an impressive debut, showcasing an imposing technique, with powerful octaves and whistle-clean runs. Paremski is fittingly flamboyant in the Tchaikovsky; only in the second movement Read more does the quick tempo seem to give short shrift to the music’s poetry. In the Rachmaninoff, she takes a few liberties with tempos, particularly in Variation 6, and the silence preceding the last five bars of Variation 18 is impossibly long, but overall she shows great sympathy for the composer’s idiom, and her virtuosity carries the day.


The sound is quite good, but particularly in the Rachmaninoff the piano is exaggeratedly prominent; in Variation 22, for example, all we hear is piano scales. Then again, the disc is titled Natasha Paremski Plays Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov , and while Gabel and the RPO provide excellent support—for example, they are right with Paremski in the trickiest spots of the Rachmaninoff—this CD is definitely about her. Recommended, then, as a document of a significant young pianistic talent.


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Works on This Recording

1. Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Natasha Paremski (Piano)
Conductor:  Fabien Gabel
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 20 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Natasha Paremski (Piano)
Conductor:  Fabien Gabel
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 34 Minutes 19 Secs. 

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