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Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas Nos 1 & 2 / Weissenberg

Release Date: 11/27/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 427499   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 44 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Don't expect Alexis Weissenberg to imbue Rachmaninov's two piano sonatas with color and sensuality. Instead, revel in swirling textures that boast extraordinary point, precision, and galvanic thrust in the manner of an overachieving Roto Rooter man versus the greasiest sink. Big chords at the peak of climaxes have a whiplash effect that has less to do with volume and force than it does with timing and accent. Even considering the pianist's strong, singing line in both sonatas' slow movements, Weissenberg is not one to linger. His gaunt sonority and rapier articulation make most pianists in the First Sonata sound relatively prolix and mushy. Given Weissenberg's fire-and-ice temperament, it seems fitting that the pianist opts for the Second Read more Sonata's terser, more streamlined 1931 revised text. I can't pretend to love DG's top-heavy, glassy sonics, yet oddly enough they befit the pianist's approach. In any event, Weissenberg's stimulating, arrestingly individual Rachmaninov interpretations deserve permanent catalog status, and it's good to see this disc available again, courtesy of Arkivmusic.com's on-demand reissue program.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 28 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Russia 
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1931; Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1913).
Composition revised: Russia (1931). 

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