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Original Masters - Moura Lympany


Release Date: 03/01/2005 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 4756368   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovAram Khachaturian
Performer:  Moura Lympany
Conductor:  Anthony CollinsAnatole Fistoulari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 26 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Is there a version of all the Rachmaninov Preludes that is completely satisfying? Moura Lympany's 1951 account comes closer than most.

-- Gramophone [12/2005]


This isn't your Aunt Victoria's Rachmaninov. Oh my, no. As recorded by the late Moura Lympany in the early '50s, this is full-bodied, hot-blooded Rachmaninov, Rachmaninov so hot that it'll burn the grill off your speakers and singe the hair on your forearm. Moura Lympany, an English pianist with more energy and enthusiasm than reserve and restraint, tears into Rachmaninov's Preludes with the kind of bravura technique more commonly associated with postwar American pianists than with pre-war English pianists. But Lympany has a technique to rival her
Read more American contemporaries and a temperament that few of her fellow Brits could match. While some listeners might prefer a more brooding approach to Rachmaninov the melancholic, Lympany's unashamed aplomb and reckless panache makes a compelling case for Rachmaninov the virtuoso. In her recording of Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto with Anthony Collins conducting the New Symphony Orchestra of London, Lympany does not slight the sensuality of the work's central Intermezzo, but she pours on the gas to set the closing Alle breve on fire. In her recording of Khachaturian's Piano Concerto with Anatole Fistoulari conducting the London Philharmonic, Lympany -- who gave the work its English premiere -- plays the work with such infectious gusto that even the work's long stretches of banality, bathos, and bombast sound convincing. Robert Culshaw's superb production for Decca, if somewhat dated, remains warm and honest and real. Lovers of that rare semi-musical instrument the Flexitone will have to be sure to hear its soulful solo in the slow movement of the Khachaturian Concerto.

-- James Leonard, AllMusic.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Venue:  Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London (01/09/1951 - 01/11/1951) 
2.
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
Venue:  Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London 
Length: 34 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London (01/09/1951 - 01/11/1951) 
3.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Venue:  Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London 
Length: 35 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London (01/09/1951 - 01/11/1951) 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Conductor:  Anthony Collins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 36 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Kingsway Hall, London, England (05/27/1952 - 05/29/1952) 
5.
Concerto for Piano in D flat major by Aram Khachaturian
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Conductor:  Anatole Fistoulari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USSR 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 32 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Kingsway Hall, London, England (10/31/1952 - 11/01/1952) 

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