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Lang Lang: The Romance of Rachmaninov

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Release Date: 03/18/2014 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 002003702   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Lang LangVadim RepinMischa Maisky
Conductor:  Valery GergievYuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater OrchestraSt. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fans who have been collecting Lang Lang's albums for a number of years should look closely at this 2014 Deutsche Grammophon twofer, because these Rachmaninov recordings are likely to be in their libraries already. The live performances of the Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, backed by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, were released together in 2005; additionally, the Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor with violinist Vadim Repin and cellist Mischa Maisky, the Prelude in G minor, and the Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor appeared on other Deutsche Grammophon albums that decade. The concert recording of the Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, performed with Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Read more Petersburg Philharmonic, was originally released by Telarc in 2002. That said, there are undoubtedly many who are discovering Lang Lang for the first or second time, for whom such a collection is a real convenience that brings some of his most popular recordings into one blockbuster package. The two piano concertos and the rhapsody recommend themselves because of their fame, so less obvious choices for newcomers to sample would be the Trio (track 30), the Prelude (track 31), and the Sonata (tracks 35-37), to hear some of the subtler aspects of Lang Lang's artistry. - Blair Sanderson, AllMusic Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Live  Martti Talvela Hall, Mikkeli, Finland 
Length: 36 Minutes 24 Secs. 
2.
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Live  Martti Talvela Hall, Mikkeli, Finland 
Length: 24 Minutes 2 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/22/2001 
Venue:  Live  Royal Albert Hall, London, England 
Length: 43 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor "Trio élégiaque" by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vadim Repin (Violin), Lang Lang (Piano), Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
5.
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 5 in G minor, Alla marcia by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1931; Russia 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor, Op.18: 1. Moderato
Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor, Op.18: 2. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor, Op.18: 3. Allegro scherzando
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Introduction
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 1
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Theme
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 2
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 3
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 4
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 5
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 6
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 7
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 8
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 9
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 10
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 11
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 12
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 13
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 14
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 15
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 16
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 17
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 18
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 19
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 20
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 21
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 22
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 23
Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43: Variation 24
Trio élégiaque No.1 In G Minor For Piano, Violin And Cello
Prelude In G Minor, Op.23, No.5: Alla marcia
Piano Concerto No.3 In D Minor, Op.30: 1. Allegro ma non tanto
Piano Concerto No.3 In D Minor, Op.30: 2. Intermezzo (Adagio)
Piano Concerto No.3 In D Minor, Op.30: 3. Finale (Alla breve)
Piano Sonata No.2 In B Flat Minor, Op.36: 1. Allegro agitato
Piano Sonata No.2 In B Flat Minor, Op.36: 2. Non allegro - Lento
Piano Sonata No.2 In B Flat Minor, Op.36 - Revised Version (1931): 3. Allegro molto

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