Sergei Rachmaninoff is most known for his piano works. A virtuoso pianist himself, pianists for generations have perceived his music as some of the most important contributions to the repertoire. Sandro Russo is in demand as a soloist all over the world. Everywhere he performs he is unanimously receives accolades for his impressive virtuosity and his playing has often been referred to as a throwback to the grand tradition of twentieth century piano music with its elegant pianism and beautiful sound. “… an excellent pianist with good sound, technique and range of styles,” (Garrick Ohlsson) “…an artist to his finger tips… musical, intuitive, and a master of the instrument.” (Abbey Simon)
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Russo chooses works that generally respond well to his elegant, rather refined treatment, starting off with the comparatively rare Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28. In general, he seems more concerned with shades than with pianistic fireworks. You may wish for a bit more blood and thunder in the final Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42, but here too Russo’s approach is original. Steinway & Sons departs from its usual concert venues for a studio recording here, and the results are superb. A recommended new take on Rachmaninov.
Great Rachmaninoff CD - Highly Recommended!March 21, 2017By A. Muse See All My Reviews"I haven't had such an uplifting experience listening to Rachmaninoff's music for a long time. This album is great in taking the listener through a journey, from beginning to end. Mr. Russo's musical subtleties are truly reminiscent of the old school of piano playing. The Earl Wild transcriptions are quite wonderful and finally a recording that does proper justice to the somewhat neglected First Sonata."Report Abuse