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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 1, Paganini Rhapsody / Pletnev


Release Date: 01/29/2002 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 61976   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mikhail Pletnev and Libor Pešek's 1988 Rachmaninov disc makes a welcome reappearance. Pešek launches the concerto with a refreshing athleticism, resisting the temptation to make the opening horn fanfare an imitation of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony. Pletnev matches this energy with his own brisk and fluid pacing, making for a performance that's stunning in its clarity and power. Yet for all this, Pletnev lends the music a Chopinesque poetic sensitivity (especially in the slow movement) that's quite affecting.

Ah, but it's in the Paganini Rhapsody where the sparks really fly. Pletnev invests each variation with a specific vibrancy that perfectly defines its individual character, all the while magically relating each to the
Read more whole--and his spectacular playing in the Scherzando Variation 15 will have you reaching for the repeat button. Pešek leads the Philharmonia in a vital and colorful performance and offers a particularly moving rendition of the famous Andante Cantabile variation. This is a fine effort overall, though not one to shake me from my coveted Rubinstein/Reiner classic on RCA. Virgin's recording indicates a large venue, but there's plenty of presence, depth, and clarity to the sound.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891/1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1987 
Venue:  St. Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London 
Length: 26 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2.
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1987 
Venue:  St. Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London 
Length: 23 Minutes 40 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor Op. 1: I. Vivace
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor Op. 1: II. Andante
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor Op. 1: III. Allegro vivace
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation VI - L'istesso tempo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation VII - Meno mosso, a tempo moderato
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation VIII - Tempo I
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation IX - L'istesso tempo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation X
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XI - Moderato
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XII - Tempo di Minuetto
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XIV - L'istesso tempo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XV - Più vivo. Scherzando
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XVI - Allegretto
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XVII
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XVIII - Andante cantabile
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XIX - L'istesso tempo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XX - Un poco più vivo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XXII - Un poco più vivo - alla breve
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XXIII - L'istesso tempo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XXIV - A tempo un poco meno mosso

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