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Rachmaninoff: 10 Preludes Op.23 (Lugansky)

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on November 24, 2018


Ashish Xiangyi Kumar

Published on Nov 5, 2015

It’s not easy to think of a composer who was Chopin’s match in writing miniatures, but Rachmaninoff at least comes very close. His preludes are marvels of textural innovation, harmonic imagination, gorgeous counterpoint (Rachmaninoff’s brilliance at counterpoint is really not noticed often enough), and lyricism in all its forms — bleak, sweeping, stark, doleful, lush. (Individual descriptions below.)

Lugansky’s performances are some of my favourites. I think of him as being for Rachmaninoff what Rubinstein was for Chopin. There’s nothing bloated or forced about his style, and it manages to find a perfect middle ground between harsh, steely banginess (a bit easy too easy to slip into with Rachmaninoff) and saccharine melodrama. The melodies are clear, the counterpoint well-formed, the tempi judicious, the musical peaks and troughs clear even in the densest passages. In some passages Lugansky also reveals a gift for startling coloration. With music as naturally rich as Rachmaninoff’s the result is a fantastic listening experience, completely bereft of the sense of weary struggle and stiffness you sometimes get.

1. Largo, F-sharp minor — 0:00 2. *Maestoso, B-flat major — 3:26. Lugansky’s performance is both thunderously exuberant and tightly controlled. The LH melodies in the middle section are impeccably outlined: 4:23 onward. 3. Tempo di minuetto, D minor — 6:53. Note the striking canonic passage with diminuition at 9:28. 4. Andante cantabile, D major — 10:27. Unorthodox harmonies scaffolding a simple but marvelous melody. 5. *Alla marcia, G minor — 15:04. Yet again, more striking counterpoint from 16:48 onward. 6. *Andante, E-flat major — 18:52. Note how carefully Lugansky parses the minor voices in an already contrapuntally dense prelude. E.g.: 20:15. 7. *Allegro, C minor — 22:04. One of Rachmaninoff’s best. Lugansky produces some stunning bell-like sounds [22:28] and dynamic changes [23:27]. 8. Allegro vivace, A-flat major — 24:28 9. Presto, E-flat minor — 27:41 10: *Largo, G-flat major — 29:27 This neglected prelude features some of Rachmanioff’s starkest and most beautiful counterpoint [31:35++] played with impeccable clarity, with some lovely harmonic turns and arpeggiation thrown into the mix [see e.g., 32:36++.]

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Rachmaninoff – Étude-Tableaux Op. 39 No. 5 (Kissin)

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 28, 2018

Published on Jan 31, 2016

Sergei Rachmaninoff – Étude-Tableaux, Op. 39 No. 5 in E-flat minor Piano: Evgeny Kissin

 

 

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Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, Argerich

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on January 4, 2018

 

 

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Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No.2 & 3, Vocalise – Denis Matsuev, L. Slatkin

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on August 19, 2016

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Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto “No 5”

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on May 15, 2016

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Daniil Trifonov – Living the Classical Life – Episode 10

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on December 8, 2015

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Daniil Trifonov in Rehearsal – Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on December 7, 2015

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Evgeny Kissin plays Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2

Posted in Composers by Higher Density Blog on September 18, 2015

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Bach/Rachmaninoff, Suite from the Violin Partita in E (BWV 1006)

Posted in Music Animation by Higher Density Blog on August 10, 2015

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VLADIMIR HOROWITZ – MASTER RECORDING OF RACHMANINOFF PIANO CONCERTO No. 3, Dm

Posted in Composers, Concerto by Higher Density Blog on July 28, 2015

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Sergei Rachmaninoff [1873-1943]

Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 3 in d-Moll op. 30

I. Allegro ma non tanto [0:49]
II. Intermezzo: Adagio [17:24]
III. Finale: Alla breve [28:11]

Vladimir Horowitz, Klavier

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Zubin Metha, Leitung

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Earl Wild – Vocalise – Pianist Sophie Wang

Posted in Composer, Pianist by Higher Density Blog on June 17, 2015

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Rachmaninoff – Prelude Op. 23 No. 2 (Richter)

Posted in Composers by Higher Density Blog on April 14, 2015

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Pianist Martin James Bartlett – Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody on Theme of Paganini

Posted in Rachmaninoff by Higher Density Blog on January 13, 2015

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Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 3 – Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson

Posted in Classical, Composers, Concerto, Ensemble, Orchestra, Rachmaninoff by Higher Density Blog on November 10, 2014

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Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no.3 op. 30
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Intermezzo: Adagio
3. Finale: Alla breve

Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Vikingur Olafsson piano
Rumon Gamba conductor

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Pianist Marc-André Hamelin – Rachmaninoff – Etude Tableaux N 7

Posted in Pianist, Rachmaninoff by Higher Density Blog on August 21, 2014

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Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – Variation 18 – Leonard Pennario

Posted in Orchestra, Pianist, Rachmaninoff, Theme - Variations by Higher Density Blog on August 15, 2014

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Variation 18 from Rhapsody on a Theme of Pagainini, Op. 43

Boston Pops Orchestra
Arthur Fiedler, conductor
Leonard Pennario, piano

The Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in A minor, opus 43, is a concertante work (20 to 25 minutes in length), written by Sergei Rachmaninoff. It is written for solo piano and symphony orchestra, closely resembling a piano concerto. The work was written at Villa Senar, according to the score, from July 3 to August 18 1934. Rachmaninoff himself, a noted interpreter of his own works, played the solo piano part at the piece’s premiere at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 7, 1934 with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Leopold Stokowski. The piece is a set of 24 variations on the twenty-fourth and last of Niccolò Paganini’s Caprices for solo violin, which has inspired works by several composers. The slow eighteenth variation is by far the most well-known, and it is often included on classical music compilations without the rest of the work. It is based on an inversion of the melody of Paganini’s theme. In other words, the A minor Paganini theme is played “upside down” in D flat major. Rachmaninoff himself recognized the appeal of this variation, saying “This one, is for my agent.”

Quoted from Michael Steinberg’s “The Concerto: a listener’s guide”

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)

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Hamelin plays Rachmaninoff – Pino Sonata No. 2 – with Musical Score, op. 36 Audio + Sheet music

Posted in Music, Music Score, Pianist, Piano by Higher Density Blog on February 13, 2014

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Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances op.45

Posted in Classical, Composer, Instrument, Instrumentation, Instruments, Orchestra, Orchestration by Higher Density Blog on July 25, 2013

NOTE: Composers, this piece illustrates the many tonal colors available to each instrument.  I hope it inspires you to create music that hears them in new ways.

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Rachmaninov Cello Sonata Op.19-3, Yo-Yo Ma

Posted in Cello, Composers, Piano, Rachmaninoff by Higher Density Blog on May 20, 2013

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Rachmaninov Cello Sonata Op.19-3
Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax
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