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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no 2, Moments musicaux / Lazic, Petrenko, London PO

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Moments musicaux (6) for piano, Op. 16
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Notes & Reviews:

Although they were separated due to a period of creative despair that interrupted his work, both the second Piano Concerto and the Moments Musicaux date from Rachmaninov's early period, during which he was active primarily as a composer rather than a pianist. This explains the character of the second concerto, which partakes of both chamber music and symphony, despite the dazzling virtuosity of the solo piano part. The Moments Musicaux were written in 1896, before Rachmaninov's creative crisis. To some degree, their form and style were strongly influenced by the songs he composed in his early years. Pianist Dejan Lazic is quickly establishing a stellar reputation worldwide. Alongside his solo career, Lazic is also a passionate chamber musician and active as a composer.

"... Lazic's bland treatment of the famous opening bars... belies the character of the rest of the performance: the build to the first movement's climax is impressively handled... and the second and third movements are played with sensitivity and spirit. The six Moments musicaux... contain arguably the finest of Rachmaninov's keyboard music from the 19th century. ...Lazic offers some quietly unaffected playing of the odd-numbered pieces, and storms through the virtuoso even-numbers..." -Gramophone Magazine



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>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
  • Performer: Dejan Lazic (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kirill Petrenko
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 35 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Moments musicaux (6) for piano, Op. 16
  • Performer: Dejan Lazic (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kirill Petrenko
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Muziekcentrum Frits Phillips, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (05/04/2008-05/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1896