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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30
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Notes & Reviews:

Thirty-year-old Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski is one of the most remarkable musicians of his generation. He makes his Avie label debut with his first concerto recording, technically flawless and superbly rendered versions of Rachmaninov's notoriously challenging Piano Concertos 2 & 3. He partners with frequent collaborator Vasily Petrenko, and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

"There is nothing overstated in these performances, and yet there is nothing that goes unnoticed either: the interpretative balance is precise and inspired, the thrill of experiencing the concertos played in this way immeasurable. Trpceski was born to perform this music, and Petrenko to conduct it. With the addition of the warm Russian sound that the RLPO adopts, the mix is exceptionally potent." -The Telegraph

"Both musicians are bursting with fire and seem joined at the hip in these accounts of Rachmaninov’s second and third piano concertos. Rhythmic momentum, glittering flourishes and plaintive musings: all the right boxes are ticked." -The Times

"Both performances show an exemplary clarity and taste, a recreation, as it were, of musical utterances rather than virtuoso warhorses...The Second Concerto's opening is naturally paced, neither perversely fast nor affectedly slow" -Gramophone

"A performance of integrity and imagination, and one that reveals unexpected subtleties in music that too often seems simply to tumble from climax to climax." -The Independent

"Simon Trpceski and Vasily Petrenko present a completely integrated conception of each work... [they] know exactly when to push the musical argument forward and where it requires a bit more poise and reflection. The results are invariably compelling." -BBC Music Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England (2009-04-08_2009-04-09&2009-).



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>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
  • Performer: Simon Trpceski (Piano)
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Running Time: 33 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30
  • Performer: Simon Trpceski (Piano)
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Running Time: 41 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1909