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Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Franz Liszt: Piano Pieces

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
>Liszt, Franz : Liebesträume, notturno for piano no 1 in A flat major ("Hohe Liebe"), S. 541/1 (LW A103/1)
>Liszt, Franz : Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1"
>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
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Notes & Reviews:

Blind pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii became a worldwide sensation after he was named joint Gold Medalist of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Here, he is featured under conductor Yutaka Sado, who studied with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa at the Tanglewood Music Festival and became Bernstein’s assistant during his concert tour with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra. In his home country, he has been the artistic director of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center since 2005, and is a regular guest conductor all over the world.

"what makes this release so outstanding is the quality of Tsujii's interpretative response to two very demanding, and very different composers. His powerful, yet unhurried manner and full, rather dark keyboard tone together draw out the riches of Rachmaninov's evergreen Concerto in a way that has it sounding wonderfully fresh...his playing is alert to every switchback of mood and pace." -BBC Music Magazine*****

"The Mephisto Waltz in particular has treacherous leaps which most sighted pianists find challenging, so to hear Tsujii in one of the most thrilling account of [sic] disc seems nothing short of miraculous." -Classic FM Magazine***



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>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
  • Performer: Nobuyuki Tsujii (Piano)
  • Conductor: Yutaka Sado
  • Ensemble: Deutches Symphony Orchestra Berlin
  • Notes: Teldex Studio Berlin, Germany (05/16/2008-05/17/2008)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Liszt, Franz : Liebesträume, notturno for piano no 1 in A flat major ("Hohe Liebe"), S. 541/1 (LW A103/1)
  • Performer: Nobuyuki Tsujii (Piano)
  • Notes: Salamanca Hall, Gifu, Japan (01/17/2007-01/19/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1850

>Liszt, Franz : Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1"
  • Performer: Nobuyuki Tsujii (Piano)
  • Notes: Salamanca Hall, Gifu, Japan (01/17/2007-01/19/2007)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1859-1862

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
  • Performer: Nobuyuki Tsujii (Piano)
  • Notes: Salamanca Hall, Gifu, Japan (01/17/2007-01/19/2007)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847