Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1 & 4 / Trpceski

Audio Samples

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G minor, Op. 40
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G minor, Op. 40
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
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Notes & Reviews:

Simon Trp?ceski's recording of Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos 2 & 3 was one of the most acclaimed and best-selling classical releases of 2010, reaching the Top 10 of Billboard's Classical Chart and winning a Diapason d'or. His frequent collaborations with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra are justly celebrated, and now the two complete the Rachmaninov canon with this highly anticipated follow-up. Simon Trp?ceski will perform with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra September 30-October 1, and with the National Symphony Orchestra October 27-29. Vasily Petrenko will perform with the Cincinnati Opera July 14-16, Los Angeles Philharmonic July 26-28, San Francisco Symphony October 5, St. Louis Symphony October 21-23, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra October 28-30.

"Completing their Royal Liverpool traversal of Rachmaninov’s piano-and-orchestra works, Simon Trpceski and Vasily Petrenko plot a particularly fine account of the ever-popular Paganini Rhapsody, a scintillating performance yet poised and subtle, full of a very musical tension and interplay, and which holds the attention throughout... This is a marvellously flexible account that appreciates Rachmaninov had moved on from earlier successes and was not repeating himself; the music, while no less glorious, is now concentrated, edgier, and the relationship between piano and orchestra is crucial to understanding the piece, and needs to be painstakingly prepared. It certainly has been for this recording and it completes a notable release, blessed with outstanding sound." -The Classical Source

The Telegraph
Simon Trpceski, Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO bring understanding and instinct to their performances, and take to heart the different temperaments that each of the three works on this recording manifests...the judicious variety of touch and colour, and ability to reveal important details of the music, combine with an expressive maturity to make these performances utterly compelling.

The Observer
The virtuosi Macedonian Simon Trpceski and St Petersburg-born Vasily Petrenko combine in taut, poetic performances with notably coruscating brass playing from an RLPO on impressive and expressive form.

Sunday Times
Trpceski captures the music's protean mood switches to perfection, his mercurial fingers dashing off the vivace flourishes of the outer movements and the most brilliant Paganini variations with insouciant bravura and brio...These performances are a meeting of dazzling musical minds, offering an untraditional approach that never sounds wilful, attention-seeking or eccentric.

Classic FM Magazine
Trpceski relishes Rachmaninov, thrilling his audience with virtuosic passages which easily demonstrate why these pieces in particular were important vehicles for Rachmaninov the exiled pianist. Petrenko maintains timing and tension, whilst never allowing lush lyricism to become stodgy or overwhelming...this is a musical combination which works superbly.

BBC Music Magazine
[Nos 1 & 4] have never been such sure-fire crowd-pleasers, but Trpceski certainly plays them with fire and passion. No. 1 emerges as big-boned and compelling, while he plays up the leanly modernist aspects of No. 4...Trpceski is aided throughout by the unanimity of feeling produced by Vassily Petrenko's direction of the orchestra, conductor and pianist working hand in glove.

Gramophone Magazine
Expectations are fully realised in performances of the highest order...Trpceski was put on this earth to play this music and Petrenko to conduct it...This is a riveting disc, another major landmark for Trpceski and one on which Rachmaninov finds interpreters thoroughly attuned to his emotional world.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1
  • Performer: Simon Trpceski (Piano)
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Running Time: 26 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1890-1891

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G minor, Op. 40
  • Performer: Simon Trpceski (Piano)
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Notes: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (01/26/2011-01/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1926

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
  • Performer: Simon Trpceski (Piano)
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Running Time: 18 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934