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Rachmaninov: Piano Trios / Visontay, Lidstrom, Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano

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>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor "Trio élégiaque"
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Trio elegiaque, for piano & strings in D minor, Op. 9
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (6), Op. 38

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>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor "Trio élégiaque"
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Trio elegiaque, for piano & strings in D minor, Op. 9
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (6), Op. 38
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Notes & Reviews:

Ashkenazy Completes Lifelong Project To Record Each Of Rachmaninov's Works With Piano. Vladimir Ashkenazy, one of the most renowned and revered pianists of our times, crowns his lifelong project to record each of Rachmaninov's works with piano with the release of Rachmaninov Piano Trios. He performs the composer's Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor and the Trio élégiaque No. 2 in D minor Op. 9. Ashkenazy is joined by two outstanding young colleagues: violinist Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay, leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and cellist Mats Lidstrom. The Trio élégiaque No.1 was written in just four days in 1892. Rachmaninov then performed the piece at the Conservatory with the eminent cellist Anatoly Brandukov and the violinist David Krein - one of seven musical brothers. He began composing the Trio élégiaque No. 2 in November 1893, on the day of his mentor Tchaikovsky's sudden death. The work is clearly inspired by themes from Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio in A minor and is a deeply grief-stricken tribute of the young composer to his teacher. Fifty years ago Ashkenazy's first recording for Decca was of Rachmaninov: the 3rd Piano Concerto with Fistoulari and the LSO, followed soon after by three of the Etudes-tableaux Op.39. As a pianist, Ashkenazy has been an exclusive Decca artist ever since Rachmaninov Rarities, released in February, celebrated the notable anniversary with a beguiling selection of overlooked and unpublished works, including several world premiere recordings. Of Ashkenazy's recent Rachmaninov recordings, The Guardian observed: "An exceptional artist ... Ashkenazy presents every piece immaculately", while The Daily Telegraph wrote that "Ashkenazy's Rachmaninov recordings have long led the field."

The Times, 23rd August 2013
Though the interpretations are a shade muted, Ashkenazy's team seem attuned to the movements of Rachmaninov's soul...Here and there details get lost, though not the players' loving spirit as chords resonate, melodies flow and passion and melancholy walk hand in hand. Have a handkerchief ready.

The Guardian, 3rd October 2013
The piano writing already has the fluency of Rachmaninov's later music, and it's Vladimir Ashkenazy's treatment of that - wonderfully coloured and full-bodied without ever becoming overbearing - that's the main pleasure of this disc.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2013
Even in the sections where the composer unleashes passagework of considerable pianistic virtuosity, Ashkenazy is scrupulously discreet, avoiding any temptation to swamp his excellent string partners with over-heated gestures.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
Neither of them is by any stretch a masterwork but they are both played here responsibly and with Ashkenazy's well-honed instinct.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2012-10-03_2012-10-05&2013-).



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>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor "Trio élégiaque"
  • Performers: Mats Lidstrom [Composer/Cello] (Cello); Zsolt-Tihamer Visontay (Violin); Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2012-10-03_2012-10-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Trio élégiaque, for piano & strings in D minor, Op. 9
  • Performers: Mats Lidstrom [Composer/Cello] (Cello); Zsolt-Tihamer Visontay (Violin); Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2012-10-03_2012-10-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 47 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
  • Performers: Mats Lidstrom [Composer/Cello] (Cello); Zsolt-Tihamer Visontay (Violin); Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2012-10-03_2012-10-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (6), Op. 38
  • Performers: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano); Mats Lidstrom [Composer/Cello] (Cello); Zsolt-Tihamer Visontay (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2012-10-03_2012-10-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916