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Rachmaninov: The Transcriptions - music by Bach, Bizet, Kreisler, Mendelssohn, Musorgsky, Schubert et al. / Howard Shelley, piano

Notes & Reviews:

When the twelve-year-old Sergei Rachmaninov became a piano student of Nikolai Zverev at the Moscow Conservatoire, he played duet transcriptions with fellow pupils as part of his general musical education. Tchaikovsky heard and commended them, and inspired by his encouragement, in the summer of 1886 Rachmaninov began his first work as a composer: a piano-duet transcription of Tchaikovsky's 'Manfred' Symphony, now lost. But Rachmaninov continued to transcribe music for the piano, and a selection is recorded here. This album also includes a transcription of Rachmaninov's Vocalise - the quintessence of the composer's melodic genius - arranged by Zoltán Kocsis.

BBC Music Magazine
Unadulterated pianistic joy: Shelley bounds and sparkles through Rachmaninov's gorgeous transformations...Irresistable.

Gramophone Magazine
Rachmaninovís mix of Slavonic wit and melancholy is caught to perfection... a true keyboard aristocrat.


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