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Rachmaninoff: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2 - Preludes, Opp. 32 & 23; 'Chopin' Variations, Op. 22; Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3 / Artur Pizarro, piano

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Variations on a Theme of Chopin, for piano, Op. 22
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Morceaux de fantaisie (5), for piano, Op. 3
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23
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Notes & Reviews:

Described as a "poet amongst pianists", Portuguese artist Artur Pizarro presents a new recording of the complete solo piano works of Sergei Rachmaninoff. A former winner of the Leeds Piano Competition, Pizarro offers his listeners a lifetime of love for, and experience with, this music which speaks, as he says, "of the endless variety of the human condition". Tracing Rachmaninoff's development as a composer from the early Nocturnes and his encounters with Tchaikovsky as a teenage student of Nikolai Zverev in the 1880s, to the so-called 'Corelli Variations' of the 1930s, this landmark release shines a new light on every aspect of this remarkable oeuvre. From the famed thunder claps of the C# minor Prelude, via the monumental passion of the two sonatas to the tender lyricism of many of the lesser-known miniatures, Pizarro imbues every page of this music with the fire and feeling for melodic contour for which his playing has become so admired.

The booklet is in English, French, and Russian.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
He plays with detailed care, and always musically. He can generate considerable sound. He has the reserves of technique that make his tempo choices just that.

Rachmaninoff's march-like writing can be found all through his works (Op. 33:1, Op. 32:3+4, Op. 39:7+9) and typically calls for some kind of staccato accompaniment with a sustained line above. Pizarro gives more weight to those short notes than I am used to. This creates a denser sound and harmonies come into play more. It also inhibits the forward momentum a little and keeps everything nicely under control. An exception in this set is the two page 'Piu vivo' transition from Variation 21 to 22 in the Chopin Variations. Quite reminiscent of a couple of passages in Concerto 2, this march-like section builds to a tremendous level of excitement by the time the grandiose Variation 22 is reached. This was one of those rare moments, when, on first hearing, I backed things up and listened again immediately.



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>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32
  • Performer: Artur Pizarro (Piano)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Variations on a Theme of Chopin, for piano, Op. 22
  • Performer: Artur Pizarro (Piano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1902-1903

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Morceaux de fantaisie (5), for piano, Op. 3
  • Performer: Artur Pizarro (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23
  • Performer: Artur Pizarro (Piano)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901-1903