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Rachmaninov: Moments Musicaux; Corelli Variations; Sixe Preludes

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014
Berman's DG legacy from the mid-to-late '70s includes this superlative Rachmaninov selection, all played with lyricism and discerning panache.

Gramophone Magazine
A performance of the highest distinction ... [Berman] reacts vividly to every detail of this last of Rachmaninov's works for solo piano. Berman's performance is very welcome ... he meets the furioso of No. 4 with the right strength and passion. No. 5 is a beautiful dream while No. 6 is a stirring virtuoso tour de force.

Gramophone Magazine (Preludes)
There is much beauty, too, in Berman's account of the Preludes, sufficient to make one wish that he would record a complete set. How delicate and fugitive Op. 23 No. 1 sounds at first, for example; then it rises to a brief climax, exactly judged by the player, and fades away. Op. 23 No. 4 is another lyrical piece, here shaped by surpassing pianistic art. Hear, for instance, the balance of melody and counter-voice in the right hand, the projection of the music's ebb and flow of emotion. Again, Op. 32 No. 12 is beautifully "orchestrated", every feature, however small, being placed with exact regard to its importance.



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