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Rachmaninov: Transcriptions and Arrangements for Organ / Jeremy Filsell, organ

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 39
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Variations on a Theme of Corelli, for piano, Op. 42
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Fugue for piano in D minor
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 22 in B major, Op. 32/11
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/14
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphonic Dances, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), Op. 45
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Notes & Reviews:

"As a pianist, I have always been drawn to Rachmaninov's music through its sheer grandeur of line, its contrapuntal beauty, its composer's innate and callisthenic understanding of keyboard textures and indeed the considerable technical demands his music makes. Rachmaninov is the definitive pianist's pianist" Jeremy Filsell Jeremy Filsell, a world-renowned authority and performer on both the organ and piano, taps into his lifelong love of the music of Rachmaninov to create this programme of new transcriptions and arrangements for the organ, centred on the Symphonic Dances Op. 45.

The Classical Reviewer, 22nd February 2015
I enjoyed this disc immensely and am particularly glad to have heard the Symphonic Dances played so skilfully and sensitively by this fine musician. Jeremy Filsell could not do a finer job with these arrangements... He is never merely showy, but always at the service of the music. He receives a first rate recording that gives the organ space to reveal its wide dynamic range but retains an impact and detail.

CD Review, 11th April 2015
I didn't realise this CD would be quite the find that it was; this is a transcription that works almost as if the music was written for the organ itself... Jeremy Filsell is a superb pianist and one of the greatest organists and he's chosen one of the greatest instruments, the huge Dobson organ...the colours that he brings out are wonderful.

MusicWeb International, 13th April 2015
An excellent disc and greatly enjoyable for those who like their Rachmaninov with a twist.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
The [organ] in Philadelphia's Verizon Hall... has such a stunning sonic presence, one that, under Jeremy Filsell's masterful technique, has sufficient tonal resonance to constantly refresh the ear. Every corner of its kaleidoscopic majesty is thoroughly explored... among many lovely moments are the Mutation stop masquerading as an alto sax... and the cheeky 'klaxons', given out on a trumpet stop. The electrifying conclusion [to the Symphonic Dances], including the three pedal pipes of the 64ft stop, is a resounding success.

Choir & Organ, May 2015
In his devotion to Rachmaninoff, Filsell, in this outstanding recording, places on display an intoxicating combination of colouristic imagination, virtuoso technique and brilliant musicianship - I am sure the composer would greet Filsell's Symphonic Dances with the same 'hallelujah' he appended to the completed score.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Ph (08/09/2012-08/10/2012).



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>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 39
  • Performer: Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
  • Notes: 08/09/2012-08/10/2012
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Variations on a Theme of Corelli, for piano, Op. 42
  • Performer: Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
  • Notes: 08/09/2012-08/10/2012
  • Running Time: 20 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Fugue for piano in D minor
  • Performer: Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
  • Notes: 08/09/2012-08/10/2012
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 22 in B major, Op. 32/11
  • Performer: Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
  • Notes: 08/09/2012-08/10/2012
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/14
  • Performer: Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
  • Notes: 08/09/2012-08/10/2012
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1915

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphonic Dances, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), Op. 45
  • Performer: Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
  • Notes: 08/09/2012-08/10/2012
  • Running Time: 39 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1940