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Bach/Busoni: Chaconne; Rachmaninov: "Corelli" Variations / Freddy Kempf

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Variations on a Theme of Corelli, for piano, Op. 42
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Chaconne, transcription for piano in D minor (after J. S. Bach, BWV 1004), KiV B24
>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
>Stravinsky, Igor : Movements (3) from Pétrouchka
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Classic FM Magazine
Kempf opens with a beautifully-voiced and judiciously-paced view of Rachmaninov's Variations...he finds a meltingly silvery touch for the Ravel Valses (exquisite) before a return to the Russian repertoire that he plays so well, leaving us, thrillingly, in no doubt that the piano is a percussive instrument.

Gramophone Magazine
In Rachmaninov's Corelli Variations, Kempf distinguishes himself for assiduous, well-integrated tempo relationships between movements, and the easy command and intelligent, symphonically orientated delineation with which he shapes the composer's thick textures...Kempf's glittering technique, supple touch and extroverted demeanour in Stravinsky's Three Movements from Petrushka bring out the music's balletic roots.

BBC Music Magazine
This is a colourful and enjoyable account [of Petrushka], well-characterised and full of dynamic contrast...fans of Kempf need have no qualms about acquiring this release.

International Record Review
Kempf follows [Bach's] text faithfully, allowing each variation to shape the movement without sounding forced...[He] shows an impressive range of organ-like colour along with a pointillism that suits quick passages well...The scene of 'Shrove-Tide Fair' is a roller-coaster ride under Kempff's fingers, driven by a motoric energy that many pianists would find difficult to sustain over eight-and-a-half minutes.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Nybrokajen 11 (The Former Academy of Music), Stockholm, (07/2010).



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Variations on a Theme of Corelli, for piano, Op. 42
  • Performer: Freddy Kempf (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Chaconne, transcription for piano in D minor (after J. S. Bach, BWV 1004), KiV B24
  • Performer: Freddy Kempf (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
  • Performer: Freddy Kempf (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1911

>Stravinsky, Igor : Movements (3) from Pétrouchka
  • Performer: Freddy Kempf (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921