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Rachmaninoff: Moments musicaux; Études-tableaux; Corelli Variations / Xiayin Wang, piano

> Moments musicaux, Op. 16 - No. 1 in B flat minor: Andantino
> Moments musicaux, Op. 16 - No. 2 in E flat minor: Allegretto
> Moments musicaux, Op. 16 - No. 3 in B minor: Andante cantabile
> Moments musicaux, Op. 16 - No. 4 in E minor: Presto
> Moments musicaux, Op. 16 - No. 5 in D flat major: Adagio sostenuto
> Moments musicaux, Op. 16 - No. 6 in C major: Maestoso
> Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33 - No. 1 in F minor: Allegro non troppo
> Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33 - No. 2 in C major: Allegro
> Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33 - No. 3 in C minor: Grave
> Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33 - No. 4 in D minor: Moderato
> Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33 - No. 5 in E flat minor: Non allegro
> Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33 - No. 6 in E flat major: Allegro con fuoco
> Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33 - No. 7 in G minor: Moderato
> Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33 - No. 8 in C sharp minor: Grave
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Theme: Andante
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 1: Poco piu mosso
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 2: L'istesso tempo
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 3: Tempo di menuetto
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 4: Andante
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 5: Allegro (ma non tanto)
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 6: L'istesso tempo
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 7: Vivace
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 8: Adagio misterioso
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 9: Un poco piu mosso
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 10: Allegro scherzando
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 11: Allegro vivace
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 12: L'istesso tempo
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 13: Agitato
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Intermezzo
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 14: Andante (come prima)
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 15: L'istesso tempo
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 16: Allegro vivace
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 17: Meno mosso
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 18: Allegro con brio
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 19: Piu mosso. Agitato
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 20: Piu mosso
> Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Coda: Andante

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Moment musical in E flat minor, Op. 16/2
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : 6 Etudes Tableaux
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

With her winning combination of consummate technical brilliance, fine musicianship, and personal verve, the pianist Xiayin Wang captures the hearts of audiences wherever she appears. She is achieving high levels of recognition for her commanding performances as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist in such venues as New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. This is Wang's second disc for Chandos Records. Her previous disc, of piano works by Earl Wild, was an 'International Piano Choice' in International Piano. The six Moments musicaux constitute a set of solo piano pieces, each representing a different but complementary musical form, such as the nocturne, song without words, barcarolle, virtuoso étude, or variations. Revolutionary and grand in style, the Moments musicaux still retain the charm of Rachmaninoff's early works: dense, rich in counterpoint, highly chromatic, poignantly nationalistic, deeply felt, and, of course, exceptionally challenging to the pianist. The Études-tableaux were composed as 'picture pieces'. Rachmaninoff never did disclose what inspired each piece, but stated: 'I don't believe in the artist that discloses too much of his images. Let [the public] paint for themselves what [the music] most suggests.' The Variations on a Theme of Corelli was the last original solo piano work that Rachmaninoff wrote, and the only one he composed outside Russia.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
So the playing here is excellent, and she joins a small handful of pianists whose musical moments move me.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2012
She fares extremely well in major solo works by Rachmaninov...Every one of the numbers in the Op. 33 Etudes-tableaux is vividly and incisively characterised, and she conjures a wonderful depth of feeling and range of keyboard colouring...The Corelli Variations here possess a poise, dignity and underlying melancholy that not every interpreter finds in this fascinating late work.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2012
Here, even in Rachmaninov's most savage and turbulent pages, is playing of an awesome clarity and poise. Xiayin Wang makes her chosen composer sound greater and more indelibly Russian than ever...you will surely be lost in wonder at Wang's pianistic but above all musical glory. Such playing underlines the pity one feels for those poor puritan souls still unable to appreciate such beauty.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, New Yor (2011-11-07_2011-11-08&2012-).



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>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Moment musical in E flat minor, Op. 16/2
  • Performer: Xiayin Wang (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, New York (2011-11-07_2011-11-08&2012-)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : 6 Etudes Tableaux
  • Performer: Xiayin Wang (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, New York (2011-11-07_2011-11-08&2012-)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42
  • Performer: Xiayin Wang (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, New York (2011-11-07_2011-11-08&2012-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931