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RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Noriko Ogawa, Malmo Symphony, Hughes)

RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Noriko Ogawa, Malmo Symphony, Hughes)

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release date: July 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Malmo Symphony Orchestra


Hughes, Owain Arwel


Owain Arwel Hughes

Soloist

Noriko Ogawa

Soloist

Record Label
BIS

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 80:05
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RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Noriko Ogawa, Malmo Symphony, Hughes)

     
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SERGEI RACHMANINOV

     
 

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

 
1 I. Vivace 13:57
 Owain Arwel Hughes Soloist
2 II. Andante 6:19
 Noriko Ogawa Soloist
3 III. Allegro vivace 8:19
 Noriko Ogawa Soloist
     
 

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40

 
4 I. Allegro 9:55
 Noriko Ogawa Soloist
5 II. Largo 7:16
 Noriko Ogawa Soloist
6 III. Allegro vivace 9:45
 Noriko Ogawa Soloist
     
 

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

 
7 Introduction: Allegro vivace 0:07
 Owain Arwel Hughes Soloist
8 Variation 1: Precedente 0:19
 Noriko Ogawa Soloist
9 Theme: L'istesso tempo 0:18
 Noriko Ogawa Soloist
10 Variation 2: L'istesso tempo 0:19
 Noriko Ogawa Soloist
11 Variation 3: L'istesso tempo 0:25
 Owain Arwel Hughes Soloist
12 Variation 4: Piu vivo 0:32
 Noriko Ogawa Soloist
13 Variation 5: Tempo precedente 0:29
 Noriko Ogawa Soloist
14 Variation 6: L'istesso tempo 1:02
 Noriko Ogawa Soloist
15 Variation 7: Meno mosso, a tempo moderato 1:13
 Owain Arwel Hughes Soloist
16 Variation 8: Tempo I 0:35
 Owain Arwel Hughes Soloist
17 Variation 9: L'istesso tempo 0:32
 Owain Arwel Hughes Soloist
18 Variation 10: Poco marcato 0:54
 Owain Arwel Hughes Soloist
19 Variation 11: Moderato 1:44
 Owain Arwel Hughes Soloist
20 Variation 12: Tempo di minuetto 1:22
 Owain Arwel Hughes Soloist
21 Variation 13: Allegro 0:28
 Noriko Ogawa Soloist
22 Variation 14: L'istesso tempo 0:44
 Owain Arwel Hughes Soloist
23 Variation 15: Piu vivo scherzando 1:11
 Owain Arwel Hughes Soloist
24 Variation 16. Allegretto 1:51
 Owain Arwel Hughes Soloist
25 Variation 17: (Allegretto) 1:59
 Noriko Ogawa Soloist
26 Variation 18: Andante cantabile 3:04
 Owain Arwel Hughes Soloist
27 Variation 19: A tempo vivace 0:33
 Owain Arwel Hughes Soloist
28 Variation 20: Un poco piu vivo 0:37
 Owain Arwel Hughes Soloist
29 Variation 21: Un poco piu vivo 0:27
 Noriko Ogawa Soloist
30 Variation 22: Un poco piu vivo (Alla breve) 1:39
 Noriko Ogawa Soloist
31 Variation 23. L'istesso tempo 0:53
 Noriko Ogawa Soloist
32 Variation 24: A tempo un poco meno mosso 1:17
 Owain Arwel Hughes Soloist
 Hughes, Owain Arwel


The unique combination of ‘Russian’ melancholy and urbane elegance, exuberant melodies and opulent harmonies has given Sergei Rachmaninov’s Second and Third Piano Concertos an undying popularity. These were the works that made Rachmaninov famous, both as performer and composer, and which became the yardstick against which his other works were measured. Less frequently programmed are the two concertos that frame them. Piano Concerto No.1 was written in 1890–91 while Rachmaninov was still a student at the Moscow Conservatory, but didn’t become widely known before extensive revisions in 1917. This was shortly before the composer left Russia for good as a consequence of the revolution, and during his first years of exile, Rachmaninov kept busy as a touring performer – often of his own works – with very little time for composing.

Only in 1926 did he launch into a new large-scale composition: the Fourth Piano Concerto. With the audience expecting a work in the vein of the two preceding concertos, the first performance was not a success, however. The work was criticized for being difficult, and the lack of those ‘big tunes’ that had become a Rachmaninov trademark was bemoaned. The self-critical composer immediately started revising the work, and later withdrew it. He returned to it only in 1941 when he produced the version which is usually performed today. After the disappointment of the Fourth Concerto another long silence ensued; not until 1934 did Rachmaninov venture to compose another large-scale work, the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43. This time the reception was enthusiastic and the Paganini Rhapsody remains one of his most popular works, in which the famous A minor theme of Paganini’s 24th Caprice for solo violin is made to yield breathtaking results. Noriko Ogawa has previously released the Piano Concertos Nos 2 and 3, with the same conductor and orchestra – a disc which received a warm reception, for instance in Fanfare: ‘Magnificent, beautifully refined performances… with remarkably sophisticated support provided by Arwel Hughes and the excellent Malmö orchestra

"...Ogawa’s playing here is not to be missed."
 
Richard a Kaplan - Fanfare - January/February 2013
 

                         **** (Good)

Norbert Tischer - Pizzicato magazine - October 2012


Interpretation ****     Sound *****     Repertoire ****

Carsten Dürer - Piano News - September/October 2012


                                 Performance *****              Recording *****
"...By any standards, this is an outstanding release."

Erik Levi - BBC Music magazine - October 2012




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