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CHAN 10816

Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonatas etc.

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Xiayin Wang

piano

Venue:

American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, New York, USA



Producer:

William Schwartz


Ralph Couzens

(Executive)

Engineer:

Leszak Maria Wojcik



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Piano


Classical

Total Time - 65:14
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SERGE RACHMANINOFF

(1873-1943)
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 28 (1907)

35:28  
  in D minor - in d-Moll - en ré mineur  
1 I Allegro moderato - Meno mosso - Allegro - Tempo I - 13:19
2 II Lento - Più mosso - Tempo I 8:31
3 III Allegro molto - Meno mosso - [ ] - Un poco meno mosso - 13:34
   
 

from Preludes, Op. 23 (1901-03)

10:35  
  À Monsieur A. Siloti  
4 4 Andante cantabile 4:11
  in D major - in D-Dur - en ré majeur  
5 5 Alla marcia 3:32
  in G minor - in g-Moll - en sol mineur  
6 6 Andante 2:45
  in E flat major - in Es-Dur - en mi bémol majeur  
 

Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 36 (1913, revised 1931)

19:26  
  in B flat minor - in b-Moll - en si bémol mineur  
  Dedicated to Matvey Leontyevich Presman  
7 Allegro agitato - Meno mosso - Poco più mosso - Tempo I - Meno mosso 7:39
8 Non allegro - Lento - Poco più mosso - Poco più mosso - 6:32
  Tempo I - L'istesso tempo -  
9 Allegro molto - Poco meno mosso - Tempo I [Allegro molto] - 5:11
  Più mosso - Tempo rubato - Presto  
  TT 65:36      
   
 Xiayin Wang piano
  18 and 19 September 2013 (Piano Sonata No. 2) & 18 and 19 January 2014 (other works)  


Xiayin Wang presents her second album of piano works by Rachmaninoff, playing the two piano sonatas alongside three of the Op. 23 Preludes. She impressed with the first volume, Gramophone remarking that it featured ‘playing of an awesome clarity and poise’ (Gramophone Choice).  

 
Piano Sonata No. 1 from 1908 was originally inspired by Goethe’s Faust, and follows the model of Eine Faust- Symphonie by Liszt. Although Rachmaninoff abandoned any explicit references soon after starting the Sonata, the influence of Liszt’s work can be heard in its grand three-movement structure and complex emotional trajectory. The symphonic proportions of the first sonata contrast with the compact 1931 revision of Piano Sonata No. 2, which Xiayin Wang performs here. Rachmaninoff cut some 120 bars from the original as well as toning down some virtuosic extravagances and creating clearer textures. 
 
Despite this apparent modesty, the rhapsodic expression and emotional breadth so characteristic of Rachmaninoff are abundant in the sonata. 
 
Three miniature masterpieces from Rachmaninoff’s first, Op. 23 set of preludes complete the disc. No. 4 in D major is a pure Andante cantabile while No. 5, one of Rachmaninoff’s best-known works, is a striding march. No. 6 in E flat major offers another reverie which effectively returns us to the calm of the D major prelude.
 

                      Performance ****          Recording ****

"... a disc of marvellous appeal."

Calum MacDonald - BBC Music magazine - August 2014


"...devotees of these works shouldn’t hesitate to add this to their shelves."

Nicholas Salwey - International Record Review - June 2014




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