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NI 1720

Rachmaninov - The Piano Concertos

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2011

Originally recorded in 1996


BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Tadaaki Otaka

John Lill


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Total Time - 207:15
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Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18

1 I Moderato 11:41
2 II Adagio sostenuto 12:22
3 III Allegro scherzando 12:00

Piano Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor, Op.12

4 I Vivace 13:16
5 II Andante 6:57
6 III Allegro vivace 8:11

Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.36

7 I Allegro agitato 11:04
8 II Non allegro - Lento 8:10
9 III Allegro molto 8:01

Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30

10 I Allegro ma non tanto 17:37
11 II Intermezzo: Adagio 12:27
12 III Finale (Alla breve) 14:34

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

13 I Allegro vivace 10:14
14 II Largo 7:36
15 III Allegro vivace 9:41

Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op.42


Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43


John Lill has been taken for granted as must often be the fate of those who have been in the public eye since the 1960s. In these five concerted works Lill’s manly and ursine weightiness of delivery complements Rachmaninov ideally. Lill and Otaka favour the pesante approach. The accent is on grandeur and the music blossoms under such craft and philosophy. As we hear in the glitter of the finale of the Second Concerto neither Lill nor Otaka are indissolubly wedded to the wider span; there’s brilliance aplenty but sparingly applied. The same can be heard in the flinty and lop-tangled grandiloquence of the Tchaikovskian First Concerto. My, how good the piano sounds in this recording!

"...This is a very enjoyable, rewarding set. Collectors who already have one or more recordings of these works in their collections will find much to savour and enjoy in Lill’s pianism...anyone wanting to acquire recordings of these pieces for the first time will find John Lill – and Tadaaki Otaka, for that matter – a reliable and rewarding guide."

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