"Preghiera" Rachmaninoff Trios - DGG

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"Preghiera" Rachmaninoff Trios - DGG

Post by Lance » Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:58 pm

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There have been a number of recordings of Sergei Rachmaninoff's (1873-1943) Piano Trios, namely the Trio Elegiaque No. 1 in G Minor, and the Trio Elegiaque No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 9. No. 1 was a student composition composed in one movement and lasting about twelve minutes. No. 2, however, was inspired by the death of Tchaikovsky ("To the Memory of a Great Artist"), contains three movements and embraces about 50 minutes in time. The sentiment imbued in No. 2 illustrates an highly distraught Rachmaninoff who began work on this trio as soon as he learned of the passing of his compatriot. A brooding performance of the work if there ever was one, it is the central piece of three works on this disc. The opening work is entitled "Preghiera," [Prayer] and lasts a mere almost five-and-a-half minutes. Here, Rachmaninoff's celebrated Piano Concerto No. 2 in in C Minor, Op. 18 is heard through violinist/composer Fritz Kreisler [1875-1962] creating a piece for violin and piano in his arrangement of the Adagio sostenuto (second movement) of the concerto providing an interesting concept that certainly doesn't equate in any way to the original, however, makes for pleasant listening of part of a well-known concerto.

This disc features the Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer, who celebrated his seventieth birthday on February 27, 2017 and Deutsche Grammophon responded by recording this issue iin May 2015 anticipating Kremer's seventieth birthday. Kremer's partners were hand-selected by him and include his first chair cellist of his group, Kremerata Baltica -- Giedre Dirvanauskaite -- and the brilliant relatively new pianist on the scene, Daniil Trifonov. Having some of the great historical recordings of Rachmaninoff's trios, and later versions, I have found this to be an entirely satisfying disc of all three pieces, melding all three soloists into some memorable music-making of the first order. Kremer, who has recorded prolifically, we know what to expect, and Trifonov here plays his piano in some of the most heartfelt playing I have heard emanate from the artist's fingers. The cellist is a new find insofar as solo or chamber work is concerned, at least on this scale of trios, and displays a drama and sensitivity in her playing that is immediately noted.

Five stars on this one! ***** Recording quality is natural and balances the three instruments with perfection. Very highly recommended.
Lance G. Hill
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Re: "Preghiera" Rachmaninoff Trios - DGG

Post by maestrob » Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:40 pm

Thank-you, Lance! This one's on my want list. It's good to read such a positive review! :D

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