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RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Rubinstein) (1946-1950)

Composer(s)Rachmaninov, Sergey
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosInstrumentalOrchestral
Catalogue 8.111289
Label / Series Naxos Historical / Great Pianists
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available

Although Rubinstein did not play many works by Rachmaninov, he made four recordings of the Piano Concerto No. 2. If, in this May 1946 recording, Rubinstein’s adherence to the text is not always completely accurate, his performance is full of exhilaration and panache with fast tempos and a climax judged to have any audience jumping to its feet. The 1947 recording of the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is remarkable, even today, for the high quality of the sound, described as ‘Stunning! The recording is almost too vivid’, by a critic in 1948. The only solo work of Rachmaninov that Rubinstein committed to disc was the famous Prelude in C sharp minor Op. 3 No. 2 which he recorded twice.

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Work/Track Title Time
RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Rubinstein) (1946-1950) 55:54   
  Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18          
      I. Moderato - Allegro 9:15       
      II. Adagio sostenuto 10:03       
      III. Allegro scherzando 9:58       
  Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43          
      Introduction: Allegro vivace. Variation 1 (Precedente) 0:34       
      Theme: L'istesso tempo 0:18       
      Variation 2: L'istesso tempo 0:18       
      Variation 3: L'istesso tempo 0:24       
      Variation 4: Più vivo 0:28       
      Variation 5: Tempo precedente 0:27       
      Variation 6: L'istesso tempo 0:59       
      Variation 7: Meno mosso, a tempo moderato 0:59       
      Variation 8: Tempo I 0:31       
      Variation 9: L'istesso tempo 0:30       
      Variation 10: Poco marcato 0:50       
      Variation 11: Moderato 1:24       
      Variation 12: Tempo di minuetto 1:21       
      Variation 13: Allegro 0:27       
      Variation 14: L'istesso tempo 0:40       
      Variation 15: Più vivo scherzando 1:01       
      Variation 16. Allegretto 1:18       
      Variation 17: (Allegretto) 1:32       
      Variation 18: Andante cantabile 2:57       
      Variation 19: A tempo vivace 0:32       
      Variation 20: Un poco più vivo 0:35       
      Variation 21: Un poco più vivo 0:25       
      Variation 22: Un poco più vivo (Alla breve) 1:43       
      Variation 23. L'istesso tempo 0:50       
      Variation 24: A tempo un poco meno mosso 1:13       
  Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: No. 2. Prelude in C-Sharp Minor 4:22       
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