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RACHMANINOV: Preludes for Piano (Complete)

Composer(s):Rachmaninov, Sergey
Artist(s) Nebolsin, Eldar, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570327
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Spanning 45 years of the composer’s life, Rachmaninov’s piano music has become a staple of the repertoire. His first set of Preludes, Op. 23 begins a series continued in the thirteen Preludes, Op. 32, completed in 1910, that makes use of all major and minor keys, with the exception of C sharp minor, a key used in the famous Prelude, Op. 3, No. 2. This dramatic and melancholy piece, with its ominous descending chords leading to one of Rachmaninov’s most memorable tunes, rapidly became one of his most famous compositions. It is even more well-known today through its use in numerous arrangements, in music-hall sketches and in the film Shine.

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Review By Anthony Clarke,Limelight Magazine,November 2007

This immediately becomes one of my favourite recordings. Rachmaninov’s Preludes are rarely heard or played as a single entity, perhaps because their composition spanned 45 years.

Rachmaninov most probably never intended that all 24 of these short pieces should be heard as a single collection, as we are used to hearing the more familiar Chopin preludes. But these miniatures demand to be heard as a complete suite when we are given such accomplished playing as this. The kaleidoscopic shifts of rhythm and emotion are simply breathtaking.


Review By Scott Cantrell,The Dallas Morning News,June 2007

Grade: A

RICH RANGE: Spanning 4 ½ decades, the two sets of piano preludes and the early Prelude in C-sharp minor by Rachmaninoff (or Rachmaninov, as this label spells it) span a similarly wide range of textures and soul-states. Tender nostalgia brushes cheeks with turbulence, fireworks with Old World finery. And are there three more sublime minutes in the entire piano repertory than the G major Prelude (Op. 32, No. 5)?


Review By David Denton, Naxos,May 2007

It will be the fabulous sound of this disc that will first grip your attention, coming as close as I suppose we will ever get to the reality of bringing the instrument into your room. And certainly if you want a deeply thought-through reading of the two big sets of Preludes, this Tashkent-born pianist, Eldar Nebolsin, is a performance that will stand the stand the test of time, crashing around the piano seeking hallow excitement not part of his make-up. Indeed it will be the quiet preludes - which are in the majority - by which you will remember this disc, though when faced with finger-knotting tempos, as in the opening of the opus 32, he is as mercurial as any on disc. I equally admire how he shapes the whole of each set, not going for the quick fix that takes one prelude at a



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