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RACHMANINOV: Variations on a Theme of Chopin / Preludes

Composer(s):Rachmaninov, Sergei
Artist(s) Biret, Idil, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.554426
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Idil Biret’s Rachmaninov recital here brings a powerful yet poetic reading of the Chopin Variations, one of Rachmannov’s finest piano works, coupled with miniatures and rarities including many rare early pieces. Biret’s reading of the Variations, a work seriously neglected, brings out the high dramatic contrasts, cleanly establishing the character of each section and setting the while structure (overall almost sonata-like) in relief. The fill-ups include an unpretentious little piece, Lento, that Rachmaninov wrote at thirteen, and demonstrations of his prowess in writing counterpoint, untypical but crisply refreshing. Excellent sound to bring out the subtleties of Biret’s tonal shading.

Review By Edward Bhesania,International Record Review,March 2000

"The Variations are striking for Biret's sheer capability; not just an impressively robust technical facility, but a vivid and involving reading to match. ...the recorded piano sound is wide and open throughout...the disc represents a rare combination of Rachmaninov's smaller works, and a thoroughly recommendable Chopin Variations."


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