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

Composer(s):Rachmaninov, Sergei
Artist(s)
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosInstrumentalOrchestral
Catalogue 8.111289
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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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.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2008

Looking back at Arthur Rubsintein’s discography, it is strange to find so few recordings of music by Rachmaninov, though he placed on disc four versions of the Second Piano Concerto. This one was made in 1946 partnered by the NBC Symphony with Vladimir Golshmann. Polish by birth in 1887, Rubinstein lived the life of a touring virtuoso, moving around the world in a diary packed with future engagements. He was to study in Berlin, the violinist and conductor, Joseph Joachim, nurturing the prodigious talent, his major concert debut coming at the age of 16 in 1903. With a massive career already established, he enjoyed a rather colourful life as a socialite in his 30’s and 40’s, his performances tending to be more flamboyant than in later life. It proved to be a long

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