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William Kapell - Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 2 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini / Shostakovich: 3 Preludes (2000)

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Title: Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 2 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini / Shostakovich: 3 Preludes
Year Of Release: 2000
Label: RCA Red Seal
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue)
Total Time: 60:43
Total Size: 248 Mb


Sergei Rachmaninoff

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 43

1. Introduction: Allegro vivace; Varaiation I: (Precedente)
2. Tema: L'istesso tempo
3. Variation II: L'istesso tempo
4. Variation III: L'istesso tempo
5. Variation IV: Più vivo
6. Variation V: Tempo precedente
7. Variation VI: L'istesso tempo
8. Variation VII: Meno mosso, a tempo moderato
9. Variation VIII: Tempo I
10. Variation IX: L'istesso tempo
11. Variation X: Poco marcato
12. Variation XI: Moderato
13. Variation XII: Tempo di minuetto
14. Variation XIII: Allegro
15. Variation XIV: L'istesso tempo
16. Variation XV: Più vivo scherzando
17. Variation XVI: Allegretto
18. Variation XVII: [Allegretto]
19. Variation XVIII: Andante Cantabile
20. Variation XIX: A tempo vivace
21. Variation XX: Un poco più vivo
22. Variation XXI: Un poco più vivo
23. Variation Xxii: Un Poco Più Vivo (Alla Breve)
24. Variation Xxiii: L'Istesso Tempo
25. Variation Xxiv: A Tempo Un Poco Meno Mosso

Robin Hood Dell Orchestra
Fritz Reiner, conductor

Record 1951, Academy of Music, Philadelphia

Concerto for piano and orchestra number 2, opus 18

26. Moderato; Allegro
27. Adagio sostenuto
28. Allegro scherzando

Robin Hood Dell Orchestra,
William Steinberg, conductor

Record 1950, Academy of Music

From Two Fantastic Pieces for Piano
29. Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, Op.3, No. 2

Record 1945, RCA Studio 2, Нью-Йорк

Dmitri Shostakovich
From Twenty-Four Preludes, Op. 34

30. No. 24 in D Minor
31. No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor
32. No. 5 in D

Record 1944, RCA Studio 2

The critical line at the time William Kapell and Fritz Reiner's recording of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini was that Kapell "found the modernist in the Rhapsody without betraying Rachmaninov's Romantic heart." Well, maybe. Sure, this Rhapsody's angular and edgy, which might qualify Kapell's interpretation as modernist. And sure, this Rhapsody still got a super-soupy 18th variation, so maybe Kapell's interpretation didn't betray Rachmaninov's Romanticism. But the most interesting thing about Kapell's interpretation was how funny it was. Right from his first entrance -- those absurd rising C sharp octaves -- Kapell seems to find the humor in the Rhapsody without giving up on either Modernism or Romanticism. And suddenly the Rhapsody seems like a new piece: not a misguided attempt on Rachmaninov's part to write a Modernist work nor a failed attempt to fuse modernism and Romanticism, but a droll, witty parody of Modernism and Romanticism. This might not be interpretively correct, but it sure is funny.
However, this approach doesn't workso well for the Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2, which also appeared on this volume of the Kapell Edition. First, the piece isn't funny; second, the piece isn't modernist; third, playing it as if every note counted is a big mistake. In the Rachmaninov No. 2, notes count less than feelings and Kapell seems really passionate only about getting the notes right. The three Shostakovich preludes that appear as fillers work much better as droll, witty modernist music since they are in fact droll, witty modernist music. Particularly effective is the parody of Chopin's Prelude in C sharp minor. Kapell brilliantly catches the work's combination of sarcasm and sentimentality. While not perhaps to all tastes, this is still a great disc.

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haydnstoe   User offline   29 January 2016 09:29

Dear tirexiss,
Thank you very much for this recording.
Do you, by any chance, have the RCA boxset of Kapell playing, and if so, would you consider uploading it?
Many thanks

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