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Denis Matsuev, New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert - Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2 / Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue (2013)

19-05-2016, 21:21
Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Title: Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2 / Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: RCA Red Seal
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue)
Total Time: 49:01
Total Size: 199 Mb


Segey Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in С minor, Op. 18
01. I. Moderato - Allegro (10:29)
02. II. Adagio sostenuto (10:00)
03. III. Allegro scherzando (11:11)

George Gershwin (1898-1937)
04. Rhapsody in Blue (17:09)

Denis Matsuev - piano
New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert

Russian pianist Denis Matsuev has established himself as one of the most dynamic and virtuosic performers of his generation, and his program on this RCA album with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic is ideally suited to his extraordinary abilities. The pairing of Sergey Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor and George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue is a natural one, particularly because of the works' shared post-romanticism (note Rachmaninov's influence on Gershwin's slow theme in the Rhapsody), as well as for the dazzling writing for the piano in both works. Of course, the challenge for Matsuev is to make his part appear effortless, and he succeeds so well in both performances that listeners may be a bit blasé about his playing, taking it in without really considering what knuckle-busters these pieces really are. If anything is the cause of such easy acceptance, it is undoubtedly because the Piano Concerto is likely played more often than any other, and the Rhapsody in Blue is almost equally famous to audiences. But don't let over-familiarity dull appreciation of the musicians' efforts, for Matsuev gives everything he has to make the writing come across with clarity and precision, and Gilbert and the orchestra provide solid support in both performances. RCA's recording was made in 2012 in Avery Fisher Hall, and it's full of vibrant sonorities and rich tone colors.

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denisamadeus   User offline   20 May 2016 01:04

Thank you ever so much, friend.

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