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RACHMANINOV: Music for 2 Pianos

Rachmaninov’s two Suites for two pianos are among the most original works for the medium, no less inspired or tuneful than the better known concertos. The early Suite No. 1 ‘Fantaisie-tableaux’ shows the influence of Chopin, Liszt and Tchaikovsky, but is no mere bloodless imitation of their music. Written while Rachmaninov was working on his Second Piano Concerto, the Suite No. 2 represents a maturer idiom. The Symphonic Dances, a virtual symphony in three movements and Rachmaninov’s last major work, may be viewed as a retrospective of the composer’s career. The version for two pianos is a convincing translation of the orchestral work on which he was working at the same time.

Rachmaninov, Sergey

  Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
1.   I. Non Allegro 00:11:08
2.   II. Andante con moto (Tempo di valse) 00:08:43
3.   III. Lento assai - Allegro vivace 00:12:08
  Suite No. 2, Op. 17
4.   I. Introduction: Alla marcia 00:04:13
5.   II. Valse: Presto 00:06:15
6.   III. Romance: Andantino 00:06:13
7.   IV. Tarantelle: Presto 00:06:02
  Suite No. 1, Op. 5, "Fantaisie-tableaux"
8.   I. Barcarolle: Allegretto 00:08:17
9.   II. La nuit… l'amour: Adagio sostenuto 00:05:43
10.   III. Les larmes: Largo di molto 00:06:30
11.   IV. Paques: Allegro maestoso 00:02:28

Total Playing Time: 01:17:40

Rachmaninov, Sergey

Donohoe, Peter; Roscoe, Martin

Label: Naxos

Genre: Instrumental

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.557062

Barcode: 0747313206223

Physical Release: 11/2006

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