Sergey RACHMANINOV (1873–1943)

Études-tableaux, Op. 39

Moments musicaux, Op. 16

Boris Giltburg, Piano
Listen to an excerpt from
Étude-tableaux in D major, Op. 39 No. 9

Pianist Boris Giltburg sees Rachmaninov’s Études-tableaux, Op. 39 as cinematic short stories or colourful tone paintings. In contrast, the unashamedly beautiful Moments musicaux are concentrated explorations of a single idea or mood, from struggle and pain towards light and genuine joy. In these collections, which contain some of the composer’s most affecting music, Rachmaninov shows himself to be a master of the meticulously crafted short-form genre.

About Boris Giltburg
Boris Giltburg took first prize at the 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition, having won second prize at the Rubinstein in 2011 and top prize at Santander back in 2002, and subsequently appearing across the globe. Notable débuts have included a South American tour in 2002 (and every season since), with the Israel Philharmonic in 2005, the Indianapolis Symphony in 2007, a tour of China in 2007, and at the BBC Proms in London in 2010. He has appeared with Marin Alsop, Martyn Brabbins, Edo de Waart, Christoph von Dohnányi, Philippe Entremont, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Neeme Järvi, Kirill Karabits, Emmanuel Krivine, Hannu Lintu, Vasily Petrenko, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Tugan Sokhiev and Yan Pascal Tortelier, among others. In 2014 he began a long-term recording plan with Naxos.
“Giltburg has the capacity to identify with and encapsulate the moods of each piece while artlessly crafting them into a shapely span.”
– The Daily Telegraph (UK)
“Boris Giltburg’s well thought, yet always fresh and spontaneous playing is convincing by its intellectual freedom and the harmonious combination of energy
and sensitivity.”
– Pizzicato
“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 in relief.”
– The Penguin Guide
“This is an
impressive recording”
– Limelight Magazine