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‘Rachmaninov’s 24 Préludes are his richest and most varied cycle, a veritable treasure chest. Taken individually, each prélude is a fully-fledged small world, with clear character and mood, often full of unforgettable melodies, harmonies and rhythms. But seen as a whole, the cycle is a unique testament to Rachmaninov’s development as a composer, through the 18 years which passed between the first prélude and the last. Performing the 24 together, I can’t but feel awe and a strong sense of privilege in accompanying Rachmaninov on this journey; though in the end, of course, it’s the incredible music of each prélude which remains.’

Boris Giltburg

Sergey RACHMANINOV (1873–1943)
24 Préludes

Boris Giltburg, Piano

Written over a period of 18 years, Rachmaninov’s sets of Préludes are a mirror and a record of his compositional development. With so rich a variety of character, colour, texture and mood, no two préludes are fully alike, and differentiation of tempo and register ensures that each prélude’s character is clearly defined. The first eleven pieces were conceived by Rachmaninov as a single cycle, and their full-hearted Romanticism contrasts with the significantly more angular, modernistic Op. 32. Whether evoking ballad or bell toll, the exotic or folk influences, the Préludes stand in the great tradition of works by Bach and Chopin written in all 24 major and minor keys.

About the Artist
Boris Giltburg is universally lauded as a deeply sensitive, insightful and compelling musician. Born in 1984 in Moscow, he moved to Tel Aviv at an early age, studying with his mother and then with Arie Vardi. He went on to win numerous awards, most recently the Second (and Audience) Prize at the Rubinstein Competition in 2011, and in 2013 he won First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, catapulting his career to a new level. In 2015 he began a long-term recording plan with Naxos. At home with repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Shostakovich, he has become increasingly recognised as a leading interpreter of Rachmaninov.
Boris Giltburg’s critically acclaimed Rachmaninov recordings
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RACHMANINOV, S.:
Piano Concerto No. 2
Études-tableaux, Op. 33

Giltburg • Royal Scottish National Orchestra • Prieto
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‘Boris Giltburg certainly has something fresh to say in Rachmaninov’s
Second Concerto… and in his new Naxos recording with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Carlos Miguel Prieto, he says it elegantly and eloquently.’
Gramophone
8.573630
RACHMANINOV, S.:
Piano Concerto No. 3
Variations on a Theme of Corelli

Giltburg • Royal Scottish National Orchestra • Prieto
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‘Giltburg’s masterfully coherent, richly detailed, colourful and overall exciting account of Rachmaninov’s Third Concerto is a real treat. The pianist is extremely well supported by the Scottish National under Carlos Miguel Prieto in a well-balanced recording.’
Pizzicato
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‘[Giltburg’s] originality stems from a convergence of heart and mind, served by immaculate technique and motivated by a deep and abiding love for one of the 20th century’s greatest composer-pianists.’
Gramophone
Other recommended releases featuring Boris Giltburg
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‘... this realisation of the 1852 version of the 12 Etudes d’exécution transcendante makes a Liszt disc of the most compelling brilliance. It would be hard to imagine a more complete translation of virtuosity into poetry, the fiendish difficulties seized on as pure expressive bonus, so that one is aware of them as novel texture, never as wilfulness. Giltburg provides splendid liner notes, too.’
The Sunday Times, London
8.573666
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.:
Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
String Quartet No. 8
(arranged for piano by Boris Giltburg)

Giltburg • Owens
Royal Loverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Petrenko
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‘These are big, bold, in-your-face performances that find a wider range of expression in both works than you might have believed possible.’
ClassicsToday.com
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‘Giltburg has the capacity to identify with and encapsulate the moods of each piece while artlessly crafting them into a shapely span.’
Daily Telegraph (UK) ★★★★
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‘Boris Giltburg’s well considered, yet always fresh and spontaneous playing is convincing by its intellectual freedom and the harmonious combination of energy and sensitivity.’
Pizzicato ★★★★


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