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Naxos artist Boris Giltburg goes from strength to strength with this latest recording in our Rachmaninov piano concertos series. Boris' previous release was of the Second Concerto (8.573629) which attracted the high praise we're becoming accustomed to for any of his performances:

“The fusion of freshness with generous spirit and soul lends an enthralling dynamism to this familiar repertoire.” (Gramophone)

Equally familiar is the Third Concerto's epic narrative that moves from a simple opening melody to the triumphant apotheosis of the finale. It's paired on this release with the magical contrasts of Rachmaninov's Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Op. 42.

RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Variations on a Theme of Corelli
Sergey RACHMANINOV (1873–1943)
Piano Concerto No. 3
Variations on a Theme by Corelli

Boris Giltburg, Piano
Royal Scottish National Orchestra • Carlos Miguel Prieto

Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 is a complex, epic narrative that moves from a simple opening melody to the triumphant apotheosis at its conclusion. The composer ingeniously links motifs, melodies and at times whole sections between the movements, unifying the concerto into a single overarching storyline. In the Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Rachmaninov reworks the original theme using his unique harmonic language until there is no trace left of its Baroque or Renaissance origins.

Listen to an extract from Piano Concerto No. 3:
III. Finale: Alla breve

Listen to an extract from
Variations on a Theme of Corelli

Boris Giltburg explains his approach to performing
Rachmaninov’s 3rd Piano Concerto
About the Artists
Boris Giltburg © Chris Gloag
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 debuts 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. In 2014 he began a long-term recording plan with Naxos.
Carlos Miguel Prieto © Benjamin Ealovega
Carlos Miguel Prieto is the leading Mexican conductor of his generation. Prieto was appointed music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México in 2007, and of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in 2008. He is also in great demand as a guest conductor with many of North America’s top orchestras including the Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Toronto and Houston symphony orchestras, as well as European orchestras.
Royal Scottish National Orchestra © Drew Farrell
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra was formed in 1891 as the Scottish Orchestra and became the Scottish National Orchestra in 1950. It was awarded Royal Patronage in 1977. The RSNO has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its recordings, receiving two Diapason d’Or de l’année awards for Symphonic Music (Denève/Roussel 2007; Denève/Debussy 2012) and eight GRAMMY® Awards nominations over the last decade.
Boris Giltburg’s previous recordings on Naxos
Piano Concerto No. 2
Études-tableaux, Op. 33

Giltburg • Royal Scottish National Orchestra
“Boris Giltburg certainly has something fresh to say in Rachmaninov’s Second Concerto … [and] he says it elegantly and eloquently.”
“Giltburg does not disappoint, delivering richly nuanced, well-prepared performances of these wonderful scores.”
International Piano
Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
String Quartet No. 8
(arranged for piano by Boris Giltburg)

Giltburg • Owens
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
“Giltburg has thought through each phrase and given it its own personality and direction; he and the orchestra are fully engaged.”
American Record Guide
“Giltburg rises well to the challenge.
[He] is a virtuosic and thoughtful executant. Recommended.”
International Piano

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