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“Darkness, edge, passion, emotion: this is what I love in Rachmaninov’s Études-tableaux Op. 39. Lean and muscular, with everything unneeded hewn away, they are like masterful cinematic shorts, imbued with the emotional immediacy of a dream—and their intensity is such that even as a performer you are in danger of being overcome. The earlier Moments musicaux are lush and unashamedly beautiful explorations of a single idea or texture, together depicting a deeply rewarding journey from pain and struggle to repose and, finally, genuine joy.”

Boris Giltburg

RACHMANINOV, S.: Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39 / Moments Musicaux
Sergey RACHMANINOV (1873–1943)
Études-tableaux, Op. 39
Moments musicaux, Op. 16

Boris Giltburg, Piano

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.

Listen to an extract from Études-tableaux Op. 39:
No. 9 in D Major: Allegro moderato

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Étude-tableaux No. 5 in E-flat minor

Étude-tableaux No. 6 in A minor
About the Artist
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; he has subsequently appeared all around the world. Notable débuts include 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 an appearance at the BBC Proms in London in 2010. In 2014 he began a long-term recording plan with Naxos.
Previous recordings by Boris Giltburg
“For brilliance and the requisite Schumann poetry Giltburg lacks nothing.”
Audiophile Audition ★★★★

  Listen to an extract from
Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6:
No. 8. Frisch

“This is great pianism and great Beethoven playing at its very best.”

  Listen to an extract from
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, "Pathetique":
III. Rondo: Allegro

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