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Etudes/Tableaux

Sergei Rachmaninov Audio CD
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1. Etudes-Tableaux Op.33: 1. Allegro Non Troppo in f
2. Etudes-Tableaux Op.33: 2. Allegro in C
3. Etudes-Tableaux Op.33: 3. Grave in c
4. Etudes-Tableaux Op.33: 4. Moderato in d
5. Etudes-Tableaux Op.33: 5. Non Allegro in e flat
6. Etudes-Tableaux Op.33: 6. Allegro Con Fuoco, Alla Breve in E flat
7. Etudes-Tableaux Op.33: 7. Moderato in g
8. Etudes-Tableaux Op.33: 8. Grave in c#
9. Etudes-Tableaux Op.39: 1. Allegro Agitato in c
10. Etudes-Tableaux Op.39: 2. Lento Assai in a
11. Etudes-Tableaux Op.39: 3. Allegro Molto in f#
12. Etudes-Tableaux Op.39: 4. Allegro Assai in b
13. Etudes-Tableaux Op.39: 5. Appassionato in e flat
14. Etudes-Tableaux Op.39: 6. Allegro in a
15. Etudes-Tableaux Op.39: 7. Lento in c
16. Etudes-Tableaux Op.39: 8. Allegro Moderato in d
17. Etudes-Tableaux Op.39: 9. Allegro Moderato in D

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5.0 out of 5 stars Variety is the spice. . . Dec 8 2002
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Of the numerous complete recordings of the amazing Etude-Tableaux (Op.33 and 39), there are two that stand out: this one, and the interpretation by Ian Hobson. After years of thinking that the Askenazy interpretation was the definitive one (and for years, I guess it was, as it was one of the few available on CD), I discovered these two. The clarity of the exposition of the sweeping melodies and multiple "voices" within each piece is a revelation. Whether because of the recording techniques, the venue, the piano selected, or microphone placement, the sound appears perfectly balanced, with just the right amount of spatial "presence" and tonal depth, with an apparant absence of either muddying background or dry over-damping. Where Mr. Hobson's interpretation is prehaps more thoughtful and deliberate, Mr. Angelich's interpretation is more powerful and passionate, and let's face it: the music of S. Rachmaninoff is nothing if not passionate!
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1.0 out of 5 stars NO SERGEI Jan. 31 2001
By Mr. A
Format:Audio CD
There seemed to be no point to this music, as played by Mr. Angelich. It spoke on and on, politely and in a quiet, colorless, tired voice, then stopped. Ugh. Most of the detail is smeared, and the volume never rises above mezzoforte. Even Chopin at his most tubercular probably would have given a more characterful performance of these pieces!
Try Howard Shelley for the complete set (just make sure your copy does not have sound problems) - and for individual etudes-tableaux, try Richter and (on RCA) Sergei himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exciting performance Dec 23 2000
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Angelich is able to maintain the "thread" of tension admirably in this recording. He certainly also has the technique to see him through. I look forward to additional recordings...hopefully not too far off in the future!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rakhmaninov in the Classical Style July 12 2000
Format:Audio CD
Since this pianist was born in the USA,according to the short biography with this CD,it is suprising that a major company there has not taken him on.The series of Nouveaux Interpretes has hunted out on the continent of Europe a series of astonishing talents.Together they prove that the great age of performers is not vanished;instead a new golden age may be dawning.Angelich plays what some people regard as the pinacle of romantic music with stylistic purity after the manner of the best Mozart and Bach players and with respect for the music.Conctantly you ask yourself why,unlike some pianists,he does not produce a particular theme as a climactic utterance.Because of the beauty of the material it is hard to know how and why he resists the obvious temptation to project the romantic emotions that suffuses this music.He always provides the answer in a revelation, by that holding back, of the inner structure of the music and in identifying the true center of the piece.Thereby the sum of the parts is increased immesurably.When it is truly demanded he has no difficulty unleashing huge waves of sound and a limitless virtuosity in the service of his idea of the music.Of course there was another pianist who used to play this music in accordance with traditional ideals of classical restraint and old fashioned structural analysis.His first name was Sergei.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rakhmaninov in the Classical Style July 12 2000
By Peter Charleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Since this pianist was born in the USA,according to the short biography with this CD,it is suprising that a major company there has not taken him on.The series of Nouveaux Interpretes has hunted out on the continent of Europe a series of astonishing talents.Together they prove that the great age of performers is not vanished;instead a new golden age may be dawning.Angelich plays what some people regard as the pinacle of romantic music with stylistic purity after the manner of the best Mozart and Bach players and with respect for the music.Conctantly you ask yourself why,unlike some pianists,he does not produce a particular theme as a climactic utterance.Because of the beauty of the material it is hard to know how and why he resists the obvious temptation to project the romantic emotions that suffuses this music.He always provides the answer in a revelation, by that holding back, of the inner structure of the music and in identifying the true center of the piece.Thereby the sum of the parts is increased immesurably.When it is truly demanded he has no difficulty unleashing huge waves of sound and a limitless virtuosity in the service of his idea of the music.Of course there was another pianist who used to play this music in accordance with traditional ideals of classical restraint and old fashioned structural analysis.His first name was Sergei.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Variety is the spice. . . Dec 8 2002
By Chris Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Of the numerous complete recordings of the amazing Etude-Tableaux (Op.33 and 39), there are two that stand out: this one, and the interpretation by Ian Hobson. After years of thinking that the Askenazy interpretation was the definitive one (and for years, I guess it was, as it was one of the few available on CD), I discovered these two. The clarity of the exposition of the sweeping melodies and multiple "voices" within each piece is a revelation. Whether because of the recording techniques, the venue, the piano selected, or microphone placement, the sound appears perfectly balanced, with just the right amount of spatial "presence" and tonal depth, with an apparant absence of either muddying background or dry over-damping. Where Mr. Hobson's interpretation is prehaps more thoughtful and deliberate, Mr. Angelich's interpretation is more powerful and passionate, and let's face it: the music of S. Rachmaninoff is nothing if not passionate!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting performance Dec 23 2000
By pseudonym - Published on Amazon.com
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Angelich is able to maintain the "thread" of tension admirably in this recording. He certainly also has the technique to see him through. I look forward to additional recordings...hopefully not too far off in the future!
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... July 6 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I really believe you need a shrink or a hearing device! This complete set of Rachmaninov's Etudes Tableaux is a marvel! I've been a big fan of Nicholas Angelich for quite a while, now, and return to this recording continuously. Angelich's pianism, sense of line, phrase, unique appoach to pedaling and artistry (not to mention the amazing colors he's able to produce) make him one of the greatest interpreters of Rachmaninov's works (his Rach 3 is as spectacular, BTW). This a top-notch performance!...
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