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Paganini Corelli & Chopin Var

Lugansky; Oramo; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra , Rachmaninov Sergei Audio CD

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1. Rachmaninov : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43 : I Introduction
2. Rachmaninov : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43 : II Variations 1 - 6
3. Rachmaninov : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43 : III Variation 7
4. "Rachmaninov : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43 : IV Variations 8, 9"
5. Rachmaninov : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43 : V Variation 10
6. Rachmaninov : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43 : VI Variation 11
7. Rachmaninov : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43 : VII Variation 12
8. Rachmaninov : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43 : VIII Variations 13 - 15
9. Rachmaninov : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43 : IX Variations No.16 & No.17
10. Rachmaninov : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43 : X Variation No.18
11. Rachmaninov : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43 : XI Variations No.19 - No.22
12. Rachmaninov : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43 : XII Variation No.23
13. Rachmaninov : Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op.42 : I Thema
14. "Rachmaninov : Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op.42 : II Variations 1, 2"
15. Rachmaninov : Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op.42 : III Variation 3
16. Rachmaninov : Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op.42 : IV Variation 4
17. Rachmaninov : Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op.42 : V Variations 5 - 7
18. Rachmaninov : Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op.42 : VI Variation 8
19. Rachmaninov : Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op.42 : VII Variations 9 - 12
20. Rachmaninov : Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op.42 : VIII Variations 13 - 15
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling June 23 2008
By David Saemann - Published on Amazon.com
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It was a brilliant idea to collect three of Rachmaninoff's variations pieces on one CD, regardless of how many are with orchestra The Paganini Rhapsody is a terrific performance. Lugansky handles the bravura moments very impressively, while Oramo's orchestra plays with verve and precision. Some writers have criticized Lugansky for being too reserved in the work's more emotive moments. I would say that there is a reticence to his playing, but he maintains a light and shade along with a beautiful feeling for the harmonic logic that renders his playing all of a piece, even in the more emotional moments. The solo works are given big, brawny performances, but always with logic and never any caprice. On the basis of this disc, Lugansky is clearly a major pianist whom we should be hearing more from. If you are looking for a version of the Paganini Rhapsody with more heart on its sleeve, I would recommend the classic Entremont/Ormandy rendition.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now Part of a Budget-Priced 9CD Box Set May 11 2013
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For those who like Lugansky's playing (as I do) you might be interested to know that this CD with the Paganini Rhapsody plus the Variations on a Theme by Corelli and that on a Theme by Chopin, as well as the two CDs containing the four concertos are now part of a budget-priced 9CD box costing about the same as two CDs at full price. It is here: Nikolai Lugansky

Check it out.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best options available of this repertoire March 8 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
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This disc, excellently recorded in 2003-04, completes Lugansky's excellent survey of Rachmaninov's works for piano and orchestra and his sets of variations all in one useful go. The orchestra under Oramo provide excellent support in the Paganini variations.

This whole set of discs has received glowing reviews in magazines and on the BBC music program. Some have suggested that Lugansky has achieved benchmark status which is a remarkable achievement in such a hotly contested field. Nevertheless, having got in my collection a considerable number of respected and famous recordings from the generations, I would be inclined to place Lugansky at the very top of the list of outstanding versions.

Lugansky brings a thoughtful frame of mind to the Paganini Variations plus his formidable technique. There are numerous instances of great sensitivity and equally numerous moments of fire. Lugansky has a tendency to favour the darker timbres and moods of his repertoire such as in his striking view of the Chopin Etudes fro example. This darker side enhances the Russian character of his playing and as such there are parallels with other great Russian pianists such as Richter. This is only hinted at in these variations but is much more apparent in the two sets of solo variations, in particular the late set of Corelli Variations written at about the same time as the Paganini set.

The Chopin Variations is an earlier work but already the Rachmaninov sound world is fully established even if the variations are not so compact and tightly argued as in the later Corelli set. Lugansky gives an impassioned account of both works which does not shy away from the enormous expressive range required. The performance of the Corelli set in particular takes on an epic quality. There are epic stretches of bleak Russian spaces contrasted with climaxes which are equally epic and throughout the scale of the performance is vast. This is great playing which carries all before it with every opportunity taken to illustrate Rachmaninov's absolute mastery of the tonal resources of the piano.

It would be foolish to suggest any performance of any work today as being definitive there being far too many justifiable alternative viewpoints and generally too many fine choices available. We live in a privileged age. However there will always be stand-out options even in a hotly contested field such as this.

I would therefore suggest that this very fine disc deserves the most serious consideration from anyone interested in the program. Supporters of Lugansky need not hesitate.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great performance July 31 2013
By Apples - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When i ordered the CD, I didn't really look what was on the disc, I just wanted all 24 versions of Rachmaninoff variations on Paganini's theme.Imagine my surprise when I found it also contained all of his variations on themes by both Corelli and Chopin.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet, in my opinion Aug. 4 2014
By Arthur Millwood - Published on Amazon.com
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The best yet , in my opinion ! There is not a missing or wrong note ! The attention to detail by Composer and Performer is exquisite!

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