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Cat. No. CHAN 10107 Price: £10.5 No. of discs: 1
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CHAN 10107 - Rachmaninov: Complete Preludes
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"The practice of composing sets of piano preludes in all twenty-four keys became increasingly popular after Chopin’s Op. 28 appeared in 1839, yet it seems that Rachmaninov did not originally plan to write a full set of twenty-four preludes. His first, Prelude in C sharp minor, was written in 1892 as part of five Morceaux de fantaisie. In 1903 he composed Ten Preludes, Op. 23, still without any intention of creating a cycle, but seven years later he decided to complete the set by writing Thirteen Preludes, Op. 32 in the remaining keys.

As a genre, the piano prelude was quite common in Russian music of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but, as opposed to the rather intimate preludes of Lyadov or Scriabin, Rachmaninov’s are much larger, much more developed pieces with a very obvious ‘concert’ profile. As ever in Rachmaninov’s music, allusions abound in these pieces. In some the composer uses certain genres – a Minuet, a March, a Barcarole – yet these are just hints of the original dances. For instance, in the D minor Prelude, the fateful pace of a Sarabande can be felt more than an innocent Minuet. Some preludes, especially those based on a motoric motion, are very similar to Chopin’s Études, and are definitely influenced by Chopin’s piano style.

With points of reference spanning the years, Rachmaninov’s twenty-four preludes present a microcosm of his music and his major musical ideas. Contained within these pieces one can find every single element of his style, with its poetry, depth and originality.

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Reviews

'One of the qualities most needed in Rachmaninov's music is a graceful lack of apparent effort, and that is precisely why Hayroudinoff is so engaging… his fluency, heedless of hurdles, and his sensitive balancing of strands within Rachmaninov's sonorous textures beg, without undue unction, to be relished.'
BBC Music Magazine

'I enjoyed this new Chandos release, not least because it is very well recorded and uses a fine instrument - which keeps itself in tune during most of the attacks from the pianist. The young Rustem Hayroudinoff manages the technical hurdles with aplomb and he generally produces a satisfying sound and has both taste and sincere understanding of Russian idiom.'
Pianist

Rustem Hayroudinoff is a well-prepared and stylish exponent…
International Record Review

One of the qualities most needed in Rachmaninovs music is a graceful lack of apparent effort, and that is precisely why Hayroudinoff is so engaging… his fluency, heedless of hurdles, and his sensitive balancing of strands within Rachmaninovs sonorous textures beg, without undue unction, to be relished.
BBC Music Magazine

I enjoyed this new Chandos release, not least because it is very well recorded and uses a fine instrument - which keeps itself in tune during most of the attacks from the pianist. The young Rustem Hayroudinoff manages the technical hurdles with aplomb and he generally produces a satisfying sound and has both taste and sincere understanding of Russian idiom.
Pianist

This CD is a breath of fresh air in every way… Hayroudinoff s performances are tender and brilliant, enhancing the musics many facets with glowing tone, exquisite phrasing and an unerring sense of comic timing… if this disc is anything to go by, hes a pianist out of the ordinary…
"BBC Music Magazine, ‘Best of 2001’"

 

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