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listen  4. Schubert - Wohin: Wohin 2:51$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo 4:39$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 213:51Album Only
listen  7. Sorochinskaya yarmarka (Sorochintsi Fair): Gopak (Hopak) (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano) 2:09$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Bizet - L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1: L' Arlesienne: Minuetto 2:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57 (arr. S. Rachmaninov): Flight of the Bumble-Bee 1:13$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Tchaikovsky - Lullaby: Lullaby 4:50$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. 6 Songs, Op. 38 (version for piano): Daisies 2:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. 12 Songs, Op. 21 (version for piano): Lilacs 2:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. Aleko (arr. for piano): Dance of the Young Gypsy Maidens from Aleko 4:21$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. Kreisler - Liebesleid: Liebesleid 5:09$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. Kreisler - Liebesfreud: Liebesfreud 7:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. Behr - Polka WR: Polka W. R. 4:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. The Star Spangled Banner (arr. Rachmaninov for piano solo) 2:08$0.89  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (July 28, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000009OLW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hexameron on April 7, 2007
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I might be one of a few who has never been dazzled by these particular Rachmaninov transcriptions. Perhaps it's the unevenness of the music that drives me away. I don't think the choice of music for transcription to piano is that interesting. Granted, the Bach Partita, the Flight of the Bumble-bee and the Schubert Wohin are exceptional, but the rest are just... "eh." Rachmaninov's transcriptions of his own songs are indeed significant and I value them as much as Earl Wild's transcriptions of the Rach's songs. But Franz Behr's Polka, Mussorgsky's Hopak, and Bizet's Minuet from L'Arlesienne, and even Kreisler's Songs are not engrossing.

But first the good: Rachmaninov's transcription of the Bach Partita for Violin No. 3 in E major is an excellent addition to the Bach transcription oeuvre. With exquisite skill, Rachmaninov transfers the scintillating polyphony and the vibrant violin parts into the colors of the piano tones. The melodic lines are intact and Biret's performance is full of noble feeling and Baroque affectations. Schubert's Wohin is a fine choice for piano transcription, even though it's been done before with exemplary success by Liszt. Rachmaninov's treatment of the accompaniment and the vocal line are just as balanced and pianistic as Liszt's. Biret's sensitive phrasing is notable and the whole piece counts as one of Rachmaninov's best transcriptions from this set. Rachmaninov's cadenza for Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 is a worthy effort and I'm impressed with it. Biret's interpretation of this Hungarian Rhapsody is questionable, but the wild abandon of the cadenza is great; the Rach's imaginative motivic touches are terrific.

I don't think I would be human if I disliked Rimsky-Korsakov's skittish flurries in the Flight of the Bumble-bee.
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Rachmaninov was not only a brilliant pianist but also a composer, like Franz Liszt in an earlier century. They both demonstrated their talents in these areas by taking well known pieces by other composers and arranging them for concert performance on the piano. On this Naxos CD, Turkish pianist Idil Biret plays a dozen of these pieces that were worked on by Rachmaninov. One of the pieces is Liszt's own famous Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in c sharp minor, with the addition of a cadenza by Rachmaninov. Also featured here are the Schubert song Wohin from the song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin, the Scherzo from Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream, and two piano pieces by his friend, the Austrian violinist Fritz Kreisler whom Rachmaninov partnered on many concert performances. There are also three short pieces by Rachmaninov himself - two songs and an extract from his opera Aleko. This is not perhaps the most inspiring of Idil Biret's Rachmaninov performances, but is a compilation of some pleasant pieces that Rachmaninov might have used as encores after his major works.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 1999
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Idil Biret is a pianist who outdoes Rakhmaninov, Ohlssohn, and Hobson in their playing of Rakhmaninov's transcriptions. Of all of their marvelous playing I would choose her to listen to. A great buy at such a bargain price.
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