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Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes, Op. 23 Nos. 1-10, Op. 32 Nos. 1 - 13, Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3 No. 2 Import


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Editorial Reviews


1. Prelude for piano No.1 in C sharp minor ('The Bells of Moscow'), Op. 3/2
2. Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23: No. 1 in F sharp minor. Largo
3. Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23: No. 2 in B flat major. Maestoso
4. Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23: No. 3 in D minor. Tempo di minuetto
5. Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23: No. 4 in D major. Andante cantabile
6. Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23: No. 5 in G minor. Alla marcia
7. Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23: No. 6 in E flat major. Andante
8. Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23: No. 7 in C minor. Allegro
9. Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23: No. 8 in A flat major. Allegro vivace
10. Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23: No. 9 in E flat minor. Presto
11. Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23: No. 10 in G flat major. Largo
12. Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32: No. 1 in C major. Allegro vivace
13. Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32: No. 2 in B flat minor. Allegretto
14. Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32: No. 3 in E major. Allegro vivace
15. Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32: No. 4 in E minor. Allegro con brio
16. Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32: No. 5 in G major. Moderato
17. Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32: No. 6 in F minor. Allegro appassionato
18. Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32: No. 7 in F major. Moderato
19. Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32: No. 8 in A minor. Vivo
20. Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32: No. 9 in A major. Allegro moderato
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Product Details

  • Performer: Steven Osborne
  • Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
  • Audio CD (May 12, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B001URRA50
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By C. Pontus T. on October 1, 2009
Format: Audio CD
On 3 October, the Gramophone Award winners for 2009 will be announced. Steven Osborne is nominated both in the Concerto and Instrumental categories. I have not heard the former disc--Britten's complete works for piano and orchestra (Britten: Piano Concerto; Diversions; Young Apollo). However, as to the latter, I have listened to it extensively and compared with copious other versions of Rachmaninov's Preludes. Knowing the British reviewers in combination with the fact that Paul Lewis's Beethoven Sonatas scooped last year's Record of the Year accolade, I would not be surprised at all to find this Osborne disc as this year's winner--it has already been showered with several accolades in the Kingdom. Obviously, we must be faced with one of the great piano discs of recent, right?

Together with Chopin's Ballades and Nocturnes, Rachmaninov's Preludes constitute the most beautiful works written for the piano. It should, thus, come as no surprise that I own and/or have heard most extant versions of these priceless gems--as well as played some of them myself. Even if other British pianists from John Ogdon through Howard Shelley and Peter Donohoe have preceded Osborne in recording the 24 Preludes, they have all failed to capture the Rachmaninovian amalgamation of passion, nervousness, powerfulness and fiery brilliance. In this department, the great Russian pianists remain supreme.

One cannot say that Osborne plays bad; at the same time, claiming this to be 'the winning ticket' (International Record Review), or at 'the top of the {recommended} list', (Fanfare, {Musical Opinion}), is either biased or outright ignorant.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Theophilus on October 20, 2009
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I have the Ashkenazy CD mentioned by the below Pontus. I find this CD quite handsome in its playing. ALL of the Preludes are done well, although I disagree with some of the interpretations. I find this one notch above Ashkenazy's playing, but a notch below what I would call unbelievable or mind-blowing. He plays with power when necessary, a fine technique, and discerning musicianship also. I do miss the melancholia that so permeates all of the works of Rachmaninoff. This trait is missing from Osborne's playing.

The last of the Op. 32 Preludes, my favorite, lacks a finality to it that states the end to the composing of preludes in his lifetime. Ashkenazy goes for broke in this prelude and brings out all the voices, albeit a little percussively.

But I think this CD does deserve its Editor's Choice from Gramaphone magazine. There are no real weaknesses, but it fails to enthrall me as truly exciting or scintillating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a nice guy on November 17, 2010
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There is nothing that I can possibly find to say negatively about this superb recording.

Who is this Stephen Osborne?

I find absolutely everything that he has recorded to be of the absolute highest quality; artistically, emotionally, expressively, it's about as perfect as you can get. And such interesting repertoire! Here the Rachmaninov preludes (which I hardly knew, imagining for some reason that they would be 99% 'filler' for the c# minor famous one... how wrong I was).

The perfect way to spend an hour+ would be in listening to this disc at home on your headphones, but I admit I haven't done that... yet! Instead I've enjoyed dipping in and listening to just one or two at a time, and I've not yet failed to be inspired for the rest of the day.

Bravo to all involved in this recording! And now I think I'll listen to opus 32, number 13!
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