Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto, No. 2 / Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
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Audio CD, May 28, 2013
Eminent Russian pianist DENIS MATSUEV
presents his first recording with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Alan Gilbert, with Rachmaninoff's famous Piano Concerto No. 2 and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue,
an album where two classical masters of the 20th century meet. Denis Matsuev has become one of the fastest rising stars on the international concert stage since his triumphant victory
at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1998 and has quickly established himself as one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation. He has developed into one
of the most prominent pianists of the Russian School and appears regularly with leading orchestras around the world including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony
Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Matsuev is the Musical Ambassador to the Sergei Rachmaninoff
Foundation and his recording of Piano Concerto No. 2 is in celebration of the 140th anniversary of the composer's birth.
- Product Dimensions : 5.56 x 4.97 x 0.39 inches; 3.68 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Sony Classical
- Item model number : 26927674
- Original Release Date : 2013
- Run time : 49 minutes
- Date First Available : April 8, 2013
- Label : Sony Classical
- ASIN : B00BQ6GEYI
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #341,758 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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And it is particularly tragic because Matsuev provides a masterful example of almost unbelievable virtuosity in the Rachmaninov, and he is supported marvelously by the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert, with no sense of routine accompaniment. They really dig in and play their hearts out.
Even in the Gershwin, Matsuev shows us a different way, still delightful, but somewhat straight-laced in style, leaving Earl Wild to remain the exemplar of the ur-text tradition and still holder of the crown. However I think one must also say that Matsuev isn't helped very much by Alan Gilbert and the NYPO who are strangely awkward and seem ironically inhibited by the American style, as if they are just going through the motions, and they don't "feel" at ease with the music like Arthur Fiedler and the BSO do for Earl Wild.
Never-the-less, for the ultimate in virtuosity and Russian fire, despite the over-engineered, mushy sound, hear Matsuev play the Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto. You won't regret it! - It's an unforgettable experience! - BUY IT!