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Etudes-Tableaux op.39 - Variations on a theme of Corelli op. 42


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  • Audio CD (19 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B002PW43TK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,758 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4. 9 Etudes-Tableaux Opus 33: No.4 In D Minor
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10. Theme (andante)
11. Variation 1 (poco più mosso)
12. Variation 2 (l'istesso tempo)
13. Variation 3 (tempo di menuetto)
14. Variation 4 (andante)
15. Variation 5 (allegro)
16. Variation 6 (l'istesso tempo)
17. Variation 7 (vivace)
18. Variation 8 (adagio misterioso)
19. Variation 9 (un poco più mosso)
20. Variation 10 (allegro scherzando)
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DEC 4763334; DECCA - Inghilterra; Classica da camera Piano

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 Jun 2013
Here is a find indeed, and I mean the combination of Alexander Romanovsky and Rachmaninov. This disc, extremely well recorded in 2008, is the second that I have bought of this new star in the firmament of young pianistic talent. His calling card on disc was a recording of Brahms and Schumann which was very fine indeed but here he is on home ground with music that gets to the Russian soul.

This music is intensely compelling with ingredients of epic splendour, exultation and chiming bells contrasted with vast empty spaces, depths of loneliness and desolation, longing, and above all, passion. All of these conflicting images and sensations are woven together in ways that not only require prodigious technique and large hands, but also an essential empathy with the interior of the russian psyche. Or at least that is how it seems to me!

This is music that has a large place in my collection. Generally the best, most convincing performances, come from Russian pianists, either born or bred or both. Ashkenazy was the first to enlighten me in these regards. Richter gave us a wonderful set of the op 39 in 1983 and in good sound too. All future discs came to be judged by that survey. Those who passed the op 39 test include Gavrilov's few, Lugansky's whole survey in 1992 and Paterson-Olenich's complete set in 2007. Outstanding Corelli Variations include Ashkenazy of course but also Rodriguez in 1994 and Pletnev in 1998.

Even in the company of such exalted pianists and fine recordings, if I were unlucky enough to be sent to that fabled desert island with just one recording of these works, I would be very tempted to make it this one by Romanovsky. He seems to have everything including the best recorded sound of all.
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Miracle Music 29 Jan 2010
By Beverly A. Crandall - Published on Amazon.com
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I would walk over coals to hear Alexander Romanovsky, and this CD is a marvel. All of Rachmaninoff's fire, passion, tenderness and beauty are brought to life here, with flawless phrasing and extraordinary power. Mr. Romanovsky makes both the Corelli Variations and the Etudes Tableaux (op. 39) sound easy. They are not! (I have studied this music time and again over the years.) For comparison, Olga Kern, John Browning, Van Cliburn and others have recorded many of these works with superb results, but Mr. Romanovsky's performance is the Matterhorn. Please please someone ask him to record the Sonata No. 2, and team up with another pianist to play Rachmaninoff's last work, the Symphonic Variations! I do not know if there is a heaven, but if there is, and Sergei can hear this CD, he will be smiling.
Beverly Crandall
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An excellent program played by a virtuoso 25 April 2010
By pm444 - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, the program itself is a pleasure from beginning to end. I didn't own either of these selections and am enjoying getting to know them. The "Etudes-Tableaux" are reminiscent of brief solo passages from a Rachmaninov piano concerto, followed by a series of very short variations on a theme by Corelli. Second, where has Decca been hiding Alexander Romanovsky and why haven't we heard more from this extremely gifted young pianist? He plays with great virtuosity and a strong feeling for Rachmaninov's music, and one cannot help wondering what he'd be able to do if he were to begin tackling Rachmaninov's piano concertos. I'm surprised that this CD is still available in the US only as an import, and I cannot understand why Decca hasn't done more to promote Romanovsky here. At least this CD is now available at a more reasonable price than it was when I bought it, so the cost is no longer an obstacle to adding it to your collection.
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The vibrant rise of this flaming virtuosi! 2 Oct 2011
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
This week. Caracas was exceptional witness of this next legend of the piano. The high caliber pianism of Alexander Romanovsky is indubitable. But there's srtill more; he owns that inner fire, untamed passion, requested flair, electryfying vitality, serene lyricism, and sheer introspection to play any piece of the huge pianistic repertoire.

This album is a conclusive evidence of his genius. With only 27 springs, he has earned wide fame and hailed by many audiences around the world.

The Rachmaninoff 3rd Piano Concerto was played by him yesterday evening and I really hope it had been released for CD format, because we are talking about one of the battlehorses of the piano. He undertook and played all the original cadenzas of this difficult score.

Bravo for this new promise of the noblest of the instruments.
A disc of considerable stature and a new musical talent to take note of 29 Jun 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Here is a find indeed, and by this I mean the combination of Alexander Romanovsky and Rachmaninov. This disc, very realistically recorded in fine Decca manner in 2008, and was one of the last to be recorded under this label. It makes a fine memorial to a superb record company compromised by commercial considerations.

Alexander Romanovsky was a new signing for the label and this , his second disc, shows him not only to be a pianist of considerable technical accomplishment, but also a pianist in complete empathy with the world of Rachmaninov. He is able to encompass the vastness of the empty spaces coupled with the majesty of scale. He makes the rising climaxes of tolling bells into epic events equally matched by periods of contrasting desolation and loneliness. Such are the contents of these magnificent Etudes Tableaux.

The late Corelli Variations are a summation of Rachmaninov's art and in them we hear every conceivable pianistic device laid down in the service of a lifetime's imagination. This is a great set of variations and deserves to be more generally played. The performance here is of considerable stature and is capable of being compared only with the best among which I would list recordings by Ashkenazy, Shelley, Pletnev and Lugansky. Can anyone have too many recordings of these wonderful works?!

This then, is a disc which deserves to be seriously considered for purchase. I would also venture to suggest that Romanovsky's solo disc of Schumann and Brahms is of similar stature.
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