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Piano Concertos Nos. 2 And 3 (Scherbakov, Rsso, Yablonsky) [DVD AUDIO] [DVD Audio]

Sergey Rachmaninov , Dmitry Yablonsky , Russian State Symphony Orchestra , Konstantin Scherbakov DVD Audio
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  • Orchestra: Russian State Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky
  • Composer: Sergey Rachmaninov
  • DVD Audio (2 Feb 2004)
  • Please Note: This is a DVD-Audio disc which is playable on most DVD players as well as all DVD-Audio players.
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: DVD Audio
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0001B0A6M
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant reading with Slavic Soul-Vivid Sound 21 April 2004
By drdanfee VINE VOICE
Except for the expert remastering of the composer's own recordings, Naxoshas been repeatedly trying to get it right with the Rachmaninoffconcertos. The Jeno Jando disc with the second concerto and the rhapsodywas nicely played; but the orchestra wasn't quite as good as the pianist. Then Bernd Glemser had a go. Again, good performances, but rather glib,lacking something in the soul department.
Now, we can listen to Konstantin Scherbakov, accompanied by the RussianState Symphony Orchestra (the modern incarnation of the old USSRsymphony), conducted by Dimitri Yablonsky. Mr. Scherbakov arrives at thispoint, having established very strong pianistic credentials by way of hisstellar performances of the Beethoven Diabelli Variations, theShostakovich Preludes, all set down for Naxos in regular 16-bit stereosound.
As a winner of the first-ever Rachmaninoff competition, you might suspectthat Mr. Scherbakov would know a thing or two about how to present thismusic. He does, indeed. Right off, he commands the balances needed tomake Rachmaninoff more than background or elevator music. Pacing is key,and not easily done in Rachmaninoff. Not to fast, not too slow; able torise and fall with the larger phrasings of the music without devolvinginto the kind of taffy-pull that leaves the music in gooey strings, layingaround all over the place, limp.
Technically, though neither of these two concertos is particularly easy toplay, Scherbakov solves or surmounts every difficulty. First off, he hasthe figurations in hand. Rachmaninoff is always requiring the pianist toplay very busy patterns, while also making you work to distinguish themelody or rhythmic foreground from the rest of the pattern that serves asbackground, and sometimes even as motoric background.
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