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5.0 out of 5 stars
Power of propulsion and persuasiveness which no one has ever explored, and rich sounds as if it was the Bösendorfer, 17 Mar 2013
Rachy project recorded at the Abbey road studio all paid by herself before she made her Decca Classics debut which had come on a long journey and already became a legend of classic music scene. This CD set was materialised as she realised her debut by the Decca at last. Although she is a Bösendorfer player as well as Rachmaninoff, she used the Steinway Model D this time. But she must be particular about the sounds recorded at every second knowing well about the peculiarity of the extraordinary piano.
It is because all paid by herself, articulation can be listened here is of herself even though she exchanged interpretative ideas with Michael Francis conductor of this CD recording beforehand. Norman Lebrecht commended the First and Forth. He said "she teases out subtle shifts that are commonly blown away in a blizzard of notes. The First is palyed with a delicately calibrated rise of dynamic tension and the Fourth with an empathetic and profoundly moving sense of irredeemable exile." I totally agree with him. I think the Third is the highlight. Although it is a quicker tempo than usual, she keeps full of propulsive power thoughout every phrases which is convincing enough to move us deeply. All is due to her miraculous pianism. Additionally I'm not always satisfied with balance between orchestra and piano, e.g. third movement of the Third, around 10:00 of this CD (around 10:38 in the recording of Ashkenazy), clarinet makes conspicuous noisy melody which disturbs attention to the piano. The balance of this CD recording is perfect.
This is far from commercialism which produces something sweet and harmless. Virtuosity achieved here must be once in a handred years. I can say that nobody will outperforme her for a while. Goethe said "Something which seems demonish should't be idea, but rather natural. It must be by chance but at the same time completely inevitable." This is truely a masterpiece and audiophile of this century. Must-buy.