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5.0 out of 5 stars Trpceski: modern brilliance
Simon Trpceski has released another stellar performance, this time in the Russian repertoire of Rachmaninov.

There are various extracts of the preludes: No.1, 2, 10, 5, 4, from the Op.23 and No.2 and 12 all interpreted with a definite stamp of uniqueness, something that is definitely important for the performance of pieces that are VERY popular. Other...
Published on 19 Aug 2011 by TrueEllipsis

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2.0 out of 5 stars tidy but less expressive
I bought his recording, just wanted to listen to Rachmaninov's second piano sonata.
Simon plays Rachmaninov's pieces very tidily and neatly , as other contemporary pianists do.
As he released Petrushka, which is awfully difficult arrangement, his technical achievement
leaves nothing to be desired.

However, in terms of expression, in other words,...
Published on 22 April 2010 by Hanabi


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5.0 out of 5 stars Trpceski: modern brilliance, 19 Aug 2011
This review is from: Simon Trpceski Plays Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 2 / Preludes (Audio CD)
Simon Trpceski has released another stellar performance, this time in the Russian repertoire of Rachmaninov.

There are various extracts of the preludes: No.1, 2, 10, 5, 4, from the Op.23 and No.2 and 12 all interpreted with a definite stamp of uniqueness, something that is definitely important for the performance of pieces that are VERY popular. Other Transcriptions intermingle with the preludes throughout and it is indeed a pleasant listening experience compared with the usual "one after the other" approach of most Prelude recordings.

Finally we reach the summit of the recording; the Second Sonata. The Sonata is again very popular however a modern recording of this caliber is rare. Trpceski brings an unusual clarity and depth devoid of gushing sentimentality. Every note is crisp and intentional and absolutely nothing is glossed over. If you have ever listened to Rachmaninov's own recordings of his works you will notice that Trpceski achieves the exact musical interpretation that the composer was trying to achieve without actually copying Rachmaninov's playing, he does it in his own way.

This is the example of a mature artist expressing pure emotion through an equally mature sonata -Trpceski gets to the point of the music, so if you are looking for a recording with swelling, gushing "romanticism" this is probably not for you. The only other recording that can equal this (in my opinion) is that of Peter Jablonksi on Decca which is extremely difficult to find these days.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars tidy but less expressive, 22 April 2010
This review is from: Simon Trpceski Plays Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 2 / Preludes (Audio CD)
I bought his recording, just wanted to listen to Rachmaninov's second piano sonata.
Simon plays Rachmaninov's pieces very tidily and neatly , as other contemporary pianists do.
As he released Petrushka, which is awfully difficult arrangement, his technical achievement
leaves nothing to be desired.

However, in terms of expression, in other words, musicality, his performance of this
recording is a little bit disappointing.
In his playing of Rach's sonata, there are only 2 dynamics, just piano and forte. He plays forte part
as always ff, and piano part is always p. He failed to produce musical gradation.
A meaning of f varies as p does. In some cases, f might be close to mf, might be close
to ff. f or p has such 'range'. His playing lacks this kind of range.
Especially third movement of Rach's second sonata, tempo is fine, but because he keeps
playing ff, a musical result is 'noisy'. Although his overall playing is very tidy and
neat as I said, his playing sounds like noise and just loud.

Or maybe he cannot control his emotion in his playing. When he gets excited, he simply
bang the keys? Of course only he knows.

However he is surely fine pianist, very typical modern 'competition' pianist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gem!, 15 April 2014
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This review is from: Simon Trpceski Plays Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 2 / Preludes (Audio CD)
Having heard Simon Trpceski in concert I was keen to find some of his recordings. This is a fine example of his brilliant technique, and interpretation.
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