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A benchmark recording of the complete preludes,
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Recorded more than two decades ago (1987&89), Alexeev's account of Rachmaninov's complete preludes can still hold its own. These are deeply expressive performances, but never sentimental. There's an element of suffering underneath the lyrical beauty of Rachmaninov's music, Alexeev captures it so masterfully with thoughtful use of the pedal. Sometimes, he doesn't use it at all to bring out inner voices or intricacy of broken chords with clarity, where most of pianists blur them with too much use of sustaining pedal. I usually get tired of Rachmaninov's music if I listen to two discs in succession, but these recordings I replayed immediately and each time I play them, there's something new to discover.