Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3
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Pianist Simon Trpèeski makes his Avie label debut with his first concerto recording, Rachmaninov's Second and Third, potently partnered by Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
30-year-old Macedonian pianist Simon Trpèeski is one of the most remarkable musicians of his generation. Here he performs technically flawless and superbly rendered versions of Rachmaninov's notoriously challenging Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3. He partners with frequent collaborator Vasily Petrenko who, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, extend their fruitful Avie association with this, the first of two recordings with Trpèeski surveying Rachmaninov's complete concertante works for piano and orchestra.
Trpèeski has performed extensively in the UK and has a loyal following amongst audiences of the London Symphony, Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, the Wigmore Hall and Southbank, and others. Winner of the London International Piano Competition in 2000, he was a member of the BBC New Generation scheme and winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society's Young Artist Award in 2003. A Gramophone Award-winning artist, his first concerto recording will be eagerly sought out.
Since becoming Principal Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006, Petrenko has had a galvanising effect on Classic FM's Orchestra in the Northwest. Multiple Gramophone Awards and unanimous critical acclaim have further spread their magical brand of music-making.
"Petrenko's Rachmaninov is passionate yet strikingly unsentimental. This approach fits well with that of his soloist Simon Trpèeski, whose playing of this most difficult of concertos combined impish nonchalance with great muscularity. Much of it was dazzling...Trpèeski dispatched the first-movement cadenza with breathtaking panache." - The Guardian
Personnel: Simon Trpèeski (piano), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (conductor)
(4 stars) Petrenko achieves a wonderfully integrated blend of orchestral sound...the allegro vivace of the finale is electrifying. -- The Sunday Times (CD of the Week), (Hugh Canning), February 21, 2010
(4 stars) Poetic, poignant and scored with a new virtuosity and range of colour...luscious string tone and superb woodwind...super-fine performances. -- The Sunday Telegraph, February 21, 2010
(5 stars) Profound and communicative...Petrenko instinctively conveys the essential quality of soul that the interpretation of Rachmaninoff requires. -- Daily Telegraph (Classical CD of the Week), (Geoffrey Norris), February 20, 2010
(5 stars) The strings ideally complement the intense rapture of Trpceski's finely sculptured phrasing...as exciting as the composer's own interpretation. -- The Sunday Telegraph, 11 April, 2010
(5 stars) Trpceski offers the ideal meld of glittering, fleet-fingered clarity and spontaneous romanticism...exciting, stirring, wonderfully played and simply sublime. -- Classic FM Magazine (Editor's Choice), (Jessica Duchen), May 2010
(5 stars) Vasily Petrenko's nose for atmosphere even excels that of Neeme Järvi...a master of expressive phrasing. -- BBC Music Magazine (Disc of the Month), (David Nice), March 2010
A deeply rewarding disc...fresh, exciting, beautifully accompanied and wonderfully coherent. -- International Record Review, (Nigel Simeone), April 2010
Top Customer Reviews
This disc certainly didn't take me by storm the way Petrenko's other recent Rachmaninov medley on Avie did. My appreciation of those performances and the fact that they almost instantly became my first choice for "The Isle of the Dead" and the "Symphonic Dances" led me to have high hopes of these concertos; that expectation has not been fulfilled but I do not want to dismiss these versions out of hand, as they might well repay careful re-listening. Trpceski is fleet and fluent in the passagework but, compared with the brilliant, breathless attack of, say, Byron Janis and Dorati on the old Mercury recording, the tempi set by him and Petrenko seem a bit tame and careful - although they create a kind of contemplative, melancholy quite other than the more traditional, barnstorming showmanship we have become used to.
Try to listen before you buy; meanwhile for me I think the jury is still out on this one.
I have to admit those in question here, however, are nothing special. The accounts are well performed but lack insight to mine the essential romanticism of these works. With a substantial number of great performances of each work available there is no reason, unless like me you have made a mistake, to buy this CD. The three stars are awarded for the technical quality of the performances and the sound both of which are excellent.
After reading the remarks of others on this site I must strongly object to the person who rates this disc highly for its relaxing qualities. Anyone who listens to Rachmaninoff to relax would be better off with Montovanni or some other form of aural pablum! Rachmaninoff's music reaches and gives insight into the heights and depths of human feeling and it is a disservice to him to characterize his music as relaxing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Heard part of this in the Winter Olympics ceremony, and had the whole CD downloaded off Amazon really quickly. Great music, and a good quality recording. Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2014 by bassmanuk
I've always loved Rachmaninov, and this is a great CD with my two favourites piano concertos. A wonderful recording, and these young guys have long and successful careers ahead of... Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2013 by Blue and white
Truely sublime master class by a top class orchestra, conductor, and pianist.
Magical to say the least.