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Prince Elisei begs the moon to help him find his betrothed.
Track(s) taken from CDH55209
St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Release date: August 1990
Total duration: 68 minutes 30 seconds

'A worthy continuation of Hyperion's Rachmaninov series' (BBC Music Magazine)

'First-rate playing, splendid sound, value for the money' (American Record Guide)

'Shelley and Macnamara find the necessary eloquence to bring life to the descriptive passages of the First Suite, and a real driving energy for the Second. The Symphonic Dances works beautifully for two pianos, and is played with consistently compelling sensitivity and flair' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Their readings are superb, and Hyperion has captured them with crystal clarity' (Classic CD)

Suite No 2, Op 17
first performed by Rachmaninov and Alexander Siloti in Moscow in November 1901; dedicated to Alexander Goldenweiser

Valse: Presto  [6'12]

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Dmitri Alexeev (piano), Nikolai Demidenko (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Dedicated to Goldenweiser (later to become Director of the Moscow Conservatoire), the C major Suite No 2 was first heard in Moscow in November 1901, played by Rachmaninov and Alexander Siloti (his cousin and teacher). Emerging phoenix-like out of the depression of the fin de siècle years following the rejection of the D minor Symphony in 1897, it’s a work, according to Babin, that for Rachmaninov ‘always remained symbolic of the renewal of life’. Opening with a grandly rejuvenating chordal march gilded in bell sounds, two of its movements are dances—the first a G major waltz tableau of ‘fluttering eyelids’ and climactic E flat passion; the second an exhilarating tarantella finale in the minor, recalling a summer spent in Italy with Chaliapin. Physically full-bodied and full-blooded, it’s been accused of wanting in ‘notable profundity’ (Geoffrey Norris, 1976). And its links with the Second Concerto have been turned against it. No matter. Pianists will not be bothered. And listeners will not care. Dreams and poems, the sweetest of lingering hope, is the vision of its A flat Romance.

from notes by Ates Orga © 1993

Other albums featuring this work
'Medtner: Music for two pianos' (CDH55337)
Medtner: Music for two pianos
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55337  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  

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