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After the Storm (1879) by Arkhip Kuindzhi (1842-1910)
Track(s) taken from CDH55431
Recording details: May 2000
Studio 1, The State House of Broadcasting and Audio-Recording, Moscow, Russia
Produced by Alexander Volkov
Engineered by Alexander Volkov
Release date: October 2000
Total duration: 10 minutes 21 seconds

'Recommended' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Strongly recommended' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Performances characterised by admirable technical fluency and innate musical quality' (The Strad)

'Uniformly fine, sensitive and idiomatic playing and sound that alternately caresses and thunders as the music requires, this disc is a bargain … of all these fine works it would be impossible to imagine more satisfying performances than these … altogether a feast for the ears' (Fanfare, USA)

Two Pieces for cello and piano, Op 2
dedicated to Anatoly Brandukov

Prélude  [3'55]
Danse orientale  [6'26]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Rachmaninov’s Op 2 Pieces for cello and piano, which were among the first of his works to be published by Gutheil, comprise a new version of the F major piano Prélude, and a Danse orientale. The Prélude retains F major as its key and begins at once with the cello’s statement of the main theme, accompanied chordally by the piano. A restate­ment, slightly more elaborate, follows, leading to a faster section in which the piano assumes greater importance, although both instruments are fully utilized. A strongly varied recapitulation of the opening theme, with the piano more assertive—though still accompanimental—brings the Prélude to a quiet ending. The succeeding Danse orientale, in A minor, is more fluidly constructed, with a characteristic opening theme that is sub­jected to a variable state of flux in its working, but always returning to A minor. The quiet pizzicato ending is another characteristic touch.

from notes by Robert Matthew-Walker © 2000

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