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Romance in E flat, Op 8 No 2

'Rare Piano Encores' (CDH55109)
Rare Piano Encores
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55109  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Track 8 on CDH55109 [2'04] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Romance in E flat, Op 8 No 2
It is not quite clear how much the Rachmaninov transcription is the work of the composer’s cousin, Alexander Siloti (under whose name the first edition was published but who was not credited in later editions) and how much is that of Rachmaninov himself, who at the very least approved of the arrangement and its new title. Originally, this Romance in E flat was a song, ‘Thou art like a flower’, to a Russian translation of Heine’s poem Du bist wie eine Blume. Although the transcription is quite straightforward there are some particularly beautiful rhythmic alterations to allow the melody to be heard clearly at the climax. A typical Rachmaninov gesture, these surely come from the composer’s own hand.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 2004

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55109 track 8
Recording date
25 October 1981
Recording venue
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Rare Piano Encores (CDA66090)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: September 1986
    Deletion date: June 2004
    Superseded by CDH55109
  2. Rare Piano Encores (CDH55109)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: August 2004
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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