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

Recordings
'Medtner: Music for two pianos' (CDH55337)
Medtner: Music for two pianos
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55337  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Rachmaninov: Music for two pianos' (CDH55209)
Rachmaninov: Music for two pianos
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55209  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Movement 1: Introduction: Alla marcia
Track 5 on CDH55209 [4'07] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 3 on CDH55337 [3'57] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Valse: Presto
Track 6 on CDH55209 [6'12] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 4 on CDH55337 [5'19] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Romance: Andantino
Track 7 on CDH55209 [6'29] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 5 on CDH55337 [6'28] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 4: Tarantelle: Presto
Track 8 on CDH55209 [6'02] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 6 on CDH55337 [5'35] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Suite No 2, Op 17
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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

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Details for CDA66654 track 6
Tarantelle: Presto
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-65406
Duration
5'35
Recording date
6 April 1993
Recording venue
Snape Maltings, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ates Orga
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Medtner & Rachmaninov: Music for two pianos (CDA66654)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: February 1994
    Deletion date: October 2007
    Superseded by CDH55337
  2. Medtner: Music for two pianos (CDH55337)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: August 2009
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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