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

'Rachmaninov: Piano Trios' (CDH55431)
Rachmaninov: Piano Trios
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No 1: Prélude
No 2: Danse orientale

Two Pieces for cello and piano, Op 2
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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Details for CDH55431 track 3
Danse orientale
Recording date
24 May 2000
Recording venue
Studio 1, The State House of Broadcasting and Audio-Recording, Moscow, Russia
Recording producer
Alexander Volkov
Recording engineer
Alexander Volkov
Hyperion usage
  1. Rachmaninov: Piano Trios (CDA67178)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: October 2000
    Deletion date: May 2010
    Superseded by CDH55431
  2. Rachmaninov: Piano Trios (CDH55431)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: August 2013
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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