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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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A trip to Italy in 1900 with Chaliapin and the singer’s young wife stimulated Rachmaninov’s re-awakening imagination and, immediately upon his return, he wrote the Suite No 2 for two pianos, Op 17, the Piano Concerto No 2 and the Cello Sonata. Suite No 2 shows a marked advance over the first, attractive and characteristic though the earlier work be. The most immediately apparent aspect of the new work is its energy and tingling joie de vivre: in the opening ‘Alla marcia’ the notes cascade with almost breathless speed. This sensation of virtually limitless energy is carried over into the ‘Valse’, a scintillating movement which used frequently to be played separately. Even the warm and tender ‘Romance’ in 6/8 has an underlying sense of forward movement, and the final ‘Tarantelle’ is positively giddy, drawing this dazzling work to a precipitant close.

from notes by Robert Matthew-Walker © 1990

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Details for CDH55209 track 8
Tarantelle: Presto
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-90-37508
Duration
6'02
Recording date
4 August 1989
Recording venue
St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Hyperion usage
  1. Rachmaninov: Music for two pianos (CDA66375)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: August 1990
    Deletion date: September 2004
    Superseded by CDH55209
  2. Rachmaninov: Music for two pianos (CDH55209)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: September 2005
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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