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Études-tableaux, Op 33


The two sets of Études-Tableaux Op 33 and 39 combine the art-study tradition of Chopin-Liszt-Liapunov-Scriabin with the narrative vision of Mussorgsky. To Respighi, Rachmaninov confided some programmatic ideas in 1930 but as a rule preferred to remain un-drawn. As John Culshaw commented in his study of the composer (London 1949), Rachmaninov was a man who ‘cared little for what we might call 'physical' programme music [in the Straussian understanding] … [but he] liked an external influence; he liked to be captivated or inspired by a picture or a poem, but the inspiration having been found he relegated the actual subject to the background and rarely revealed its identity’. The E flat, one of the composer’s own favourites (he recorded it in March 1940) is in the style of ‘a fiery march’ (HU).

from notes by Ateş Orga © 2009


Rachmaninov: Violin Sonata & other works
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