Rachmaninov Young and Old

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Rachmaninov
‘Youth’ Symphony in D minor
Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.44
Piano Concerto No.4 in G minor, Op.40


Reviewed by: Colin Anderson

Reviewed: December 2006
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 7692
Duration: 78 minutes

An excellent introduction to Rachmaninov’s ‘late’ music – the symphony and concerto are masterpieces: music of gut passion, striking invention and colour, and orchestrated with wonderful sophistication. Kletzki finds the symphony’s yearning and volatility, and Ashkenazy and Previn appreciate the drive, emotion and refinement of Rachmaninov’s greatest piano concerto. The 18-year-old composer’s ‘Youth’ movement finds Rachmaninov in Borodin and Tchaikovsky mode.

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