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Rachmaninoff, Sergei (Vassily Primakov, Piano) / Preludes & Elégie From Opp. 3, 23, 32; Variations On A Theme By Corelli, Op. 42
Album:Preludes & Elégie From Opp. 3, 23, 32; Variations On A Theme By Corelli, Op. 42 Collection:Classical
Artist:Rachmaninoff, Sergei (Vassily Primakov, Piano) Added:06/2011
Label:Bridge Records 

 Recent Airplay
1.Feb 15, 2015:CLEAN COPPER RADIO
Track 34: Prelude In C# Min, Op. 3, No. 2 (4:28)
4.Dec 27, 2011:The Music Treasury
Prelude In D Maj, Op. 23 No. 4 (5:42, Prelude In G Min, Op. 23, No. 5 (4:33), Prelude In G# Min, Op. 32. No. 12 (3:01), El├ęgie In Eb Min, Op. 3, No. 1 (6:44), Prelude In Bb Maj. Op. 23. No. 2 (4:16), Prelude In Bb Maj. Op. 23. No. 2 (4:16)
2.Nov 24, 2014:Clean Copper Radio
Track 34: Prelude In C# Min, Op. 3, No. 2 (4:28)
5.Jul 20, 2011:consummate classical
Prelude In Bb Maj. Op. 23. No. 2 (4:16)
3.Mar 10, 2012:Everything.
Track 31: Prelude In Bb Min, Op. 32, No. 2 (3:35)
6.Jul 06, 2011:consummate classical
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Album Review
Larry Koran
Reviewed 2011-06-05 
Rachmaninoff, Sergei / Preludes and Elégie from Opp. 2, 23 &32;
Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Op. 42. Vassily Primakov, piano
Label: Bridge Records

Larry K.
Reviewed 2011-06-04

1. Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) is known for achingly beautiful melodies, rich harmonies, lush musical textures, drama, passion, technical challenge and brilliant development of themes. All are in evidence here, and Vassily Primakov makes the lines sing and the spirit celebrate. Rachmaninoff premiered the Prelude in C# minor, Op. 3, No. 2, with its tolling bells, in Moscow on 26 September 1892, and subsequently, audiences never ceased to demand it as an encore (to the composer’s discomfiture). He ultimately composed 24 preludes, one in each major and minor key, emulating Chopin, who was emulating Bach. The ten in Op. 23, dedicated to his cousin, Alexander Siloti (a great pianist, conductor and teacher) were composed 1901-1903, and the 13 in Op. 32 all in 1910. The 20 Corelli Variations Op. 42 (1931) are Rachmaninoff’s last solo piano composition (in D min, except for 2 lyric variations in Db). The variations explore the 16th cent. Portuguese slow dance theme, “La Folia,” utilized by many other composers, and include sumptuous melody, chromatic counterpoint producing chromatic harmonic motion, incisive rhythms, fervor, lyricism, excitement and release.

1. Prelude in Bb maj. Op. 23. No. 2 (4:16). Tempestuous.
2. Elégie in Eb min, Op. 3, No. 1 (6:44). Sustained melancholy.
3. Prelude in G# min, Op. 32. No. 12 (3:01). Shimmering figuration, over a deeply lyric left-hand melody one wants to sing
4. Prelude in G min, Op. 23, No. 5 (4:33). Quite famous. A brilliant military march in the outer sections and an ecstatic lyric melody in the middle.
5. Prelude in D maj, Op. 23, No. 4 (5:42). A love song, richly embellished
6. – 27. Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 (20:42).

28. Prelude in E maj, Op. 32. No. 3 (3:04). Sunlit, full of energy, joy.
29. Prelude in G maj, Op. 32, No. 5 (3:36). Gorgeous melody over rich figure
30. Prelude in E min, Op. 32, No. 4 (6:30). Energetic, clangorous bells, sad
31. Prelude in Bb min, Op. 32, No. 2 (3:35). Passionate, protesting, melancholy
32. Prelude in Eb maj, Op. 23, No. 6 (3:16). Warmly emotional theme.
33. Prelude in B min, Op. 32, No. 10 (7:19), In a ghostly churchyard, heroic figures arise, recount their struggles and subside, at peace.
34. Prelude in C# min, Op. 3, No. 2 (4:28). A few unusual rhythmic groupings in this performance, rather than rhythmically “straight.”

Track Listing
1.Prelude In Bb Maj. Op. 23. No. 2 (4:16) 7.Tract 28: Prelude In E Maj, Op. 32. No. 3 (3:04)
2.Elégie In Eb Min, Op. 3, No. 1 (6:44) 8.Track 29: Prelude In G Maj, Op. 32, No. 5 (3:36)
3.Prelude In G# Min, Op. 32. No. 12 (3:01) 9.Track 30: Prelude In E Min, Op. 32, No. 4 (6:30)
4.Prelude In G Min, Op. 23, No. 5 (4:33) 10.Track 31: Prelude In Bb Min, Op. 32, No. 2 (3:35)
5.Prelude In D Maj, Op. 23 No. 4 (5:42 11.Track 32: Prelude In Eb Maj, Op. 23, No. 6 (3:16)
6.Tracks 6-27: Variations On A Theme Of Corelli, Op. 42 (20:42) 12.Track 33: Prelude In B Min, Op. 32, No. 10 (7:19)
 13.Track 34: Prelude In C# Min, Op. 3, No. 2 (4:28)