Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 4
Noriko Ogawa, Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Owain Arwel Hughes
BIS CD 975 @ £14.25 plus P&P
BBC Music Magazine “Ogawa never forces the tone. She ensures that beauty, clarity and richness of sound are sustained at all costs, even in the most thunderous passages…Yet to suggest that her playing is cool, detached and uninvolving would be utterly misleading…By any standards, this is an outstanding release.”
Gramophone “the first movement cadenza, following pages of insouciant athleticism, conveys more vividly than most the image of someone trapped at the bottom of a dark well clawing their way up its side into the sunlight…The Malmo players under Owain Arwel Hughes offer acutely observed support throughout, with the important wind and brass solo writing subtly highlighted to gratifying effect.”
About this CD …..
Noriko Ogawa and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra return to the works of Rachmaninov with a disc featuring his first and fourth piano concertos and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
Rachmaninov’s first concerto was written while he was a student at the Moscow Concervatory, but underwent considerable revisions up to 1917.
His fourth piano concerto was written after a considerable break from composition as he was kept busy as a touring performer in the USA. The unsuccessful first performance again led to considerable revisions.
The Rhapsody on a Theme of Paginini was his first major composition after the fourth piano concerto and since its première has been an enduring fixture in the repertory.
Noriko Ogawa and the Malmö Symphony have recorded the Second and Third concertos for BIS (BISCD900) which attracted considerable acclaim.