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Posted By : aliomodo | Date : 07 Feb 2022 17:23:54 | Comments : 5

Rachmaninov - 24 Preludes [Steven Osborne]
APE & MP3 + CUE + LOG | TT 78:31 | Pdf booklet included
APE = 324 mb | MP3 (lame --preset standard) = 121 mb
Recorded 2008 | Released 2009



"For a truly spellbinding modern account, Osborne now holds the winning ticket." (International Record Review)



Steven Osborne: piano

Recording:
7–8 and 20–21 August 2008, Henry Wood Hall, London

Hyperion CDA67700

Track listing:
1. Prelude Op.3, No.2 in C sharp minor (Lento)
2. Prelude Op.23, No.1 in F sharp minor (Largo)
3. Prelude Op.23, No.2 in B flat (Maestoso)
4. Prelude Op.23, No.3 in D minor (Tempo di minuetto)
5. Prelude Op.23, No.4 in D (Andante cantabile)
6. Prelude Op.23, No.5 in G minor (Alla marcia)
7. Prelude Op.23, No.6 in E flat (Andante)
8. Prelude Op.23, No.7 in C minor (Allegro)
9. Prelude Op.23, No.8 in A flat (Allegro vivace)
10. Prelude Op.23, No.9 in E flat minor (Presto)
11. Prelude Op.23, No.10 in G flat (Largo)
12. Prelude Op.32, No.1 in C (Allegro vivace)
13. Prelude Op.32, No.2 in B flat minor (Allegretto)
14. Prelude Op.32, No.3 in E (Allegro vivace)
15. Prelude Op.32, No.4 in E minor (Allegro con brio)
16. Prelude Op.32, No.5 in G (Moderato)
17. Prelude Op.32, No.6 in F minor (Allegro appassionato)
18. Prelude Op.32, No.7 in F (Moderato)
19. Prelude Op.32, No.8 in A minor (Vivo)
20. Prelude Op.32, No.9 in A (Allegro moderato)
21. Prelude Op.32, No.10 in B minor (Lento)
22. Prelude Op.32, No.11 in B (Allegretto)
23. Prelude Op.32, No.12 in G sharp minor (Allegro)
24. Prelude Op.32, No.13 in D flat (Grave)

Review (The Guardian):
Though Rachmaninov's 24 preludes might seem to make a satisfyingly round number in musical terms, and each contains a piece in each of the major and minor keys, the set was never conceived so systematically. The most famous of them, in C sharp minor, had been part of Rachmaninov's Op 3 set of piano pieces; in the early 1900s, he composed 10 more as his Op 23, and finally, in 1910, decided to make a proper job of it all by producing another 13 for the remaining keys, which were published as Op 32. Steven Osborne preserves that chronology in his performance, beginning with the C sharp minor and following it with Op 23 and then Op 32, so that the development of Rachmaninov's piano writing and his enrichment of its harmonic language seems totally natural. These are wonderfully natural performances: the best on disc since Vladimir Ashkenazy's set from the 1970s, with Osborne always alert to the variegated surfaces of the music, yet mindful of the deeper currents that run beneath. His sound is perfectly judged, never overbearing in even the heftiest passages, and translucent enough to allow the inner lines, which often in Rachmaninov have an expressive life all their own, to be heard. A lovely disc.


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Posted By: diomedes64 Date: 07 Feb 2022 18:13:50
Thank you very very much. I have been wanting to listen to this for a while now.
Posted By: waldstein Date: 07 Feb 2022 18:53:22
Artistic Quality 9/10 Sound Quality
It's easy to fathom why this disc garnered high praise from the British press, along with my ClassicstodayFrance.com colleague Christophe Huss. Steven Osborne meets the considerable pianistic demands of Rachmaninov's Preludes with effortless aplomb and elegant, world-class mastery. In addition, Hyperion's superior engineering absorbs the music's wide dynamic range, striking an ideal balance between ambient resonance and pinpointed detail.
Granted, some listeners may find Osborne's luminous tone and yielding cadences too soft-grained in impact next to more angular and forceful performances of certain pieces: think of Richter's animation and transparency in the Op. 23 No. 4, Gavrilov's swashbuckling Op. 23 No. 2, or Horowitz's sexy phrasing of Op. 25 No. 5's harmonically gorgeous coda. Yet Osborne's intelligence and authority grow more persuasive over repeated listening.
How marvelously he structures the G-sharp minor Op. 32 No. 12's obstinate accompaniment around the long cantabile lines, and similarly so in the C minor Op. 23 No. 7. Impressive power, drive, and suppleness define an A minor Op. 32 No. 8 that arguably rivals Ashkenazy's nimble paradigm. The B minor Op. 32 No. 10's desolate chords are weighty yet full of inner lilt. And the ubiquitous C-sharp minor Op. 3 No. 2 convincingly fuses forward sweep and firm, orchestral sonorities. While I wouldn't sacrifice Weissenberg, Fiorentino, or Ashkenazy among my favorite complete Rachmaninov Prelude cycles, collectors seeking the best combination of sound and interpretation will gain long-lasting satisfaction from Osborne's formidable achievement.

--Jed Distler
Posted By: trench Date: 07 Feb 2022 23:05:06

Thank you Aliomodo for a quality performance & recording
Posted By: a1936 Date: 08 Feb 2022 11:55:37
Thank you very much.
Posted By: Igone Date: 06 Mar 2022 06:31:47
Thank you very much !
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