RACHMANINOV: Variations on a Theme of Chopin / Piano Sonata No. 2

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1 Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22 (excerpts): Theme - Var. 1-10 6:29 $1.49 Buy
2 Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22 (excerpts): Var. 11, 13-18 9:42 44.1/16 Album only
3 Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22 (excerpts): Var. 19-22 10:10 44.1/16 Album only
4 Siren' (Lilacs), Op. 21, No. 5 2:40 $1.49 Buy
5 Margaritki (Daisies), Op. 38, No. 3 2:26 $1.49 Buy
6 Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 (based on versions played by V. Horowitz): I. Allegro agi 9:19 44.1/16 Album only
7 Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 (based on versions played by V. Horowitz): II. Non allegr 5:59 $1.49 Buy
8 Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 (based on versions played by V. Horowitz): III. L'istesso 6:09 $1.49 Buy
9 Liebesleid (trans. S. Rachmaninov) 4:45 $1.49 Buy
10 Liebesfreud (trans. S. Rachmaninov) 7:19 44.1/16 Album only

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When we released Yevgeny Sudbin’s début disc earlier this year, it caused a sensation. Garnering top marks in a number of international magazines, the interpretations of the 25-year-old Russian pianist were compared with those of Horowitz and Pletnev in glowing terms. Gramophone magazine made the disc (BIS-CD-1508) its Editor’s Choice and described it as ”arguably among the finest, certainly most enjoyable of all Scarlatti recitals." Now Sudbin – who earlier this year signed a 5 year exclusive contract with BIS – gives us the opportunity to experience his artistry in a completely different context. Taking on some of his compatriot Rachmaninov’s most demanding works for solo piano – Sonata No. 2 and the less well-known Chopin Variations – he mixes them with shorter pieces in a varied programme. In his own liner notes the performer describes the works as ”music which always communicates at a deeply personal level and goes to the very root of human emotion.” For this recording Sudbin has taken as a motto Rachmaninov’s own words: ‘Music must first and foremost be loved, it must come from the heart and it must be directed to the heart.’ The praise – above – from great pianist and Rachmaninov interpreter Stephen Hough – is the proof that he has succeeded in his purpose!

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"Here, surely, is a young virtuoso in the widest, most encompassing sense... Sudbin evinces a deft and super-sensitive virtuosity; and ... creates an entirely individual aura." - The Gramophone, November 2005