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... in just about everything these beautifully rich and intricate microcosms have to offer. Playing Rachmaninov requires a vocal approach to piano playing. Countermelodies often are as important and melodic as the melodies themselves. The dynamic range is enormous yet always round and never harsh. Failing to attain a richness of sound ultimately fails Rachmaninov's work. Noteworthy recordings of these Etudes-Tableaux include the several found on Mikhail Pletnev's "Hommage a Rachmaninov", or even Alexander Kobrin's Op. 33 set. There are also two available on the "Rachmaninov Plays Rachmaninov" Ampico piano recording played by the composer. Tough to argue with that.


Genre: Classical

Turkish pianist Idil Biret is a fixture of the Naxos catalog and its completist enterprises, having recorded the collected piano works of Chopin and Brahms for the label. Between 1994 and 2008, she recorded a cycle of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas for her own IBA (Idil Biret Archives) label. She has appeared with most of the world's major orchestras and presented recitals in many countries, with a notable high point being a complete performance of Liszt's brutally difficult transcriptions of Beethoven's...
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