Anna Fedorova - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2; Cello Sonata

Anna Fedorova - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2; Cello Sonata
Recording Location:
Herford, Germany; Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands
Release Date:
February 17, 2015
Artist:
Recording Date:
June 20, 2014 & June 21, 2014
Genre:
Duration:
01:13:17
Album:
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2; Cello Sonata
Styles:
Concerto, Chamber Music

Anna Fedorova's performance of Sergey Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor features her virtuoso technique and passionate expression, but the reproduction of this 2015 Piano Classics recording is curiously mixed, with a strangely unbalanced sound that detracts somewhat from the performance. The piano part is plainly audible throughout, though its tone quality varies, depending on the thickness of the textures surrounding it, while the orchestra comes in and out of focus, at times murky and compressed and at others surprising clear. There's not much that Fedorova could do with this situation except play above the accompaniment with clarity and brilliance, while Laércio Diniz and the Nordwestdeutsche Philhamonie gave support as best they could. The recording of the Cello Sonata in G minor is superior in presence and depth, and cellist Benedict Klöckner has real presence to match Fedorova's vigorous playing.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18
Moderato / Sergey RachmaninovAnna Fedorova11:27
Adagio sostenuto / Sergey RachmaninovAnna Fedorova12:08
Allegro scherzando / Sergey RachmaninovAnna Fedorova12:28
Cello Sonata in G minor Op. 19
Lento-allegro moderato / Sergey RachmaninovAnna Fedorova13:16
Allegro scherzando / Sergey RachmaninovAnna Fedorova6:30
Andante / Sergey RachmaninovAnna Fedorova6:16
Allegro mosso / Sergey RachmaninovAnna Fedorova11:12

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