Wednesday, March 29, 2017
What can I say? Yes, I write often about Khatia Buniatishvili, be it about her concerts, or about her recordings. Today I want to share with you Khatia’s recording of music by Rachmaninov: Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 Performed by Khatia Buniatishvili (piano), with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Paavo Järvi conducting. A highlight of Khatia’s recording career where she reunites with Paavo Järvi for her first orchestral recording in 4 years. Rachmaninoff’s epic, dramatic Piano Concertos 2 and 3 are rarely combined on a single CD. These are two blockbuster concertos of the late-romantic repertoire – especially the 2nd concerto as it has featured in many famous movies such as Billy Wilder’s The Seven Year Itch (1955) or Clint Eastwoods’ film Hereafter (2010). The 3rd concerto was prominently featured in Shine (1996) with David Helfgott. This album was recorded with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, at Rudolfinum, Dvorak Hall, Prague. Khatia was invited to perform the track ‘Kaleidoscope’ on Coldplay’s latest release ‘A Head Full of Dreams’. Here is the Adagio from the piano concerto number 3 by Sergei RChmaninov, as performed by Khatia Buniatishvili.
Sokolov/BBC Philharmonic/Tortelier/Mahler CO/Pinnock (Deutsche Grammophon)Like buses, three new recordings of Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto have appeared at once. The most startling of them, with Grigory Sokolov as the soloist, is in fact not exactly new; Sokolov no longer plays concertos or records in studios, and this performance dates back to the 1995 Proms in London, where he made one of his rare British appearances with the BBC Philharmonic under Yan-Pascal Tortelier. His account of Mozart’s A major Concerto K488 is from a concert, too, at the Salzburg festival a decade later.Sokolov’s Rachmaninov playing is immense and, in its mix of supreme fluency and ardent intensity, easily bears comparison with the best versions available on disc. His account of K488 is just as compelling; the opening piano solo in the slow movement is as fine a demonstration as any of how less can mean so much more in a performance. Unfortunately, though, the release suffers from a major technical issue. After Sokolov’s titanic performance of the first-movement cadenza, the piano is audibly never the same again; the one note that is badly out of tune becomes more and more intrusive, especially in lyrical passages. Continue reading...
I have been listening to a pair of Zara Levina (1906-1976), a composer who lived and died under Soviet pressure to conform. She did what she had to do to get by. Her first concerto, dated 1942, sounds like an extension of Rachmaninov’s fourth with some personal frills. Widowed in 1948, she wrote with the censors constantly in mind. Her second, written the year before she died, is reckless and original – a kind of Hollywood dinner-party conversation between Rachmaninov and Schoenberg. Brilliantly played by Maria Lettberg and the Berlin radio orchestra, totally absorbing. Check out the promo video for the new release.
This is the trailer for a new Rachmaninov recording by Khatia Buniatishvili, one of the more engaging soloists on the circuit. The orchestra is the Czech Philharmonic. Their facial expressions are phlegmatic, if not glacial. Do these players enjoy being on record? And on camera?
Venue: ELBPHILHARMONIE HAMBURG GROSSER SAAL (The brand new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany, Large Hall) Date / time: April 5, 2017, at 8:00 PM Artists: Kremerata Baltica orchestra Andrei Pushkarev, Vibrafon Khatia Buniatishvili, piano Gidon Kremer, Violin and conductor PROGRAM: Joseph Haydn, Konzert für Klavier und Orchester D-Dur Hob. XVIII/11 Franz Schubert, Fantasie C-Dur D 934 für Violine und Orchester Giya Kancheli, Valse Boston Astor Piazzolla Concierto Del Angel, and other works by Piazzolla Here is Ms. Buniatishvili in Rachmaninov’s Concerto number 2:
For my good friends in Paris, I sure would love to be in your great city on March 23rd!! That evening, there is a concert where Ms. Buniatishvili will perform the Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. Here are the details: Date/Time: March 23, 2017 Thursday 8:00 PM Venue: Théâtre des Champs-Élysées 15 Avenue Montaigne, Paris, Île-de-France 75008 Artists: Orchestre Philharmonique de Rotterdam, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Solist: Khatia Buniatishvili, piano Program: Bernstein: On the waterfront Gershwin: Rhapsody in blue Rachmaninov: Danses symphoniques op. 45
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1 April 1873 28 March 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music. Early influences of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and other Russian composers gave way to a thoroughly personal idiom that included a pronounced lyricism, expressive breadth, structural ingenuity, and a tonal palette of rich, distinctive orchestral colors. The piano is featured prominently in Rachmaninoff's compositional output. He made a point of using his own skills as a performer to explore fully the expressive possibilities of the instrument. Even in his earliest works he revealed a sure grasp of idiomatic piano writing and a striking gift for melody.
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