RACHMANINOV  Piano Trios / Ashkenazy



Trio élégiaque
No. 1
No. 2 op. 9

Vocalise op. 34 No. 14

Dream · Der Traum
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay
Mats Lidström
Int. Release 05 Aug. 2013
1 CD / Download
0289 478 5346 6 CD DDD DH


Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
Trio élégiaque No.2 in D minor, Op.9 for Piano, Violin and Cello

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay, Mats Lidström

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mats Lidström

再生時間合計 1:08:55

. . . chords resonate, melodies flow and passion and melancholy walk hand in hand. Have a handkerchief ready.

[Trio no. 2]: Ashkenazy, Visontay and Lidström tap the vein of grief coursing through this music, inspired . . . They also unleash passion . . .

. . . the piano writing already has the fluency of Rachmaninov's later music, and it's Vladimir Ashkenazy's treatment of that -- wonderfully coloured and full-bodied without ever becoming overbearing -- that's the main pleasure of this disc.

. . . a long and distinguished Rachmaninov discography for Decca . . . [Both trios are] played here with responsibly and with Ashkenazy's well-honed instinct . . . [Piano Trio no. 2]: The overwrought first movement is nicely tempered by some soft contemplative playing; the variations of the second movement hold their own; and there is apt nervous tension in the finale to complement the distraught keening gestures that testify to the depth of Rachmaninov's grief.

Such a lifelong devotion to this composer brings great dividends in these performances which are notable for their control and emotional restraint. Even in the sections where the composer unleashes passagework of considerable pianistic virtuosity, Ashkenazy is scrupulously discreet, avoiding any temptation to swamp his excellent string partners with over-heated gestures . . . wonderfully balanced textures . . . these performances provide rich musical rewards as does the transcription of "Vocalise" played with great nobility by Zsol-Tihamér Visontay.

These are committed performances; Ashkenazy responds effectively to Rachmaninoff's difficult but idiomatic piano writing, and he and his colleagues seem to know that the only way to pull off this music is to play it "all-in." Violinist Zsolt-Tihamer Visontay and cellist Mats Lidström play admirably . . .