Sergei Rachmaninoff at 149

I was going to spend this month writing about, among other things, composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, who was born on April 1, 1873. Then I did the math and realized that a whole month-long focus on Rachmaninoff might be a better idea for next year, Rachmaninoff’s sesquicentennial.

Meantime, I can’t let this great composer’s birth date go unmentioned, so here’s a wonderful performance of his Piano Concerto #2 in C minor, performed by Khatia Buniatishvili and the Filarmonica Teatro Regio Torino, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. This is one of the finest performances of this work I have heard. Ms. Buniatishvili is an amazing musician. Note her attentiveness to the orchestra during the passages when she is not playing. (The music starts around the 1:45 mark; there’s some introductory stuff.)

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4 Responses to Sergei Rachmaninoff at 149

  1. Roger says:

    And STILL, I have this song stuck in my head: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN9CjAfo5n0

    • ksedinger says:

      And that’s not the only song that Eric Carmen based on Rachmaninoff! His “Never Gonna Fall In Love Again” borrows melodies from the Second Symphony (which is BELOVED to me). I first heard that song on the Muzak at work, of all places, and I remember just standing someplace in The Store suddenly realizing that I was hearing Rachmaninoff in pop-song form!

  2. Roger says:

    I Googled the pianist and came to the first narrative: “Khatia Buniatishvili is a pianist of extremes. She has fantastic fingers, a charismatic stage presence, a warm, glowing tone and strongly expressed ideas. A number of concerto performances on YouTube leave you in no doubt about her phenomenal gifts. But, too often, she makes strange, unsupportable musical decisions..” What? It refers to this link: https://www.gramophone.co.uk/review/khatia-buniatishvili-labyrinth It’s a review of an album she played on.There is no date of the review, but she looks a bit younger.

    • ksedinger says:

      Well, now I’m going to have to see if I can’t give that album a listen! I looked it up, and that’s her most recent album, released in 2020. She’s only 34 now, so this would have been recorded three years ago, most likely…still young, for a pianist. But it does seem to me that musical trends in classical performance are trending a bit back toward performers taking liberties at their discretion, which maybe flummoxes this reviewer (no idea how old he is). It amuses me that her album includes Cage’s 4’33” !!!

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