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Ogawa, Hughes - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1 & 4, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (2012)

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Ogawa, Hughes - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1 & 4, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (2012)

Ogawa, Hughes - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1 & 4, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (2012)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 278 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Bis | Catalog Number: 975

Noriko Ogawa and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra return to the works of Rachmaninov with a disc featuring his first and fourth piano concertos and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Rachmaninov’s first concerto was written while he was a student at the Moscow Concervatory, but underwent considerable revisions up to 1917.

His fourth piano concerto was written after a considerable break from composition as he was kept busy as a touring performer in the USA. The unsuccessful first performance again led to considerable revisions.

The Rhapsody on a Theme of Paginini was his first major composition after the fourth piano concerto and since its première has been an enduring fixture in the repertory.

Noriko Ogawa and the Malmö Symphony have recorded the Second and Third concertos for BIS (BISCD900) which attracted considerable acclaim.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Noriko Ogawa
Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes
Orchestra/Ensemble: Malmö Symphony Orchestra

Reviews: A bit of a mystery surrounds this release: recorded in 1998 and 2001, it is only now being issued (I write this late in 2012); BIS’s catalog number suggests that this completion of the Rachmaninoff piano-and-orchestra cycle was planned soon after Ogawa’s and Hughes’s recording of the Second and Third Concertos (CD-900, reviewed enthusiastically by Lawrence A. Johnson way back in Fanfare 21:3). One can only surmise that, despite BIS’s (and Johnson’s) enthusiasm for its Japanese-English pianist, buyer response to the earlier CD did not promise robust sales of the current one. And that would be a shame, for this is really a very fine recording.


The First and Fourth Concertos have been perennial discmates since the days of LP, but they actually make an odd couple, the former’s adolescent extravagance clashing with the latter’s aphoristic weirdness. Speaking of which, don’t ever let anyone tell you that Rachmaninoff, the composer of The Isle of the Dead and other earnest—some would say lugubrious—works, didn’t have a sense of humor. Certainly the opening of the Fourth is a takeoff on the ending of the Third—same D-Major chord, same rising arpeggio—and, the very end of the work is a pun on Rachmainoff’s favorite concluding gesture: Bum–pa–Dum, only here the second chord is delayed by a sixteenth note, placing it on the beat rather than before: Bum–PA–dum. Of course, the most elaborate of Rachmaninoff’s musical jokes is the big piano cadenza preceding Variation 23 of the Paganini Rhapsody , landing emphatically on the dominant of A?-Minor and leading to a brief argument between piano and orchestra as to the proper key (the orchestra’s A Minor naturally winning out). The piano ending is another tongue-in-cheek gesture.


Pianist Noriko Ogawa has plenty of power for the big cadenza in the First Concerto, but also the requisite light touch in the third movement’s filigree. She and Hughes are especially cogent in the problematic Fourth, bringing to mind the outstanding Ashkenazy-Haitink version on Decca. In the Rhapsody , her playing is nuanced in the opening variations and her octaves thunderous in the cadenza. Hughes has less opportunity here than in the symphonies to indulge his preference for slow tempos, but there is a certain stodginess in some of the First Concerto’s tuttis, and the duration of all three works is longer than average. Overall the Swedish orchestra is responsive and rhythmically spot-on; only in the famous 18th Variation is the string section betrayed by its smallish size. BIS’s sonics are wonderfully transparent, highlighting the piano perhaps just a bit too prominently. And the duration given above for the disc is not a misprint: I believe this is now the second-longest CD I own, exceeded only by the first disc in BIS’s Sibelius Edition (82:27).


This disc joins the Entremont/Ormandy CD of the identical program and the two Ashkenazy cycles (and of course, the composer’s own recordings, in Mark Obert-Thorn’s transfers for Naxos Historical) in my personal collection, and I’m tempted to pick up the earlier CD of the Second and Third. Ogawa’s playing here is not to be missed.

Tracklisting:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 1
1. I. Vivace 00:13:57
2. II. Andante 00:06:19
3. III. Allegro vivace 00:08:19
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Minor, Op. 40
4. I. Allegro 00:09:55
5. II. Largo 00:07:16
6. III. Allegro vivace 00:09:45
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
7. Introduction: Allegro vivace 00:00:07
8. Variation 1: Precedente 00:00:19
9. Theme: L'istesso tempo 00:00:18
10. Variation 2: L'istesso tempo 00:00:19
11. Variation 3: L'istesso tempo 00:00:25
12. Variation 4: Piu vivo 00:00:32
13. Variation 5: Tempo precedente 00:00:29
14. Variation 6: L'istesso tempo 00:01:02
15. Variation 7: Meno mosso, a tempo moderato 00:01:13
16. Variation 8: Tempo I 00:00:35
17. Variation 9: L'istesso tempo 00:00:32
18. Variation 10: Poco marcato 00:00:54
19. Variation 11: Moderato 00:01:44
20. Variation 12: Tempo di minuetto 00:01:22
21. Variation 13: Allegro 00:00:28
22. Variation 14: L'istesso tempo 00:00:44
23. Variation 15: Piu vivo scherzando 00:01:11
24. Variation 16. Allegretto 00:01:51
25. Variation 17: (Allegretto) 00:01:59
26. Variation 18: Andante cantabile 00:03:04
27. Variation 19: A tempo vivace 00:00:33
28. Variation 20: Un poco piu vivo 00:00:37
29. Variation 21: Un poco piu vivo 00:00:27
30. Variation 22: Un poco piu vivo (Alla breve) 00:01:39
31. Variation 23. L'istesso tempo 00:00:53
32. Variation 24: A tempo un poco meno mosso 00:01:17

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