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Rachmaninov Preludes (complete)

Steven Osborne (piano)

Henry Wood Hall, London [ August 2008 TT: 78 mins]

Hyperion CDA 67700

This is as good an account of the ever popular Rachmaninov Preludes as any currently available. The recording (Andrew Keener/David Hinitt at Henry Wood Hall) is of demonstration class. The notes by David Fanning are comprehensive; Osborne's own, focusing on his "Tragic Life Story" less so.

I'd have preferred the notorious early Op 3/2 (the popularity of which for Rachmaninov became a trial - and it was financially unrewarded) to have been placed last, as an encore.

Peter Grahame Woolf

Full details and sound samples at http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/al.asp?al=CDA67700