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Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev & Mussorgsky

Garrick Ohlsson & Simon Trpceski

Rachmaninov Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition &
Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14

Bridge - BRIDGE9320

The prolific recording pianist Garrick Ohlsson's latest disc for Bridge has new studio recordings of Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff and the Mussorgsky Pictures one of Ohlsson's own favourite “live” performances, from the Prague Spring Festival 1974.

These are all three terrific accounts, and they make together an absorbing programme including some comparative rarities. All are recorded atmospherically, Mussorgsky with the added frisson of its being a genuine live performance.

The disc is bound to enthuse those piano specialists critics who work with the star system and undertake comparative reviews.

Buy & enjoy.

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto Nos. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
& 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Simon Trpceski (piano)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

Avie - AV2192

Here is a great disc from a fruitful partnership between Trpceski, in his first concerto recording, and Vasily Petrenko who is going from strength to strength with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

These are pillars of the repertoire, and will come in for comparative reviews elsewhere. I found them engrossing, with fine interactions between piano and orchestra, very well balanced, and recorded in the sympathetic acoustic of Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, where they had played together in concert.

Definitely one for Rachmaninov enthusiaists to add to their collections.

Peter Grahame Woolf

Since becoming Principal Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006, Petrenko has had a galvanising effect - - Petrenko's Rachmaninov is passionate yet strikingly unsentimental. This approach that fits well with his soloist Simon Trpceski, whose playing of this most difficult of concertos combined impish nonchalance with great muscularity & discreet brilliance - - . [Tim Aslhley in The Guardian]