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Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas-No 1

Magazine article Gramophone

Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas-No 1

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Rachmaninov [GC][GP]

Piano Sonatas--No 1, Op 28; No 2, Op 36.

Preludes, Op 23--No 4; No 5; No 6

Xiayin Wang pf

Chandos [F] CHAN10816 (66' * DDD)

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The more I hear of Xiayin (pronouncd 'Sha-een') Wang, the more I think Chandos has landed an exceptional artist. Not yet as well known as Yuja Wang, Xiayin is surely destined for similar stellar treatment. Four out of four superb discs in succession is no mean achievement: a trio of American concertos (which I welcomed in December 2013), an exhilarating programme of Earl Wild's piano music (7/14), a Rachmaninov recital (an Editor's Choice in September 2012) and now this second one dedicated to a composer with whom she has an innate affinity.

The First Sonata, magnificent though it is, is by no means as accessible for the listener or player as its better-known successor--it is generally reckoned to be one of the most technically challenging sonatas in the repertoire--but I have rarely heard its multi-layered writing so clearly or more powerfully delivered than here. …

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