Magazine article Gramophone

Rachmaninov: 'Preludes and Transcriptions'

Magazine article Gramophone

Rachmaninov: 'Preludes and Transcriptions'

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Rachmaninov [H]

'Preludes and Transcriptions'

Rachmaninov Preludes: Op 23--Nos 1,2,4,5,6, 9 & 10; Op 32--Nos 1,3,4,5,10,12 & 13. Lilacs, Op 21 No 5 Bizet L'arlesienne--Minuet (a) Kreisler Liebesleid (a) Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream--Scherzo (a) Mussorgsky The Fair at Sorochintsi--Gopak (a) Rimsky-Korsakov Flight of the Bumble Bee (a) Schubert Wohin?, D795 No 2 (a)

Tchaikovsky Child's Song, Op 54 No 16 (a)

((a) all transcr Rachmaninov)

Colin Horsley pf

Atoll [F] ACD442 (76' * ADD)

Recorded c1954-?1959

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This disc, devoted to Rachmaninov, remembers Colin Horsley, a pianist of the utmost distinction. A New Zealander by birth, he left for London at the age of 18. Those who found his playing 'reticent' surely mistook his immaculate taste and fluency for a reserve far remote from an alternately delicate and powerful emotional fervour that could take you to the very heart of Rachmaninov's all-Russian and aristocratic nature. All these performances are graced with a fleet and unforced quality that tell a superior story to other more blistering and aggressive accounts. His pianistic ease and facility allow him many subtle and surprising inflections that quietly illuminate a whole Prelude. …

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