Magazine article Gramophone

Rachmaninov: Piano Trio No 2, 'Trio Elegiaque', Op 9

Magazine article Gramophone

Rachmaninov: Piano Trio No 2, 'Trio Elegiaque', Op 9

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Rachmaninov

Piano Trio No 2, 'Trio elegiaque', Op 9

Christian Tetzlaff vn Tanja Tetzlaff vc

Artur Pizzaro pf

AVI-Music [F] AVI8553335 (49' * DDD)

Recorded live at the Hydroelectric Plant WE

Rower AG, Helmbach, Germany, June 12, 2014

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There's a big picture of Lars Vogt just inside the booklet. He's not actually playing, but this disc immortalises a concert given at the Spannungen festival he founded in 1998, a concentrated, vaguely alternative week-long event held annually at the Art Nouveau hydro-electric power station of Heimbach. The word 'Spannungen' denotes 'voltage', 'tension' 'excitement' and 'suspense', and the series has a cult following. On this occasion, the piano stool is occupied by Artur Pizarro, logically enough since the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition winner (Vogt came second) is currently recording all Rachmaninov's solo piano music. Christian Tetzlaff might not be the first violinist you think of in connection with Romantic Russia, but with and without his sister Tanja he has set down a remarkable range of repertoire with purity, poise and just enough idiomatic intuition.

'When you come to Heimbach,' says Tanja Tetzlaff, 'it's like coming home. …

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