Title - 'Preghiera - Rachmaninov Piano Trios'
Artist - Gidon Kremer-Daniil Trifonov-Giedr Dirvanauskait
For those not in the classical know, Gidon Kremer is celebrating his 70th birthday on (February 27th, 2017) here with a special chamber music program together with outstanding young pianist Daniil Trifonov and renowned cellist Giedr Dirvanauskait; both of whom he personally chose for this recording.
Gidon Kremer, the Latvian classical violinist, artistic director and founder of Kremerata Baltica is in fine form here alongside his two chosen musical counterparts. Both Giedr Dirvanauskait and Daniil Trifonov are without a shadow of a doubt, connected by deep bonds of friendship and an intensive partnership on the concert stage throughout these works of musical art.
1. Preghiera - Arrangement after the Adagio sostenuto from Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2
2. Moderato - Allegro vivace
3. Quasi variazione
4. Allegro risoluto - Moderato
5. Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor
Here on Preghiera - Rachmaninov Piano Trios, both works bear the subtitle Elegiaque (elegiac), wherein both are dark, passionate works, composed under the influence of Tchaikovsky; the first is a short, one-movement piece rich in typically Slavic sentimentality, the second was written as a personal memorial to Tchaikovsky himself, alternately celebrating the life and grieving the loss of the great Russian composer of whom Rachmaninov said Of all the people and artists whom I have had occasion to meet, Tchaikovsky was the most enchanting. His delicacy of spirit was unique.
In truth, you have to experience Kremer's plushness of tone to truly believe his status as one of the greatest violinists of he contemporary age. This new recording provides more evidence than necessary for this claim, and the breadth of styles covered between the trio is highly impressive.
Indeed, Kremer's occasional use of rubato lends a Romantic quality to all of this andante results are unique and memorable. Transforming such a familiar piece into an unfamiliar masterpiece is nothing short of brilliant. I could go on, but I will exit with an enthusiastic recommendation for this delightful new recording.
Also included as a special bonus is Preghiera (Prayer), Fritz Kreisler's touching transcription for violin and piano of the famous theme from Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto.