Warner Classics / 2010
Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Antonio Pappano, conductor
“The passion burns from within in this incendiary account…The amplitude of his melodies, the rich scoring and the insistent Russian melancholy are most potent when kept under control. The poetic, muscular Andsnes, sensitively and glitteringly accompanied by Pappano and the LSO, does just that.” – The Observer
Internationally acclaimed pianist Leif Ove Andsnes teams up once again with conductor Antonio Pappano on his new recording of Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4. They are joined by the London Symphony Orchestra. Andsnes and Pappano first recorded collaboration was the 2004 EMI Classics release of Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, with the Berliner Philharmoniker, which received glorious, universal acclaim.
The London Symphony Orchestra, with Vladimir Horowitz, was the first to record Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3. It was released 70 years ago in 1930.
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
1. I. Allegro ma non tanto
2.. II. Intermezzo (Adagio)
3. III. Finale (Alla breve)
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40
4. I. Allegro vivace (alla breve)
5. II. Largo
6. III. Allegro vivace
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[Andsnes] manages to make the first movement sound more sinister and wayward than most of his rivals, yet he’s in his element in etching the filigree and fioriture of the highly-decorated solo part in the slow movement