It has been quite a while since I have listened to Alexander Melnikov. I know him to be a very fine pianist, and now I have identified a new recording that allows me to correct this fact.
Mr. Melnikov is known for his solo work and also for his role as an accompanist and as a participant in chamber music. He performed beautifully with violinist Isabelle Faust.
On this CD, we get to hear him in the following works:
- Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39
- Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42
- Six Songs, Op. 38, with Elena Brilova (soprano)
As you can see, Alexander Melnikov has again brought together here two works by Rachmaninov at his creative peak: The first on this recording is the famous ‘Études-tableaux’ Op.39 for solo piano. And The composition as an accompanist is Rachmaninov’s Six Poems Op.38 for soprano, with piano accompaniment.
In 1931 Rachmaninov produced the ‘Variations on a Theme by Corelli’, a work that yearns for a past that has gone forever.
Here is Mr. Melnikov in music by Rachmaninov: