Alexander Melnikov Plays Rachmaninov

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.

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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:

Rachmaninov:

  • 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 ‘√Čtudes-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:

 

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