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Zoltán Kocsis|Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No.2, Preludes, Etudes

Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No.2, Preludes, Etudes

Zoltán Kocsis

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There's no doubting that Hungarian pianist Zoltán Kocsis has the technique to play the excruciatingly difficult piano music of Rachmaninov. As he has shown in his recordings of Bartók's piano music, Kocsis has fingers of steel, bones of iron, and a back of solid muscle. And there's no doubting that Kocsis has the sensitivity to play the passionately romantic piano music of Rachmaninov. As he has shown in his recordings of Debussy's piano music, he has the soul of a poet, the touch of a lover, and the compassion of a saint. The only question that remains to be answered is: does Kocsis have the programming skills of an A&R director? As provided by the evidence of this disc, the answer is an unqualified yes. His mix is brilliant. There are well-known works -- but not too well-known: there's no C sharp minor Prelude here -- and hardly known works -- but not too hardly known. Hardcore Rachmaninov fans will know the Mélodie from the Morceau de fantaisie, but almost unknown works like the Polka for W.R. are absent. The succession of works is inspired: with preludes and etudes interspersed with the Mélodie and the Sérénade climaxing in the Herculean B flat minor Sonata, Kocsis has built a program with the cogency and drama of a play by Chekhov. Captured in Philips' cleanest digital piano sound, Kocsis' recital should be heard by anyone who loves Rachmaninov.
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Zoltán Kocsis

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Prelude No. 9 in A Major, Op. 32 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

1
Prelude No. 9 in A Major, Op. 32 (Allegro moderato)
00:02:40

Zoltán Kocsis, Piano - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Hermine Sterringa, Producer - Stan Taal, Producer

℗ 1995 Universal International Music B.V.

Prelude No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 23 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

2
Prelude No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 23 (Largo)
00:03:52

Zoltán Kocsis, Piano - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Hermine Sterringa, Producer - Stan Taal, Producer

℗ 1995 Universal International Music B.V.

Etude-Tableau No. 4 in B Minor, Op. 39 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

3
Etude-Tableau No. 4 in B Minor, Op. 39 (Allegro assai)
00:03:19

Zoltán Kocsis, Piano - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Hermine Sterringa, Producer - Stan Taal, Producer

℗ 1995 Universal International Music B.V.

Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

4
No. 3 Melodie in E Major (Adagio sostenuto)
00:04:03

Zoltán Kocsis, Piano - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Hermine Sterringa, Producer - Stan Taal, Producer

℗ 1995 Universal International Music B.V.

Prelude No. 10 in B Minor, Op. 32 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

5
Prelude No. 10 in B Minor, Op. 32 (Lento)
00:05:31

Zoltán Kocsis, Piano - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Hermine Sterringa, Producer - Stan Taal, Producer

℗ 1995 Universal International Music B.V.

Prelude No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 23 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

6
Prelude No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 23 (Allegro)
00:02:21

Zoltán Kocsis, Piano - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Hermine Sterringa, Producer - Stan Taal, Producer

℗ 1995 Universal International Music B.V.

Prelude No. 6 in F Minor, Op. 32 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

7
Prelude No. 6 in F Minor, Op. 32 (Allegro appassionato)
00:01:18

Zoltán Kocsis, Piano - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Hermine Sterringa, Producer - Stan Taal, Producer

℗ 1995 Universal International Music B.V.

Etude-Tableau No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 33 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

8
Etude-Tableau No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 33 (Allegro non troppo)
00:02:14

Zoltán Kocsis, Piano - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Hermine Sterringa, Producer - Stan Taal, Producer

℗ 1995 Universal International Music B.V.

Etude-Tableau No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 39 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

9
Etude-Tableau No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 39 (Lento lugubre)
00:06:04

Zoltán Kocsis, Piano - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Hermine Sterringa, Producer - Stan Taal, Producer

℗ 1995 Universal International Music B.V.

Prelude No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 32 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

10
Prelude No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 32 (Allegretto)
00:03:01

Zoltán Kocsis, Piano - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Hermine Sterringa, Producer - Stan Taal, Producer

℗ 1995 Universal International Music B.V.

Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

11
No. 5 Serenade in B-Flat Minor
00:02:53

Zoltán Kocsis, Piano - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Hermine Sterringa, Producer - Stan Taal, Producer

℗ 1995 Universal International Music B.V.

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 36 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

12
1. Allegro agitato
00:09:12

Zoltán Kocsis, Piano - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Stan Taal, Producer, Recording Producer - Erdo Groot, Balance Engineer - Thijs Hoekstra, Recording Engineer

℗ 1995 Universal International Music B.V.

13
2. Non allegro - Lento
00:07:07

Zoltán Kocsis, Piano - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Stan Taal, Producer, Recording Producer - Erdo Groot, Balance Engineer - Thijs Hoekstra, Recording Engineer

℗ 1995 Universal International Music B.V.

14
3. Allegro molto
00:06:31

Zoltán Kocsis, Piano - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Stan Taal, Producer, Recording Producer - Erdo Groot, Balance Engineer - Thijs Hoekstra, Recording Engineer

℗ 1995 Universal International Music B.V.

Album Description

There's no doubting that Hungarian pianist Zoltán Kocsis has the technique to play the excruciatingly difficult piano music of Rachmaninov. As he has shown in his recordings of Bartók's piano music, Kocsis has fingers of steel, bones of iron, and a back of solid muscle. And there's no doubting that Kocsis has the sensitivity to play the passionately romantic piano music of Rachmaninov. As he has shown in his recordings of Debussy's piano music, he has the soul of a poet, the touch of a lover, and the compassion of a saint. The only question that remains to be answered is: does Kocsis have the programming skills of an A&R director? As provided by the evidence of this disc, the answer is an unqualified yes. His mix is brilliant. There are well-known works -- but not too well-known: there's no C sharp minor Prelude here -- and hardly known works -- but not too hardly known. Hardcore Rachmaninov fans will know the Mélodie from the Morceau de fantaisie, but almost unknown works like the Polka for W.R. are absent. The succession of works is inspired: with preludes and etudes interspersed with the Mélodie and the Sérénade climaxing in the Herculean B flat minor Sonata, Kocsis has built a program with the cogency and drama of a play by Chekhov. Captured in Philips' cleanest digital piano sound, Kocsis' recital should be heard by anyone who loves Rachmaninov.
© TiVo

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