Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Did Joachim Raff also anticipate Rachmaninoff?
By the way, even though Rachmaninoff came from Russia, he lived and worked in the US for a while (apparently earning citizenship), to the point that the AFMC festivals in the 1950s allowed his use as an “American” composer when I played one of the Op 32 preludes (B Minor, E Major, and almost the massive D-flat major).
(By the way, the “accepted” revised First Piano Concerto (F# minor) of Rachmaninoff has always left me cold; I wonder what the original version sounded like. I hope some pianist and conductor will revive it.)
The Claves recording features pianist Jean Francois Antonioli, with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra conducted by Lawrence Foster, CD 50-8806, 1988; the sound is a little tubby.
The CD also includes Raff's G Major Konzertstuck, Ode to Spring, and Ferruccio Busoni's D Minor Konzertstuck, a far cry from his massive C Major Piano Concerto with chorus.
See June 12 posting for earlier discussion.