ALBUM TITLE: Rachmaninov
WORKS: Piano Concerto No. 2; Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33; plus Kreisler: Liebesleid (arr. Rachmaninov); Behr: Lachtäubchen (arr. Rachmaninov)
PERFORMER: Boris Giltburg (piano); Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Carlos Miguel Prieto
CATALOGUE NO: 8.573629
The third movement is just a notch slower than usual, but Giltburg and Carlos Miguel Prieto seem to use this to increase drama in its ebb and flow, sometimes convincingly. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra sounds smooth and elegant, even if it could sparkle more in the finale. The Royal Concert Hall Glasgow acoustic is perhaps a touch over-resonant with the piano slightly too much to the fore – not that one would want to miss a note of it.
Giltburg brings atmosphere and drama to the Etudes-tableaux, always serving Rachmaninov’s storytelling. The range of his playing – from colour to pacing to emotional shading and sheer heady propulsion – makes for compulsive listening.