Rachmaninov: Preludes (complete)

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COMPOSERS: Rachmaninov
LABELS: IMP
WORKS: Preludes (complete)
PERFORMER: Peter Katin (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: PCD 1081 AAD (1972)
Peter Katin’s 1972 account of the complete Preludes (Op. 23 and Op. 32, which, with the famous C sharp minor Prelude, Op. 3/2, take us through all the major and minor keys) is now available on one disc. Katin communicates the individual character of each piece, and his great strength here is a sense of majesty and lyrical sensitivity, well captured on the analogue recording, though Ashkenazy’s bravura performances (on two full-price Decca discs with the Second Sonata) still provide a benchmark in this music. William Humphreys-Jones

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