Volodin closes his programme with Rachmaninov’s first Piano Sonata – the lesser-known of the composer’s two works in the genre.
It’s a work of swirling textures and powerful mood changes, which Rachmaninov originally planned as a programmatic sonata based on the Faust legend.
Although he seems to have abandoned that idea, traces of this initial intention can still be heard in the tumultuous music.
PerformersAlexei Volodin piano
RepertoireMedtner: Fairy tales: in B flat minor, Op.20 No.1; in B minor, Op.20 No.2 (Campanella); in E minor, Op.34 No.2; in A minor, Op.34 No.3; in F minor, Op.42 No.1 (Russian Tale); in F minor, Op.26 No.3; in G sharp minor, Op.42 No.3; in C sharp minor, Op.35 No.4
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