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Rachmaninoff, S.: Preludes, Opp. 3 No. 2, 23 & 32 [24]
Maurizio Zaccaria, Piano

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Total duration: 78:30
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Dive into the intricacies of Rachmaninoff's Preludes, Op. 23 & 32 [24], as brought to life by the skilled hands of pianist Maurizio Zaccaria. The journey commences with the ethereal "Prélude" from the 5 Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3. This piece, composed when Rachmaninoff was merely 19, showcases his early brilliance, hinting at the profound compositions that would follow. The Op. 23 preludes, written during a period of personal turbulence for Rachmaninoff, reflect a range of emotions. The F-Sharp Minor Prelude exudes melancholy, while the B-Flat Major Prelude captivates with its lyrical beauty. The D Minor Prelude, known for its powerful chords, adds a dramatic flair, leading seamlessly into the bright and majestic D Major Prelude. Each prelude in this set unveils a facet of Rachmaninoff's emotional depth.
Moving to the Op. 32 preludes, Rachmaninoff's maturation as a composer becomes evident. The C Major Prelude, a delicate gem, contrasts with the brooding B-Flat Minor Prelude. The E Major Prelude stands out with its cascading arpeggios, while the E Minor Prelude exudes introspection. The F Major Prelude, often described as "triumphant," serves as a precursor to the emotional intensity of the subsequent A Minor Prelude. The journey continues through diverse tonalities, showcasing Rachmaninoff's experimentation with harmonic language and emotional expression.
As Zaccaria navigates these preludes, listeners are treated to a historical and emotional narrative that transcends the boundaries of time. The pianist's nuanced interpretations breathe life into each piece, inviting audiences to experience the depth and complexity of Rachmaninoff's genius.
The piano chosen by Zaccaria is a Steinway D-274 selected by Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli in the early '70s and is part of the OnClassical collection. Its tone, simultaneously deep and brilliant, rich in character and poetry, combined with Maurizio Zaccaria's innovative, flowing, and eloquent interpretation, creates a magnificent fusion.

Preludes, Opp. 3 No. 2, 23 & 32 [24]
Maurizio Zaccaria, Piano

Prod. No.: 364 / 2022
Cat. No: OC23026B
UPC: 685071673317
No. Album(s): 2

Recorded @ Saletta acustica 'Eric James', Pove del Grappa, 2022

Sound engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
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Artwork: OnClassical

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Instrument(s) used: Steinway & Sohns D-274 piano, 'Audi-O'

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