Rhapsody | BR Klassik 900146



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Label: BR Klassik

Cat No: 900146

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 29th July 2016



Denis Matsuev (piano)
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks


Mariss Jansons


Chabrier, Alexis Emmanuel


Enescu, George

Romanian Rhapsodies (2), op.11
» no.1 in A major

Gershwin, George

Rhapsody in Blue

Liszt, Franz

Hungarian Rhapsodies (6) for orchestra, S359
» no.2 in D minor

Ravel, Maurice

Rapsodie espagnole


Denis Matsuev (piano)
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks


Mariss Jansons


This latest CD from BR Klassik contains five great rhapsodies, devised and elaborated by very different composers from different regions, with a lot of imagination and local flavour. With his rhapsody España the Frenchman Emmanuel Chabrier focused on the Iberian music and folk music so popular at the time, as did his more famous compatriot Maurice Ravel with his Rapsodie espagnole, the four-movement structure of which still harks back to long-outdated symphonic forms. From the Hungarian-born Franz Liszt we have the famous Hungarian Rhapsody No.2, and from the Romanian composer George Enescu the scarcely less famous and popular Romanian Rhapsody. The American George Gershwin created what was probably the most famous example of the genre in the 20th century with his Rhapsody in Blue for piano and orchestra...

The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under their chief conductor Mariss Jansons are a guarantee of outstanding interpretative quality for these large-scale rhapsodic musical works. The Russian pianist Denis Matusev – internationally famous ever since he won the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1998 – proves to be a sovereign and stylistically confident interpreter of George Gershwin’s concertante masterpiece, with its numerous jazz elements. The live recording of this concert was made in October 2015 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz.

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