2023 marks the 150th anniversary of Russian-American composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s birthday. Lauded for his technical virtuosity behind the piano and impactful melodicism within his scores, it’s no secret that Rachmaninoff ranks among many musicians’ highest influences. As such, his works are often showcased with great passion and care by today’s leading classical performers.
This month, Navona Records casts a spotlight on Rachmaninoff with three releases that offer a fresh look at the celebrated composer’s oeuvre. Read on to discover new virtuosic expressions by pianists Ian Gindes, Elena Dorozhkina, and Fanya Lin.
Pianist Ian Gindes presents a captivating elucidation of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s solo piano works on RACHMANINOFF. With meticulous care and interpretive insight, Gindes navigates the rich tapestry of Rachmaninoff’s compositions, peeling back the layers on their emotional depth and their technical intricacies. Gindes finds an astute balance of lyricism and virtuosity, while his intuitive phrasing enhances the inherent narrative of the Preludes and Études-Tableaux.