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Russian Last Romantics
Melodiya, 2019
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Russian Last Romantics
Second volume of the « 2-pianos originals project »

Nikolai Medtner (1880–1951)
Two Pieces for two pianos, Op. 58

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
Suite No. 2 for two pianos, Op. 17

Alexander Glazunov (1865–1936)
Fantasy for two pianos in F minor, Op. 104

Ludmila Berlinskaya, Arthur Ancelle - pianos

Recorded in the Grand Hall of Moscow Philharmony 2
Sound Engineer : Maria Soboleva

The anecdote : Rachmaninoff’s second suite for 2 pianos is the first piece written by the composer after a long depression, four years during which he couldn’t write a single note. This depression came after the unsuccess of his 1st symphony, which was poorly conducted on its premiere by… Alexander Glazunov. The Suite n°2 for two pianos was written simultaneously with Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto, probably his most famous piece.