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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.

Diapason (France) - July 2019

Jérôme Bastianelli

"Following on from their previous recordings, Arthur Ancelle and Ludmila Berlinskaya approach these works with clarity and panache, doing justice to the slightest changes in climate, avoiding both the pitfalls of thick pathos as much as those of unambiguous brilliance."

Resmusica (France) - June 2019

Benedict Hevry

"Nikolai Medtner's Two Pieces Op. 58, composed in exile in London during the Second World War, find here their reference version (...) Under the duo's expert fingers, the finesse of the polyphonic work unravels the most complex sound strings with an exacerbation of the colours of both keyboards. (...) to be acquired as a priority."

Libération (France) - April 2019

Guillaume Tion

"Arthur Ancelle and Ludmila Berlinskaya are on fire once again (...) These two complement each other perfectly and find step by step a common path where they flourish in mirror. »