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  Rachmaninov, Bach/Busoni, Ravel, Stravinsky - Freddy Kempf
  Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op. 42, Bach: Chaconne from Partita No. 2 for violin (arr. Busoni), Ravel: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, Stravinsky: Trois mouvements de Petrouchka

Freddy Kempf (piano)
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  Classical - Instrumental
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Review by Jonalogic November 10, 2011 (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
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This is a thoroughly enjoyable disc of 20th Century piano masterpieces, expertly played and beautifully recorded.

Following on from Freddy Kempf’s earlier- and highly praised - recital disc (Mussourgsky Pictures et al), he now gives us the Rachmaninov Corelli Variations, a pyrotechnic Busoni transcription of the sublime Bach Chaconne (from the violin partita no 2), the Ravel Valses nobles et Sentimentales and – finally – three fiery fragments from Stravinsky’s Petrushka.

You can reliably expect technical excellence here, and Kempf delivers in spades; bulldozing extreme technical difficulties aside, he carries off these pieces with great aplomb and virtuosity; but there is also much sensitive music-making and subtlety in evidence.

BIS has given us very fine piano sound - not too distant, but not in your lap, either. It is also beautifully focussed, transparent and offers a huge dynamic range. In fact, it is tempting to up the volume and rattle the walls- always a good sign!

So, if the repertoire appeals, you can’t really go wrong here.

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Works: 4  

Ferruccio Busoni - Chaconne (after Bach's BWV 1004), BV B 24
Sergei Rachmaninov - Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Op. 42
Maurice Ravel - Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61
Igor Stravinsky - 3 mouvements de Petrouchka for Piano (1921)