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Junko Inada / Sergei Rachmaninov / piano works

Junko Inada

Junko Inada / Sergei Rachmaninov / piano works

...subtle yet glorious
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1
Corelli Variations - Theme. Andante

Corelli Variations - Theme. Andante

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
00:54 Play $1.70
2
Corelli Variations - Variation 1. Poco piu mosso

Corelli Variations - Variation 1. Poco piu mosso

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
00:38 Play $1.70
3
Corelli Variations - Variation 2. L'istesso tempo

Corelli Variations - Variation 2. L'istesso tempo

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
00:34 Play $1.70
4
Corelli Variations - Variation 3. Tempo di Menuetto

Corelli Variations - Variation 3. Tempo di Menuetto

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
00:36 Play $1.70
5
Corelli Variations - Variation 4. Andante

Corelli Variations - Variation 4. Andante

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
00:47 Play $1.70
6
Corelli Variations - Variation 5. Allegro (ma non tanto)

Corelli Variations - Variation 5. Allegro (ma non tanto)

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
00:20 Play $1.70
7
Corelli Variations - Variation 6. L'istesso tempo

Corelli Variations - Variation 6. L'istesso tempo

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
00:20 Play $1.70
8
Corelli Variations - Variation 7. Vivace

Corelli Variations - Variation 7. Vivace

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
00:29 Play $1.70
9
Corelli Variations - Variation 8. Adagio misterioso

Corelli Variations - Variation 8. Adagio misterioso

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
00:55 Play $1.70
10
Corelli Variations - Variation 9. Un poco piu mosso

Corelli Variations - Variation 9. Un poco piu mosso

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
00:55 Play $1.70
11
Corelli Variations - Variation 10. Allegro scherzando

Corelli Variations - Variation 10. Allegro scherzando

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
00:36 Play $1.70
12
Corelli Variations - Variation 11. Allegro vivace

Corelli Variations - Variation 11. Allegro vivace

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
00:23 Play $1.70
13
Corelli Variations - Variation 12. L'istesso tempo

Corelli Variations - Variation 12. L'istesso tempo

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
00:35 Play $1.70
14
Corelli Variations - Variation 13. Agitato

Corelli Variations - Variation 13. Agitato

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
00:31 Play $1.70
15
Corelli Variations - Intermezzo

Corelli Variations - Intermezzo

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
01:15 Play $1.70
16
Corelli Variations - Variation 14. Andante (come prima)

Corelli Variations - Variation 14. Andante (come prima)

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
01:01 Play $1.70
17
Corelli Variations - Variation 15. L'istesso tempo

Corelli Variations - Variation 15. L'istesso tempo

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
01:26 Play $1.70
18
Corelli Variations - Variation 16. Allegro vivace

Corelli Variations - Variation 16. Allegro vivace

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
00:32 Play $1.70
19
Corelli Variations - Variation 17. Meno mosso

Corelli Variations - Variation 17. Meno mosso

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
01:07 Play $1.70
20
Corelli Variations - Variation 18. Allegro con brio

Corelli Variations - Variation 18. Allegro con brio

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
00:33 Play $1.70
21
Corelli Variations - Variation 19. Piu mosso. Agitato

Corelli Variations - Variation 19. Piu mosso. Agitato

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
00:30 Play $1.70
22
Corelli Variations - Variation 20. Piu mosso

Corelli Variations - Variation 20. Piu mosso

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
00:56 Play $1.70
23
Corelli Variations - Coda. Andante

Corelli Variations - Coda. Andante

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
01:27 Play $1.70
24
Vocalise Op. 34 No. 14

Vocalise Op. 34 No. 14

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
06:00 Play $3.40
25
Preludes Op. 32 - No. 1 in C Major (Allegro vivace)

Preludes Op. 32 - No. 1 in C Major (Allegro vivace)

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
01:13 Play $1.70
26
Preludes Op. 32 - No. 2 in B flat minor (Allegretto)

Preludes Op. 32 - No. 2 in B flat minor (Allegretto)

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
03:15 Play $1.70
27
Preludes Op. 32 - No. 3 in E Major (Allegro vivace)

Preludes Op. 32 - No. 3 in E Major (Allegro vivace)

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
02:27 Play $1.70
28
Preludes Op. 32 - No. 4 in E minor (Allegro con brio)

Preludes Op. 32 - No. 4 in E minor (Allegro con brio)

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
05:21 Play $3.40
29
Preludes Op. 32 - No. 5 in G Major (Moderato)

Preludes Op. 32 - No. 5 in G Major (Moderato)

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
03:05 Play $1.70
30
Preludes Op. 32 - No. 6 in F minor (Allegro appassionato)

Preludes Op. 32 - No. 6 in F minor (Allegro appassionato)

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
01:23 Play $1.70
31
Preludes Op. 32 - No. 7 in F Major (Moderato)

Preludes Op. 32 - No. 7 in F Major (Moderato)

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
02:11 Play $1.70
32
Preludes Op. 32 - No. 8 in A minor (Vivo)

Preludes Op. 32 - No. 8 in A minor (Vivo)

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
01:55 Play $1.70
33
Preludes Op. 32 - No. 9 in A Major (Allegro moderato)

Preludes Op. 32 - No. 9 in A Major (Allegro moderato)

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
03:02 Play $1.70
34
Preludes Op. 32 - No. 10 in B minor (Lento)

Preludes Op. 32 - No. 10 in B minor (Lento)

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
06:15 Play $3.40
35
Preludes Op. 32 - No. 11 in B Major (Allegretto)

Preludes Op. 32 - No. 11 in B Major (Allegretto)

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
02:16 Play $1.70
36
Preludes Op. 32 - No. 12 in G sharp minor (Allegro)

Preludes Op. 32 - No. 12 in G sharp minor (Allegro)

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
02:35 Play $1.70
37
Preludes Op. 32 - No. 13 in D flat Major (Grave - Allegro)

Preludes Op. 32 - No. 13 in D flat Major (Grave - Allegro)

Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Soloist Junko Inada
05:13 Play $3.40
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Junko Inada is currently one of the most respected pianists in Japan who had one of her most important successes at the time at the Rachmaninov International Music Competition in Moscow. Her greatness as an interpreter of Rachmaninov is shown here on her new album.

This album is licensed for download from Acousence Classics. 
Download includes - cover art, inlay, booklet

Although Sergei Rachmaninov lived at roughly the same time as other Russian composers such as Alexander Scriabin, Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich, he stands out among them. All of these important Russian composers had something in common: their problems with the dramatic changes following the Russian revolution. Scriabin, although enjoying an international career as composer and pianist, never really left the country - but as he died already in 1915, he did not yet really suffer from communism. Shostakovich did not leave the country for a variety of reasons, but Prokofiev, also enjoying an international career, chose to live for years in Paris. He however returned to his home country during the time of the worst of Stalin's terror, for reasons which are still not completely understood. Rachmaninov however took the opportunity of a concert tour of the West and left Russia in the aftermath of the revolution in 1917, never to return to his homeland.

Sergei Rachmaninov had a difficult youth, primarily because of his parents' ongoing financial problems, resulting in their marital difficulties and eventual divorce. His family lived in St. Peters-burg, where he first began learning to play the piano, tutored by his mother. For his professional studies, however, he went to the Moscow Conservatory. His older cousin, Alexander Siloti, a famous and influential pianist in Russia at the time, had recommended to his mother to have young Sergei study piano with Nikolai Zverev at the conservatory. This he did with very remarkable progress and success, but later in his studies he focused more on composition, studying harmony and counterpoint with Anton Arensky and Sergei Taneev.

The most influential composers at that time were the members of the Petersburg-based 'Mighty Five': Mily Balakirev, Alexander Borodin, César Cui, Modest Mussorgsky and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Before their time, music in Russian theatres and concert halls had been dominated by Western European music. The five were, in short, pursuing the goal to establish an authentic national Russian music style: apart from them stood Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a monolithic figure at the time.

By far the greatest part of Rachmaninov's output as a composer was created in Russia before he left the country. He was a great admirer of Chopin's work and took on his idea of the Preludes of Op. 28. However, Rachmaninov did not intend to simply copy their form and structure. Chopin takes the listener in sequential order through the entire circle of fifths, resulting in a series of 24 pieces which are unique in their tonality and character. Although Rachmaninov wrote 24 preludes in total, each in a different key as well, he grouped them in various sets which have no relation to each other.

He first composed his famous C sharp minor Prelude in 1892. It was followed by the group of 10 Preludes Op. 23, which he finished in 1903. The last group, which is recorded here, are the 13 Preludes Op. 32, which Rachmaninov composed in 1910. This was around the time when Scriabin and Rachmaninov - who knew each other well from the Moscow Conservatory, being around the same age - began to differ more and more in their compositional style.
Scriabin developed his revolutionary ideas of tonality and form, while Rachmaninov continued to compose more in a traditional way. He-is considered by many to be 'the last Romantic' and followed the path of the older Tchaikovsky, who supported him considerably as a young composer.

Rachmaninov's Op. 34 is a series of fourteen songs for voice, the last of which is the 'Vocalise'. The entire opus was released in 1912 and the Vocalise Op. 34 No. 14 is composed as a 'song without words'. It is, like the above-mentioned C sharp minor prelude, one of Rachmaninov‘s most popular compositions of all time. There are countless arrangements, not only for voice, but all kinds of settings, among them versions for orchestra, chamber groups, solo instrument with piano accompaniment and also several arrangements for solo piano. The version presented here is an arrangement by Alan Richardson.

After Rachmaninov settled down in the US, he was mainly active as a touring pianist and conductor. He enjoyed enormous success there and some believe Rachmaninov was the greatest pianist of his time. However, his output as a composer had ceased almost completely after he had left his homeland. The two most probable reasons for this are that he was too busy supporting his family by touring and that he was permanently homesick - he could simply not find the calm and mood to compose any longer.

The Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op. 42 is the first work after roughly 15 years away from composing, written in 1931. Also, this is the only work for piano solo Rachmaninov wrote after leaving Russia. At the time of composition, Rachmaninov had settled down in Switzerland, where he again found the leisure to compose.

Although he borrowed the theme for his variations from a violin sonata by Arcangelo Corelli, the title he gave the work is misleading: Corelli himself had varied the baroque theme 'La Folia' in his sonata, which was by no means his original creation. Rachmaninov dedicated the set of these variations to the violinist Fritz Kreisler, with whom he had played and who had apparently introduced him to Corelli's sonata.

Rolf Walter

 

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