Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1 & 4 (BIS: BISCD975) (Noriko Ogawa/ Malmö Symphony Orchestra/ Owain Arwel Hughes)
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Noriko Ogawa and the Malmo Symphony Orchestra return to the works of Rachmaninov with a disc featuring his first and fourth piano concertos and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
Rachmaninov's first concerto was written while he was a student at the Moscow Concervatory, but underwent considerable revisions up to 1917.
His fourth piano concerto was written after a considerable break from composition as he was kept busy as a touring performer in the USA. The unsuccessful first performance again led to considerable revisions.
The Rhapsody on a Theme of Paginini was his first major composition after the fourth piano concerto and since its premiere has been an enduring fixture in the repertory.
Noriko Ogawa and the Malmo Symphony have recorded the Second and Third concertos for BIS (BIS-CD-900) which attracted considerable acclaim.