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Rachmaninoff, S.: Études-Tableaux, Op. 33 (Original Version) & Op. 39 [Live recording session with no editing]
Feodor Amirov, Piano

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Sergei Rachmaninoff's Études-Tableaux, Op. 33 (Original Version) and Op. 39, embody a compelling journey into the composer's innovative approach to piano composition. Departing from his preludes, these compositions intricately navigate the transformative essence of specific emotional atmospheres through nuanced piano textures.
The Op. 33 set, crafted in 1911, was initially conceived as a collection of nine pieces, yet only six saw publication in 1914. A single étude, subject to later revisions, found a home within the Op. 39 set, while the remaining two were posthumously unveiled. Opting to perform all nine études together, though potentially straying from the composer's original intent, reveals a captivating unity through melodic-cellular connections, reminiscent of Robert Schumann's Symphonic Études.
In contrast to the simplicity characterizing the first four études, the latter five (Nos. 5–9) epitomize Rachmaninoff's call for virtuosity in keyboard writing. With unconventional hand positions, expansive finger leaps, and a demand for significant technical prowess, these études offer both a challenge and an opportunity for performers to showcase their mastery.
Études-Tableaux, Op. 39, continue the enthralling narrative of Rachmaninoff's exploration in piano composition. Conceived as a set of nine études, these pieces spotlight Rachmaninoff's mastery in shaping specific emotional climates through intricate piano textures.
Published posthumously, these études unveil a captivating evolution in Rachmaninoff's musical language. Each piece calls for virtuosity from the performer, featuring unconventional hand positions, wide finger leaps, and a need for considerable technical strength. The compositions weave a rich tapestry of emotions, underscoring the composer's dedication to pushing the boundaries of piano technique and expression.
Alongside Op. 33, the Études-Tableaux, Op. 39, stand as a testament to Rachmaninoff's enduring legacy in piano music. They extend an invitation to both performers and listeners to immerse themselves in the profound depth and complexity woven into these masterful works.
Feodor Amirov, the eccentric pianist, is a captivating figure in classical music. Known for his unconventional approach and daring interpretations, Amirov brings a unique flair to his performances. With a flamboyant stage presence and unorthodox playing style, he challenges traditional norms, turning each concert into a theatrical experience. Beyond his musical talent, Amirov's eccentricity extends to his lifestyle and interactions, making him a mysterious and unconventional character both on and offstage. In a world often bound by conformity, Amirov's unapologetic individuality and artistic expression stand out, leaving an indelible mark on the classical music scene.
In this unique performance, Feodor Amirov chose not to make any cuts: as a live recording, made in our studio, the pieces emerged with different ideas, tempos, and characters. For this reason, any editing work would not only have been entirely feasible but also detrimental to the artistic intent. Nonetheless, this is one of the very first absolute performances.

Études-Tableaux, Op. 33 (Original Version) & Op. 39 [Live recording session with no editing]
Feodor Amirov, Piano

Prod. No.: 399 / 2023
Cat. No: OC23096B
UPC: 685071876640
No. Album(s): 4

Recorded @ Saletta acustica 'Eric James', Pove del Grappa, 2023

Sound engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
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Artwork: OnClassical

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Instrument(s) used: Steinway & Sohns D-274 piano, 'Audi-O'

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