Anna Fedorova

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2; Cello Sonata

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Anna Fedorova's performance of Sergey Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor features her virtuoso technique and passionate expression, but the reproduction of this 2015 Piano Classics recording is curiously mixed, with a strangely unbalanced sound that detracts somewhat from the performance. The piano part is plainly audible throughout, though its tone quality varies, depending on the thickness of the textures surrounding it, while the orchestra comes in and out of focus, at times murky and compressed and at others surprising clear. There's not much that Fedorova could do with this situation except play above the accompaniment with clarity and brilliance, while Laércio Diniz and the Nordwestdeutsche Philhamonie gave support as best they could. The recording of the Cello Sonata in G minor is superior in presence and depth, and cellist Benedict Klöckner has real presence to match Fedorova's vigorous playing.

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