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Rachmaninov: Études-Tableaux, Op. 33 & 39

Martin Cousin

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Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33  
1
No. 1 in F Minor. Allegro non troppo
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Martin Cousin
3:00
2
No. 2 in C Major. Allegro
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Martin Cousin
2:41
3
No. 3 in C Minor. Grave
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Martin Cousin
4:40
4
No. 5 in D Minor. Moderato
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Martin Cousin
3:18
5
No. 6 in E Flat Minor. Non allegro
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Martin Cousin
1:50
6
No. 7 in E Flat Major. Allegro con fuoco
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Martin Cousin
1:49
7
No. 8 in G Minor. Moderato
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Martin Cousin
3:32
8
No. 9 in C Sharp Minor. Grave
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Martin Cousin
2:45
Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39  
9
No. 1 in C Minor. Allegro agitato
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Martin Cousin
3:22
10
No. 2 in A Minor. Lento assai
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Martin Cousin
7:30
11
No. 3 in F Sharp Minor. Allegro molto
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Martin Cousin
3:16
12
No. 4 in B Minor Allegro assai
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Martin Cousin
3:53
13
No. 5 in E Flat Minor. Appassionato
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Martin Cousin
5:12
14
No. 6 in A Minor. Allegro
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Martin Cousin
2:46
15
No. 7 in C Minor. Lento
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Martin Cousin
6:39
16
No. 8 in D Minor. Allegro moderato
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Martin Cousin
3:27
17
No. 9 in D Major. Allegro moderato
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Martin Cousin
3:52
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    63:32
"Four Stars ... (Cousin) demonstrates an impressive command of their huge technical challenges ... supported by an admirably clear recording ..."
- BBC Music Magazine

"Five Stars ... Cousin claims himself a place in the first rank of today's performers, dazzling with his command of the fiendishly difficult ... equally, he can charm us with his melting readings ... a landmark recording."
- The Guardian

"... contains performances of a very high technical and interpretative accomplishment. ... the technical challenges of these pieces hold no fears for him: Cousin is their complete master in terms of tackling the most demanding of passages ... proves himself the complete Rachmaninov interpreter ... this is pianism of the best kind ... recording quality is splendid ... one of the best solo piano records I have heard for a very long time ... those who do not know these extraordinarily original masterpieces are strongly advised to acquire this disc. There is none better."
- ClassicalSource.com

Called "a landmark recording" in a five star review in The Guardian and lavishly praised by other critics, this album by Scottish pianist Martin Cousin is his third "Russian" programme, featuring Rachmaninov's complete Études-Tableaux, ideally suited to both his fearless technique and discerning musicianship. The first prize and gold medal-winning Cousin is now regarded as one of the most exceptional pianists of his generation.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – SOMM Recordings Studio Masters

Recorded at the Old Granary Studios, Suffolk, on October 28 and 29, 2012
Piano: Steinway Concert Grand Model ‘D’
Recording producer: Siva Oke
Recording engineer: Ben Connellan
Front cover photograph of Martin Cousin: Jack Liebeck
Design and layout: Andrew Giles

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