In the Piano Concerto No. 2, Lang Lang's soggy rhythms and heavy phrasing are magnified by engineering that spotlights his instrument, even when the piano just doodles when the orchestra should shine. Gergiev also indulges in exaggerated phrasing and inadvisable pauses and hesitations that staunch the music's flow.
The Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, is a concerto for piano and orchestra composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff between the autumn of 1900 and April 1901. The second and third movements were first performed with the composer as soloist on 2 December 1900. The complete work was premiered, again with the composer as soloist, on 9 November 1901, with his cousin Alexander Siloti conducting. This piece is one of Rachmaninoff's most enduringly popular pieces, and established his fame as a concerto composer.
The second piano concerto was Rachmaninov’s comeback and, like when Take That came back as a man-band with floppy haircuts, it was a huge commercial smash. It starts with nothing but piano. Even Lang Lang’s signature ‘ecstatic backwards flail’ manoeuvre turns out to be impossible under the pressure of this final section: Enough, enough. Let’s just listen to it, eh?
Lang Lang - The Chopin Album (incl. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 & Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1. Martha Argerich, Kyril Kondrashin, ester Berlin, Riccardo Chailly & Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Mozart: The Complete Piano Concertos (Remastered). Daniel Barenboim & English Chamber Orchestra. RPO Last Night of the Proms.
Piano Concerto N. In C Minor, O. 8. I. Moderato – Più vivo – Allegro – Maestoso. Alla marcia) – Moderato (Live) Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Lang Lang; Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre; Valery Gergiev. 2. II. Adagio sostenuto (Live) Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Lang Lang; Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre; Valery Gergiev. The piano sound is rich and warm. Chinese pianist Lang Lang and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev present this live album featuring Rachmaninov's familiar and beloved works, including the Piano Concerto No. 2, one of the most popular pieces in the entire repertoire. Recorded at a concert in Finland during the summer of 2004, the pianist drew great inspiration working with a Russian orchestra and conductor.
Gergiev, Lang Lang, Rachmaninov. Label : DG Format : Flac track 24bit Cover : Digital Booklet. Tracklist : Sergey Vasil’yevich Rachmaninov (1873 – 1943) Piano Concerto N. 8 Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, O. 3. Lang Lang – piano Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev. (Rachmaninov). The Second Concerto comprises of three movements marked as follows: Moderato; Adagio sostenuto and Allegro scherzando. The scoring for the work is not entirely modest calling for strings, double woodwind, timpani and cymbals together with a full brass section of 2 trumpets, 4 French horns, 3 trombones and a tuba. Even though the piano rightly dominates the stage, Rachmaninov’s orchestration is remarkably sensitive and leads to some wonderfully expressive interactions between soloist and orchestra.