New Rachmaninov Album from Anna Vinnitskaya “Piano Concerto No.2 Paganini Rhapsody”
Anna Vinnitskaya released a brand new recording Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 Paganini Rhapsody 25th August on French label Alpha. Recorded with the NDR Elbphilharmonie-Orchester and their principal guest conductor Krzysztof Urbanski, the album features Rachmaninov’s second concerto and his “Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini”.
Serge Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto might never have seen the light of day had it not been for hypnosis: before the twenty-seven-year-old composer began work on it, he was on his last leg – financially, artistically and psychologically. Dr Nikolay Dahl hypnotised his patient every day, whispering to him: “You will write your concerto. You will work with great fluency. The concerto will be of excellent quality” The creative block disappeared, and the concerto’s premiere in Moscow in 1901 was a triumph for Rachmaninov, who played the solo part himself.
The Russian pianist Anna Vinnitskaya and the Polish conductor Krzysztof Urbański have often played Rachmaninoff together, on every continent. The two artists, both of whom present here their third disc for Alpha, were reunited in the NDR studios in Hamburg to record this repertory.