CD "RACHMANINOFF" Piano Sonata No. 2, 10 Preludes Op. 23

Emre Yavuz, Piano


Rachmaninoff - Emre Yavuz, Piano

Two giant works: the lesser played 1913 version of Op. 36, Piano Sonata No. 2, an epic piece in the truest sense of the word ― and Op. 23, 10 Preludes, an intimate cycle, both challenge the physical and psychological limits of the player and the listener. With the help of the Bösendorfer Concert Grand 280VC – Vienna Concert this recording dives deep into the rich, orchestral sound world, as well as the dark nature of these works, loaded with fine details, technical and emotional extremities, candid moments and explosivity.

Emre Yavuz was born in 1990 in İzmir, Turkey. His talent for learning at a rapid pace was evident at an early age, eventually leading to a musical education. He started his education in music in 1998 under the "Educational Act for Prodigy Children", studying with Kamuran Gündemir in Ankara. He continued his studies with Fazıl Say and Sanem Berkalp at the Bilkent University, where he also studied composition. Later studying with Roland Batik in Vienna, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hannover, and with Arie Vardi in Hannover and Tel Aviv. • Starting at an early age Yavuz played with major orchestras performing concertos of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. With his interpretations of Chopin he won prizes in Sicily in 2007, and in Vienna in 2010. He became the first piano student of the Vienna Conservatory to graduate with full grades upon his final recital, performing works by Beethoven, Saygun and Rachmaninoff. In 2013 he performed Beethoven's Concerto No. 3 under the conduction of Zubin Mehta. Emre has competed in a number of competitions: In 2012 he won the 1st prize in the 4th International Rosario Marciano Competition in Vienna where he was designated as an "outstanding artistic personality", in 2015 first prize in the 2nd National Piano Competition in Ankara, in 2016 1st and Schubert Prize at the Vienna International Piano Competition, 3rd prize in Schubert Competition in Dortmund, and lastly 1st prize at Kissinger KlavierOlymp in Bad Kissingen where his unconventional programming with a self-composed piece and works by Scarlatti, Rameau, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Saygun was especially praised. • In 2018 Emre Yavuz launched his "Rachmaninoff International Tour" which lasted one year, perform-ing solo works, chamber music and concertos by Rachmaninoff. He is a Bösendorfer Pianist and lives in Vienna.
[extract of the booklet text, incl. some more info about the works and the interpretation]

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CD Review and Recommendation!
Andante Music Magazine, Turkey/international (10/2020)

»[...] highly virtuosic skills ... poetic creativity [...] that shows a musician with excellent technique and a strong personality.«
pizzicato - Remy Franck's Journal about Classical Music, Luxembourg/international (11/2020)

Nominated for the ICMA 2021 - Category "SOLO MUSIC"!
ICMA-info - International Classical Music Awards (11/2020)

Ein neuer Blick auf alte Klassiker
Newspaper 'Wiener Zeitung', Austria (06/2021)

CD Review and Recommendation!
kulturexpress, Germany (12/2020)

Fresh And Vibrant Rachmaninov From Emre Yavuz
»[...] it’s surely one of this prelude’s most supple renditions on disc [...] / Artistic Quality: 9, Sound Quality: 9«
Classics Today - Your guide to classical music online, USA (2020)

Spielerischer Rachmaninoff
»It’s not to beat.«
kultura-extra, Dr. Thomas Rothschild, Germany (10/2021)

»An impressive (and courageous) debut recording by young Turkish pianist Emre Yavuz [...] Definitely an up-and-coming musician to keep on your radar.«
Classical Music Sentinel - Always on the Lookout for the Best Recordings, Canada (01/2021)

»[...] I have to say I enjoyed his disc a great deal and I found the whole disc to be a riveting and compelling listening experience. [...] Credit once again must go to the equally excellent TYXart engineers and Bösendorfer piano technicians who have given Yavuz the environment in which he can express his very personal musical vision. [...] one of the most enjoyable and indeed challenging discs of Rachmaninoff’s piano music that I have heard in a long time.«
MusicWeb INTERNATIONAL, Nick Barnard, UK (03/2021)

CD programme / Tracklist:

Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff (1873―1943)

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 36 (1913 version) /
Sonate für Klavier Nr. 2 b-Moll, op. 36 (Fassung 1913)

01 Allegro agitato 12:36
02 Non allegro 09:20
03 Allegro molto 08:42

10 Preludes, Op. 23 (1901―1903) /
Zehn Préludes für Klavier, op. 23 (1901―1903)

04 No. 1 in F-sharp Minor / fi s-Moll. Largo 04:54
05 No. 2 in B-flat Major / B-Dur. Maestoso 03:33
06 No. 3 in D Minor / d-Moll. Tempo di minuetto 03:38
07 No. 4 in D Major / D-Dur. Andante cantabile 05:35
08 No. 5 in G Minor / g-Moll. Alla Marcia 03:56
09 No. 6 in E-flat Major / Es-Dur. Andante 03:23
10 No. 7 in C Minor / c-Moll. Allegro 02:18
11 No. 8 in A-flat Major / As-Dur. Allegro vivace 04:29
12 No. 9 in E-flat Minor / es-Moll. Presto 02:00
13 No. 10 in G-flat Major / Ges-Dur. Largo 05:07

CD Album: Digipak 6 pages, Booklet 20 pages, multi-lingual

Keywords: Rachmaninoff Piano Sonata Preludes Emre Yavuz Boesendorfer Vienna Piano TXA20147

» Detailed CD booklet includes further info (bios, photos, etc.)
» Total playing time: 69min 50sec | Booklet Text: DE, EN, FR
» Format: 1 Audio-CD | Series "Classics" | Release int. from 11/2020
» Order No.: TXA20147 | GTIN (EAN): 4250702801474 | © 2020
» CD available commercially or directly via TYXart

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