Rana, Beatrice

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1

5 Feb 2016

Barcode: 0825646009091

Other participants: Antonio Pappano, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Maestro Antonio Pappano insisted he wanted to record with Beatrice Rana, the 22-year-old Italian pianist championed by Martha Argerich who shot to stardom when she claimed the Silver Medal and the coveted Audience Award in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. On that occasion, Huffington Post described the seasoned competition winner’s performance as ‘an endlessly fascinating piece of humanity that had the orchestra riveted on every note’. Warner Classics signed this young piano sensation in mid-2015; the Italian virtuoso now makes her label debut with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano. Recorded in Rome, the formidable programme pairs two Russian masterpieces: a thrillingly fresh take on the warhorse of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor – an indispensable repertoire benchmark and calling card for concert pianists all over the world – and Prokofiev’s stormy, emotionally charged Piano Concerto No.2. This coupling is a bold statement for a musician who ‘possesses an old soul that belies her twenty years, and more than a touch of genius’ (Gramophone), but the soloist believes she has ‘the right character’ for this kind of music: ‘People say that South Italians are very dramatic!’

"In a word? Beatrice Rana is fierce! And not only as a pianist but as a fully developed artist of a stature that belies her tender years...I can’t think of another recent concerto release that, beginning to end, affords greater pleasure." Gramophone Editor's Choice

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor: I. Andantino - Allegretto  - Beatrice Rana 
02 Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16: II. Scherzo. Vivace  - Beatrice Rana 
03 Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16: III. Intermezzo. Allegro moderato  - Beatrice Rana 
04 Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16: IV. Finale. Allegro tempestoso  - Beatrice Rana 
05 Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23: I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito  - Beatrice Rana 
06 Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23: II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo  - Beatrice Rana 
07 Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23: III. Allegro con fuoco  - Beatrice Rana 

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