Vassily Primakov Plays Rachmaninov
Vassily Primakov, born in 1979 in Moscow, and educated there and at the Juilliard School under Jerome Lowenthal, already recorded numerous CD on the American label Bridge. Up to now, however, his extensive discography did not include the name Rachmaninov — a rather unusual lacuna for a Russian pianist. In January 2011, Primakov finally recorded Rachmaninov’s Corelli Variations, the Elégie in E flat minor (op. 3 no. 1), and a selection of eleven Preludes. The C. Bechstein D 282 concert grand at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City blossomed splendidly during the recording. Winner of the Gina Bachauer Audience Prize, Vassily Primakov undoubtedly has a great future before him.
Erik Levi wrote in BBC Music Magazin, October issue, 2011: "Vassily Primakov delivers some exceptional fine Rachmaninow playing in this generously filled recital. All the necessary ingredients are in place from the opening barnstorming bars on the B flat major Prelude, Op. 23 No. 2. Primakov maximises the music's richness of sonority, producing a warm and luxuriant sound that builds up in intensity. … As a contrast to the assortment of Preludes, Primakov also features the Corelli Variations, the composer's last substantial piano work. Once again the performance is totally captivating, managing to emphasise the leaner more acerbic features of the writing, but not at the expense of its moments of nostalgia (as in the magical 15th variation)."
Levi gave five stars for this recording on Bechstein.