Rustem Hayroudinoff - Rachmaninoff Sonatas CD

by Rustem Hayroudinoff in London

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On 21st December 2015 we successfully raised £10,131 with 57 supporters in 28 days

This project is making a recording of the two Sonatas by Rachmaninoff and three of his transcriptions: Polka de WR, Lullaby and Liebesleid.

by Rustem Hayroudinoff in London

This project is making a recording of the two Sonatas by Sergei Rachmaninoff and three of his transcriptions: Polka de WR, Lullaby (Tchaikovsky) and Liebesleid (Kreisler). These works are amongst the 20th century's greatest compositions and yet, they are still quite underrated and often misundestood.

The 1st Sonata op. 28 is really a symphony for the piano. It lasts between 38 and 40 minutes. This is also easily the most polyphonic work by Rachmaninoff or any other romantic composer. There's a good reason for it. It was inspired by the great work of literature, Goethe’s tragedy “Faust”, so it is a deeply philosophical work, which deals with questions of life, death, temptation, compromise and the power of faith and love. Like Wagner in his operas, Rachmaninoff allocates each character - Faust, Gretchen and Mephistopheles - a motif (leitmotif), and sometimes more than one. It's a real masterpiece and a work of great beauty. Because of its symphonic writing and scale, it's also the most technically, mentally and emotionally challenging work I have ever played - Beethoven's sonatas included!

The 2nd sonata op. 36 is an incredible achievement in terms of compositional technique, as it is created out of just one short motif – there's hardly a bar in the whole sonata that is not permeated by this theme in one form or another. Amazingly, it manages to remain such a beautiful and powerful piece. Rachmaninoff left two versions of it -  he felt the original version was too long and he later revised it. While in principle agreeing with him, I can't help feeling that in his quest for streamlining the form he also mercilessly cut out some of the extremely beautiful passages, so I will record my own version, mixing the material from the two.

Polka de WR and Liebesleid are amongst the gems of musical wit and a testament to Rachmaninoff's incredible sense of humour - so much for all the rumours of his "cold" personality... Lullaby is an arrangement of the hauntigly beautiful, melancholy song by Tchaikovsky.

I am really excited about recording these masterpieces and believe that I can add something valuable to the existing interpretations of these works. The funds raised by this campaign will go towards hiring the recording venue and the piano, paying the recording engineer, producer and piano technician, for the accommodation for me and the recording engineer during the 3 days of recording sessions, for editing, CD cover design, printing of the CDs, etc. The cost of marketing is difficult to estimate, so I have not included it in my calculations. If the target amount is not reached, all the pledges will be returned to the supporters.

Your invaluable support will help me tremendously to make it happen. In addition to my gratitude, I am offering various rewards, which are listed on this page. Thank you!

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A personal Thank You on my website for believing in my project

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A personal Thank You on my website and a digital download of my new recording before its official release

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A personal Thank You on my website, a digital download of the new recording and a signed copy of my new CD before its official release

£100 or more

£100 Reward

A personal Thank You on my website, a digital download of the new recording, a signed copy of my new CD before its official release and a gratitude acknowledgment in the CD liner notes

£250 or more

£250 Reward

All the £100 rewards and a private 1-hour piano lesson, either in person or via Skype. (If you choose to have the lesson in person you are responsible for your own travel to London). You may offer your lesson as a gift to someone else

£500 or more

£500 Reward

All the £100 rewards plus a collection of signed copies of all 6 of my critically acclaimed CDs: Shostakovich Theatre Music, Rachmaninoff Complete Preludes, Rachmaninoff Complete Études-Tableaux, Rachmaninoff Complete Cello & Piano Works (with A. Ivashkin), Shostakovich Symphony No. 4 ( composer's 2 pianos arrangement, with C. Stone) & Dvorák Piano and Violin Concertos (with BBC Phil, G. Noseda & J. Ehnes)

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

All the £100 rewards plus a lecture-recital for an educational institution of your choice (you will have to provide a good quality piano and cover the travel costs)

£2,000 or more

£2,000 Reward

All the £100 rewards plus a Private Recital for you and your friends in the comfort of your home (you will have to provide a good quality grand piano and cover the travel costs).

£5,000 or more

£5,000 Reward

All the £100 rewards and a Private Concert in a suitable venue of your choice (this can be a fundraiser, a corporate event, etc). You will have to provide a good quality concert grand piano and cover the travel costs. If you are a corporate organisation, your company logo will also be displayed in the CD liner notes.

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