The perfect Rachmaninov partners

Pianist Simon Trpčeski and conductor Vasily Petrenko hit it off in Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3

Composer: Rachmaninov
Repertoire: Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3 
Artists: Simon Trpčeski (piano), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko
Rating: 5/5
Genre: Orchestral
Label: Avie AV 2192 

If you want to fall in love afresh with Rachmaninov’s most popular piano concertos, go and get this disc right now. Trpčeski as soloist offers the ideal meld of glittering, fleet-fingered clarity and spontaneous romanticism; like Rachmaninov himself, he nevertheless keeps his cool and his beauty of tone at all times. In Petrenko he meets his perfect match, a conductor who delivers the music’s super-sensitive rubato and frequent gear-changes with delicious aplomb. The RLPO plays its socks off for them and the poetry of even the most famous moments shines out as if new-minted. Exciting, stirring, wonderfully played and simply sublime.