Santiago Rodriguez

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CD Reviews

THE PENGUIN GUIDE TO RECORDED CLASSICAL MUSIC 2010

Rodriguez Plays Rachmaninov (CD 82412) and Rachmaninov: Solo Piano Works, Volume 1 (CD 82244) both received four stars and the Rosette (Four stars is defined as "a really exception issue on every account" The Rosette is defined as "a Rosette is awarded by a member of the reviewing team to a recorded performance which, he finds, shows special illumination, magic, a spiritual quality, or even outstanding production values, that place it in a very special class.")


CD 82412 RODRIGUEZ PLAYS RACHMANINOV

"There is no doubt from the opening bars of the Third Concerto that he is a Rachmaninov interpreter of outstanding caliber, whose playing withstands the most exalted comparisons. Indeed as one plays this disc, one's thoughts turn only to the greatest exponents of this repertoire-Horowitz, Rachmaninov himself and William Kappel. Rodriguez, too, has dazzling virtuosity at his command and also fine musicianship and a rare keyboard authority."

---Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music 2010

CD 82244 RACHMANINOV Solo Piano Works, Volume I

"…This is some Rachmaninov playing! Santiago Rodriguez is the real thing. For a moment, one imagines that Rachmaninov himself is at the keyboard. Rodriguez has something of Pletnev about him: wonderful authority and immaculate technical control, tremendous electricity as well as great poetic feeling. Outstanding in every way."

---Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music 2010

CD 82244 and 82248 RACHMANINOV Solo Piano Works, Volume I and II

"..Rodriguez offers some of the most commanding strongly-etched, and thoroughly convincing interpretations this music has ever been given. If you missed the first volume (ELAN-82244) containing the Preludes Op. 32 and Sonata No. 1, pick it up together with the latest installment. Both offer Rachmaninov playing on the very highest level."

---Don Manildi -- American Record Guide

2200-BRAHMS

"...the Paganini Variations have the same sort of pyrotechnic feeling as the mono recording that bought Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli to everyone's attention ca. 1950. Tension there is plenty in this account, but it is sharply romanticized, full-toned and wholly successful in terms that are not likely to come back into fashion soon."

---Fanfare

2202-GINASTERA

"…Ginastera's brilliantly incisive music might have been written for the special talents of this pianist. The lyrical and percussive extremes of the composer's distinctive style fully exploit Rodriguez' remarkable combination of introspective, poetic delicacy and explosive virtuosity."

---Peter G. Davis --New York Magazine

2206-SPANISH ALBUM

"…One of the most charming and enjoyable piano records around is a look at some Spanish (and Cuban) piano music played by Santiago Rodriguez. Mr. Rodriguez is a polished convincing exponent of this material...he applies a lovely patina to his playing."

---Harold C. Schoenberg -- The New York Times

2220-RACHMANINOV-PROKOFIEV Piano Concertos No. 3

"…This brilliant American virtuoso takes charge immediately and steers his way through the entire concerto with blazing conviction, tremendous technical strength, unswerving concentration and galvanic excitement – but always under absolute control. Among current CDs of the Rachmaninov Third, this goes immediately to the top of the list. I'm familiar with over 60 commercially-issued recordings of the work, and I have no hesitation in placing Rodriguez/Tabakov in the top five."

---American Record Guide

"…The most positively macho, dramatic, and emotionally riveting performance within long memory. At last, we have among us a true artist quite unafraid of being a dramatic virtuoso, the greatest since Kapell."

---Musical America

2228-TCHAIKOVSKY-GRIEG-LISZT Piano Concertos

"...Rodriguez' nimble sprint through these overly familiar concertos rejuvenate both music and listener...tenderness without schmaltz...velocity without violence...sensitivity of voicing...playing with such a strong point of view...Even if you think you know this music too well-or perhaps especially if you do-you should give this disc a try..."

---Peter J. Rabinowitz --Fanfare

2240-BACH-REGER

"…these pieces (Reger's Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart) have been recorded fairly often though never in better performances than this...the real surprise comes from Reger's transcriptions of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos No. 3 and 5. This performance establishes the value of these transcriptions as substantial art in their own right. It has the special fascination of familiar music heard in an unfamiliar form, and it almost convinces one that Bach might have first imagined this music played on two keyboards…"

---Joseph McLellan -- The Washington Post

82248-RACHMANINOV Solo Piano Works, Volume II

"..Rodriguez offers some of the most commanding strongly-etched, and thoroughly convincing interpretations this music has ever been given. If you missed the first volume (ELAN-82244) containing the Preludes Op. 32 and Sonata No. 1, pick it up together with the latest installment. Both offer Rachmaninov playing on the very highest level."

---Don Manildi -- American Record Guide

82250-RACHMANINOV Solo Piano Works, Volume III

"…Though he gives Rachmaninov all the sumptuousness you could want, Rodriguez also finds the dissonant note that gives the music emotional counterpoint.."

---David Patrick Steams -- Classical Pulse. "The Best Classical CDs of 1995."

82268-PIANO IN HOLLYWOOD

"…Rodriguez, with his complete technique and radiant sound, seems quite comfortable with the masses of notes and overripe melodies. This unusual CD will be of interest to film buffs, but it also provides lovely "relaxing music."

---Louis Nagel -- Piano and Keyboard



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