Victor Schiøler plays Rachmaninoff Prelude in C-Sharp Minor

One of the artists I'm thrilled to have discovered in my years of running this page is the extraordinary Danish pianist Victor Schiøler, who trained with two legendary Leschetizky pupils: Artur Schnabel and Ignaz Friedman. He himself taught a very famous pianist: Victor Borge.

This marvellous musician fuses the best qualities of both of his teachers, always playing with a beautiful tone, etched lines, a clear rhythmic pulse, and transparency of texture. I have yet to hear a recording of this artist that was less than excellent and even in works that have been butchered so often that it's hard to imagine them well played - such as the Rachmaninoff Prelude in C-Sharp Minor - Schiøler plays with elegance, refinement, power, and a cohesive vision.

I had not heard this performance of that Rachmaninoff Prelude before (it's on the latest volume of Schiøler recordings released last week on Danacord) and I find it a thoroughly remarkable reading, with a distinct avoidance of bombast or schmalz, with sumptuous singing tone, wonderful subtle timing adjustments to highlight emotion, and in particular an attention to the decay of sound together with skillful use of the pedal so that there is no jarring effect as he transitions between phrases, chords, or sections.

It's a delight to see this artist being once again brought before the public decades after he died. If you're interested in knowing a bit more about him, here is a blog post I wrote last year (thanks to the support of my Patreon subscribers):

https://www.thepianofiles.com/a-masters-voice/

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