Paremski adds lots of individual dynamic and rhythmic touches to make the piece her own. She’s very well captured, and clearly loves the music at hand. Kudos to conductor Fabien Gabel for following her every step of the way. The first movement is a thrill ride, and you just don’t know what Paremski will do next. This takes guts and courage, and she has both. A marvelously phrased opening to the Andantino – gorgeously captured orchestral sound, this – leads the way in this deliciously delicate and flowing second movement. The finale is a knockout. There’s nothing heavy or ponderous here, qualities that have destroyed many a recording and live performance. Overall, deeply rewarding.
The Rhapsody is also a work that Paremski has played in concert with frequency, and again her strikingly individual playing sets her apart. Conductor Gabel again follows her like a shadow, and lets her blaze through the work like a blowtorch through butter. The interpretation is incredibly exciting, bristling with tension throughout. The exceptional accompaniment adds to this impression, while also giving the many lyrical sections of the piece their due. The piano playing here is exceptional; highly attuned to the moods and wishes of the composer, but also entirely her own. The result is superb. Oh, you want to know about the famous 18th variation? Wonderful. The closing pages are explosive. I requested this disc on a whim. I suggest you get a copy for yourself.