Start your day the Sergei way

Start your day the Sergei way

Daily Comfort Zone

norman lebrecht

December 28, 2021

The music I need to get me started can be anything from Bach to Bellydance.

This morning it’s the 24 Rachmaninov preludes from a French pianist, Fanny Azzuro, on the Rubicon label.

She calls the record The Landscapes of the Soul and she explores them with a wide-eyed curiosity and therapeutic calm.


Perfect comfort zone for the weird world we presently inhabit.


  • christopher storey says:

    Lovely playing, particularly the inner voices in the centre section, and the very carefully graduated accelerando on the return to the Alla Marcia. Thank you for this, NL

  • John Borstlap says:

    I often begin the day, after my croissants, with some bellydancing, it helps to get me focussed and prepared for the many corrective remarks I will have to face. Also it helps me loosing weight in that area. Mostly I dance on a CD with Multiple Eclats, ‘t has the right rhythm!


  • Micaela Bonetti says:

    Molto bello.

    Thank you, Norman!

  • Sidney says:

    Beautifully played.

  • Op 23 no 5. Good stuff. Sounds quite like Richter.

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    Na, sorry. Try Janos Solyom.

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    As usual, the conversation veers to artists, and not the music itself. Either someone is wonderful, or they’re awful enough that that anyone else would be better. Translation: the vast majority of artists are somewhere in the middle.

  • christopher storey says:

    It tickles me that my fairly anodyne praise for this performance attracts 8 thumbs down ! One wonders what goes through these peoples’ minds – if indeed anything does !

  • says:

    Fanny Azzuro is Awesome of Rachmaninoff.

  • Lúcio says:

    Lovely interpretation