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Comp Pno Ctos/Rhap On A Theme

Sergei Rachmaninov Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 1 In F Sharp Minor: I Vivace
2. Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 1 In F Sharp Minor: II Andante
3. Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 1 In F Sharp Minor: III Allegro vivace
4. Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 40 In G Minor: I Allegro
5. Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 40 In G Minor: II Largo
6. Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 40 In G Minor: III Allegro vivace
7. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43
Disc: 2
1. Piano Concerto No.2, Op.18 In C Minor: I. Moderato
2. Piano Concerto No.2, Op.18 In C Minor: II. Adagio sostenuto
3. III. Allegro scherzando
4. Piano Concerto No.3, Op.30 In D Minor: I. Allegro
5. Piano Concerto No.3, Op.30 In D Minor: II. Intermezzo: Adagio
6. III. Finale: Allegro

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just gets better with age! Dec 26 2003
As a pianist with an affinity for the romantic, my introduction to Earl Wild and Rachmaninov was when, in the 1960s, my mother bought us the Readers Digest set of records (when they first came out) from which this CD is made -- it was love at first sight (hearing)! (Guess who took the records with him when he went off to college??!). I thought these were wonderful recordings and interpretations when I first heard them (despite my youth and inexperience then), and now approx. 40 years later (having heard a number of other recordings in the intervening years), my opinion is unchanged. Being a romantic pianist in the spirit of Rachmaninov and Horowitz, Earl Wild sets a very high standard here. It doesn't get any better than this. Only two regrets -- the lack of the full uncut version of the 3rd (the cuts were sanctioned by the composer in a time when audience attention spans were not nearly so long as they are today), and the notable and very regrettable absence of the Isle of the Dead from this CD (which was also on the original set of 1960s records -- an evocative, exciting tone poem in its own right, rendered as well or better than any other I've heard by Horsenstein and company. Wild's 1st and 2nd concerti and Rhapsody from this set are the best I've heard and are still the standard by which I judge other performances of the same pieces (ditto for the Isle of the Dead).
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant account Nov. 11 2003
By J. Zhu
very good brilliant good sounding account of these rachmaninov works, as brilliant as these pieces can sound! little or no sentalmentalities, definitely deserves a place in any rachmaninov collection, holds its own place very strongly against such performances by richter, argerish, rachmaninov, ashkenazy, and horowitz just to name a few
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE Rachmaninoff 2nd... July 13 2003
Passionate and lively, Wild plays the best 2nd that I've ever heard. I do however prefer Argerich's 3rd to his. As for his 1st, 4th, and Rhapsody, I'm not as familiar with others' recordings although the few that I've heard aren't as good as his. This CD is a MUST own for Rach fans, and a good starting point for those new to him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE Rachmaninoff 2nd... July 13 2003
Passionate and lively, Wild's 2nd is by far superior to any that I've heard. The only one to get even close is Van Cliburn. I do however prefer Argerich's 3rd to his. I've yet to listen to many others' verisons of the 1st, 4th, or Rhapsody, although of the few that I have (Ashkenazy, Horowitz, Rach himself) his are better (recording-wise for Rach). This CD is a MUST own for any fan of Rachmaninoff, or it is a good starting point for anyone new to him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best!! April 10 2002
By A Customer
Wild plays all the concertos just gorgeously. All are amazing, however, I couldn't help but feel disappointed by the 3rd concerto on this disc. Lots of cuts, but it is just amazing. Great quality for the 1960's. His thrid is still one of my favourites, despite the cuts. Earl wild has amazing technique and speed. All these pieces are played very expressively and the Orchestra is great.
He plays the 1st and 2nd outstandingly. His 3rd is one of the best, I've never really been a fan of the 4th, although he plays it better than most. Lastly his paganini Rhapsody is by far one of my favourites
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best Feb. 7 2002
The collaboration between Wild and Horenstein is breathtaking. The sound of the orchestra has a presence that I have not found on any other set. I prefer this 3rd concerto to any of the others I have heard...for it's sheer excitement. I have heard all of the Horowitz versions, Kissin, Volodos,Cliburn,Janis,Gavrilov, Ashkenazy and this beats them. While all of the others have spectacular moments, on the whole this 3rd is the best. (Some will want to have another rendition because of the shortened cadenza and I can understand this). If you have only one set, this is the one to own.
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