- Audio CD (Oct. 21 1994)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Sme
- ASIN: B000003FGS
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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|1. Concerto No.1, Op.1: Vivace|
|2. Concerto No.1, Op.1: Andante|
|3. Concerto No.1, Op.1: Allegro vivace|
|4. Concerto No.4, Op.40: Allegro vivace|
|5. Concerto No.4, Op.40: Largo|
|6. Concerto No.4, Op.40: Allegro vivace|
|7. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43: Intro: Allegro vivace|
|8. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43: Var I: (Precedente)|
|9. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43: Tema: L'istesso tempo|
|10. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43: Var II: L'istesso tempo|
See all 32 tracks on this disc
|1. Concerto No. 2, Op. 18: Moderato; Allegro|
|2. Concerto No. 2, Op. 18: Adagio sostenuto|
|3. Concerto No. 2, Op. 18: Allegro scherzando|
|4. Concerto No. 3, Op. 30: Allegro ma non tanto|
|5. Concerto No. 3, Op. 30: Intermezzo: Adagio|
|6. Concerto No. 3, Op. 30: Finale: Alla breve|
Even a live orchestra cannot compete with Rachmaninoff's scratchy recordings. The passion he showed in the recordings more than make up for the lack of quality in the recordings themselves. Unfortunantly he saw fit to cut the 3rd Concerto and also speed it up, but i still enjoy listening to him play.
And the 18th Variation of Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, spectacular, moving, beautiful, phenomenal.
This huge odd looking man was truly a gifted master of masters among pianists and composers alike. A true romantic. After an hour of listening to this collection you will be moved by the power and intensity as he pounds out the notes of some of the best piano pieces in history. A definate must to any person that loves classical music!
Rachmaninoff made cuts to the original score of his third concerto and played the shorter cadenza in this recording because of the restrictions on recording to a 78-rpm disc. It was due to technology that Rachmaninoff made these cuts.
As for the cadenza, many people are of the impression that the shorter cadenza is less difficult than the original. However, due to the difference in speeds at which they are played they are probably as difficult as eachother.
Listen to the way Rachmaninoff plays the passage marked scherzando (in the cadenza) and how it breaks up into chords yet flows like hot oil. He plays the section before it so incredibly fast yet maintains perfect clarity with no use of the pedal.
As for the hissing, the recording is old. However I do agree with someonelse's statement that Rachmaninoff's playing is so compelling that the hissing becomes softer and softer.