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on June 21, 2004
I own many recordings of the Rachmaninoff Piano Preludes; however, Alexis Weissenberg's playing of them is the very best. The thunderous ones are delivered with jaw-dropping bravura and the tender ones are delivered with great emotional restraint and depth coming from his very soul. Your won't believe Alexis' technique.
Many pianist have complained that Rachmaninoff's piano works are almost unplayable due to the fact they were written for Rachmaninoff himself whose hands were physically enormous. I can remember many years ago an interview with a world famous pianist that had just recorded the Preludes and he was almost in tears recounting the demands of the works he had just recorded. Well, from listening to Weissenberg's recording, I don't think he shed any tears over the demands of the works. His playing is truly exciting in every way.
If you want to hear the Rachmaninoff Preludes played as no one else can play them, buy this disc.
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on March 13, 2004
A magnificent experience. The controlled violence of these performances is viscerally - and spiritually - exultant. The music speaks directly, with harrowing emotional impact.
The best complete set of Rachmaninoff preludes ever: ideal.
If ever Beethoven's epigraph "From the heart - may it go to the heart!" applies to any performances, it applies to these.
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