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Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4

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  • Composer: Rachmaninov
  • Audio CD (July 1 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nh
  • ASIN: B000026B8G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Piano Concerto No. 1 In F Sharp Minor, Op. 1: Vivace
2. Piano Concerto No. 1 In F Sharp Minor, Op. 1: Andante
3. Piano Concerto No. 1 In F Sharp Minor, Op. 1: Allegro Vivace
4. Piano Concerto No. 4 In G Minor, Op. 40: Allegro vivace
5. Piano Concerto No. 4 In G Minor, Op. 40: Largo
6. Piano Concerto No. 4 In G Minor, Op. 40: Allegro Vivace
7. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43: Introduction: Allegro vivace And Variations I (Precedente)
8. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43: Tema: L'istesso
9. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation II: L'istesso tempo
10. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation III: L'istesso tempo
11. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation IV: Piu vivo
12. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation V: Tempo precedente
13. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation VI: L'istesso tempo
14. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation VII: Meno mosso, a tempo moderato
15. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation VIII: Tempo I
16. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation IX: L'istesso tempo
17. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation X: Poco marcato
18. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation XI: Moderato
19. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation XII: Tempo di minuetto
20. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation XIII: Allegro
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Serge Rachmaninov, piano - Philadelphia Orchestra, dir. Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy

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How amazing would it be to actually listen to Beethoven play piano, or Bach play organ? Well, on this Naxos recording you can lsiten to Rachmaninoff play his own piano concertos! While the first and fourth concertos are not nearly as popular as the second and third, they are still very interesting pieces. To hear the composer himself explore them, and "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," is truly special. The only shortcoming of these recordings is they were made in the late 30s and early 40s, and the sound quality, while it was state of the art in its time, does not measure up to today's standards. This recording is not for classical audiophiles whose number one criteria is high fidelity. But if you place importance on empathetic playing and are intrigued at the prospect of hearing the music from the master composer himself, then this is worth it.
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I hope those of you who have seen the movie "Shine" will explore more of Rachmaninov than just the third concerto. This CD is definitely an excellent buy--you don't have to worry about pianists not playing the works correctly; by listening to this disc we know how the music was supposed to be played. If you are worried about good sound quality, however, this disc is not for you. Recorded in the late 30's and early 40's on record, it had to be taken and recorded to CD. Even though the quality is not the best, you have no problem hearing the music. A great CD and a great buy!!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa03ecd2c) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0194384) out of 5 stars The Master Composer Himself July 15 2000
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
How amazing would it be to actually listen to Beethoven play piano, or Bach play organ? Well, on this Naxos recording you can lsiten to Rachmaninoff play his own piano concertos! While the first and fourth concertos are not nearly as popular as the second and third, they are still very interesting pieces. To hear the composer himself explore them, and "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," is truly special. The only shortcoming of these recordings is they were made in the late 30s and early 40s, and the sound quality, while it was state of the art in its time, does not measure up to today's standards. This recording is not for classical audiophiles whose number one criteria is high fidelity. But if you place importance on empathetic playing and are intrigued at the prospect of hearing the music from the master composer himself, then this is worth it.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa01943d8) out of 5 stars Masterful performance by a master! Jan. 11 2001
By Piano Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I hope those of you who have seen the movie "Shine" will explore more of Rachmaninov than just the third concerto. This CD is definitely an excellent buy--you don't have to worry about pianists not playing the works correctly; by listening to this disc we know how the music was supposed to be played. If you are worried about good sound quality, however, this disc is not for you. Recorded in the late 30's and early 40's on record, it had to be taken and recorded to CD. Even though the quality is not the best, you have no problem hearing the music. A great CD and a great buy!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0194810) out of 5 stars Wonderful historic document - great price Nov. 10 2004
By dm - Published on Amazon.com
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It's great hearing the historical recordings of Rachmaninov. I also own the other Naxos CD of PC 2 & 3, and I have to say that the sound is much clearer on this CD; less hiss and the piano is brighter and more prominent. I also enjoyed the Themes on Paginini. For the price, these two Naxos CDs definitely shouldn't be missed for a fan of classical piano and particularly for fans of Rachmaninov.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0194bd0) out of 5 stars Hear the Master playing his own compositions Feb. 10 2015
By History Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a privilege to hear the master live, regardless of this disc not being equal to modern sound quality. Still, this is an excellent disc and sound, very listenable. Naxos did a great job with these recordings, easily the best available of these performances.

He was one of the greatest pianists ever, and his compositions also rank way way up there with the greatest of all time. Concertos #2 &3 in this series is equally recommended as well. Enjoy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0194b7c) out of 5 stars worth thousands recording! Feb. 24 2005
By Harry Potter - Published on Amazon.com
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I still don't understand why this historical CD's are so cheap.To me Rachmaninoff is one of the greatest pianists of all times, and listening him play his own concertos on this wonderful recordings is fantastic.Thank you very much Naxos!



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