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Rachmaninoff: The Must Have Recordings
« on: January 16, 2011, 07:48:04 PM »
There are some Rach threads, but not with a nice wide umbrella to list particular recordings that you enjoy.  Here is one that I do,(and George told me so and was right) ;D:



Also here on cd:



Incredible performance....I may spin it a second time this evening.
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Re: Rachmaninoff: The Must Have Recordings
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2011, 07:49:45 PM »
....and another a la George:

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Re: Rachmaninoff: The Must Have Recordings
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2011, 07:54:20 PM »
Two more:



and a desert island recording for me, and if you can find it:

Les Vepres here: (scroll down a bit as the pic will not stay here):

http://www.geocities.jp/yajimak2000/Chorus.htm
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Re: Rachmaninoff: The Must Have Recordings
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2011, 08:02:59 PM »
I find this one essential.  Jansons knows what he is doing, and the sound of a real Russian orchestra adds some authenticity to the proceedings.  Outstanding, and inexpensive, these days.




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Re: Rachmaninoff: The Must Have Recordings
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2011, 08:38:31 PM »
Must haves?

I could be content with these, though there are several others I enjoy.



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Re: Rachmaninoff: The Must Have Recordings
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2011, 01:33:30 AM »
I think there are reems of great Rachmaninov recordings (and many have been recorded so many times). Thus, 'must have' should either be very short (those that stand out from even great reocrdings) or very long (a lot of the good ones).

If one goes for the short list, I would say add the following:
Rachmaninov performs Rachmaninov (various versions, but RCA have a well known grouping)
Isles of Dead - Ashkenazy as already posted (Ashkenazy has produced a lot of good Rachmaninov at a consistantly high level and is a great place to start)
Rachmaninov: Kocsis playing Sonata #2 and other works (great for piano introduction to a range of piano works - outstanding performance)
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Re: Rachmaninoff: The Must Have Recordings
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2011, 01:47:29 AM »
Anything by Sviatoslav Richter
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Re: Rachmaninoff: The Must Have Recordings
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2011, 02:49:25 AM »
Allow me to pick a few nobody else has nominated...



Symphony No 2 - uncut - RCA 1973 (?)



Isle of the Dead - 2010





And for the truly hardcore fan, it must be said that the selections in this box are outstanding:



Solo piano performances with Lugansky, Santiago Rodriguez, Emil Gilels, Vladimir Horowitz; concertos by Earl Wild; symphonies by Rozhdestvensky; plus a whole bonus set of the concertos in historical recordings from the 1930s, including one of Rach's own recordings.

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Re: Rachmaninoff: The Must Have Recordings
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2011, 02:56:11 AM »


This is an earlier issue of the one that I recommended. I also have the Olympia issue, which was the first issue of these great performances, but more expensive:



http://www.amazon.co.uk/Richter-Vol-7-Rachmaninov-Piano-Works/dp/B0000260HD
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Re: Rachmaninoff: The Must Have Recordings
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2011, 05:30:19 AM »
Anything by Sviatoslav Richter


Any "historical" recordings on your radar, Holden?
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Re: Rachmaninoff: The Must Have Recordings
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2011, 05:31:09 AM »
Thanks for listing, folks.  Nice reference to turn to.
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Re: Rachmaninoff: The Must Have Recordings
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2011, 05:34:38 AM »
Must haves?

I could be content with these, though there are several others I enjoy.




Interesting how this Philips paired the same (Tchaikovsky) as the Richter DG above.  Any connection I should know about?


Must haves?

I could be content with these, though there are several others I enjoy.


You have thread duty. :)
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Re: Rachmaninoff: The Must Have Recordings
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2011, 05:36:01 AM »
Interesting how this Philips pair the same as the Richter DG above.  Any connection I should know about?

I've always wondered about that cover. Does anyone know the story behind it?

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« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2011, 05:36:51 AM »
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Ah, another Janis Merc recording.  Nice.
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Re: Rachmaninoff: The Must Have Recordings
« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2011, 08:44:52 AM »
Interesting how this Philips paired the same (Tchaikovsky) as the Richter DG above.  Any connection I should know about?

They are the most popular 'hard' piano concertos. Every career pianist plays them (except the few exceptions who wind up recording all Mozart concertos.)

I burned out on these two, oh, 20 years ago. I haven't been able to hear more than the first theme of either before wandering off.

The Ashkenazy Symphonic Dances is very good; so is his 3d Symphony with the RCO. I'd recommend Richter's over Ashkenazy's solo pieces.

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Re: Rachmaninoff: The Must Have Recordings
« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2011, 10:10:27 AM »
I'd recommend Richter's over Ashkenazy's solo pieces.

So would I, but I generally recommend both. Reasons: (1) their approach is very different...I definitely like Richter's better, but I think the music accommodates Ashkenazy's (sweeter, perhaps more poetic) approach as well, and (2) with Ashkenazy you get pretty much everything (all the preludes, for sure) rather than Richter's cherry-picked assortment. If Richter had given us more of the pieces AND if he'd been given the sheer sonic beauty of Ashkenazy's recording on the original analog Decca LP, however, his would be a total slam dunk. No question.

All just IMO, of course.
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Re: Rachmaninoff: The Must Have Recordings
« Reply #17 on: January 17, 2011, 10:14:25 AM »
Some piano things I enjoy: Pogorelich playing some Moments Musicaux  (an illegal bootleg which I can let you have if you can't find it) and Gilels playing Richardson's transcription of Vocalise, on a DVD from a Moscow concert. I can't overstress how ineffably lovely these recordings are. Less so , Pletnev and Steven Osborne in the Corelli Variations and  the Moiseiwitsch Rachmaninov CD on APR.

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Re: Rachmaninoff: The Must Have Recordings
« Reply #18 on: January 17, 2011, 03:12:05 PM »



I'll second on Richter's Regis/Olympia disc, Kocsis' solo disc on Philips and anything by Moiseiwitsch and Rachmaninov himself. 

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Re: Rachmaninoff: The Must Have Recordings
« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2011, 06:31:38 PM »



Forgot this one. And I second the Horowitz with Barbirolli and the Moiseiwitsch that Drasko recommended.