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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #360 on: March 29, 2019, 06:53:24 AM »
Yes, I thought that is a very fine recording that I liked better - in some ways - than, say, Makhtin / Berezovsky / Kniazev & Lang / Repin / Maisky. Has anyone heard the Moscow Rachmaninov Trio on Hyperion?

I haven’t heard that Moscow Trio performance on Hyperion in quite some time, but I recall not being too impressed with it. I thought some of the subtlety and nuance was lost, especially in the Trio élégiaque No 2 in D minor, Op. 9.
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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #361 on: July 10, 2019, 08:40:05 PM »
Instructed to go and 'look for some nice summer trousers' in a Sue Ryder charity shop whilst on holiday in Suffolk I naturally headed straight to the second-hand CD section. Normally there is not much to interest me here, amongst the selection of Jim Reeves, Elvis, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass CDs etc (not that there is anything wrong with these artists just not my cup of tea) but I found a great bargain - the complete Rachmaninov symphonies on two CDs conducted by Walter Weller on Decca for £1.00. No.1 is well known to me and IMO one of the greatest performances of that fine work but I'm unaware of nos 2 and 3 conducted by Weller.  Actually the notes are all in Japanese but there is a fine photograph of the composer contained therein. I also snapped up a recording of Shostakovich's 'Leningrad Symphony' on the Stradivarius label - also for £1.00. I was able to smuggle them out the shop concealed in the trousers (not really, actually my wife made no fuss about the CD purchases).
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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #362 on: July 11, 2019, 12:05:39 AM »
Hahaha! More or less my experience last weekend.
On sunday mornings, I quite regularly go to the small town of Heist - op - den - Berg. Its market is famous and still has a "Brueghelian" feel. You'll find butchers, greengrocers, sellers of farmers tools and small animals, lots of bric-à-brac,  old books, used toys and the odd antique gem. There are two charity shops ...and Cds . And, yes, Jim Reeves, Elvis, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass , Helmut Lotti and the Three tenors apparently were as popular here as in Suffolk.
Interesting Cds are very rare, but do pop up. I didn't find any Rachmaninov, but was amazed to discover music by Brazilian Marlos Nobre (°1939).

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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #363 on: July 11, 2019, 06:41:38 AM »
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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #364 on: July 11, 2019, 12:13:59 PM »


63 ,- $ on Amazon, 1.50 € in Heist - op - den - Berg!



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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #365 on: July 11, 2019, 12:44:56 PM »
63 ,- $ on Amazon, 1.50 € in Heist - op - den - Berg!
Great story, nice place!
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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #366 on: July 12, 2019, 09:12:02 PM »
Hahaha! More or less my experience last weekend.
On sunday mornings, I quite regularly go to the small town of Heist - op - den - Berg. Its market is famous and still has a "Brueghelian" feel. You'll find butchers, greengrocers, sellers of farmers tools and small animals, lots of bric-à-brac,  old books, used toys and the odd antique gem. There are two charity shops ...and Cds . And, yes, Jim Reeves, Elvis, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass , Helmut Lotti and the Three tenors apparently were as popular here as in Suffolk.
Interesting Cds are very rare, but do pop up. I didn't find any Rachmaninov, but was amazed to discover music by Brazilian Marlos Nobre (°1939).

I like the sound of the 'Brueghelian' market - one of my favourite Flemish painters. I don't see any second-hand CD stalls in the picture below however!
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"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #367 on: July 12, 2019, 09:14:43 PM »
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #368 on: July 18, 2019, 11:44:48 PM »
Another composer who recently clicked for me. Hugely in love with the symphonies and PC 3.

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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #369 on: July 19, 2019, 02:18:48 AM »
Another composer who recently clicked for me. Hugely in love with the symphonies and PC 3.
Good to know Andy. Symphony 1 and PC 4 are my favourites but I enjoy them all. I wonder if you know 'The Bells' which I think is his masterpiece and The Isle of the Dead, both are marvellous works IMO.
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« Reply #370 on: July 19, 2019, 02:31:32 AM »
Good to know Andy. Symphony 1 and PC 4 are my favourites but I enjoy them all. I wonder if you know 'The Bells' which I think is his masterpiece and The Isle of the Dead, both are marvellous works IMO.

Good morning from sunny Vermont! I have the Askenazi box with all of those pieces. LOVE it!!!!

I'll be my usual fanatic self and start digging up other recordings soon.... ;)

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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #371 on: July 19, 2019, 02:35:00 AM »
Another composer who recently clicked for me. Hugely in love with the symphonies and PC 3.

Hey Andy!

Tried the solo works yet, like the Preludes?
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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #372 on: July 19, 2019, 02:37:44 AM »
Good morning from sunny Vermont! I have the Askenazi box with all of those pieces. LOVE it!!!!

I'll be my usual fanatic self and start digging up other recordings soon.... ;)
Greetings from rainy Sussex!
Excellent and I think that Ashkenazy is a great conductor and performer of Rachmaninov.
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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #373 on: July 19, 2019, 05:05:09 AM »
Another composer who recently clicked for me. Hugely in love with the symphonies and PC 3.

Excellent, Andy! Rachmaninoff is one of my favorite composers and I love nearly everything he wrote.
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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #374 on: July 19, 2019, 08:39:06 AM »
Excellent, Andy! Rachmaninoff is one of my favorite composers and I love nearly everything he wrote.

+ 1.
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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #375 on: July 19, 2019, 08:45:02 AM »
Anna Moffo and Stokowski (Moffo sings an arrangement by Arcady Dubensky).
Gorgeous!

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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #376 on: July 19, 2019, 11:11:05 PM »
So many great moments in Rachmaninov's music. The saxophone solo in the first movement of Symphonic Dances is one, the opening of the 1st Symphony is another. There are many more.
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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #377 on: July 19, 2019, 11:22:48 PM »
So many great moments in Rachmaninov's music. The saxophone solo in the first movement of Symphonic Dances is one, the opening of the 1st Symphony is another. There are many more.
+1 for Symphonic Dances. I find Symphony 3 rather moving and love the ending. Symphony No.2 and PC No.3 were my mother's favourite pieces of classical music, so I have a soft spot for them too. I recall that she loved the LP with Ashkenazy/Fistoulari doing the PC No.3 and Ashkenazy conducting the Second Symphony.
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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #378 on: July 20, 2019, 04:18:43 AM »
So many great moments in Rachmaninov's music. The saxophone solo in the first movement of Symphonic Dances is one, the opening of the 1st Symphony is another. There are many more.

Yes. And what makes him all the more endearing to me is his willingness to actually take the audience's response to his music into account, both as composer and performer.
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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #379 on: July 20, 2019, 06:05:21 AM »
So many great moments in Rachmaninov's music. The saxophone solo in the first movement of Symphonic Dances is one, the opening of the 1st Symphony is another. There are many more.

Wholeheartedly agreed. Also, I find the ethereal coda of the first movement of the Symphonic Dances to be one of the most magical passages in all of music. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the opening and ending of the 1st Symphony are among the most gripping and cataclysmic.
"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music" - Sergei Rachmaninoff