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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #480 on: December 04, 2021, 01:00:03 PM »
Honestly, it's the only one I've heard so far.  :D
That's o.k....truly!  :)

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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #481 on: December 04, 2021, 01:10:41 PM »
I don't believe that I've ever heard "The Bells" before.  I see that it's listed as a choral symphony.  Any particular recommendations from you or anyone else here?

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If you don't mind the intensity of the old Soviet orchestras, and the sound world of Russian singers, I pull out Svetlanov often (rec. 1979).

I also like the Ashkenazy mentioned earlier, but I don't know for The Bells alone; it came with his symphonies for me.

There are a lot of well-liked recordings of this work, though. I am sure you will get a lot of recommendations ;D

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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #482 on: December 04, 2021, 01:13:45 PM »
If you don't mind the intensity of the old Soviet orchestras, and the sound world of Russian singers, I pull out Svetlanov often (rec. 1979).

I also like the Ashkenazy mentioned earlier, but I don't know for The Bells alone; it came with his symphonies for me.

There are a lot of well-liked recordings of this work, though. I am sure you will get a lot of recommendations ;D

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« Reply #483 on: December 04, 2021, 01:14:45 PM »
Thanks for this quick write-up. I'm definitely familiar with the Svetlanov, Fedoseyev and Kitajenko performances (or various performances in their cases). I don't know the Rubinstein/Reiner or Sudbin/Chaushian performances nor the Nézet-Séguin of which you're the second to mention this performance recently and give it a positive note.

The Sudbin/Chaushian disc is intelligently programmed with two other great performances of Borodin and Shostakovich's Cello Sonatas.
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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #484 on: December 04, 2021, 01:16:14 PM »
The Sudbin/Chaushian disc is intelligently programmed with two other great performances of Borodin and Shostakovich's Cello Sonatas.

Ah yes, you know what...I own that recording (I just checked Amazon to make sure) and I haven't even heard it yet. :-[ So many recordings, so little time.
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« Reply #485 on: December 04, 2021, 01:23:37 PM »
I don't believe that I've ever heard "The Bells" before.  I see that it's listed as a choral symphony.  Any particular recommendations from you or anyone else here?

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I like the Svetlanov quite a bit as it sounds truly idiomatic, Svetlanov plus a classic Soviet state orchestra and all. Whatever you do IMO you have to get a version that is not sung in English.
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« Reply #486 on: December 04, 2021, 01:26:58 PM »
Ah yes, you know what...I own that recording (I just checked Amazon to make sure) and I haven't even heard it yet. :-[ So many recordings, so little time.

That is too funny, sorry  :laugh:

I can't throw rocks in glass houses though, I bought Gardiner's Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem for a second time by accident. Guessing the performance never left much of an impression on me LOL.
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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #487 on: December 04, 2021, 01:28:32 PM »
I like the Svetlanov quite a bit as it sounds truly idiomatic, Svetlanov plus a classic Soviet state orchestra and all. Whatever you do IMO you have to get a version that is not sung in English.
Yes, of course!  No, no, no!

I do like the few Svetlanov recordings that I've heard.  And I did hear him at a concert years ago which a friend and I both appreciated.  :)

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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #488 on: December 04, 2021, 01:45:41 PM »
Ah yes, you know what...I own that recording (I just checked Amazon to make sure) and I haven't even heard it yet. :-[ So many recordings, so little time.

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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #489 on: December 04, 2021, 01:48:03 PM »
How many Christmas gifts have you bought yourself at this stage?

A lot!
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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #490 on: December 04, 2021, 01:54:18 PM »
Yes, of course!  No, no, no!

I do like the few Svetlanov recordings that I've heard.  And I did hear him at a concert years ago which a friend and I both appreciated.  :)

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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #491 on: December 04, 2021, 02:04:42 PM »
I still chuckle over the fact that the back cover of the classic Melodiya LP had, not Poe's original poem, but a functionary's attempt to re-translate Balmont's Russian translation back into English, with predictably absurd results.
Ouch!  Though I'm rather confused now.  So the original lyrics were from a Poe poem and translated into Russian?

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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #492 on: December 04, 2021, 02:11:57 PM »
Ouch!  Though I'm rather confused now.  So the original lyrics were from a Poe poem and translated into Russian?

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Aye, Rakhmaninov set Balmont's Russian translation of Poe.
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Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Reply #493 on: December 04, 2021, 08:39:49 PM »
Aye, Rakhmaninov set Balmont's Russian translation of Poe.
Thanks for the confirmation Karl!  :)

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