These are brilliant performances of Sergei Rachmaninov’s four piano concertos! Pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy originally recorded them with the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andre Previn at Kingsway Hall in London in 1972. Ashkenazy demonstrates superb artistry and musicianship on this box set, playing each concerto with extraordinary warmth and expressiveness. The LSO’s accompaniment is outstanding in both its poetry and precision. I found the slow movement of Concerto No. 3 to be particularly enjoyable for its depth of feeling. The sound is absolutely outstanding, aided by the warm ambience of Kingsway Hall. Awarded a three-star rating (signifying “an outstanding performance and recording in every way,”) by the “Penguin Guide to Compact Discs,” this set should not be missed my any fan of Rachmaninov’s music.
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestre: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Number of Discs: 3
Size: 3.03 GB
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