Many thanks to Janicius for this gift This recording is special. Its a living historical document that formed the basis of legend. The circumstances surrounding this competition, its occurrence in a specific time and place, and the outcomes, all are noteworthy. Like most historical documents, this one isn’t perfect. Nonetheless, the sound is quiet good. To be sure, the orchestra still sounds thin at times, intonation isn’t always the best. And Van Cliburn is hardly note-perfect either. But the performance is just electrifying, and the excitement, palpable. Van Cliburn delivers. But in the end one can really be blown away by the power and passion Van Cliburn put into the Rach 3…unbelievable for a 24 year old.
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Van Cliburn
Orchestra: Symphony Of The Air
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 856 MB
Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this rarity This recording of Rachmaninov’s The Bells is excellent. An admirer had suggested Rachmaninov set Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, The Bells, to music. Poe’s poem dealt with four important life experiences as expressed in the sounds of different bells (silver – youth, gold – marriage, brass – war, iron – mourning). Rachmaninov set them as a four-movement choral piece, wonderfully capturing the different sounds and moods.
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov Performer: Aleksei Bolshakov, Mikhail Dovenman, Ivan Kozlovsky, Yelizaveta Shumskaya
Orchestra: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin, Israel Gusman
Vinyl (1963) Number of Discs: 1 Format: Flac Label: Melodiya/EMI DR-Analysis: DR 11 Size: 1.07GB Scan: yes Server: FF
Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this Compared to many of the recordings made today Maestro Kondrashin’s tempi are fast and the recordings (like those from conductors Mravinsky, Svetlanov and Rhodesvetsky) have a visceral feel. More recently, conductors like Valery Gergiev and Mistislav Rostropovich have adopted slower tempi that seek to probe the drama of the music. This approach rewarding but it is interesting to listen to the work of conductors who worked with Shostakovich.
The First Symphony is very well played and exuberant. It certainly is among the best recordings of the symphony.
This Third Symphony is nicely performed, well recorded and played at a fast tempo. This recording ranks alongside Haitinck’s acclaimed reading as one of the best of this symphony.
Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra: Moscow Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
Number of Discs: 1
Label: EMI/Melodiya DR-Analysis: DR 13 Size: 1.19 GB
Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this Perhaps this particular Mahler recording from Kondrashin is mainly for fans of the conductor. Because of some faster tempi that most of you (and me) are not familiar with. All in all is a good performance, don’t missunderstand me. But it should not be one’s only recording of Mahler 5 in one’s collection, to be sure. However, given the rarity of recordings from Soviet-era Russia of Mahler 5, that makes this recording of some historic interest. But the main reason to have this album is the 1st mov. of the 10th Symphony, performed in a marvellous way by Gennady Rozhdestvensky.
Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra: USSR Symphony Orchestra (5), Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra (10)
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin(5), Gennady Rozhdestvensky(10)
Vinyl (1974 and 1971)
Number of Discs: 2
Label: EMI/Melodyia DR-Analysis: DR 14 Size: 1.7 GB
All thanks for this brand new jewel go to Jean-Luc Prokofiev’s Third was one of the concertos that appeared in the Richard Dreyfuss movie “The Competition,” and Byron Janis’s performance is generally considered to be more than competition-worthy. In fact, many consider it the best ever, also a function of Kirill Kondrashin’s inspired accompaniments. Janis’s performance is a bit slower than usual, not because he lacks energy or technique, but rather because he actually takes the time to play all of those notes and make something musically satisfying out of them. It’s a very personal interpretation, carried through with blazing conviction; and the coupling, Rachmaninov’s early First Concerto (Sergej was 17 years old), is equally stunning. –David Hurwitz
Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc Sound is quite a bit better than I had expected, given the often poor quality of Melodiya recordings in that era. There is minimal surface noise, excellent clarity, and sufficient bass expression to give both of these recordings a full rich warm sound.
# Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
# Performer: David Oistrakh
# Orchestra: Moscow Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
# Vinyl (1966?)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Melodya
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Size: 1.15 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc
Everything just sounds right – Kondrashin’s tempos, use of rubato, rhythmic flow, changes in volume, etc. He was very much at ease with this symphony, and his mastery of it is quite apparent. I have heard other versions of it, such as that of Jarvi, and none come close to Kondrashin. His performance just sounds best. Although the symphony itself mystifies me, the performance does not. Kondrashin’s recording is excellent.