Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this gem
In the 1950s and 60s, CBS/Columbia (now Sony Classical) had the great fortune to have three of America’s best orchestras and their conductors on its recording roster — Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra. More than a half-century later, only Leonard Bernstein remains a name that even the non-classical music world knows well. This particular disc features Ormandy and the Philadelphians with the great pianists Philippe Entremont (he was 23 years old on recording this in 1958) on the Grieg Piano Concerto, that’s often accompained by Rachmaninov’s “Paganini-Rhapsody”. When it comes to the “Rhapsody”, it will has to be either Curzon on Decca or this recording made decades ago. Just by knowing the orchestra (long considered the nation’s finest at the time) and the conductor (a major virtuoso to many critics), as well as the splendid performance on the piano, explains a lot of it.
Go ahead and look for others, but I definitely recommend this.
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov, Edward Grieg
Performer: Philippe Entremont
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.89 GB
Many thanks to Trottar for this gem
Philippe Entremont was born in Reims to musical parents, his mother being a Grand Prix pianist and his father an operatic conductor. Philippe first received piano lessons from his mother at the age of six. His father introduced him to the world of chamber and orchestral music. He studied in Paris with Marguerite Long, and entered the Conservatoire de Paris. He won prizes in sight-reading at age 12, chamber-music aged 14, and piano at 15. He became Laureat at the international Long-Thibaud Competition at the age of 16. In the following year he won a prize in the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels, and then began his career of serious concert-giving at the piano.
Composer: Maurice Ravel
Performer: Philippe Entremont, Dennis Lee
Number of Discs: 3
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.83 GB
A great THANK YOU to Jean-Luc for this gem
Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto is beautifully rendered by Entremont/Bernstein using great technique, patience, and control: in particular during the ‘Adagio’ as Bernstein wrings each orchestral note for all it’s worth, heightening the emotions wrought by Mr Entremont’s artistry. Then comes the beauty and intensity of the ‘Allegro’ (with it’s 3 beautiful passes through the theme which inspired popular music’s “Full Moon and Empty Arms” ramping up the intensity and density with each pass) with Entremont brilliant both there and in the cadenza. Considering Rachmaninov’s melancholy mood about the results of his first piano concerto, he more than recovered from it with this amazing “tour de force” composition and others. Absolutely brilliant and evocative, as presented here! The sound and presence are excellent. Bravo, Philippe and Lennie, and ladies and gentlemen of the orchestras! My Highest Recommendation!
Composer: Sergeji Rachmaninov
Performer: Philippe Entremont
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Number of discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.76 GB/928 MB/225 MB