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Mono HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Vladimir Horowitz – Recordings from 1930-1951


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I give 5 stars for this boxset despite the old recording sound. Sound of piano itself is reasonably well for the day once you are used to the background noise, good enough to convey the subtlty and delicacy of his playing. Prokofiev’s Toccata is still fastest and most exciting on records, verging on super-human. Rachmaninov’s 3rd concerto is the best performance by Horowitz with more argency and intensity than his later recordings. The incandescent account of Liszt Sonata is one of the most compelling and beautiful along side Richter and Pogorelich’s classic accounts. Haydn and Scarlatti sonatas, Beethoven variations, Schumann’s Toccata, Chopin Etudes, Stravinsky’s Petrushka and so much more display Horowitz’ keen sense of tonal colours and mind blowing fluency of playing.

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, Francis Poulenc, Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, Sergei Rachmaninov, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Albert Coates
Vinyl 1930-1951
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.74 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Various Composers – Horowitz In Moscow

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Can you figure out, what you are going to do, when you become 83 years old? Mr. Horowitz gave a legendary concert in Moscow, playing as beautiful as he maybe never did before. If you are reading this, I am sure you appreciate Horowitz and his music and have already listened to this famous recording. It is just as good as when it was recorded and is one of my favorite for piano music. In the unlikely case you are not familiar with Horowitz in Moscow, this is truly a gem and you should get it. If music can move you, this most certainly will, it is very pleasant.

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin, Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, Moritz Moszkowski
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz
Vinyl 1986
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.29 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergei Rachmaninov – Songs, Volume 2 (Söderström/Ashkenazy)

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All thanks for these gems go to
Jean-Luc
Rachmaninov’s Songs are absolute classics that deserve to be in the collection of any and every music-lover – it just so transcends not only the boundaries of Lieder but also of all classical music, period! Yes, it may be expensive but it’s worth every last penny! Original keys or not, the quality of the artistry and the obvious devotion of the performers to every aspect of these glorious songs is so magisterial as to make most competition to be redundant (only singers like Vishñévskaja or Khvorostóvskiy can really consistently match Söderström in every last one of these Lieder!!). Do not hesitate to GET IT.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisabeth Söderström, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Vinyl 1976
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR12
Size: 797 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergei Rachmaninov – Songs, Volume 1 (Söderström/Ashkenazy)

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All thanks for these gems go to
Jean-Luc
Rachmaninov’s Songs are absolute classics that deserve to be in the collection of any and every music-lover – it just so transcends not only the boundaries of Lieder but also of all classical music, period! Yes, it may be expensive but it’s worth every last penny! Original keys or not, the quality of the artistry and the obvious devotion of the performers to every aspect of these glorious songs is so magisterial as to make most competition to be redundant (only singers like Vishñévskaja or Khvorostóvskiy can really consistently match Söderström in every last one of these Lieder!!). Do not hesitate to GET IT.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisabeth Söderström, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Vinyl 1975
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR12
Size: 1.04 GB
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Kondrashin / MPO – Rachmaninov: Three Russian Songs / Symphonic Dances (original USSR pressing)

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# Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
# Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin and Yevgeny Svetlanov
# Orchestra: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and Bolshoi Theater Orchestra
# Chorus: Bolshoi Theater Chorus
# Vinyl (1963)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Melodiya / EMI / His Master’s Voice | ASD 2488
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.62GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.81GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (478MB)
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergei Rachmaninov – Two Suites For Two Pianos (Ashkenazy, Previn)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for another piano gem
Outstanding!!!!! Both, music and performances!!!
Vladimir Ashkenazy and Andre Previn give bold, exciting performances of these Rachnaninov showpieces. Every selection, in my opinion, is performed magnificently. Unless you are a devotee of other pianists in this repertoire, I highly recommend these recordings. Rachmaninov was a fabulous pianist and the two piano suites is truly a delight. Ashkenazy and Previn seem really in tune with one another and with the music – as if they’re having FUN with it.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy, André Previn
Vinyl (1975)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Sergei Rachmaninov – Isle of the Dead, Symphonic Dances (Previn)

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Thank you Jean-Luc for this rarity
I fell in love with Rachmaninov’s music at the age of 7 or 8, back in 1965-66, when I heard for the 1st time his marvellous 2nd Piano Concerto. Until today he has remained one of my favorite composer – togheter with LvB, WAM and JSB – and nobody interprets his orchestral music better than André Previn. This is an album every lover of Rachmaninov will want. His tone poem “The Isle of the Dead” and his last work, “Symphonic Dances” shine in splendid, luxuriant sound courtesy of the London Symphony Orchestra, who give their all. Add this to your collection, if you love me, otherwise you will go to hell 😀

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl (1976)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 1.08 GB
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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergei Rachmaninov – All Piano Concerti (Ashkenazy/Previn)

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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
Vinyl (1972)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 3.03 GB
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HD-Vinyl (Mono) 24/96 (RCA) Rachmaninoff Plays Chopin

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this historical document
What more can you say in front of these historical recordings? A master plays a master.
Pay attention: the occasional low noise (crackling) that you hear is from the origin recordings, from the original wax, not from this vinyl. This vinyl is a MINT (sealed) donation by Trottar

Composer: Frederyk Chopin
Performer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Vinyl 1970 (1920-1930)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: 13
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Digital Files 24/88.2 (Zenph) Sergei Rachmaninov Plays

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I received as a gift, from a friend, lovefully restored files (not vinyl sourced, you will understand, why not)of recordings made by the greatest pianist ever lived: Sergei Rachmaninov. The recordings are from 1921-1942, in 24/88.2 and with stunning sound. Enjoy!

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn, Fritz Kreisler, Johann Sebastian Bach, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Vinyl (1921-42)
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
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