Tag Archives: Sergei Rachmaninov

HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Columbia) Grieg, Piano Concerto A-Minor – Rachmaninov, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (Entremont/Ormandy)


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
Vinyl 1958

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Columbia
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.89 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Roberto Szidon Plays Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Prokofiev


Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this hidden gem
Roberto Szidon (21 September 1941 – 21 December 2011) was a Brazilian classical pianist who had an international performing and recording career, and settled in Germany.
Szidon was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1941. He gave his first concert at age 9 in his home town. He then studied composition with Karl Faust, and continued his pianistic studies in the United States with Ilona Kabos and Claudio Arrau.
Szidon played with many renowned orchestras. In 1977 he completed a Southern Africa tour. He was the soloist at the premiere of Camargo Guarnieri’s Piano Concerto No. 4, in Porto Alegre, on 6 September 1972.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin, Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:
Roberto Szidon
Vinyl 1969

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.05 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Melodya) Sviatoslav Richter Plays Schumann, Brahms, Beethoven, Rachmaninov


Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this hidden gem
Sviatoslav Teofilovich Richter (Russian: Святосла́в Теофи́лович Ри́хтер, tr. Sviatosláv Teofílovich Ríkhter; IPA: [svʲjətɐsˈlaf tʲɪɐˈfʲiləvʲɪtɕ ˈrʲixtər]; March 20 [O.S. March 7] 1915 – August 1, 1997) was a Soviet pianist known for the “depth of his interpretations, his virtuoso technique, and his vast repertoire.” He is generally regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.
I think, there is nothing more to say about Richter, that’s not been said.
Enjoy one of the greatest artists ever!

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:
Sviatoslav Richter
Vinyl 1983?

Number of Discs: 3
Format: FLAC
Label: Melodya
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.36 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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Mono HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Vladimir Horowitz – Recordings from 1930-1951


All thanks for this historic set go to Trottar
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
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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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
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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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
Scan: yes
Server:
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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
Scan: yes
Server:
FF

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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)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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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
Size: 893 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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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
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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