HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Rachmaninov – Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini – Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 2 (Van Cliburn)


Many thanks to Janicius for this gift
Recognition in Moscow propelled Cliburn to international prominence. The first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 was an event designed to demonstrate Soviet cultural superiority during the Cold War, after the USSR’s technological victory with the Sputnik launch in October 1957. Cliburn’s performance at the competition finale of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on April 13 earned him a standing ovation lasting eight minutes. When it was time to announce the winner, the judges were obliged to ask permission of the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to give first prize to an American. “Is he the best?” Khrushchev asked. “Then give him the prize!” Cliburn returned home to a ticker-tape parade in New York City, the only time the honor has been accorded a classical musician. (Continue reading here)

Composer: Sergeji Rachmaninov, Franz Liszt
Performer: Van Cliburn
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Vinyl 1971
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 945 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 192/96/44 (Columbia) Sergeji Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Entremont/Bernstein)

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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
Vinyl 1960/1966
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Columbia
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 1.76 GB/928 MB/225 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Mercury) Sergeji Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 3 (Janis/Dorati)

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Many thanks for this beauty to our friend Jean-Luc
Rachmaninov wrote four concerti for the instrument, but the middle two are by far the best known (and best loved) of the four. For many years, the 2nd Piano Concerto, largely thanks to its “Full Moon and Empty Arms” theme in the final movement, was more popular with audiences and listeners than the 3rd. But, thanks largely to the dramatized travails of the Australian pianist David Helfgott in the movie “Shine,” the race, as it were, is much closer. The 3rd definitely places much higher technical demands on the soloist.

# Composer: Sergeji Rachmaninov
# Performer: Byron Janis
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
# Vinyl (1961)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Mercury
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 1.46 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Sergeji Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Richter)

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Although the late Sviatoslav Richter spent his later years concentrating on Bach, Beethoven, and Haydn, he never completely abandoned the music of his native country. His reading of Rachmaninov’s most popular concerto, captured in fine late-’50s stereo, is one of the most glorious ever recorded. Richter’s amazing technique is completely up to the demands of Rachmaninov’s difficult writing, and he plays the heart-on-sleeve melodies with such refined intensity that they never sound sentimental. This performance is a truly amazing example of great pianism, very strongly supported by the fine orchestra and its little-known conductor.

# Composer: Sergeji Rachmaninov
# Pianist: Svjatoslav Richter
# Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra of the National Philarmony Warsaw
# Conductor: Stanislav Vislocki
# Vinyl (1960)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Size: 2.04 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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