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Rachmaninoff / Beethoven: Piano Concertos

28 Jan 1998 | Format: MP3

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20:04
2
7:59
3
9:59
4
10:57
5
11:29
6
11:45

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  • Original Release Date: 15 Mar 1994
  • Release Date: 15 Mar 1994
  • Label: Living Stereo
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  • Total Length: 1:12:13
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  • ASIN: B001GTHBGK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,383 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Austin HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Dec 2004
Format: Audio CD
In the chancy business of recording piano concertos, there are so many requirements that it is rare to find a total success. Sometimes pianist and conductor are not in rapport. Aural balancing is sometimes faulty. Interpretation might be valid in parts but lacking in overall perception. The sound spectrum might be limited or distorted.
Several playings of this CD, kindly recommended by a Texas friend, leave me unable to fault it in any way. In the Rachmaninov, the outer movements proceed at an unhurried pace allowing both lyricism and excitement to register, with a poetic account of the second movement separating them. I cannot recall a performance so effective. So architecturally perfect is the Cliburn/Reiner account of the Beethoven "Emperor" Concerto (the one that pianists tell me is the more difficult of the two to play) that it would be misleading to point to any details. This is truly a great recording of the century.
The remastering of these Chicago recordings from the early 1960s is yet another total success.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T.J.Byford on 13 Feb 2011
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I recently acquired an RCA 7 1/2 ips reel to reel tape issued in 1962 solely of the Rachmaninov and was very disappointed at the sound, particularly as regards the balance between the piano and orchestra, which puts the piano in your living room and the orchestra next door! In quiet passages I was straining to hear the orchestra at times.

Commenting on this to an American collector of tapes I was told that his copy was exceptional (but still had balance problems) and what I was describing to him rather indicated my tape was a substandard transfer or had deteriorated over the years, a problem particularly with RCA's, it would seem. Checking the availability of a recording on Living Stereo I can across this CD. And what a difference!

Yes, there is still a balance problem with a larger than life piano, but I was able to listen directly to what the sound engineer intended, not via my old tape. And what you hear is a wonderful interpretation by Cliburn, devoid of bravura for its own sake and simply letting the music speak for itself. At first blush, Rachmaninov's 2nd doesn't immediately throw up virtuoso passages for the pianist, and this can lead to some to try and rectify it by increasing scale and tension which the composer didn't write. Not so with Cliburn, who subordinates his formidable technique to the benefit of the music.

The surprise, though, is the Beethoven, a version I hadn't heard before. The orchestral balance is better, with the ambiance of Orchestra Hall, Chicago, brilliantly retained in RCA's remastering. But it is again Cliburn's pianistic skills which, for me, have shed new light on this wonderful Beethoven concerto. The wonderful shading of colour, deftness of touch where needed, and nothing flashy simply for the sake of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Borneo on 13 Jan 2014
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This CD demonstrates why Van Cliburn deserved to win the Tchaikovsky prize.
His performances will remain in the pantheon of the great concert pianists.
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Amazon.com: 27 reviews
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Rachmaninoff excellent 7 Jun 2000
By J. Buxton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While I'm glad I have this cd, I wish I would have paid a few dollars more and purchased the Van Cliburn cd that couples the same Rachmaninoff recording found here with the Tchaikovsky concerto. The Rachmaninoff is first rate, with thunderous climaxes, melancholic phrases, and a wonderfully poetic adagio. Also, the huge chord in the final movement that leads to the final few bars brings me goosebumps. I must admit some disappointment with the Beethoven however. Although recorded only a year earlier, the sound quality is not nearly as good. Van Cliburn's playing sounds wonderful, but I often had the sense that he and the orchestra were not entirely together. Pay the few extra dollars and buy the coupling with the Tchaikovsky (which is a legendary recording).
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful recording 6 April 2004
By facedog99 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although there are plenty of good renderings of the Emperor to go around (two of my favorites are Rudolf Serkin with Seiji Ozawa and Krystian Zimerman with Leonard Bernstein), this CD should be seriously considered. The tempos are just right, and the recording, considering it was made in the 50's is astonishing. Cliburn doesn't make me feel as though he is rushing to get to the end, as have so many others. But the real jewel here is the Rachmaninoff. It is everything a concerto should be...dazzling piano virtuosity, beautiful orchestral support and heartbreaking tender moments. Listening to this puts a lump in my throat every time.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Likely to be a first choice. 26 Dec 2004
By John Austin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In the chancy business of recording piano concertos, there are so many requirements that it is rare to find a total success. Sometimes pianist and conductor are not in rapport. Aural balancing is sometimes faulty. Interpretation might be valid in parts but lacking in overall perception. The sound spectrum might be limited or distorted.

Several playings of this CD, kindly recommended by a Texas friend, leave me unable to fault it in any way. In the Rachmaninov, the outer movements proceed at an unhurried pace allowing both lyricism and excitement to register, with a poetic account of the second movement separating them. I cannot recall a performance so effective. So architecturally perfect is the Cliburn/Reiner account of the Beethoven "Emperor" Concerto (the one that pianists tell me is the more difficult of the two to play) that it would be misleading to point to any details. This is truly a great recording of the century.

The remastering of these Chicago recordings from the early 1960s is yet another total success.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
If Rachmaninoff and Beethoven were alive... 7 Jan 2000
By ANTONIO - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
...It would be this recording and this interpretation that probably they would choose to hear its music. Although some deficiencies techniques, the clarity and quality of the sound are fantastic, what, allied to a inhaled and sublime interpretation (pianístic and orchestral) it allows to conclude that this disk is precious and must belong obligatorily to any personal disklibrary. Van Cliburn Its for me as the best interpreter of the Rachmaninoff's concertos 2 and 3.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Brilliant Recording of Rachmaninoff's Second 25 Dec 2000
By A. B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is truly the best recording and interpretation of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto I have ever heard. Even though I have listened to this recording countless times, I have yet to uncover a flaw in this piece. The best recording of Rachmaninoff's Second available!
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