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Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 2 in C minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 18, and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
 
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Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 2 in C minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 18, and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Gary Graffman, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein
9 April 1985 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 9 April 1985
  • Release Date: 9 April 1985
  • Label: Sony Classical
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  • Total Length: 56:43
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  • ASIN: B00ER4C90O
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Most American reviewers on Amazon.com really raved about this, but I just don't see it -- there's something seriously wrong, and I'm not sure whether to blame the engineers or the artists. First of all, soloist and orchestra seem to be in different aural space. Both seem too recessed, but the orchestra seems particularly recessed, as if Graffman was playing in the foyer and the orchestra was back in the auditorium -- while the listener has not yet come in the front door! I exaggerate, but just a bit. Listen to the 1963 Decca with Ashkenazy and Kondrashin, and it's a different world -- both the piano and orchestra are in the frame, and the piano has a bass dimension to it, which the CBS recording for Graffman doesn't catch. You miss the sense of interaction of soloist and orchestra, which is part of the pleasure of hearing this piece. It just all sounds too small scale. Perhaps for that reason, there isn't a great sense of forward movement to the piece, and I think Bernstein (a conductor I admire) has to take some responsibility. Graffman on his part doesn't seem to want to exploit the dynamic resources of his instrument: just listen to Ashkenazy or Stephen Hough (the latter recorded live) for comparison. This one is too tame by half!
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By scribbler on 2 Feb. 2014
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Leonard Bernstein did not record much Rachmaninoff which is a pity because on this showing he was a sympathetic interpreter and Graffman is a fine soloist
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