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Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 [CD]

Horacio Gutierrez , Rachmaninoff , Lorin Maazel , Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Composer: Rachmaninoff
  • Audio CD (18 Dec 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Telarc Classical
  • ASIN: B000003CX8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I. Moderato
2. II. Adagio Sostenuto
3. III. Allegro Scherzando
4. I. Allegro Ma Non Tanto
5. II. Intermezzo: Adagio
6. III. Finale: Alla Breve

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If you're looking for really good Rachmaninoff in top-of-the-line digital sound, then this is the recording of choice. It's curious that these often-recorded works are so difficult to bring off on record. There are many options, but the great versions have been around for decades. These performances challenge the past triumphantly, being neither too self-indulgently slow, nor merely empty virtuosity. Rachmaninoff's concertos are more like symphonies with piano solos--the piano accompanies the orchestra as much as the other way around, and great performances understand the need for an unprecedented degree of cooperation between soloist and conductor. It's a lesson that Lorin Maazel and Horacio Gutierrez have certainly learned, as you can hear for yourself. --David Hurwitz

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recording with Gutierrez 24 Sep 2011
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This is my favorite recording of the Rachmaninoff piano concertos no 2 and no3. Particularly no3's cadenza and finale. This recording is a must for all Rachmaninoff's enthusiasts. Gutierrez's performance is brilliant and powerfully moving. I loved this recording more than any other I own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars you won't find a better bargain 27 July 2013
By Stanley Crowe TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Back in the early 1970's, I heard Horacio Gutierrez play with the National Symphony -- this was in the Dorati days -- but to my shame I can't remember the program. He was a young lion of the keyboard in those days, and in 1991, when he made these recordings for Telarc, the lion could still roar. I bought this, used, because I like 1990's Telarc sound, and it doesn't disappoint. The feeling is a bit more open and airy than in, say, Previn's 1970 recordings of this music with Ashkenazy, and that's fine, though I like Previn's dark, slavic account very much. But you won't be disappointed with this -- the two big Rachs on one disc, with great sound, good orchestral work from Maazel and the Pittsburghers, and Guttierez in total control. The openness of the Telarc sound makes the contrasts between the heavy stuff and the delicate filigree moments all the more telling, and Gutierrez displays a lovely tone and touch in the latter. If the second movement of the C-minor Concerto doesn't at the end quite grab you as Ashkenazy and Previn's version does, the first movement of the Third Concerto more than makes up for it. This requires the full arsenal of a virtuoso pianist, and it's just stunning here. I don't think there's any "best" recording of these pieces -- if you can really play them, you usually have something to say worth hearing, and Gutierrez does.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  24 reviews
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the best Rach 3's ever recorded 27 July 1999
By Sugi Sorensen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the most underrated recording of the Rach 3 ever put to disc, tape, record, or any other recording device. Along w/ his incomparable recording of Prokofiev's Piano Cto No 2, Guttierez shows himself one of today's supreme virtuosos. I own 16 other recordings of the Rach 3, including the famous Horowitz/Reiner 1951 and Argerich/Chailly 1982, both of which get more acclaim, and Gutierrez is superior on almost every level.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Accomplished! 14 Nov 2001
By Robert J. Sullivan Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When a record outfit with the resources of Telarc takes on a mainstay such as the "Rach Three," we practically expect the outcome to be the new digital reference for that work. Their track record, as far as sound quality, is that good. They don't skimp on artistic talent either: Horacio Gutiérrez has been recording at a rapid pace of late, commensurate with his talent I think. As technique and elegance go, he's the Itzhak Perlman of the piano, working miracles with a minimum of apparent effort. Maazel was the conducting prodigy, who at fifteen led teenager Byron Janis on a romp through the Rachmaninoff Second. Today he's considered "temperamental."
In music that is all about temperament, Maazel and Gutiérrez choose to play it safe. Granted, some of the tempos they take would have lesser pianists bleeding over the keys, but Gutiérrez always has it well in hand - whether it's the power chords of the Alla breve are hammered out with ease. The cadenza (he plays the abridged version) thunders politely. There was a potential in this recording for complete mayhem, the kind of emotional volatility that makes Sviatoslav Richter's Second and Earl Wild's Third spine-tingling. Not that I believe that a great performance must strike fear in the listener, but there should be a moment when the audience is transported unexpectedly, a Busonian moment when the music "dematerializes" and is all around us.
I have some minor quibbles. In the Third Concerto, the developmental material of the first movement, when it does not concern the piano, is pushed along at a faster tempo. Does Maazel find these transitions academic? Immediately preceding the cadenza, he gives the eerie falling motif in the strings short shrift by waving the players on through. Gutiérrez doesn't get the critical silence he needs before the cadenza erupts.
Though it fell short of conjuring ecstatic moments for me, this record sustains a high level of involvement. I don't doubt many pundits would prefer it over the versions I've mentioned, because it doesn't take those risks: no jabbing accents, no bass notes pounded like depth charges, but plenty of exquisite virtuosity.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great disc 22 Aug 2000
By Trevor Gillespie - Published on Amazon.com
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The pairing of Rachmaninov's 2nd and 3rd Piano concertos is quite excellent. Although, the 3rd is not quite as fiery as Argerich's performance, it is still done exceptionally well. Maazel leads the Pittsburgh Orchestra beautifully. They compliment the pianist in a lush and never overbearing way. Listening to the opening notes of the Second Piano Concerto, the listener hears the beautiful recording capturing the piano in its full glory but not miked to closely. As the orchestra comes in, you still hear fully what the piano is doing, something often covered up by the orchestra in many other recordings. Gutierrez is in full control of these pieces. He adds wonderful color, phrasing, and rubato that make both concertos stand apart from a throng of recordings. Although this CD is often overlooked in guides to classical music, such as Penguin, please know that this CD is one to own, especially if you're a fan of the 2nd and 3rd piano concertos. As with all Telarc recordings, something must be said of the actual sound. Spectacular! I am a firm fan of the Telarc sound. It captures the full orchestra and has a more true sound in my opinion than many of the other recording labels, and this recording is great evidence of what the Telarc engineers aim to achieve with their work.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC 4 April 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I bought this copy of the rach 2 and 3 I expected to be impressed but I was simply amazed at the brilliance of the performances! Firstly, I believe that Gutierrez is an outstanding player, and his passion especially shows during the more demanding sections of the rach 3! Another person who reviwed this cd stated that it was all rushed!Balderdash!If anything the rach3 especially is ofton taken at such a slow tempo that the russian passion and agression that is the rach3 is lost!The performances on the cd a show the way that both pieces shoud be played! The first movment cadenzas of the rach 3 are simply stunning!Gutierrez really is amazing! Mazzals orchestra sound superb, and also display the passion that these pieces deserve! The sound quality is perfect, and the balance of the instuments is perfect. If you love rachmaninoff you must buy this cd! I actually own two copies in case something happens to one!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 5 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Gutierrez' playing is brilliant throughout. Here's one artist who can pour on the octaves without ever compromising musicality. Last I looked, there were umpteen zillion Rach 2 recordings out there. This, without a doubt, is the definitive one.
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