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Rachmaninov: The Complete Works Box set, Limited Edition


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Martha ARGERICH was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina). She began her first piano lessons at the age of five with Vincenzo Scaramuzza. Considered a child prodigy, she soon performs in public. In 1955, she moved to Europe and continued her studies in London, Vienna and in Switzerland with Seidlhofer, Gulda, Magaloff, Mrs Lipatti and Stefan Askenase. In 1957, she won the Bolzano and Geneva Piano ... Read more in Amazon's Martha Argerich Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 32
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00KZ73VDG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,357 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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All of Rachmaninov’s music - from his earliest student compositions to his final masterpieces – has been collected together for the first time on 32 CDs, in what is definitively the most complete and comprehensive edition of Rachmaninov’s works ever released. Even includes the popular and treasured recordings made by Rachmaninov himself - The Ampico Recordings. These are recordings from piano rolls of Rachmaninov as a pianist, featuring many small works and transcriptions made between 1919 and 1929.

LEGENDARY PIANO CONCERTO RECORDINGS:Five CDs in the set are dedicated to the works that secured Rachmaninov his household name – the Piano Concertos.

  • No. 1 - Byron Janis,
  • No. 2- Sviatoslav Richter,
  • No. 3 - Martha Argerich
  • No. 4 - Zoltán Kocsis
  • Plus the 2001 recording of the original versions of Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 4, performed by Alexander Ghindin. Further rarities include the original 1913 version of Piano Sonata No. 2 (CD 4)
  • Vladimir Ashkenazy’s famous recordings of all Four Piano Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra and Andre Prévin (CDs 16-17): “From Ashkenazy, every page declares Rachmaninov’s nationality, his indelibly Russian nature… Prévin works hand in glove with his soloist… the product of the greatest musical sympathy.” Gramophone
  • TOP-FLIGHT ARTISTS: The set benefits from Decca’s enormously distinguished artist roster and includes performances many of the 20th century’s great interpreters. The artistic backbone of the set is provided by Vladimir Ashkenazy. Considered the pre-eminent interpreter of Rachmaninov’s music, Ashkenazy has championed it since the outset of his career, and he is the only musician to record all of the composer’s piano works. In this set, he is also heard as accompanist (notably with soprano Elisabeth Söderström in three CDs of Songs), but also as conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra.

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    39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By MR LINKS on 7 Sept. 2014
    Format: Audio CD
    A glorious box set, showing the full range of Rachmaninov's achievement. Ashkenazy is in his usual excellent form and provides the bulk of the piano works in well-known and well-received recordings. Elisabeth Söderström in the songs shows why these works are so beloved in the composer's native Russia: they deserve to be better known. The three operas conducted by Neeme Järvi are full of chilling, mysterious sound-worlds - dark and foreboding in a very Russian way. The box not only has the Ashkenazy/ Previn set of piano concerti but an Appendix with alternative recordings (and the composer's own alternative scoring for Nos 1 & 4). Other fill-ups are Rachmaninov's fascinating piano rolls of (mainly) his own music and a charming interview with Ashkenazy and Rob Cowen (much like Radio 3's Saturday morning CD Review).
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    51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Ultrarunner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Sept. 2014
    Format: Audio CD
    Rachmaninov (1873-1943) was an extraordinary pianist and a gifted conductor, knew and played a few of his works for Tchaikovsky his musical idol. He left his native land Russia towards the end of 1917, never to return. For he disagreed with the new Soviet regime; travelling to France and ending up living in Switzerland. But then in 1935 he went with his wife to the United States, where he became a citizen. He attacked the Soviet regime via the newspapers there, stating that Stalin and his cohorts were murderous thugs destroying his country. There were no free artists there were only victims. The irony was eventually he and his music was glorified by the regime. (Reviews further on)

    "I try to make my music speak directly that which is in my heart at the time I am composing. If there is love there, or bitterness, sadness, or religion, these moods become part of my music, and it becomes either beautiful, bitter, or sad, even religious. For composing music is as much a part of my life as breathing and eating. I compose music because I must give expression to my feelings, just as I talk because I must give utterance to my thoughts" (Ewen 1968). However, in Tony Palmer's DVD film about Rachmaninoff-the Harvest of sorrow, Rachmaninoff's thoughts are spoken by John Gielgud."I lived in the Russian countryside for 20 years. The feeling of the Earth, the air and an instinctive need for solitude, enabled me to work hard on my composing. I wrote most of my music there. Even when I left Russia, I thought of that time. Now I have no homeland, I belong nowhere, for I am in exile. Russia remains closed to me. Yet whenever I compose, it is about Russia". Gergiev the conductor, stated that Rachmaninoff had a profound influence on Russian singers, Pianists and composers.
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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on 24 Oct. 2014
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    Anyone who enjoys music should invest in this set,a wonderful job of compilation from Decca.More great performances than can be mentioned,and at what a price!£1.19 per disc,so to buy just a few of these recordings,many of which are without doubt the best of the best,would cost far more than this collection.There's quite a bit here I've never heard before,like the operas,and the Ampico rolls of the composer himself.All that's missing here are the original Rachmaninov recordings of his own works,but they're obtainable elsewhere,should this prove insufficient for your needs.But really,realistically speaking,this is as good a Rach set as anyone can ask for,not a hastily thrown together grab bag for the non specialist,but something for neophyte and old stager to marvel at.Outstanding bargain,outstanding music.Oh,and of course Ashkenazy at his best in all respects,as both conductor and pianist.Superb.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William Shardlow on 22 Nov. 2014
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    This is an amazing bargain. There are no weak spots here. Ashkenazy is heavily represented, which is a very good thing. He's second to none both as performer and conductor in these works - and that includes the symphonies, and other orchestral works, as well as the piano concertos and individual piano works. He teams up with Previn to produce fine versions of the works for two pianos. But the other performers are also wonderful, from the thunder of Argerich to the finesse of the Beaux arts trio. You don't get the text of the songs, which you need with Rachmaninov, but you can get them online. Really, the only thing missing is Rachmaninov himself performing, but you should have enough change left to buy a bargain box of the master at work.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By uncledick on 13 May 2015
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    This is a great box set, and even includes alternative versions of the first and fourth piano concertos, but there seems to be a puzzling omission. Unless my eyes are becoming unfit for purpose, the 'Suite in D minor' from 1891 appears to be missing. This was I believe originally an orchestral piece but was also issued as a piano transcription. I do have another version of it, but it would have been good to see it also in this set, as it is intended to be a complete account of Rachmaninov's works. If anyone spots it there, perhaps they wouldn't mind drawing my attention to it, ie which CD it is on........ as it is rather good!
    PS You can hear it on YouTube.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr D Jolly on 12 Feb. 2015
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    Excellent collection. Good recordings of these work with a few bonus duplicates by other artists. Rachmaninov fans will argue about better versions of each work - and some of us will have many of these versions already. But this is a good set, convenient and compact. The only downside is the lack of good old vinyl sleeve notes.
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