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Rachmaninov : Piano Concertos 1, 2, 3, 4, Paganini Rhapsody, Chopin & Corelli Variations [Box set]

Sergey Rachmaninov , Sakari Oramo , City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra , Nikolai Lugansky Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sakari Oramo
  • Composer: Sergey Rachmaninov
  • Audio CD (1 Sep 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000GW8AYK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Vivace
2. Andante - Allegretto Tranquillo - Andante
3. Allegro Vivace
4. Allegro Ma Non Tanto
5. Intermezzo: Adagio
6. Finale: Alla Breve
Disc: 2
1. Moderato
2. Adagio Sostenuto
3. Allegro Scherzando
4. I Allegro Vivace (Alla Breve)
5. Largo
6. III Allegro Vivace
Disc: 3
1. Introduction: Allegro vivace
2. Theme: L'istesso tempo
3. Meno messo, a tempo moderato
4. Tempo 1/L'istesso Tempo
5. Poco Marcato
6. Moderato
See all 34 tracks on this disc

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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Lugansky !!! 15 Oct 2011
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This complete Rachmaninov concerto set contains the finest performance of the 3rd Concerto alongside the composers own. All other versions pale. Lugansky is the ONLY pianist other than Rachmaninov to give us truely authentic Russian sounds and emotions. I really despise Argerich in this piece with her flippant, destructive music making - ruining Rachmaninov's wonderful, soulful work. I don't care for Ashkenazy - bland or Horowitz - all over the shop.

The other concertos are just amazingly done and so is the Paganini Rhapsody which is just a stunning performance!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Russian! 19 Aug 2013
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If you want to hear Rachmaninov as it should be played then listen to a Russian pianist. Lugansky is new to us and this recording is as good as anything we have heard before. We certainly plan to buy more of his recordings.
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2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well received gift! 5 Feb 2013
By Mrs S
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My brother was very pleased with this Christmas present. He had only asked for No 3 and was thrilled to receive the other concertos plus...
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best way to redecover Rachmaninov 15 Mar 2013
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really a master, a delicate piano touch, maybe the same quality thatn Argerich, Van Cliburn, when listening this opus you'll dream of the romantic Russia
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lugansky 4 & 5 stars, Sound 4 stars, Sakari Oramo 3 stars 14 Feb 2012
By Carl Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
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I have many recordings of the Rachmaninoff Concerto's and the Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini each with different artists on single CD's in order to avoid what happens here: where the conductor and sometimes even the pianist are not always up to the task of playing what is written.Soundwise all I have is a $90.00 Sony MHC-EC55 Mini Hi Fi Component System, yet both piano and orchestra sound like they are right in my living room. Performancewise, Lugansky is one of the very few pianists whos hands are big enough to play the opening chords of the Second Concerto, simultaneously the way they are written, without having to break the chords apart.(Krystian Zimerman's opening is the most awesome I have ever heard)Lugansky's expression is always in complete identification with the composers meticulous editing,packed with feeling but never becoming sentimental, and his technique impeccable.

I have never heard the beautiful 2nd Concerto played better than this.I also like his 3rd Concerto very much, but at the final close of the last movement when the big tune comes in, he, along with most everyone else, treats it like the soundtrack of a syrupy Hollywood movie.(It seems as though only Stephan Hough, Byron Janis and most recently Valentina Lisitsa are among the few that have read the letters Rachmaninoff sent to musicologist Josef Yasser explaining how his Concerto's should be played.)

In the 1st Concerto, the first and especially last movements are excellent, being comparablle to Pletnev and Janis who own this piece, but at the beginning of the slow 2nd movement, Lugansky surprisingly misses a very important note in the melodic line: 8 bars after the piano makes its solo entrance the melodic line continues with the notes D, F# and E# yet for some reason Lugansky misses the F# which is incredible since this is the least demanding technically. In the last movement conductor Sakari Oramo leaves out the triangle from pages 125 through 144 (Boosey & Hawkes original orchestral score), which misses the magic effect that can be heard in the composers recording with Ormandy, Moiseiwitsch with Sir Malcolm Sargent who went so far as to place the triangle close to the microphone during their 1948 recording session, and Thibaudet/Ashkenazy. The triangle keeps the beat while the piano plays: "Allegro ma non troppo staccatissimo" and is quite breathtaking. Lugansky's playing in the last movement is filled with fresh new insights and frequently gives one the feeling that they are hearing the music for the first time, but he needs to record this Concerto in collaberation with someone like Ashkenazy conducting, who's vast experience is desparately needed in both the 2nd and 3rd movements.

The 4th Concerto sounds just as good as Michelangeli performancewise, but my personal favorite is Ashkenazy/Previn since those two have a chemistry that transcends criticism.The Rhapsody is excellent, and the Corelli and Chopin variations are given true virtuoso performances, comparable to Howard Shelleys stunning account, but better recorded.For the most part this complete set is a good buy,and I give 5 stars to the 2nd Concerto, Corelli & Chopin variations, 4 stars to Concerto's 3, 4 and the Rhapsody and 3 stars to the 1st Concerto.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikolai Lugansky - the fitting soloist for the Rachmaninov concertos 11 Mar 2012
By P. Adrian - Published on Amazon.com
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Three years ago (in September 2009) I had the opportunity to listen to a live concert given in Bucharest by the young star of the keyboard Nikolai Lugansky. I was then impressed by the finesse of his touch, by his refined musicianship and most of all by his artistic maturity. I knew that he is a specialist in Rachmaninov, although he on that very occasion performed the Fourth Concerto by Beethoven with the Orchestra Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Cristian Mandeal. Being convinced by his unimpeachable account as soloist, I started to look for Lugansky's recordings. And again the opportunity played a decisive role. When I came across to this 3-CD box set comprising his vision on Rachmaninov concertos plus variations (Paganini, Corelli, Chopin) I went for it instantly.

The result is completely satisfactory. All the concertos are flawlessly performed, with a proper Russian aroma, yet with a restrained taste for virtuosity. The technical difficulties of those four plus one finger-bending concertante works are elegantly surpassed by the aristocratic style of Lugansky's playing. The dialog soloist - orchestra (excellent CBSO) is carefully led by a fine conductor as Sakari Oramo. When it comes to solo variations (on Corelli and Chopin themes), the pianist simply shines. Here, in the absence of an orchestral partner, the dialog moves to a more profund level. It takes place between soloist and composer's most intimate thoughts.

All in all an enchanting Rachmaninov traversal offerd by one of the foremost pianists of the beginning of the XXI century! Don't avoid such a seductive experience, if you are a piano aficionado!
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Rachmaninov 15 July 2011
By Jay - Published on Amazon.com
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Brilliant performances by a brilliant Russian star. If you demand barnstorming closely-miked Rachmaninov a la Weissenberg, Argerich, or Horowitz, look elsewhere. More in the spirit of Steven Hough's sophisticated readings - fleet, thoughtful, at times understated. I have listened to the entire set several times and am more deeply impressed with each listening. I have found no notable deficiencies in the recording quality, although I readily admit that my audio equipment (iPod + Sennheiser HD-497 phones) has limitations.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great playing/Poor sound 14 Aug 2010
By Frequent Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Lugansky is a great pianist, and he plays beautifully in this set. The problem with the set is that the concertos were recorded in different years, and the earlier recorded pieces are not engineered properly. You can barely hear the piano in many places where it should be prominent. I wish they would reengineer these performances so that Lugansky's brilliant playing could be appreciated.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 10 Jun 2014
By Connie - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard Lugansky at Symphony Center in April and loved his playing, so I wanted to get a CD. It also is wonderful.
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