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  • Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
  • Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
  • Audio CD (23 Jan. 1996)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000004283
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,726 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30 - 1. Allegro ma non tantoJean-Yves Thibaudet16:44£2.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30 - 2. Intermezzo (Adagio)Jean-Yves Thibaudet11:10£1.49  Buy MP3 
  3. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30 - 3. Finale (Alla breve)Vladimir Ashkenazy14:01£1.89  Buy MP3 
  4. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor, Op.1 - 1. VivaceVladimir Ashkenazy13:29£1.89  Buy MP3 
  5. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor, Op.1 - 2. AndanteVladimir Ashkenazy 7:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor, Op.1 - 3. Allegro vivaceVladimir Ashkenazy 7:48£0.99  Buy MP3 

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Per Arne Rudberg on 6 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Totally brilliant recording! Thibaudet is having a superb clarity in comination with a technical brilliance that is absolutely stunning. Ashkenazy that knows this music from inside out is providing the broad strokes with the orchestral brush.
This recording made me a Rach fan!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By adogforlife on 4 Mar. 2013
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As I am very fond of both these concertos it is good to have them together on this CD. It arrived on time - altogether excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Good Candidate for a Desert Island Collection 2 Mar. 2012
By Carl Armstrong - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Thibaudet is right at home in this digitally recorded coupling of 2 of Rachmaninoffs greatest works.He has superb technique that is always at the service of the composer, vivid imagination and countless expressive insights that will give the listener something new to marvel at upon each hearing.The first movement cadenza (Thibaudet chooses the longer one marked "Ossia")is a little on the slow side, but everything else in all 3 movements, is completely absorbing and often breathtaking.

The main thing that sets these performances apart from many other fine accounts (Volodos, Argerich, Hough and even Lugansky) is the conductor Ashkenazy.Ashkenazy is the dream conductor for every pianist since he knows exactly what is needed.In the 1st Concerto's last movement, only Ashkenazy besides Ormandy/Rachmaninoff and Sargent/Moiseiwitsch, actually lets you hear the triangle keeping the beat while the piano is playing: Allegro ma non troppo "staccatissimo" from pages 125 through 144 of the Boosey & Hawkes orchestral score.Completely breathtaking to say the least, yet no other conductors except Ormandy and Sir Malcolm Sargent (with Moiseiwitsch) understands this music so deeply.Both Ashkenazy and Thibaudet must have spent many hours reading and studying the many letters Rachmaninoff sent to musicologist Josef Yasser concerning how these Concerto's should be played.(you can access them through google). I love these 2 performances, and believe they are both excellent candidates for a desert island collection.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A treasure that more people should know about 12 Jun. 2000
By Trevor Gillespie - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Thibaudet certainly is at home with playing Rachmaninov. These two piano concertos are two works where a pianist gets to show off some of his/her talent. Of course, the important thing for a pianist to remember is not play a Rachmaninov concerto to show only empty virtuosity. A great pianist like Thibaudet shows his virtuosity but also generates the emotional climaxes and heartbreaking lows that Rachmaninov wrote. Together with Ashkenazy who has also played Rachmaninov exceptionally well, a record is produced that is of first rate quality. The Cleveland Orchestra shows that they are a very capable orchestra.
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My favorite recording of Rachmaninov's 3rd concerto 1 Aug. 2013
By A. Cooley - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This was the first recording of Rachmaninov's 3rd concerto that I ever purchased, and I have not yet been able to find its equal. I also own Argerich's, Ashkenazy's, Cliburn's, two of Horowitz's ('51 and '78), Kocsis, and Rachmaninov's own recording. I've also watched and listened to Lang Lang's on Youtube. Let me explain why it's my favorite:

1) The piano playing: Thibaudet combines passion and musicality with technical perfection. He doesn't ravage the piano as Horowitz and Argerich are prone to, but he is never hesitant and always up to the technical challenges of the piece. He plays the long cadenza in the first movement beautifully, and has an impeccable sense of dynamics, timing, and texture.

2) The orchestra: As other reviewers have noted, Ashkenazy and the Cleveland Orchestra do an astounding job of bringing out the best in the score, while giving due deference and space to Thibaudet to take the spotlight. The sound is rich, warm, and vibrant.

3) The recording: The recording quality is excellent, and allows the listener to hear the crispness of the piano as well as the colors of the orchestral accompaniment.

4) The selection: Other versions of this come variously paired with Rachmaninov's 2nd Sonata, Prokofiev, etc. I prefer romantic music, and the addition of the severely underappreciated Rachmaninov 1st concerto is a wonderful surprise. If you're not familiar with the piece, I think you'll enjoy it, and Thibaudet/Ashkenazy do just as fine a job on that as they do on the third.

All in all, this is not a recording to be missed ... a little less intensity than Horowitz '51 and Argerich, but more confidence, power, elegance, and clarity than the other versions I've heard.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
a great interpretaion 17 April 2000
By A Morris - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The performance is great. It takes its inspiration from the original performances that Rachmaninov himself recorded on old 78s, capturing the energy and passion that Rachmaninov himself brought to his performance.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful performance 15 Oct. 2001
By Amy DuBoff - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I was first exposed to the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 through the movie "Shine". At that time, I knew virtually nothing about classical music, but I couldn't get the haunting theme of the first movement out of my head. A few months ago, years after I had first heard it, I began looking for a recording of the Rach 3 to buy. Having already had extreme respect for both the Cleveland Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy, I knew that the combination would surely turn out well. Even though I know now that he's famous, I had really only heard the name Jean-Yves Thibaudet mentioned once before at the time I purchased this CD. Because of this, I was a little unsure whether or not he would play the concerto up to the expectations I had set up in my mind. On good faith that Ashkenazy would select only the best soloists to play with him (especially since he plays the Rachmaninoff concertos as well) I bought the CD. I'm glad I did! I think it quite possibly is one of my favorite CDs, and only the true gems get that dubbing.
The sound quality is superb from the quietest passages to the most thundering. The playing, on both Thibaudet's and the orchestra's part, is as good as can be found. As mentioned in the liner notes, Thibaudet plays the long cadenza in the first movement in the Rach 3 (on Ashkenazy's recommendation), and it works perfectly. The other recording I have has the shorter cadenza, and after hearing the longer one, I can imagine it being played any other way. Everything about this CD is wonderful, right down to the sound of the piano. I would recommend it to anyone, either a experienced music collector or a beginner.
I really don't know that much about Rachmaninoff's First Piano Concerto, but it is played just as well technically as the Third. Thibaudet is a truely gifted pianist. Being comfortable in jazz as well as classical music, the Rachmanioff piano concertos are a perfect outlet for his talents. He achieves a masterful blend of virtuosity with emotion in two greatly inspired performances.
The chemistry between conductor, orchestra and soloist is as good as can be found. Ashkenazy's sensitivity to the needs of the soloist, having been one himself on many occasions, makes the pairing even more exceptional (if that's even possible)! The Cleveland Orchestra is warm and technically accurate as always. Don't hesitate to buy this disk . . . it's worth every cent!
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