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Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos & Paganini Rhapsody CD+Blu-ray, Box set

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Product details

  • Audio CD (16 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: CD+Blu-ray, Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00JEPZVT2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,367 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Vivace
2. Andante
3. Allegro Vivace
4. Allegro Vivace (Alla Breve)
5. Largo
6. Allegro Vivace
See all 30 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Moderato
2. Adagio Sostenuto
3. Allegro Scherzando
4. Allegro Ma Non Tanto
5. Intermezzo (Adagio)
6. Finale (Alla Breve)
Disc: 3
1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Sharp Minor, Op. 1
2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Sharp Minor, Op. 1
3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Sharp Minor, Op. 1
4. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
5. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
6. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
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Product Description

“The collaboration with André Previn was always special. One mustn’t forget that apart from being an extraordinary musician, he is also a highly accomplished pianist... he knew every note, every rubato on the piano like almost nobody else.  I will never forget playing and recording with him my Rachmaninov concertos.” Vladimir Ashkenazy

The Rachmaninov Piano Concertos performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by André Previn are among the most iconic recordings in the Decca Classics catalogue. To celebrate these recordings, DECCA has gone back to the original tapes and used the latest techniques and extensive comparison with the first LP pressings, to make a definitive transfer. For the first time ever, all audio processing has been achieved in the 96kHz 24-bit domain. The new Blu-ray disc format, in particular, affords an unprecedented opportunity to hear the recordings at this resolution.

CONTENTS AND PERFORMERS

CD1
Piano Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor, op.1
[1] I Vivace
[2] II Andante
[3] III Allegro vivace

Piano Concerto No.4 in G minor, op.40
[4] I Allegro vivace (Alla breve)
[5] II Largo
[6] III Allegro vivace

[7-30] Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op.43

VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY piano
London Symphony Orchestra
ANDRÉ PREVIN

CD2
Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, op.18
[1] I Moderato
[2] II Adagio sostenuto
[3] III Allegro scherzando

Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, op.30
[4] I Allegro ma non tanto
[5] II Intermezzo (Adagio)
[6] III Finale alla breve

DISC 3 – High-Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray Audio
[1–3] Piano Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor, op.1
[4–6] Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, op.18
[7–9] Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, op.30
[10–12] Piano Concerto No.4 in G minor, op.40
[13-37] Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op.43


VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY piano
London Symphony Orchestra
ANDRÉ PREVIN

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Peter Sweeney on 3 Mar. 2015
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The merits of these performances are well known. My main interest here is the effect of the remastering, because all too often the results of such processes are only a marginal improvement. I am pleased to say that, compared with previous issues, listening to this is like having a curtain pulled out of the way. The improvement is obvious in any format - Bluray, CD or MP3 (I streamed the latter at 320 kbps from Qobuz). The improvements going from MP3 to CD or from CD to Bluray are more subtle, but they are there. Listening to this on bluray gave me a new appreciation of the music and the performances. Very worthwhile.
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Is there a finer set of Rachmaninov piano concerto recordings available? I think not. Classic Decca recordings which satisfy on every level - emotionally, spiritually and intellectually - performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy when he was at the height of his powers. Such mastery, such fluency and ability to articulate are rare indeed. Ashkenazy's understanding of this music is absolute and his ability to convey the "Russian spirit" beyond question. Superb.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chi Feng on 12 July 2014
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This brilliant performance is only enhanced by the excellent remastered sound quality. What sets this recording apart is the close positioning of the stage microphones and the equal balance between piano and orchestra. In most other recordings, the piano is much louder than the orchestra, and the orchestra is recorded from a distance to simulate sitting in the audience, instead of the conductor's stand.
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By William Young on 30 April 2015
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Love it.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By pcm on 27 Jan. 2015
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Sure, the Blu-ray High Definition Audio disc can beat the CD red book sound but to my ears this "early" recording is woefully lacking in those qualities which would be demonstrated so vividly by the High Definition format: when the violins reach their upper registers and with some energy, both formats sound as though the strings are screeching somewhat and it is a tiring listen. Why can we not have more modern recordings put on Blu-ray, especially those which already sounded great on CD? For those of us who shrink from buying "live performances" due to the inevitable audience coughing in quiet passages, please let us have modern, decent studio recordings in this new High Definition format.
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