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Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes; Piano Sonata No. 2 (2 CDs)
 
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Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes; Piano Sonata No. 2 (2 CDs)

3 Mar. 1995 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 3 Mar. 1995
  • Release Date: 3 Mar. 1995
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:44:25
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  • ASIN: B0048KM4S4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,235 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Nov. 2012
Format: Audio CD
For many collectors Ashkenazy and Rachmaninov makes a powerful and potent combination almost beyond compare.Ever since he burst upon the recording scene in 1963 with a marvellous Piano Concerto 3 Ashkenazy has produced winning disc after winning disc of the Rachmaninov repertoire.

Apart from his fabulous technical skills he brings that innate sense of 'Russianness' to his interpretations. There are the uninhibited emotional outbursts, the bleak desolation, the sense of the epic and also the introspection to list but a few of the complex elements that go to make up the complete musical experience. All of these conflicting aspects of Rachmaninov, his world and his music are laid bare before us.

There are many fine sets of the 24 Preludes, and I own quite a few of them plus partial sets by Richter among others, yet Ashkenazy brings a sense of absolute authenticity to these readings. Others may excel in many ways but the combination of elements that Ashkenazy creates is very special and specially Russian.

Much the same can be observed about the second sonata. This is available in the original full length, the shortened and more compact second version plus various hybrid versions. Ashkenazy chooses to play the first version which many now believe to be the best. Ashkenazy obviously thinks so too and makes a very convincing case for it. There is no sense of the undue length that Rachmaninov feared as a result of critical opinion that was probably best ignored.

Decca has now reissued and repackaged the performances and recordings of these works in this generously filled set which makes a particularly tempting pair of discs.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Matt Westwood on 6 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
If there is one person who is able to bring out the full power of Rachmaninov, it's Ashkenazy. Nuff said.
A set of 24 preludes (one for each of the 12 keys, major and minor) has been done quite a few times since JSB invented the sport. Rachmaninov just took it one stage further. Okay, so they were not published in one go, so it can be argued that they lack cohesion, but that does not really hold water. Each one of these pieces has an emotional depth and clarity that once you hear them it's as if you can see right into Rach's head.
The second piano sonata does not really fit on the same CD - it's not the same sort of thing at all - but it's good to have the recording available.
All in all, if there are better performances of these works available, then they haven't come anywhere near me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ian on 17 April 2012
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Ashkenazy is wonderful. All the Russian drama and romance of Rackmaninov with exquisite sensitivity and control. I recommend this to all lovers of Rachmaninov.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Dec. 2012
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In this Double Decca recording, Vladimir Askenazy gives us a fine interpretation of the complete sets of Preludes by Sergei Rachmaninov. The Preludes were published in three sets. The earliest - and the first of Rachmaninov's published pieces for the piano - was the second movement of the five pieces comprising his Op.3 of 1892. The second set of 10 Preludes, Op.23 appeared in 1903 and the final set of 13 pieces, Op.32, was published in 1910. The Op.3 piece is one of the most popular pieces Rachmaninoff composed.

In addition to the preludes, the CD is completed by a performance of the Sonata No.2 of 1913, which was revised in 1931. All of these pieces are so thoroughly characteristic of Rachmaninov's romantic music, beautifully played by Ashkenazy.
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By Ann Cooke on 7 Mar. 2015
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Bought as a gift.....very well received.
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