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3.0 out of 5 stars
Sorry to disagree, 13 Mar 2013
In the linear notes, Lisitsa points out that in Russia, performances of Rachmaninov's works are butchered by being played too loud and too fast, and makes the same mistake here, at least as far as the tempo is concerned. The 5 pieces feel rushed and because of this clumsy, and I discern no rapport between the soloist and the orchestra. Moreover, the Decca 'tree' clearly never made it into the studio, for the recording to my ears is flat.
Mention elsewhere is made of the Ashkenazy-Previn recordings, which I have, but for pace, performance and sheer audio quality I would opt for the Ashkenazy-Haitink discs recorded with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, with Andrew Cornall and Colin Moorfoot supervising. These too are Decca recordings and they are stunning. And here, the relationship between soloist and orchestra is so evident in the playing that it lifts the pieces onto a completely different plane.