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R. Rachmaninov - The Classic Composers Series
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Now, I'm no audio detective (and there are plenty of forensics outlined on the internet about the fraudulent discs), and I don't have the original Saga LP to compare, but it strikes me as more than likely that this Rachmaninov Two is by Joyce Hatto. Contrary to what J Groves claims, the sound is certainly not modern and "digital"; even by early-1960s standards it's pretty poor. Yes, it's stereo, but overall the sound is congested; the piano distorts and weirdly moves around the stereo picture. As for the performance, you sense a pianist focused on getting the notes right, unable to inject any personality or sparkle into the interpretation. The orchestral accompaniment is competent.
The Hatto Rachmaninov concerto recordings that have been demonstrated to be a fraud turned out to be 1990s recordings by Yefim Bronfman with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen. You can hear snippets at the Pristine Classical website: the contrast could not be greater and this is quite definitely not one of them.
As for the remainder of the disc, the three Preludes by Adolf Drescher are played with a command lacking in the concerto, but the recording is old, mono and deadened by the efforts to remove the background noise. For the Paganini variation, no pianist is credited; the recording is in stereo but is thin and wiry.
No pleasure is to be got from this CD unless you want to claim you own a recording by the (now notorious) Joyce Hatto.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I find those who object to the provenance of this disc pathetic. So what if it's not Hatto playing? It's still a nice recording. Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 2012 by Peter Hodgson
I am amazed to see a CD allegedly by Hatto for sale on Amazon. Hatto and her record-producer husband perpetrated the biggest piracy/musical plagiarism fraud the industry has ever... Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2012 by Mike Mac