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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3; Suite No.2 for 2 Pianos

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3; Suite No.2 for 2 Pianos

1 Jan 2001
4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2001
  • Release Date: 21 May 2001
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2001 Universal International Music B.V.
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  • Total Length: 1:01:30
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  • ASIN: B001N2F8HE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,183 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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There is no finer recording of Rachmaninov 3. Whilst I greatly enjoy listening to the more poetic/refined performances by the likes of Ashkenazy, if you want to hear this piece played with the most barn-storming virtuosity and dramtic effect by arguably the greatest living pianist, then this has to be the recording for you. Ignore the occasional coughs from the audience, or one or two slips by Argerich in the cadenza- this is a crackling live performance, the perfect synthesis of supreme pianism and muscical intellect. Some of Argerich's pyrotechnics would surely leave even the great Rachmaninov himself awestruck (listen to the pace at which she takes the finale's opening!). Contrast this to the sensuousness of her playing on the piano's entry to the middle movement. In short, the greatest and most passionate of live performances.
With Nelson Friere in the second suite, the pianism is again nothing short of phenomenal. Listen for yourselves!
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Ms Argerich is capable of mistakes (which player is not) and her handling of the Rachmaninov No 3 apparently upset several people due to faults in the Cadenza. I would say her performance was dazzling and sensitive - some performances frankly are far too 'scholastic' and wooden. There are a lot of intricacies within in this concerto (which is after all the ultimate tour de force for piano) however I feel she played this with great sensitivity and style.
Her handling of the Tchaikovsky concerto is by far the best I have heard, and the runaway final movement is truly exciting!.
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One of my favourite piano concertos played with great feeling and sensitivity by Argerich.I prefer studio to live recordings,however,there is little in the way of audience disturbance and she plays extremely well.
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Couldn't believe this. The concerto is my favourite piece of music, and I wanted to hear what Argerich had to say about it. Well: thud and blunder, unfocused, slapdash, rushed, coarse, simply awful. (With a few isolated moments of sensitive pianism.) Does this equal excitement ?

With relief I returned to the exquisitely thoughtful performance by Kissin, in Chicago. And the brilliant recording by Bernd Glemser (a Naxos bargain) provides the excitement which Argerich attempts.
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The first movement is particular is amazingly colourful and, overall, it is a truly wonderful performance. I have the man himself playing this concerto (Naxos) and Argerich is an interesting comparison.
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