Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos / Paganini Rhapsody
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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.
It is because all paid by herself, articulation can be listened here is of herself even though she exchanged interpretative ideas with Michael Francis conductor of this CD recording beforehand. Norman Lebrecht commended the First and Forth. He said "she teases out subtle shifts that are commonly blown away in a blizzard of notes. The First is palyed with a delicately calibrated rise of dynamic tension and the Fourth with an empathetic and profoundly moving sense of irredeemable exile." I totally agree with him. I think the Third is the highlight. Although it is a quicker tempo than usual, she keeps full of propulsive power thoughout every phrases which is convincing enough to move us deeply. All is due to her miraculous pianism. Additionally I'm not always satisfied with balance between orchestra and piano, e.g. third movement of the Third, around 10:00 of this CD (around 10:38 in the recording of Ashkenazy), clarinet makes conspicuous noisy melody which disturbs attention to the piano. The balance of this CD recording is perfect.
This is far from commercialism which produces something sweet and harmless. Virtuosity achieved here must be once in a handred years. I can say that nobody will outperforme her for a while. Goethe said "Something which seems demonish should't be idea, but rather natural. It must be by chance but at the same time completely inevitable." This is truely a masterpiece and audiophile of this century. Must-buy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not quite up to the level of my existing Vladimir Ashkenazy recordings (in my opinion) but well worth buyingPublished 16 months ago by R. L. Bellamy
To record and play all 4 concertos is a titanic task in which Valentina effortlessly succeeded. She is a very inspired artist and in her performance I could feel her deep... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Selecta 888
This is a fantastic CD with all of Rachmaninvov's piano concertos played with great warmth and style by Valentina Lisita and the London Symphony Orchestra. Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2013 by Igor
Flashy pianistic pyrotechnics.
Short on poetry.
Slightly autistic, seems there's no connection or interpretational discussion between soloist and conductor/orchestra. Read more