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Rachmaninov: Solo Piano Works, A Window in Time CD

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  • Performer: Sergei Rachmaninov
  • Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000009RCS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,237 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc: 1

  1. Prelude In C-Sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2
  2. Lilacs, Op. 21, No. 5
  3. The Flight Of The Bumblebee - Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
  4. Elegie, Op. 3, No. 1
  5. Barcarolle, Op. 10, No. 3
  6. Liebesfreud
  7. Liebesleid
  8. Melodie, Op. 3, No. 3
  9. Etude-Tableau In B Minor, Op. 39, No. 4
  10. Wohin? - Franz Schubert
  11. Polichinelle, Op. 3, No. 4
  12. Polka De V.R.
  13. Prelude In G Minor, Op. 23, No. 5
  14. Serenade, Op. 3, No. 5
  15. Minuet
  16. Hopak - Modest Mussorgsky
  17. Etude-Tableau In A Minor, Op. 39, No. 6
  18. Humoresque Op. 10, No. 5
  19. The Star-Spangled Banner - Traditional

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In this incredible CD, you can hear exactly how Rachmaninov played these pieces.
They were originally played on an Ampico piano, a glorified pianola, which laid down each note onto a recording medium made from paper. Every smallest detail of velocity and force was captured minutely, and thereby a permanent record was made of some of the most intense piano playing in history was made, in the years before hi-fidelity audio recordings had been developed.
In the last few years, these recordings have been analysed in the tiniest detail, and this wealth of musical history has been unearthed and transcribed into the rather more state-of-the-art technology of the CD, and without a doubt this has been a hugely successful operation.
This CD contains the complete collection of the works that Rachmaninov laid down in this manner. Most of them are his own compositions, although a fair number are his own interpretations of the works of other composers. Notable among these are Rinsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumble-Bee" and a solidly performed version of "The Star-Spangled Banner".
There never was a pianist the likes of Rachmaninov, and it's doubtful that there will ever be again. It's a wonder that these performances exist - without them, this master's pianistic achievements would never have become available to us mere mortals. A must-buy for all fans of Rachmaninov.
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It's difficult to believe that only ONE review of this incredible CD has been written so far (as of July 06), so I'm doing something about it...

Rachmaninoff was one of the greatest pianists of all time. If you want to hear what it would have been like to have Sergei playing for you in your living room, get this disc. The technological genius that went into transferring the old paper rolls onto new ones and playing them back on a purpose built Bosendorfer, deserves the highest accolades in itself, but wait till you hear the results... Incredible.
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This disc is the result of some extraordinary and dedicated work by Wayne Stahnke as an attempt to bring a faithful reproduction of Rachmaninov's playing to the modern generation, a generation that no longer has a direct memory of one of the reputedly greatest pianists of his generation. The source material was 'music rolls' which include subtleties as 'touch' as well as the notes embedded. This involved the building of specialist electronic equipment including special scanners and an electronic version of the Bosendorfer Reproducing Piano. The next stage was to scan, repair and transfer the original music roll performances to a digital format followed by a modern recording of the Reproducing Piano. The result is amazing and provides an invaluable insight into interpretations and performances given by Rachmaninov.

The playing itself proves to be fully up to expectation with superb clarity and articulation and a tremendous range of subtleties in touch. The nineteen tracks on this disc include twelve original compositions with the remaining tracks being arrangements made by Rachmaninov. There is not one piece that cannot be described as illuminating, not least the opening, and almost improvisatory, performance of the prelude in C sharp minor. This alone would be worth all the effort put into the project. It is particularly fascinating and instructive to be able hear Rachmaninov playing his own original compositions and thus giving what must be considered as definitive views on how the music was intended to be played. This is especially interesting when his own performance, as on this disc, is at variance with current performing practice such as in the prelude as mentioned above. On purely musical grounds therefore this disc is a veritable treasure trove.
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Hello dear reader – well it looks to me as though you are a Rachmaninov fan.

If you are seeking the ‘Rachmaninoff playing Rachmaninoff’ 78 recordings on the RCA Victor label transferred to CD (available from Amazon) then you need to look elsewhere because THOSE performances were recorded on primitive equipment with limited frequency response and limited dynamic range. They are noisy and they do not have any ‘go’ in them.

As you are obviously a fan of the great man’s fabulous masterpieces, on the two Telarc ‘A Window in Time’ CDs you will hear Rachmaninov performing his masterworks and the compositions of the greats on a Bosendorfer concert grand ‘reproducing piano’ - with FULL frequency response and FULL dynamic range.

You are probably wondering how it is possible to hear Rachmaninov - and not only Rachmaninov – it is also possible to hear Grieg; Strauss; Saint-Saens; Prokofiev; Scriabin; Mahler; Bartok; Stravinsky; Bizet; Granados; Debussy; Faure; Arrau; Serkin; Paderewski; Horowitz; Popper; Hoffman; Gershwin; Granger; Rubenstein and Hess - in full high fidelity, so permit me to explain.

In 1904 the German company Welte Mignon made an astonishing leap in technology and invented the world’s first ‘reproducing piano’ – a piano that shocked the world because THIS piano did not crudely ‘play the notes’ as instruments such as the ‘Pianola’ did.
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