Rach 3

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  1. Drew Bethel

    Drew Bethel Screenwriter

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    Can anyone recommend a redbook CD of the Rach 3 with excellent sonics and a great performance? Cheers.
     
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    Volodos's recording is well-reviewed and IMHO is excellent sonically and musically. Otherwise, there's an older recording by Ashkenazy with Previn conducting. Recording is okay, but excellent performance.
     
  3. Drew Bethel

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    Thanks Andrew, I'll look it up. [​IMG]
     
  4. Jan H

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    Try looking into the Martha Argerich (the greatest living pianist, IMHO) recording with Kondrashin on Philips. An older recording, but it sounds superb and the performance is jaw-dropping. JH
     
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    Correction: The recording I was referring to was conducted by Ricardo Chailly with the RSO Berlin (Kondrashin conducts Argerich in Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto, also on the CD, which is another terrific performance). JH
     
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    The Argerich is good (I'd inexplicably forgoten about it). However, with respect, I personally think Volodos's is better. Ultimately, however, it comes down to an 'apples or pears' argument - both are excellent, and both have their especial strengths. Which one prefers is a matter of personal choice. Certainly if I went to a record store and could only find something by Argerich I wouldn't grumble.
     
  7. Lewis Besze

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    Kissin's live recording on RCA with the BSO conducting Seji Ozawa,is the best I've heard to date.The recording is superb,but the level is a bit low but you just turn it up a bit and that's it. Enjoy!
     
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    I agree with Lewis. I heard a number of versions and I think that the Kissin recording is very, very good.
     
  9. Mike Broadman

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    FYI: the Volodos recording is also on SACD. The performance, the piece itself, and the sound quality make this one of my top 3 classic recordings that I own.

    Rachmaninoff was supposed to be a great pianist himself. I wonder if there are any recordings of him playing his own music.

    NP: Bach, Uncommon Bach, rare organ works, DTS CD
     
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    Wish I had SACD, I'd love to hear the Volodos in that format. Jeff - nteresting info about the Telarc disc. Will have to check it out.
     
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    Jan - It is interesting. It sounds very much like a studio recording. Doesn't feel like a concert at all. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
     

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