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Thread: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinus View Post
    I have completed my survey of about 15 versions of Rach 3. I listened to many of them 2 or even 3 times.

    My preference is Janis/Dorati, closely followed by Ashkenazy/Previn. Runners-up include Lisitsa/Francis, Argerich/Chailly, and Buniatishvili/Jarvi.

    Rachmaninoff and Horowitz are certainly superior playing, but the sound makes them unlistenable.
    So should I wrap up the Cliburn or would you prefer we mail it to you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinus View Post
    Having just listened to Janis/Dorati again, for me no can match this performance, not even Argerich.

    The sound, playing, and ability to bring out the depths inherent in the music are quite amazing.
    I respect your Janis preference, which is my preference (w. Kondrashin, 1962) for No. 1.

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    Maybe it doesn't qualify as it strictly isn't a commercial recording AFAIK. But Olga Kern at the Cliburn comp. is absolutely magnificent and I haven't heard anything better yet.
    Just thought her name deserves to be in this list.

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    Nobody has mentioned my favourite, Gilels with Cluytens on Testament

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klassik View Post
    Have you tried the Horowitz/Ormandy recording? Ormandy has a reputation for being a good Rachmaninoff conductor. Some people love this recording, others hate it. The fact that it was done live probably does not help.
    Very exciting performance. There are however a number of studio splices in it.

    If people are going to talk about poor sound in recordings, they need to say what that is. Sound that is not necessarily modern does not necessarily mean poor sound to some listeners. There is a difference. And some will sacrifice great performances because they're spoiled by modern sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Holden4th View Post
    Nobody has mentioned my favourite, Gilels with Cluytens on Testament
    Great performance

    The fact is there are so many really great performances of this concerto. I know some people are snooty about it but to me it is one of the great - if not the greatest - romantic concerto. Nothing like the finale to bring the house down as it should be!

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    Just a list some of the versions I have which come to mind:

    Rachmaninoff / Ormandy - truly authoritative but it is cut and the sound is bad
    Horowitz / Barbirolli - incredible playing at white hot intensity but awful sound
    Horowitz / Reiner - perhaps the best of Horowitz performances all round with the great man still in total control and it sounded not bad for its age
    Horowitz / Ormandy - the performance was the first time Horowitz had played it for many years and there are a lot of slips. A much better performance is later one with Mehta but it is only available as part of a large boxed set
    Janis / Dorati - simply superb playing from a master romantic pianist
    Volodos / Levine - incredible virtuosity
    Gilles / Cluytons - good as you would expect from a master
    Good performances too from Berman and Andsnes
    The best all round? For me Argerich is fantastic - the one to beat.

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