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    I know what you mean about Argerich but it is an exhilerating performance. I like the Entremont performance with Ozawa.

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    Boris Berezovsky for Mirare

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    Nikolai Lugansky (piano) City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo.
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    Ashkenazy for a complete set, though I would rather choose each concerto by individual merit.

    I love Cliburn in No. 3.

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    I think the Lisitsa set is tremendous.

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    Andsnes seems to believe that playing Rachmaninov doesn't always mean playing harder and louder.

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    The recordings by Rachmaninov himself with Stokowski and Ormandy are definitive for me, even if the sound isn't the best by today's standards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhoosierdude View Post
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    Andsnes seems to believe that playing Rachmaninov doesn't always mean playing harder and louder.
    Good call. The orchestral accompaniment on that set is top-notch too.

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    Lots of great choices but I think now Daniil Trifonov in the Rachmaninov 3rd cannot be ignored.

    This may be redundant, but I don't like these: Rach (for Rachmaninov) or Khatch (for Khatchaturian). Bach is OK!

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    I suggest the second by Licad & Abbado

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    Default Trifonov in Rachmaninov 2 and 4 from DGG.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Knox View Post
    Lots of great choices but I think now Daniil Trifonov in the Rachmaninov 3rd cannot be ignored.
    On the way in October:

    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
    The Philadelphia Orchestra
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Daniil Trifonov (piano)
    Rachmaninov: Suite From Partita In E For Violin (after J S Bach)
    Daniil Trifonov (piano)
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40
    The Philadelphia Orchestra
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Daniil Trifonov (piano)

    www.prestoclassical.co.uk says:
    >>>Grammy winner Daniil Trifonov presents a cycle of Sergei Rachmaninov’s highly virtuosic Piano Concertos.
    Recorded with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra, the orchestra most closely associated with the composer with which Rachmaninov himself famously recorded the set of concerti over 80 years ago.
    The two-part “Journey with Rachmaninov” begins with DESTINATION RACHMANINOV - DEPARTURE, including the great Piano Concerto No. 2, probably Rachmaninov’s best-loved work, paired with the equally beautiful and rarely performed 4th Concerto. These voluminous works are contrasted with a taste of Rachmaninov the master miniaturist, with solo piano transcriptions of Bach's Partita in E Major.<<<
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    In addition to Rachmaninov's own recordings, I think highly of the set from pianist Agustin Anievas & conductor Rafael Frübeck de Burgos (along with Wild/Horenstein, Ashkenazy/Previn, and Vasary/Ahronovitch):

    https://www.amazon.com/Rachmaninov-P...70_&dpSrc=srch
    https://www.amazon.com/Rachmaninoff-...E9WB1F0JYE15DC
    https://www.amazon.com/Piano-Concert...ld+rachmaninov

    Among individual recordings, I wouldn't want to be with Vladimir Horowitz, Emil Gilels, Lazar Berman, and Bruno Leonardo Gelber in the Rach 3rd, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli in the 4th, and Sviatoslav Richter in the 2nd:

    https://www.amazon.com/Rachmaninoff-...E7CE8AY00FYHQ1
    https://www.amazon.com/Rachmaninov-C...er+rachmaninov
    https://www.amazon.com/Rachmaninov-P...70_&dpSrc=srch
    https://www.amazon.com/Piano-Concert...70_&dpSrc=srch
    https://www.amazon.com/Rachmaninoff-...70_&dpSrc=srch
    https://www.amazon.com/Ravel-Concert...70_&dpSrc=srch

    Among digital era sets, Mikhail Rudy's EMI set is good (along with Ashkenazy & Haitink).

    My two cents.
    Last edited by Josquin13; Jul-09-2018 at 20:36.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ras View Post
    On the way in October:

    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
    The Philadelphia Orchestra
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Daniil Trifonov (piano)
    Rachmaninov: Suite From Partita In E For Violin (after J S Bach)
    Daniil Trifonov (piano)
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40
    The Philadelphia Orchestra
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Daniil Trifonov (piano)

    www.prestoclassical.co.uk says:
    >>>Grammy winner Daniil Trifonov presents a cycle of Sergei Rachmaninov’s highly virtuosic Piano Concertos.
    Recorded with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra, the orchestra most closely associated with the composer with which Rachmaninov himself famously recorded the set of concerti over 80 years ago.
    The two-part “Journey with Rachmaninov” begins with DESTINATION RACHMANINOV - DEPARTURE, including the great Piano Concerto No. 2, probably Rachmaninov’s best-loved work, paired with the equally beautiful and rarely performed 4th Concerto. These voluminous works are contrasted with a taste of Rachmaninov the master miniaturist, with solo piano transcriptions of Bach's Partita in E Major.<<<
    And they are stunning!
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    The Ashkenazy set is very good. There are no cuts and the original cadenzas are used. But I would concentrate on various performances of the PC#3. This is the piece worth exploring performances of. The recommendations for this piece are endless, but I would google the piece into into your browser and start with You Tube. Enjoy.

    Dan

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