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    Nobody mentioned this one. Is it not good?
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidsannderson View Post
    Anyway, I reccomend Rachmaninoff's own recordings.
    First, and most importantly- these performances may change your life. Really.
    second, it is the composer himself.
    3rd, he is maybe the greatest pianist in history.
    finally, the sound. I know there is hiss in the background, but the Presence of the music... Oh. My. God. It feels like Rachmaninoff, the piano and the entire Philadelphia Orchestra is two feet away... or less!
    And the way Rachmaninoff and the Orchestra perform..... Wow. Seriously, maybe my favorite recording of anything, including Led Zeppelin and the Bohm/Birgit Nilsson Tristan.

    Just my two cents' worth.
    Anyone, not just the quoted post author, please point me to the best sounding edition of the Rachmaninoff plays Rachmaninoff set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Anyone, not just the quoted post author, please point me to the best sounding edition of the Rachmaninoff plays Rachmaninoff set.
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    This is the one I have, I can't imagine the sound getting a whole lot better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
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    This is the one I have, I can't imagine the sound getting a whole lot better.
    I would just like to put in a plea for open ears! In the late 1960's one of the main reasons for my interest in recordings was historical performances e.g. RCA Victor's Rachmaninoff plays Rachmaninoff. Then, through the International Piano Library my ears were opened to other great pianists of the past, on discs with what is euphemistically now called "archival" sound. In music where there are differing interpretations it helps to hear at least one of the older classics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Anyone, not just the quoted post author, please point me to the best sounding edition of the Rachmaninoff plays Rachmaninoff set.

    https://www.pristineclassical.com/pr...62952dbe&_ss=r

    More hiss than the other transfers I've heard but a much fuller and richer sound, a good tradeoff for me.

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    I just listened to the famous Cliburn/Reiner/Chicago recording of Rachmaninoff's 2nd concerto, and really was blown away. Such great, lyrical playing. Excellent conducting and orchestral playing. I have listened to this recording several times in the past but it never clicked with me until now. One thing I will say is that I think the piano is underpowered in the mix. Still, I think I prefer the Richter/Wislocki/Warsaw and of course the Rachmaninoff/Stokowski/Philadelphia. Damn, now I really would like to hear these new Daniel Trifonov recordings with Yannick Nezet Seguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Those sound great.

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    I'm not much of a Rach listener. I have the Mikhail Rudy/Jansons set. And a concertos CD by Andre Watts. I don't know if these are considered good or non-competitive? I trust Woodduck's opinion that the composer played them the best.
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    One set by one pianist/orchestra? Trifonov/Philadelphia without a doubt.
    For individual selections I'd go with:
    1. Trifonov
    2. Richter
    3. Berman
    4. Michelangeli
    Rhapsody: Trifonov

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    They are not works I have collected fanatically but of the three sets I have these are my favourites.

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    I see you can now get them in a very cheap 8 CD set with many of Previn's (orchestral) Rachmaninov recordings (generally very good) and some solo piano music (again from Lugansky). If you don't already have those recordings this offer seems like a no brainer.

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