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    Default Rahmaninov Complete Piano Works 11-CD Set

    $32 including shipping. I only played 2 of the discs.



    TRACKLISTING:
    CD 1
    Piano Concerto No.1 in F# minor, Op.1 (RCO / Haitink)
    Piano Concerto No.4 in G minor, Op.40 (RCO / Haitink)
    Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43 (RCO / Haitink)

    CD 2
    Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 (RCO / Haitink)
    Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op. 30 (RCO / Haitink)

    CD 3
    Suites Nos.1 & 2 for 2 Pianos, Op.5 & 17 (André Previn)
    Symphonic Dances, Op.45 (Previn)

    CD 4
    Preludes

    CD 5
    Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 (1985 recording)
    Etudes-Tableaux Op.39

    CD 6
    Variations on a Theme of Chopin
    Piano Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op.28

    CD 7
    Piano Sonata No.2 in Bb minor, Op.36
    Etudes-Tableau Op.33
    Russian Rhapsody for two Pianos (Previn)
    Romance in G
    Suite No.1 for two Pianos, Op.5 (Vovka Ashkenazy)

    CD 8
    Moments Musicaux, Op.16
    Morceaux de Fantasie, Op.3
    Fragments (1917)
    Prelude in D minor, Op. posth. (1917)
    Zdes khorosho, Op.21/7 (transcribed for piano)
    Vocalise, Op.34/14

    CD 9
    Arrangements and transcriptions of works by Bach, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Bizet, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Behr, Kreisler and Rachmaninov.
    Six Pieces, Op.11
    Waltz in A for 6 hands
    Romance in A for 6 hands (Vovka Ashkenazy, Dódý Ashkenazy)
    Italian Polka for 4 hands, piano and trumpet (Vovka Ashkenazy, Alastair Mackie tpt)

    CD 10
    Piano piece in Ab major
    Morceaux de Salon, Op.10
    Three Nocturnes
    Four Pieces (originally Op.1)
    Assorted rarities

    CD 11 (BONUS CD)
    Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op.42 (1973 recording)
    Etudes-Tableaux Op.39 (1973 recording)
    Two song arrangements (Daisies & Lilacs)
    3 Etudes-Tableaux Op. 39/2,3 & 5 (1963 recording)

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    Can't say I'm a big fan of Ashkenazy. I did buy his Decca disc of the 24 Preludes, but bought it really only for the Morceaux De Fantaisies, Op. 3 No.2 - Prelude In C Sharp Minor, which was included. I guess I should really listen to the preludes, too.

    For 11CDs, however, this looks like a bargain. (At 50€ here, slightly less of a bargain, but still ...)

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    Rachmaninov recorded many of his own works for RCA. While it isn't complete there are many rarer works and it's well worth a listen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holden4th View Post
    Rachmaninov recorded many of his own works for RCA. While it isn't complete there are many rarer works and it's well worth a listen.
    Fach was on elf the truly great pianists. The problem with the recordings is that they are very ancient. I have a sample but don't think I'd get through the lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holden4th View Post
    Rachmaninov recorded many of his own works for RCA. While it isn't complete there are many rarer works and it's well worth a listen.
    I thought he was an exclusive Decca artist for 50 years or so.

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    That's enough discussion--will someone please buy it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    I thought he was an exclusive Decca artist for 50 years or so.
    No he was RCA, which is unfortunate. Rach had a number of LvB sonatas in his repertoire but an RCA executive decided that this was not what he wanted recorded, the dollar signs were more important. I would love to have heard a recording. There were definitely LvB sonatas in his live performances (see below). All we have of his Beethoven is the 32 C Minor Variations.

    http://gmlile.com/rachdiary/completeperformances.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kontrapunctus View Post
    That's enough discussion--will someone please buy it?
    I agree with the poster who said that Ashkenazy wasn't his favorite. I had some of these recordings as lps and occasionally there is some gold there--try Op 23/5--but more interesting players have superseded him in the interim, imo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holden4th View Post
    No he was RCA, which is unfortunate. Rach had a number of LvB sonatas in his repertoire but an RCA executive decided that this was not what he wanted recorded, the dollar signs were more important. I would love to have heard a recording. There were definitely LvB sonatas in his live performances (see below). All we have of his Beethoven is the 32 C Minor Variations.

    http://gmlile.com/rachdiary/completeperformances.aspx

    Thank you very much for all the information, much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taplow View Post
    Can't say I'm a big fan of Ashkenazy. I did buy his Decca disc of the 24 Preludes, but bought it really only for the Morceaux De Fantaisies, Op. 3 No.2 - Prelude In C Sharp Minor...
    I have the concertos, I think he's top notch in 2 & 3, not so good in 1 & 4, but is anybody good in 1 & 4 2 & 3 are on his "Favourite Rachmaninov" 2 disk set, going for £2.29 P&P in UK. It also has Morceaux De Fantaisies, Op. 3 No.2 - Prelude In C Sharp Minor.

    Ashkenazy is doing a good job in these "best of" disks. I like his "Favourite Chopin" set.

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