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  • No. 1 in F sharp minor

    3 2.86%
  • No. 2 in C minor

    45 42.86%
  • No. 3 in D minor

    46 43.81%
  • No. 4 in G minor

    7 6.67%
  • Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, in A minor

    4 3.81%
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdelykleon View Post
    Rachmaninoff's concerti have great moments o lyricism, but also lots of bars without much interest and a sub-par orchestration, and also, like Tchaikovsky, he seems to struggle with the large form, in the case of Rachmaninoff, add the additional bars of virtuosistic mumbo jumbo. The preludes and some other solo pieces suit his style better, imho.

    The recording of the movie isn't execpcional at all, the best playing of this concerto I ever heard was live with Nelson Freire a couple of years ago..
    Sorry, but are you listening to the same Rachmaninoff as I am? Frankly this statement is somewhat laughable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachovsky View Post
    Can I suggest the Levine/Volodos recording? I'm beginning to like it more than the Argerich/Chailly one. He does like the full ossia cadenza, whereas Horowitz didn't as he thought it detracted from the drama in the 3rd movement. Plus he doesn't fly through it like Ms. Argerich sadly does.

    I voted for No. 3, but I do love every minute of the 2nd as well.
    I'd point out that Rachmaninoff himself plays the same cadenza as Argerich and Horowitz.

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    I love them all.

    No question no 3 is my favourite, one of my favourite concertos.

    Recordings suggested:

    Horowitz / Barbirolli is incredible if you can take the wretched sound.
    Argerich / Chailly is tremendously exciting, perhaps best all round
    Van Cliburn / Kondrashin live with the big cadenza
    Janis / Dorati also has very fine pianism.
    And of course Rachmaninoff himself though the sound is dated.
    Last edited by DavidA; Jan-20-2016 at 06:43.

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    Any thoughts on Valentina Lisitsa playing Rachmaninov ? Listening now to her interpretations and quite like what I am hearing

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    But does it matter? Meaning it's Rachmaninov! They are all great
    Last edited by Kjetil Heggelund; Jan-23-2016 at 00:56.

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    Four marvellous works. I can't decide my favourite between 2&3.
    3 is epic. But 2 is just so unbelievably romantic (in the modern sense)
    I remember holding my first teenage girlfriend's hand in the back seat of the car on a journey with this playing loudly on the radio. It is still one of the most erotically charged moments of my life.
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    If you like Rachmaninoff, you’ll like what the Philadelphia Orchestra is offering on an April weekend next year. Two piano concerti in one concert? I see on Friday and Saturday they have only one soloist. Ouch, my fingers hurt! 

    Thursday, April 27, 2017
    8:00 pm
    Stéphane Denève – Conductor
    Nikolai Lugansky – Piano
    Haochen Zhang - Piano
    -Rachmaninoff : Piano Concerto No. 4
    INTERMISSION
    -Rachmaninoff : Piano Concerto No. 2
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    Friday, April 28, 2017
    8:00 pm
    Stéphane Denève – Conductor
    Nikolai Lugansky – Piano
    Rachmaninoff : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, for piano and orchestra
    INTERMISSION
    Rachmaninoff : Piano Concerto No. 3
    -----------------------------------------------
    Saturday, April 29, 2017
    8:00 pm
    Stéphane Denève – Conductor
    Haochen Zhang : Piano
    Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 1
    INTERMISSION
    Rachmaninoff : Symphonic Dances
    ---------------------------------------------------------
    https://www.philorch.org/concert/rac...-04-27_20-00#/


    Oh, the 2nd for me.

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    The 3rd is my favorite as well with Yefim Bronfman as my preferred pianist. The original version of the 4th (there are not enough substantial changes to the revision for me to care for it) comes in a close second place.

    The two versions of the first concerto are so different from each other that one could argue Rachmaninov has five, not four, numbered piano concertos. The revision may be the more scintillating of the two and makes for a better work for the concert hall, but the original, while it may have fewer and more traditional textures, is definitely more lyrical and intimate.

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    As I reflect on what I typed over half-a-dozen years ago, I would still say that 3 is my personal favorite- the one I'm most likely to listen to when alone. However, let me add that I'd prefer 2 for a "date-night;" to listen to WITH someone. [/daydream]

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    I'm very satisfied with Hough and Litton. All of them.
    "Sense impressions are a deeper soil for growing memories than the best systems and analytical methods." -Hermann Hesse

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    Between the 2 and the 3? Whoa..... Wow. Choosing between two of the greatest high points of my life, with Rachmaninoff at the piano and incredible sound (despite hiss in the background- the Presence of the music is incredible...)? Whoa.

    2 and 3. Both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidsannderson View Post
    Between the 2 and the 3? Whoa..... Wow. Choosing between two of the greatest high points of my life, with Rachmaninov at the piano and incredible sound (despite hiss in the background- the Presence of the music is incredible...)? Whoa.

    2 and 3. Both.
    That's the spirit, good choice!

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    I can't decide, but a 2013 poll also heavily favored piano concertos 2 and 3:
    Favorite Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    I voted for the 2nd.
    I like the recording on DG by K. Zimerman with S. Ozawa conducting.
    Last edited by Ras; Dec-03-2019 at 17:22. Reason: Edited to correct mistake
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ras View Post
    I voted for the 2nd.
    I like the recording on DG by K. Zimerman with S. Ozawa conducting - earlier Zimerman recorded with Karajan.
    Not Zimerman with Karajan. Weissenberg is the pianist with HvK. As far as I know the only Rach Karajan recorded. Superb performance

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