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    Default Great and/or Favorite Rachmaninoff Symphony Recordings

    Please post with images your favorites and/or great recordings of Rachmaninoff symphonies. It can be a cycle and/or assorted individual recordings.

    I don't know that I have favorites yet, but I am quite impressed with Dutoit for the Symphony 1:


    For Symphony 2 I have heard a lot of good things about Zinman's recording. I have it and will say that the Vocalise with an actual vocalist is quite a treat.


    I could very well keep these two on my player, but alas I have not heard of any really great recordings for Symphony #3. I am sure they are out there and hope to get some suggestions in this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Please post with images your favorites and/or great recordings of Rachmaninoff symphonies. It can be a cycle and/or assorted individual recordings.

    I don't know that I have favorites yet, but I am quite impressed with Dutoit for the Symphony 1:


    For Symphony 2 I have heard a lot of good things about Zinman's recording. I have it and will say that the Vocalise with an actual vocalist is quite a treat.


    I could very well keep these two on my player, but alas I have not heard of any really great recordings for Symphony #3. I am sure they are out there and hope to get some suggestions in this thread.
    Is that Zinman the full or abridged version? I’d like to hear it.

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    Too many to post all my favourite ones! I think I have half a dozen complete sets, Ormandy, Previn, Ashkenazy, Litton, Jansons and Pletmev, and each has its merits. Favourite? If pushed, this one, perhaps a surprise choice?

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    This is a cracker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Is that Zinman the full or abridged version? I’d like to hear it.
    According to this post in another thread, it is a "Great, under-rated recording and it is one of the very, very few that is absolutely complete - most "complete" versions still skip the 1st movement repeat. Zinman once again shows his ability to inspire an orchestra."
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    I suppose this one, apart from less-than-ideal sound quality, would be hard to beat for a favorite recording of the third.
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    A very fine set Fritz .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    I suppose this one, apart from less-than-ideal sound quality, would be hard to beat for a favorite recording of the third.
    I have the Dutton release of these recordings. The sound quality of No. 3 is pretty good for a 1939 recording. Overall he's fast, but he also goes very slow at a few places. He also seems pedantic about maintaining the long line and the contrast in dynamics. Very nice.

    As for sets, in fact I listen to No. 3 the most often and seldom give the other two a spin, but out of memory,

    Ashkenazy/Concertgebouw/Sydney/Philharmonia are all exciting and straight forward (in a good sense, stripped of all excesses) to a different degree.

    Jansons/St.Petersburg is the sensitive all-rounder (or boring if you don't like it).

    Previn/LSO is romantic although a bit erratic at places. Pletnev/RNO is phenomenal in their precision music making.

    Maazel/BPO is metropolitan (or harmless if you don't like it), and he basically had Karajan's gorgeous BPO. Svetlanov/RussianStateSO is a bit eccentric but I find that enjoyable.

    The dark horse has to be Noseda/BBCPO. Another all-rounder, and in very good sound.

    I'd say Ashkenazy/Concertgebouw and Jansons/St.Petersburg are probably my favourites.



    There are many releases of the individual symphonies (and the Symphonic Dances as well) that I also find enjoyable, including but not limited to the usual suspects outside of their cycles, e.g. Jurowski/LPO in No. 1; Slatkin/Detroit in No. 2; Rattle/BPO, Petrenko/RLPO, Zinman/Baltimore in No. 3, to name a few.

    Not interested in the Symphonic Dances??? I think together with the third symphony and The Bells these are Rachmaninov's greatest works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
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    A very fine set Fritz .
    That one I have. Was the first set I bought a couple years back, but my fire for Rachmaninoff really took in the last few months. Now I want to join a Rachmaninoff forum!
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    Of the Rachmaninoff symphonies, the 1st is definitely my favourite with the 3rd coming in some ways behind it. The 2nd doesn't even make it onto the list! My first exposure to the 1st was the Ashkenazy/Concertgebouw recording which I still value. I did buy the Litton/RPO but was very disappointed in it. A more recent discovery is this live Rozhdestvensky/BBCSO performance. The sound quality is not quite that of the others but is still more than satisfactory, but what counts most is the thrilling performance.
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    ^^^ Becca, shame you didn't like Litton. I don't have that many recordings from him, moderately prolific as a recording artist as he may be, but I do enjoy his Rachmaninov set, and actually his Tchaikovsky ain't too shabby neither! I find him controlled but suitability dramatic across the three, although admittedly I have a preferred recording for each piece (Symphonic Dances, Ashkenazy; No.3 Jansons;, No.2, who else but André Previn) and for the best Symphony, No.1, it's Pletnev. Have you heard that one? Really exciting, but lots more contrast than, say, Litton or indeed Previn manage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CnC Bartok View Post
    ^^^ Becca, shame you didn't like Litton. I don't have that many recordings from him, moderately prolific as a recording artist as he may be, but I do enjoy his Rachmaninov set, and actually his Tchaikovsky ain't too shabby neither! I find him controlled but suitability dramatic across the three, although admittedly I have a preferred recording for each piece (Symphonic Dances, Ashkenazy; No.3 Jansons;, No.2, who else but André Previn) and for the best Symphony, No.1, it's Pletnev. Have you heard that one? Really exciting, but lots more contrast than, say, Litton or indeed Previn manage.
    Good to hear since I just ordered a copy of Litton for Rachmaninoff Symphony 3!
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    My favorite cycle is Jansons:

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    I will have to think hard about individual favorite recordings...

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