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    Default Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #1 -- Favorite Recordings

    I could not find a thread specifically on Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #1 so here we go. I am looking for great recordings as well as any other discussion, including comparison of the original and revised versions. I know there is one recording of the original on CD (and there is one on You Tube).

    As I only have three versions of Concerto #1 on CD (and a 4th on order) I am not ready to state a favorite, but here is one that I believe is essential to any Rachmaninoff fan (including all the concertos and the Paganini variations),

    but please, if you wish to go into discussion of concertos other than #1, here is a thread for your posting pleasure. However, if discussion of other concertos is for comparison to Concerto 1 in a manner relevant to discussing the merits of Concerto #1, then by all means post here.
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    I love the Ashkenazy/Haitink recording. The Rachmaninov/Ormandy is of course a classic as well.

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    Earl Wild/Horenstein/Royal PO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    Earl Wild/Horenstein/Royal PO
    That one I have. Will give it a listen next (on Rachmaninoff plays Rachmaninoff PC1 right now)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    That one I have. Will give it a listen next (on Rachmaninoff plays Rachmaninoff PC1 right now)
    I really like the way that Horenstein conducts in these Concertos. There is a certain toughness and thinning of the schmaltz that has come to fatten these pieces since Rachmaninoff made his own recordings

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    Trifonov/ Nézet-Séguin
    Ashkenazy/Haitink
    Trpčeski/ Vasily Petrenko
    Kocsis/ de Waart
    Ashkenazy/ Previn
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    The best that I've heard, placed in order of my preferences per recording era:

    I. Stereo era:

    1. Augustin Anievas/New Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Frübeck de Burgos:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EKK2TJyW3g
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Anw5BaPm8ZU
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39oiphEzTI8

    https://www.amazon.com/Rachmaninov-P...s=music&sr=1-1

    2. Tamas Vasary/London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Yuri Ahronovitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRvbD20edYU

    https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Pian...s=music&sr=1-2

    3. Earl Wild, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jascha Horenstein: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quCJ5fw11xA

    4. Bryon Janis, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Kyril Kondrashin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjat0fK9nfM

    5. Vladimir Ashkenazy/London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andre Previn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-k7QDefWc4.

    II. Digital era:

    1. Zoltan Kocsis, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edo de Waart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaCWtPYk2qY

    2. Vladimir Ashkenazy, Concertgebouw Orchestrea, conducted by Bernard Haitink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7oEbsi4Jyw

    III. Historical era (mono):

    1. Serge Rachmaninov/Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB_tiU3ioo0

    2. Sviatoslav Richter, USSR RTV Large Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kurt Sanderling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdIikTjGE0Q

    3. Moura Lympany/Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Nikolai Malko: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfqTKC2hFYs
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    K. Zimerman with S. Ozawa/Boston Symphony Orch. on DG.
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    I'll look over these latest suggestions in due time. Meanwhile, anyone for this one? It is the one my pianist-music-major-Rachmaninoff-fan friend recommended:
    Last edited by SixFootScowl; Feb-08-2020 at 01:07.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    I'll look over these latest suggestions in due time. Meanwhile, anyone for this one? It is the one my pianist-music-major-Rachmaninoff-fan friend recommended:
    Looks great. I'm a fan of the Entremont/Ormandy collaborations. But I've not heard this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Looks great. I'm a fan of the Entremont/Ormandy collaborations. But I've not heard this one.
    There does not appear to be a complete concerto cycle with Entremont. When I look up the companion disk for concertos 2 and 3, they list two pianists (Andrea Watts for PC3).
    Last edited by SixFootScowl; Feb-08-2020 at 15:41.
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    Rachmaninoff really wanted this concerto to be famous, i think he doesn't play the second and third concerto passionately (at Rachmaninoff's standards), probably bored because he was playing too much but his record in this first concerto is great, one of his best.

    The recording of Benno Moiseiwitsch (one of Rachmaninoff's favorite pianists) is also quite beautiful.

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