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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3; Prokofiev / Van Cliburn

Release Date: 07/26/2005 
Label:  Rca Victor Living Stereo Catalog #: 67894   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovSergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Van Cliburn
Conductor:  Kiril KondrashinWalter Hendl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the AirChicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

"Returning to these two wholly characteristic performances is to be forcibly reminded of his cardinal and unique qualities. Here, captured in RCA’s magnificent remastering, is that sumptuously rich and burnished tone, that generous elasticity of phrase and rhythm, that open-hearted rhetorical splendour. Tempos, as so often with Cliburn, are expansive, allowing him an imperial breadth and majesty...Cliburn’s romantic generosity would probably have angered Prokofiev, whose austere performance of his own Third Concerto rejoiced in bleaker, more angular virtues. Yet even he, sarcastic and alert to all forms of excess, would surely have
Read more marvelled at the way every note is made audible in his teeming and scintillating score. Given such superb assurance the final variation in the second movement sounds more than ever like two different forms of motion proceeding simultaneously (“like a sprinter viewed from a train window”, as someone once delightfully put it) and, all in all, both performances provide awe-inspiring evidence of Cliburn’s once towering genius." - GRAMOPHONE, ( from the original reissue RCA 62691)
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/19/1958 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor:  Walter Hendl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1921; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1960 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 

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