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A Window In Time - Rachmaninoff Performs Bach, Chopin, Et Al


Release Date: 03/23/1999 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80491   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Adolf HenseltAnton RubinsteinChristoph W. GluckPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,   ... 
Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The recordings on this disc are of Rachmaninov's reproducing piano rolls as electronically translated for the Bösendorfer 290SE by Wayne Stahnke.
One of the first lasting legends created by the 20th century, Sergei Rachmaninov the composer owed a great deal to his reputation as a concert pianist. Although he was prolific in both recording and making piano rolls, high-quality transfers of sound from early sources to contemporary media have long been elusive.
A WINDOW IN TIME represents a historic record of Rachmaninov's prowess as a performer. It does not include any of his own technically complex compositions--those are collected on Telarc's first A WINDOW IN TIME disc. Here, the composer performs the works of other brilliant
Read more pianist-composers, giving perspective on his influences and interpretations of his predecessors.
From a technical standpoint, this album is a miracle. That music rolls created in the 1920s would yield sound quality acceptable to contemporary listeners--let alone sound quality this good--is a wonder of engineering. These are recordings recovered from a lost time capsule. They capture a moment in history, adding a new dimension to a legend. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Etudes caracteristiques (12) for Piano, Op. 2: no 6, Si oiseau j'etais by Adolf Henselt
Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov (Player Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1837 
Date of Recording: 08/27/1996 
Venue:  Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Rachmaninov recorded the piano roll of this selection on November 13, 1923. 
2. Miscellaneous Pieces for Piano, Op. 93: Barcarolle no 5 in A minor by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov (Player Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1873; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/27/1996 
Venue:  Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Rachmaninov recorded the piano roll of this selection on February 1, 1929. 
3. Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Furies by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov (Player Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/27/1996 
Venue:  Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Rachmaninov recorded the piano roll of this selection on January 14, 1925.
Arranger: Giovanni Sgambati. 
4. Les saisons, Op. 37b: no 11, Novembre "Troika" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov (Player Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/27/1996 
Venue:  Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Rachmaninov recorded the piano roll of this selection on March 17, 1919.
Composition written: Russia (1875 - 1876). 
5. Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67: no 4, Presto in C major "Spinning Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov (Player Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/27/1996 
Venue:  Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Rachmaninov recorded the piano roll of this selection on March 5, 1921. 
6. Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov (Player Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 08/27/1996 
Venue:  Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Rachmaninov recorded the piano roll of this selection on March 5, 1921. 
7. Morceaux (12) for Piano, Op. 40: no 8, Valse by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov (Player Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/27/1996 
Venue:  Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Rachmaninov recorded the piano roll of this selection on April 13, 1923. 
8. Polish Songs (6) for Piano (Chopin), S 480: no 1, Maiden's wish by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov (Player Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847-1860; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/27/1996 
Venue:  Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Rachmaninov recorded the piano roll of this selection on November 13, 1923. 
9. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 1 in A flat major, B 94 "Valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov (Player Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 08/27/1996 
Venue:  Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Rachmaninov recorded the piano roll of this selection on April 13, 1923. 
10. Das Wandern (Schubert) for Piano, S 565 no 1 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov (Player Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 08/27/1996 
Venue:  Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Rachmaninov recorded the piano roll of this selection on January 14, 1925. 
11. Partita for Keyboard no 4 in D major, BWV 828: Sarabande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov (Player Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/27/1996 
Venue:  Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Rachmaninov recorded the piano roll of this selection on December 22, 1925. 
12. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 1 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov (Player Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 08/27/1996 
Venue:  Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, CA 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Rachmaninov recorded the piano roll of this selection on February 1, 1927. 
13. Humoresques (6) for Piano, Op. 14: no 1, Menuet célèbre by Ignace Jan Paderewski
Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov (Player Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888 
Date of Recording: 08/27/1996 
Venue:  Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Rachmaninov recorded the piano roll of this selection on February 1, 1927. 
14. Turkish March from "Ruins of Athens" (Beethoven) for Piano by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov (Player Piano)
Date of Recording: 08/27/1996 
Venue:  Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Rachmaninov recorded the piano roll of this selection on February 1, 1927. 
15. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 4 in A flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov (Player Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/27/1996 
Venue:  Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Rachmaninov recorded the piano roll of this selectino on March 27, 1928. 
16. Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov (Player Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 08/27/1996 
Venue:  Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, CA 
Length: 9 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Rachmaninov recorded the piano roll of this selection on February 1, 1929. 

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