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Release Date: 09/26/2000 
Label:  Dg Panorama Catalog #: 469178   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Sviatoslav RichterNatalia TroîtskayaRyszard KarczykowskiTom Krause,   ... 
Conductor:  Stanislaw WislockiLorin MaazelVladimir AshkenazyAndré Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic OrchestraRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 36 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here's another first rate addition to DG's Panorama series, a series that seems to alternate intelligently planned compilations with programs that look like they've been put together by throwing the master tapes down a staircase and picking the ones that make it to the bottom. Richter's Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto is a classic, and both of Ashkenazy's performances (The Bells and the Paganini Rhapsody) as conductor and soloist respectively, number among the best around. Maazel's Second Symphony is a swift, light, elegant, almost "un-Russian" reading (similar to Alfred Wallenstein's earlier EMI version, but of course uncut), which certainly owes its inspiration to the way the composer played his own music. The approach suits the Berlin Read more Philharmonic very well, though the recording was (and remains) a somewhat harsh, airless, glaring example of early digital. Still, many will enjoy the un-sticky approach. A perfectly decent performance of Vocalise (what isn't?) rounds off as fine a "basic Rachmaninov" orchestral music survey as we're likely to see.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Stanislaw Wislocki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Length: 34 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording.
Composition written: Russia (1900 - 1901). 
2. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
3. The Bells, Op. 35 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Natalia Troîtskaya (Soprano), Ryszard Karczykowski (Tenor), Tom Krause (Baritone)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; Russia 
Length: 36 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
4. Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Length: 23 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
5. Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1907; Russia 
Length: 55 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is recorded in DDD. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor, Op.18: 1. Moderato
Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor, Op.18: 2. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor, Op.18: 3. Allegro scherzando
Vocalise, Op.34, No.14
The Bells, Op.35: 1. Allegro ma non tanto (Silver Bells)
The Bells, Op.35: 2. Lento (Golden Bells)
The Bells, Op.35: 3. Presto (Alarm Bells)
The Bells, Op.35: 4. Lento lugubre (Iron Bell)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43
Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.27: 1. Largo - Allegro moderato
Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.27: 2. Allegro molto
Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.27: 3. Adagio
Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.27: 4. Allegro vivace

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 I prefer to wait a reedition with Haithink September 21, 2012 By Michel C. (Pointe-claire, Quebec) See All My Reviews "I always felt Previn a lower class conductor. May I wish someday we will hear again Rachmaninov with Ashkenazy and Haithink, an outstanding conductor . There is an abyss between Previn and Haithink. Meanwhile, Richter gives RAC 2 a very great and impressive performance. Unfortunately, a former recording with Prokofieff' Eight sonata is unavailable right now. That War Sonata was dedicated to Richter who gave its first performance. Hoping to hear it again with RAC2." Report Abuse
 Ashkenazy playing Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini September 20, 2012 By Julie K. (Berkeley, CA) See All My Reviews "I'm taking the opportunity to record my great satisfaction with one of my favorite pianists playing the very first piece of classical music that captured my romantic teenage mind many years ago - Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. His Russian passion is perfect for this gloriously passionate work. I also think his recordings of the Beethoven piano concertos is fantastically exciting." Report Abuse
 A Five Star Bargain!! August 28, 2012 By W. Brown (Centerburg, OH) See All My Reviews "For those beginning a Classical cd collection or for those who want a "panoramic" view of Rachmaninov's works-grab a copy of this cd. The performances are taken from the best archives of the Deutcshe Gramophone, Philips, and London labels. For a real treat, we have a 1959 recording of Sviatoslav Richter performing the Piano Concerto No. 2. - the sonics are simply outstanding for this old recording. Also a great recording of The Bells and a Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. Not only is Ashkenazy a great pianist, but he is also an outstanding conductor as well. For the price, don't pass up this wonderful recording. Definitely a treasure trove to cherish!!" Report Abuse
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