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David Helfgott Plays Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3, Etc


Release Date: 12/17/1996 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 40378   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  David Helfgott
Conductor:  Milan Horvat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  David Helfgott (Piano)
Conductor:  Milan Horvat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/02/1995 
Venue:  Live  Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark 
Length: 41 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 5 in G major, Moderato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  David Helfgott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3.
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  David Helfgott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
4.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 12 in G sharp minor, Allegro by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  David Helfgott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
5.
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 5 in G minor, Alla marcia by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  David Helfgott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  David Helfgott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1931; Russia 
Length: 18 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1913).
Composition revised: Russia (1931). 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 It doesn't get much worse than this December 23, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "This is the worst recording of the Rachamninoff Third Concerto I have ever heard (and I have heard about 30 of them.) The most charitable adjectives I can summon for this performance are hazy amd heavily medicated. I have nothing but sympathy for the trials Mr. Helfgott has had to endure, but I have even even greater sympathy for far more talented musicians who are trying to break into this difficult profession - only to have their hard work usurped by a cinematic sob story.

If you want to hear a great Rachmaninoff Third, try Horowitz/Ormandy, Horowitz/Reiner, Rachmaninoff/Ormandy, Cliburn/Kondrashin - ANYTHING but this travesty.

Helfgott plays the revised version of the Rachmaninoff Second Sonata. If this is the version you prefer, I suggest Thibaudet's fine performance on Decca. Personally, I feel that the revised version is too condensed (Rachmaninoff felt this way also, and allowed Vladimir Horowitz to create a combination of the original and revised versions). Both the 1968 Sony (lithe, pantherlike, and in excellent sound) and the 1980 RCA (brooding, with closely miked sound) Horowitz versions are my top picks for this work.

Helfgott's 15 minutes are over, let's just let these unfortunate recordings rest in peace. "
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