With no shortage of fine versions from which to choose, EMI must rely on the undoubted selling power of their Norwegian star to make this release stand out from the rest. It is certainly a worthy contender for the Top Ten when aided by the world-class Berlin Phil, a conductor who is in the Barbirolli class of adroit accompanists, superb recorded sound and a beautifully voiced piano.
The Second Concerto is given a Rolls-Royce reading with which only the pickiest could find fault. The last movement is something special and the final appearance of its glorious second subject, greeted with a mighty timpani wallop and braying brass, is heart-stopping. The audience rightly roar their approval.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18by Sergei Rachmaninov
Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: Russia Length: 32 Minutes 42 Secs.
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op.18: I. Moderato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op.18: II. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op.18: III. Allegro scherzando
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Balanced Passion!May 20, 2012By michael r. (Arlington, TX)See All My Reviews"In terms of balance, this recording provides excellence. Phrasing, sonics, you name it."Report Abuse
Rachmaninoff Conc. #2April 22, 2012By Bayard Johnston (Pfafftown, NC)See All My Reviews"I have never before listened to an MP3 recording. If this recording is typical of the breed, MP3 is a dreadful regression--sound is obviously highly compressed, one might say constipated!"Report Abuse