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Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No 3 / Horowitz, Ormandy

Release Date: 04/06/1993 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 61564   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 44 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/08/1978 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 43 Minutes 26 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Legendary Performance April 16, 2012 By F rancis H. (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "I attended this concert 34 years ago, and listening to the live recording brought back some of the magic I felt then. This is an historically informed performance as both Ormandy and Horowitz knew Rachmaninoff well and worked with him. Horowitz's playing is idiomatic and thrilling, though he does hit some wrong notes here and there. For a live performance, the sound is quite good. Those interested in a scrupulously accurate performance may want to look elsewhere, but for a performance that captures a bygone era in romantic pianism and has excitement to burn, this one is very hard to beat." Report Abuse
 A Valedictory, but get the HP version December 23, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews ""He swallowed it whole. He alone has the COURAGE, the INTENSITY, the DARING." Thus spoke Sergei Rachmaninoff after playing his own Third Concerto with Vladimir Horowitz in Steinway's basement in early 1928. It says something about the composer's respect for his younger colleague that Rachmaninoff virtually gave up performing this concerto after hearing Horowitz play it. Fifteen years later, toward the end of Rachmaninoff's life, this very shy man mounted the Hollywood Bowl stage to publicly embrace Horowitz after a performance of this piece, and to reinforce his earlier statement. "This is how I dreamed my Third Concerto would be played. But, I never expected to hear it played like this on Earth." Though imperfectly played and imperfectly recorded (although the CD remastering is light years ahead of the original LP) this is an invaluable document of an immortal performance - as such it is priceless. UPDATE: This CD, which was originally issued in the 1980s, has been replaced with a new "High Performance" remastering. I recommend the newer version, which has a greatly increased dynamic range, and rectifies the hovering piano image in the earlier version." Report Abuse
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