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Remastered 24/96 "High Performance" edition.
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Works on This Recording
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
New York Philharmonic
Written: 1909; Russia
Date of Recording: 01/08/1978
Venue: Live Carnegie Hall, New York City
Length: 43 Minutes 23 Secs.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1913/1931; Russia
Date of Recording: 1980
Length: 22 Minutes 3 Secs.
Notes: Trab: Vladimir Horowitz; using material from both the composer's original (1913) and revised (1931) versions.
Selection recorded at Avery Fisher Hall, New York City and Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts.
Composition written: Russia (1913).
Composition revised: Russia (1931).
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Vladimir Horowitz with Eugene Ormandy - Rachmanin October 1, 2012
By Bobbie Jones See All My Reviews
"Absolutely stunning. Rachmaninoff - #1 always. Everyone should own this. Clear and Precise quality of sound."
A Valedictory December 23, 2011
By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews
"The version of Rachmaninoff's Third Concerto was originally recorded live in January of 1978 and released about three weeks after the concert. By rushing the LP into stores, RCA was able to cash in on the publicity of Horowitz's Golden Jubilee, but the sound on the original release was very poor indeed. The piano was miked too closely, and the orchestra mix was very poor. The CD released in the mid-1980s was a great improvement over the LP, but the sonics were problematic there also: The piano was mixed down too severely and seemed to recede behind the orchestra in some passages. This new High Performance reissue is a vast improvement over both earlier versions. The balance problems have been solved, and both piano and orchestra have a much warmer, deeper sound. The dynamic range has been greatly opened up - the final timpani THWACK at the end of the Concerto is quite startling.
As for the performance, this remains my sentimental favorite--even though Horowitz was in better shape in the 1951 version with Reiner than he was in 1978. (He was 74 when this recording was made.) There is something about Horowitz's phrasing, his ability to vary the tempo without losing hold of the basic pulse, and his mixing of inner voices that seems so right. It is more than mere piano playing, it is the art of PERFORMANCE. Bringing the music to life is more than putting the right finger in the right place at the right time - and Horowitz was a master of this elusive art. The Rachmaninoff Third Concerto was undoubtedly the greatest piano concerto of the 20th century, and this is my desert island performance--warts and all.
The Sonata was recorded in concert in 1980. Horowitz plays his own "compromise" version of the Sonata - which is an improvement over the rambling 1913 original and emasculated 1931 editions. It's a pity that no Horowitz Performing Edition was ever published. Personally, I prefer Horowitz's lithe, pantherlike 1968 recording on Sony to the brooding, moody performance heard here. The sound on the Sony disc is also superior, but RCA has again improved the sound over earlier issues. The piano sounds warmer and less tinny, and the dynamic range is greatly increased.
This disc is a must for all piano enthusiasts. "