Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 1-4, Rhapsody / Wild, Et Al

Release Date: 6/24/2003
Label: Chandos
Catalog Number: CHAN 10078(2) X
Performer: Earl Wild
Conductor: Jascha Horenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Two caveats for prospective customers: One is that Earl Wild makes the once-standard "traditional" cuts in the finale of the Third Concerto; second is that these classic 1965 performances also are available on the Chesky label in less brilliant but more naturally equalized transfers, albeit spread across three full-priced discs. Chandos, however, offers the better bargain. More importantly, Wild is in dazzling form throughout. You'll rarely hear the First and Fourth Concertos sparkle with equal panache and rhythmic acuity, while the pianist's fusion of poetry and flair add up to a Paganini Rhapsody that leaves just about all stereo versions behind. Jascha Horenstein's incisive, colorful support is a major asset, and the Royal Philharmonic plays beautifully for him. If you don't mind the Third Concerto cuts (or already have Martha Argerich's landmark third), these classic performances only get better with age, and the sonics are still terrific. Go for it, piano fans!

--Jed Distler
Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Earl Wild (Piano)
Conductor: Jascha Horenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891/1917 ; Russia
2. Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Earl Wild (Piano)
Conductor: Jascha Horenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
3. Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Earl Wild (Piano)
Conductor: Jascha Horenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1909 ; Russia
4. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G minor, Op. 40 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Earl Wild (Piano)
Conductor: Jascha Horenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1926/1941 ; USA
5. Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Earl Wild (Piano)
Conductor: Jascha Horenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1934 ; USA
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