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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor op. 57 - Royal Philharmonic; Andre Previn
Author: waldstein

Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor op. 57 - Royal Philharmonic; Andre Previn
Classical | 1CD | EAC Rip FLAC | 240 Mb | LOG+M3U No cue | 4shared.com links
Publisher: Telarc

Andre Previn’s name has become synonymous with the work. In this, his latest version, the interpretation is more daringly expansive and slower to evolve than ever before - he takes nearly eight minutes longer than the more urgent Ashkenazy on Decca - but ultimately the conviction of the performance wins through. The playing is a delight -sample the clarinet solo in the long adagio, surely one of the loveliest tunes ever written, critics notwithstanding! With a generous ambience, natural balance, and 'bloom' so characteristic of Telarc productions, the recording perfectly complements the performance.
Peter Herring, Classical Music on Compact Disc
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S.Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No.2, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, The Rock, Fantasia, V.Ashkenazy
Author: pmarkov
Rachmaninov - Concerto 2, etc., Achkenazy

S.Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No.2, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, The Rock, Fantasia, V.Ashkenazy
CD | FLAC/MP3-320kbps | 373.2/194.2 Mb | 1:13:08 | 1972 Decca | 1999 PolyGram
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S.Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No.2, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, The Rock: Fantasia, V.Ashkenazy
Author: pmarkov
Rachmaninov - Concerto 2 (Achkenazy)

S.Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No.2, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, The Rock: Fantasia, V.Ashkenazy
CD | FLAC/MP3-320kbps | 373.2/194.2 Mb | 1:13:08 | 1972 Decca | 1999 PolyGram
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Rachmaninov: Symphonies 1-3; Piano Concerto 1-4; Isle of Dead; Symphonic Dances - M. Rudy, St. Petersburg PhO, M. Jansons
Author: waldstein

Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphonies 1-3; Piano Concerto 1-4; Isle of Dead; Symphonic Dances -
Mikhail Rudy, piano; St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Mariss Jansons, conductor

Classical | 6 CDs | EAC Rip V0.99 prebeta 4 | 1,54 Gb | FLAC+LOG+M3U No cue | Full scans | 4shared links
Publisher: EMi Classics

David Hurwitz on Symphony No. 3 & Symphonic Dances
One of the great Rachmaninov recordings ever made, these accounts of the Third Symphony and Symphonic Dances by Mariss Jansons and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic recall the heady days of Mravinsky and the (then-named) Leningraders at their finest--only in top-quality sound. The whiplash strings in the second movement of the Symphonic Dances, hair-trigger discipline in the same work's outer movements, and the razor-sharp modernity that Jansons brings to the Third Symphony all combine to make this reissue irresistible. There are too many memorable moments to list here, but the central section of the Third Symphony's slow movement, full of mordant wit, and the rhythmically thrilling ending of the Symphonic Dances come immediately to mind. If you missed this issue the first time, don't let it pass by again. It belongs in every serious record collection. [5/7/2004]
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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Author: ch1525

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Classical | FLAC | LOG | Covers | Booklet | Rapidshare.com | 195 MB | 1987 | 52:12
Vladimir Ashkenazy; Bernard Haitink; Concertgebouw Orch; Philharmonia Orch

These are wonderful performances, among the best I've ever heard. The Concerto, in fact, is THE best I've heard. Tempos in the Concerto are fast yet comfortable, with a lot of flexibility. Ashkenazy brings out all the bravura, but also achieves much lyricism, which seems to elude most pianists. Haitink and the Concertgebouw accompany him beautifully. The Rhapsody goes very well, although I would not say that it is better than Entremont/Ormandy or Pennario/Fiedler, let alone the classic William Kapell/Fritz Reiner version. The only reason I have not given this CD 5 stars is the sound engineering. It is certainly clear enough, but is lacking in body. The sumptuousness one expects in Rachmaninoff's orchestrations is merely hinted at, an ailment all too familiar from early digital recordings. Nevertheless, the Concerto demands to be heard.
David Saemann
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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 4
Author: ch1525

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 4
Classical | FLAC | Covers | Booklet | Log | 62:19 | Rapidshare.com | 1986 | 242 MB
Vladimir Ashkenazy; Bernard Haitink; Concertgebouw Orch

Vladimir Ashkenazy's way with the Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto noticeably mellowed in the years between his blistering 1963 premiere recording on Decca with Kirill Kondrashin and this 1986 reading. That's not to say it became mushy or dull, but it is certainly heavier, characterized by a prevailing darkness that calls to mind Stravinsky's description of Rachmaninov as a "six-foot scowl." Ashkenazy's rich tone and emphatic phrasing assures an overall somber cast, while Bernard Haitink draws similarly-countenanced playing from the Concertgebouw Orchestra--the low strings especially. However, there is a respite from the gloom in the quite touching rendition of the lyrical slow movement.

Concerto No. 4 is supposedly a lighter work, but it's hard to tell in Ashkenazy's equally stern reading. Again he summons robust tone from his instrument and manages to make the first movement's main theme sound uniquely grim. For his part, Haitink heightens the drama with threatening horns in the second movement. Even so, the performers render the brighter finale with the requisite zest. Decca had only recently begun recording in the Concertgebouw, and it shows in the sound's abundant reverberation and early digital glare. Still, the sense of space and sonic bulk communicated by the recording matches the performances, and for some listeners this will be preferable to the dynamically limited sound of Ashkenazy's interpretively superior 1970s renditions with André Previn.
Victor Carr, Jr., Classics Today
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Vladimir Ashkenazy, European Soloists Ensemble - Igor Stravinsky: Ragtime, Chamber Works (1996)
Author: Designol

Vladimir Ashkenazy, European Soloists Ensemble - Igor Stravinsky: Ragtime, Chamber Works (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 258 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 448 177-2 | Time: 00:59:00

The earliest piece on this disc is the delightful Pastorale, written in 1907, when Stravinsky was 25; the latest is the enigmatic Epitaphium, written 52 years later. In between come a clutch of pieces from that fascinating period of Stravinsky’s life when he was moving from Russianism to neo-classicism via jazz. The remaining two, the Octet of 1923 and the Septet of 1953, are both firmly in Stravinsky’s witty, poised neo-classical style, though the Septet is moving towards new, tougher territory. Stravinsky himself made classic recordings of these pieces in the Sixties, now reissued on CD on the Sony label. These are always electric, if sometimes a little untidy, and so closely recorded you feel the players are sitting in your lap. By that lofty benchmark this new recording measures up superbly. Tempos are just as brisk and alert as Stravinsky’s, the accents just as incisive. These qualities are combined with a beautiful soft-grained tone – a nice change from Stravinsky’s lemon-sharp sound.
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Rachmaninov: Symphony No 3, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini - Sudbin, Shui, Singapore Symphony (2012)
Author: peotuvave

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 3, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini - Sudbin, Shui, Singapore Symphony (2012)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 251 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Bis | Catalog Number: 1988

BIS present two works composed by Sergei Rachmaninov, featuring virtuoso pianist Yevgeny Sudbin alongside the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under Lan Shui. Rachmaninov composed Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini after a seven-year silence, and consists of 24 variations taken from Paganini’s 24th Caprice for solo violin. The Rhapsody was soon followed by his Third Symphony. Its themes have a marked Russian character used with great subtlety.
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Xiayin Wang - Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas, Preludes (2014)
Author: peotuvave

Xiayin Wang - Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas, Preludes (2014)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 229 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog Number: 10816

Xiayin Wang presents her second disc of piano works by Rachmaninoff, playing the two piano sonatas alongside three of the Op. 23 Preludes. She impressed with the first volume, Gramophone remarking that it featured ‘playing of an awesome clarity and poise’ (Gramophone Choice).
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Rachmaninov · Symphonic Dances
Author: enjopin

Rachmaninov · Symphonic Dances · Vocalise · "Aleko": Intermezzo
Berliner Philharmoniker · Lorin Maazel

Classical | EAC | FLAC, No LOG 160 MB | MP3 HQ, Tracks 71 MB | 1 CD | Covers | rs.com | 1984
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