Rachmaninov

Alexei Sultanov - Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Scriabin: Piano Sonatas (2001)

Alexei Sultanov - Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Scriabin: Piano Sonatas (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 165 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 126 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Apex | # 0927-40830-2 | Time: 00:54:23

Winning first prize at the 1989 Van Cliburn Competition, Alexei Sultanov enjoyed a meteoric rise of epic proportions, with a major recording contract, Carnegie Hall recital, American and European tours, and TV appearances with Johnny Carson, David Letterman, and other notables. But Sultanov's star soon fell to Earth as critics would often characterize his bold style in unflattering terms, finding his interpretive manner feral and superficial, and his herculean fortes ostentatious: he broke a string during a performance of the Liszt First Mephisto Waltz at the Cliburn Competition. But the youthful pianist's health soon proved a more formidable opponent than any critic's pen, as a series of strokes sabotaged his career, eventually leaving him paralyzed on his left side after 2001. Though he died at 35, Sultanov left a memorable though controversial legacy. His Prokofiev, Chopin, Rachmaninov, and Scriabin could rivet the listener, while his Beethoven and Mozart might have been less consistently engaging. His recordings, mostly available from Warner Classics, document the enormous talent of this imaginative performer, a pianist unafraid to take interpretive chances.
Leif Ove Andsnes, Antonio Pappano - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 3 & 4 (2010) (Repost)

Leif Ove Andsnes, Antonio Pappano - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 3 & 4 (2010)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 67:14 | 338 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 50999 6 40516 2 8

This release by Leif Ove Andsnes was anxiously awaited by both fans and EMI executives after the pop sales levels achieved by his album featuring the first two Rachmaninov concertos, and it seems likely that the Norwegian pianist will once again serve those who stand and wait. He has executed the undeniably neat trick of breathing new life into some of the most stolidly ensconced works of the piano concerto repertory, draining them of Russian sentiment and replacing those vital fluids with stunning technical mastery delivered at breakneck speed (especially in the outer movements of the Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 30), and with a sort of hard edge.
Boris Giltburg - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 & Études-tableaux, Op. 33 (2017)

Boris Giltburg - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 & Études-tableaux, Op. 33
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 66:49 min | 207 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2017

Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is one of the most passionate and beloved concertos in the repertoire, its lyricism and virtuosity charting a trajectory from darkness through idyll to dazzling triumph. The Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33 are richly characterized musical evocations, expressive and often explosive, that reflect a more angular, modern aspect. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra was formed in 1891 as the Scottish Orchestra and became the Scottish National Orchestra in 1950. It was awarded Royal Patronage in 1977.
Rafael Orozco, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Edo de Waart - Rachmaninov: Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra (1993)

Rafael Orozco, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Edo de Waart - Rachmaninov: Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra (1993)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:19:36 | 683 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 438 326-2

The complete Works for Piano and Orchestra, with Rafael Orozco playing the extraordinarily demanding piano score, which Serge; with his huge, slender, nimble fingers tended to compose to impress people and make many back away, is more than merely admirable when combined with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, under the Direction of Edo De Waart.
Stephen Hough, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton - Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos (2010)

Stephen Hough, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton - Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos (2010)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:24:00 | 501 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA30014/2

As everyone with a thesaurus knows, urgency rhymes with emergency. And these performances of Rachmaninov's works for piano and orchestra by Stephen Hough with Andrew Litton leading the Dallas Symphony are nothing if they are not urgent. Hough's tempos are quick and strong and vital, with plenty of rubato and lots of accelerando. Of course, there's nothing wrong with that.
Denis Matsuev - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1, Stravinsky: Capriccio, Shchedrin: Piano Concerto No.2 (2015)

Denis Matsuev - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1, Stravinsky: Capriccio, Shchedrin: Piano Concerto No.2 (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 66:24 | 278 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Mariinsky | Catalog: MAR 0587

The Mariinsky Orchestra recordings with Denis Matsuev, "the Siberian bear with the fastest paws in the Arctic," have all offered classic Russian virtuosity at its best. This one, containing three distinctly high-spirited works, makes a great place to start with the series, and it's hard to imagine the listener who wouldn't succumb to its charms.
Anna Vinnitskaya - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor & Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (2017)

Anna Vinnitskaya - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor & Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 56:20 min | 185 MB
Label: Alpha | Tracks: 28 | Rls.date: 2017

Serge Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto might never have seen the light of day had it not been for hypnosis: before the twenty-seven-year-old composer began work on it, he was on his last legs – financially, artistically and psychologically. Dr Nikolay Dahl hypnotised his patient every day, whispering to him: ‘You will write your concerto. You will work with great fluency. The concerto will be of excellent quality.’ The creative block disappeared, and the concerto’s premiere in Moscow in 1901 was a triumph for Rachmaninov, who played the solo part himself.
Sviatoslav Richter - Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos (1994)

Sviatoslav Richter - Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos (1994)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:08:37 | 264 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | Catalog: MEL CD 10 00993

In what used to be called the West, Sviatoslav Richter's best-known and best-loved recording of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto was the 1962 recording on Deutsche Grammophon with Herbert von Karajan conducting the Vienna Symphony. In what used to be called the East, Richter's best-known and best-loved recording of Tchaikovsky's First was this 1958 recording on Melodiya with Yevgeny Mravinsky conducting the Leningrad Philharmonic.
Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (1987) (Repost)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (1987)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 52:13 | 193 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 417 613-2

Rachmaninov's opus 1, his first piano concerto, deserves to be heard more often. The opening bars have that heroic sound that raises the hair on the back of the neck. Indeed those first moments rank alongside those of the Grieg and Tchaikovsky piano concertos for their ability to thrill. Ashkenazy's breathtaking playing on a superb piano is matched by that of the Concertgebouw Orchestra under Haitink's direction.
Joseph Moog - Rachmaninov, Rubinstein: Piano Concertos (2012) (Repost)

Joseph Moog - Rachmaninov, Rubinstein: Piano Concertos (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 69:49 | 297 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Onyx | Catalog: ONYX 4089

The outstanding young German pianist Joseph Moog makes his debut on ONYX with a superb disc of two great Russian piano concertos that have had very different fates. Anton Rubinstein s 4th was once one of the most famous and popular concertos in the repertoire, and many of the major virtuosos performed this work into the early years of the 20th century when the composer s other works vanished from the concert hall.