Byron Janis- Legendary Concerto Recordings Import, Box set
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Janis's predilection for the music of Chopin would seem to be a disadvantage in the Rachmaninov blockbusters that comprise Disc One, and to a degree it is. The sensitivity and restraint that complement Chopin tend to dampen some of the impact of the Rachs. Janis's focus on clarity and lyricism yields some lovely passages. The adagio in the Piano Concerto No. 2 couldn't be more meltingly tender. At other times, however, Janis seems simply to be nimbly working through the score. Antal Dorati smartly conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in the Piano Concerto No. 3 to smashing effect, and the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra in the Piano Concerto No. 2 to less effect. The fire and tension that were often commented on in performances by Janis in this era, and Janis's perception of himself as a "copy of Horowitz", don't quite come through in these recordings. Horowitz himself could generate more crackling heat (see below). This may be a case of the difference between performing for an audience and the cooler atmosphere of a recording session.
The selections on Disc Two benefit from Janis's polished approach. The Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 1 isn't heard all that often, so any performance of that work is of interest. Janis's captivating range of tone and sense of structure lend distinction to what can be a problematic score. This performance of the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.Read more ›
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These are fabulous performances in excellent sound. "Desert Island" material for sure. I've loved Janis' perfect blend of virtuosity and sensitivity for more than 50 years... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Hannibal
Very good and powerful performance of Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev concertos.Published 17 months ago by CPC
The absolute best recording of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto #3. I know this because I'm a know it all and like to preach my opinion. :)Published 18 months ago by Chad A Olivera
It is amazing to listen to these great performances and think back to the days of great virtuosi who lifted our life from the everyday grind. I am grateful for this compilationPublished on May 15, 2014 by Irwin Tallarico
Byron Janis is a great pianist. His recordings of the Rachmaninoff piano concertos rival the original recordings that Rachmaninoff made. Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by Elizabeth Barret
The Brilliance of this Master pianist' playing left me breathless. The timing with the orchestra
in the background was perfect. Read more