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Complete Piano Music [Box set, Import]

S. Rachmaninoff Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 1, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B00000DUE6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,540 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Endless pleasure January 23, 2007
Fortunately for my pocketbook, I listen to these recordings now mostly from my iTunes library or on my iPod. I say fortunately because I would have long since worn them out. Few of my hundreds of CDs have given me as much pleasure over many years as these. I don't doubt that one can find individual performances of many of these works that may top Shelley's, but for sheer, consistent quality in both interpretation and sound this set is hard to beat. While I have many Rachmaninov recordings by Russian performers, I find myself coming back to Shelley's by preference most of the time. Only in the case of Alexis Weissenberg's characteristically manic DG performance of the two piano sonatas do I find myself regularly drifting from Shelley.

Shelley's recordings of the piano concertos with Bryden Thomson and the Scottish National Orchestra are likewise solid and thoroughly enjoyable as are his three recordings, with various singers (notably Sergei Leiferkus), of the wonderful Rachmaninov Lieder.
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I admit I may be biased because this collection was my first introduction to Rachmaninov many years ago back in college, but the sheer power, beauty, & poetic nature with which Shelley plays is nothing short of remarkable.

There is much thought given to expression, tempo, subtlety, and sheer stormful power (to name a few). Often I find these characteristics missing in many interpretations of Rachmaninov. Rachmaninov is not meant to be played like Bach (don't get me wrong - I love Bach), & I would say Shelley's playing of Rachmaninov almost imbues a romanticism to the work (apologies in advance to classical connoiseurs raising their eyebrows at me for the use of the term 'romanticism' here). Personally, that appeals to me. The last time I heard such expressive interpretations of Rachmainov's work was in the Vladimir Ashkenazy's interpretation of the Cadenza from Piano Concerto #3 (Piano Concerto No. 3); definitely don't miss that recording if you're a fan of the 'Rach 3'.

Don't hesitate. Own this fine collection. Howard Shelley - I salute you for your life's work.
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