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Piano Concerti 2 & 3

Sergey Rachmaninov , Charles Munch , Byron Janis , Enrique Jorda , Alexander Brailowsky Audio CD
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  • Performer: Sergey Rachmaninov, Charles Munch, Byron Janis, Enrique Jorda, Alexander Brailowsky
  • Audio CD (April 5, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003F1X
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Concerto No. 3 In D Minor, Op. 30: Allegro ma non tanto
2. Concerto No. 3 In D Minor, Op. 30: Intermezzo : Adagio
3. Concerto No. 3 In D Minor, Op. 30: Finale : Alla breve
4. Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 18: Moderato; Allegro
5. Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 18: Adagio sostenuto
6. Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 18: Allegro scherzando

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Magical" September 23, 2000
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Over the years, I have listened to numerous renditions of the Rachmininoff 3rd Piano Concerto, Op. 30, such as, Horowitz, Van Cliburn, Ashkenazy, Kapell (my favorite) and Rachmaninoff, himself. And despite the changes in fashion and recognition of artists who performed this concerto, I sincerely find the 1957 performance with Byron Janis and Charles Munch conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra to be one of the most beautiful and compellingly passionate of them all. Sadly, there are no liner notes with this cd, nor is it even mentioned in current Penguin and Gramophone Guide books. Neverthless, I would buy this cd, even if it were in plain, brown paper. In addition, the 1958 performance of the Rachmaninoff, 2nd Piano Concerto, Op. 18 with Enrique Jorda conducting the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra is also superb.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Rach 3 recording December 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I own 6 different recordings of Rachmaninoff's 3rd piano concerto (Ashkenazy, Horowitz, Van Cliburn, Kissin on CD and this same Janis recording on vinyl) and this is my favorite. From the haunting theme of the first movement to the pyrotechnics of the finale, nothing beats this piece for sheer emotional intensity. Despite perhaps 50 listenings, I never fail to get goosebumps in the transition from the 2nd to the 3rd movement.
Janis' technique and expression are impressive, but the raw power he brings to this demanding composition is unbelievable - especially as he powers his way down to the lower registers. Even during the fortissimo portions he can be heard above the orchestra. I also find Janis' tempo choices more to my liking than the renditions by other artists (some slower, some faster).
The recording is mostly quite good, although there are a few times when the orchestra is a little "mushy". But none of this detracts from the beauty, power and emotion of Janis' interpretation of this masterpiece.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a deal! July 18, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Not only is this the best overall recording i have heard so far, it is also extremely inexpensive. What a bargain. I currently own about 18 recordings of this concerto and this one is in a tie for first place with the Recording by Rafael Orozco on the philips label(which is also a bargain priced set).
You really can't go wrong with this recording. The second concerto which is included on this cd is also very well played. Although it is played by a pianist I have never heard of. I find the tempos a bit distracting but after a while they grow on you and you learn to enjoy it. My recommended recording of the second concerto would have to be the one with Wild/Horenstein or Gutierrez/Maazel.
All in all this is one of the most satisfying purchases i have made in a while. 5 Stars for sure
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performances by two great pianists March 17, 2007
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Contrary to what Amazon says on this entry, these two piano concertos aren't both played by Byron Janis. Only the Rach 3 is played by Janis, while the Rach 2 is played by Alexander Brailowsky. I can't believe nobody's mentioned that in the previous reviews. I almost wanted to send it back because I've never heard of Brailowsky, but I just listened to it twice in two days and he does a bang up job in the 2nd concerto. A guy who plays that good should be more well known. I like Rachmoninov's second better than the third, so maybe I like Brailowsky better than Janis because of that. Still, Janis does a great job on the third, as always. Though Amazon is misleading people by saying that Janis plays on both, so Amazon please correct this mistake. The sound quality is very pleasing for being recorded in 1957 and 1958. I heartily recommend this recording even with the Amazon mistake. Enjoy!!!
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