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Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3, Scriabin Etudes [SACD] Hybrid SACD - DSD, Super Audio CD - DSD


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  • Performer: Alexander Scriabin, Yuri Temirkanov, St. Petersburg Philharmonic
  • Orchestra: Sergei Rachmaninoff
  • Conductor: Lang Lang
  • Audio CD (February 26, 2002)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Super Audio CD - DSD
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000060OMS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30: 1. Allegro ma non tanto
2. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30: 2. Intermezzo: Adagio
3. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30: 3. Finale: Alla breve
4. Liu Yang River, folksong
5. Etude for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 2/1
6. Etude for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 8/2
7. Etude for piano in B minor, Op. 8/3
8. Etude for piano in A flat major, Op. 8/8
9. Etude for piano in D flat major, Op. 8/10
10. Etude for piano in B flat minor, Op. 8/11
11. Etude for piano in D sharp minor, Op. 8/12
12. Etude for piano in F sharp major, Op. 42/4
13. Etude for piano in F sharp major, Op. 42/3
14. Etude for piano in G major, Op. 65/3

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ronald L. Waits on January 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you purchase this recording do it for the Scriabin Etudes not for the Rachmaninoff. There are much finer recordings of this wonderful concerto available today. My disappointment with this recording had more to do with the sound of the orchestra (or more to the lack of sound) than with Lang Lang's performance. This fine young artist performed this dazzling showpiece for piano and orchestra brilliantly. What was missing was the orchestra. The St. Petersburg Philharmonic sounded like they were playing off stage, far, far away. Rachmaninoff's brilliant and exciting orchestration is almost absent on this recording. The orchestral sound was muted, fuzzy and lacked "presence". I kept reaching for the volume control on my new B&K pre.amp. to boost up the volume throughout the performance. This was particularly annoying in the first movement. The wonderful woodwind "adornments" in the coda of the exciting third movement just could not be heard well. This, as well as other important orchestral parts that were either inaudible or just missing on this recording was a major distraction to Lang Lang's wonderful performance. It was impossible to hear if the orchestra was "cutting it" or up to par with Lang Lang's virtuosity. This could be due to where and how it was recorded--Live at The Royal Albert Hall in London. Even so the wonderful technology of the SACD could not save it. If you're looking for an exciting performance of the Rachamaninoff No.3--in my opinion, Horacio Gutierrez and Lorin Maazel with the Pittsburgh Symphony on Telarc is one of the best of the "newer" recordings around. But, to me the best of the best is still the 1978 live performance by Horowitz with Eugene Ormandy and the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall.
Lang Lang's Scriabin is worth having--It is a studio recording--Very fine.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carl Armstrong on March 9, 2013
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I already own 35 recordings of Rachmaninoffs 3rd Concerto, but Lang Lang always gives totally inspired performances when playing at the Royal Albert Hall so I had to buy this recording. This performance will surprise most in that Lang Lang eschews any virtuoso exhibitionism while keeping the same tempos as Gilels and Horowitz, with a titanic first movement cadenza (he chooses the longer one "Ossia").He gives meaning to every note with countless expressive, spontaneous and poetic insights, many of which are unique and highly original.

For example, near the end of the 1st movement there is an entire page where the piano plays at lightening speed a cascade of hundreds of notes (page 30 two piano score).Most pianists use this as an opportunity to play every note loud, fast, and crystal clear, which is quite breathtaking from a purely virtuoso view, but Lang Lang begins this cascade of notes quietly, like hundreds of raindrops gently falling from the sky, then builds it up into a crescendo turning those gentle raindrops into a thunderstorm.A unique and brilliant conception.So I love this Rach 3 and consider it a truly great performance, but one that may take you by surprise since it is somewhat unorthodox.

The Scriabin Etudes are played magnificently, evoking memories of Horowitz and at least equal to Sofronitzky.The sound is excellent in the Scriabin, and good in the Concerto, but because of the packed hall acoustical environment, it is not possible to have the same state of the art sound as in a studio recording.A historic document is the best way to describe these great performances, by a pianist who's technique borders on the supernatural, combined with a great musical 6th sense mentioned by Artur Rubinstein in the March 1957 issue of Wisdom Magazine.
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13 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Sadowski on October 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I actually do not understand what all the fuss is about with Lang Lang. I got cought up in it and decided to finally go and buy a recording of his and listen to it to make up my own mind. I was disappointed.

You see, Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto is a colossus of a concerto, it is as terrifying as it is impressive. I have many recordings of it (Martha Argerich, Vladimir Horowitz and one more on a blank cassette which has no artist name on it), and every time I listen to them, I tremble when I hear the first movement ossia cadenza (though out of the above only the unknown artist does it). This unknown pianist plays it visciously, relentlessly, and I feel I can hardly breathe under this assault of music.

Not so with Lang Lang. He overdoes the rubato abysmally, he starts it off as slowly as I would if I were practicing it. It sounds as if it was drunk. I though he would pick up some speed, that this was only a majestic emotional elongated opening to it (a big long sigh), but he didn't and it wasn't. Ditto for the third movement.

I felt slightly silly for having given in to public opinion and having spent 170 Swedish crowns on this CD. I'd give it away the the drunk at the bus stop if he asked for it.

I give it 2 stars nonetheless, simply because anyone who can play that concerto (at whatever speed) without cocking it up deserves some credit.

Sorry to dispel all the popular illusions....
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