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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 And 4

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 And 4

April 16, 1998

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 16, 1998
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 1998 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:18:44
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  • ASIN: B000QQR37G
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,979 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By George Bixler on April 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
While I would agree with the previous reviewer that there are perhaps better interpretations of each of these works (particularly Janis in the 1st and Rubinstein in the Rhapsody), I still feel this disc gives excellent value for the money. Certainly Rachmaninoff's 2nd and 3rd concertos are more widely heard, and people will probably want to get a higher profile pianist for each (I like Richter in the 2nd and either Horowitz or Argerich in the 3rd). However, this disc makes a good complement for someone who has such copies of 2 and 3 and wants to sample Rachmaninoff's lesser heard works for a reasonable price. I would characterize Glemser's playing more as impetuous rather than merely speedy or facile, and for $6, I am well satisfied with this disc.
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The Rachmaninov concertos are surely staples of the repertoire, and I might immediately say that there is no way that this Naxos version can compete with the very best - apparently rehearsal time and quality of the orchestra prevents that (not that they aren't serviceable - it's just that the Concertgebouw, say, is just in another league). But one shouldn't completely dismiss this version immediately, for there are things to savor in Bernd Glemser's performance of the solo part. For Glemser is surely able to bring out the (obvious) wistful melancholy as well as the more subtle mood shifts and complex atmospheres of these works; at least intermittently, although I have to agree with the other reviewers that he too often rushes past some of them. He surely faces the technically challenging parts undaunted and creates lots of poetry in the more lyrical passages, but I miss, for instance, the emotional ambiguity in the opening of the 4th completely (one of the great things about the Ashkenazy performances), and sometimes the long lines seem halting, as if there are some unanswered questions regarding how the various parts hang together and the various moods shift into each other. The Paganini-Rhapsodie becomes too one-dimensional - but I am not sure how much to blame this on Glemser or on the (generally OK) orchestral contributions. Still, these are worthwhile versions, if not to set alongside the very best.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 1999
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Glesmer has been a good player in the Naxos game-witness his Scriabin Sonatas and the Tchaikovsky Concertos. However, in Rachmaninoff he plays all the notes, and the orchestra is with him all the time, but there is no profile, nothing special about these performances. They are like driving in a very fast car and you have a pleasant experience, but you come away feeling unfulfilled. Spend more money and hear Byron Janis in the First concerto, Tamas Vasary, Phillippe Entremont or Vladimir Ashkenazy in the Fourth, or William Kapell, Julius Katchen or Artur Rubinstein in the Rhapsody.
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