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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2011
What irony! RCA lured Ormandy away from Sony/Columbia in 1968, yet here is Sony doing a remastering of Ormandy's 1975 RCA Rachmaninov 3rd with Ashkenazy -- the result of an RCA/BMG/Sony merger. This performance has always been critically praised, even when it was only available on an RCA budget CD that was virtually unlistenable, with a clattery piano and strident strings; now Sony's 24-bit reprocessing makes the sound as terrific as the performance. (It's a second irony that this American recording by an American orchestra and conductor is only available through an import, but it's worth the effort to get hold of it.) The Entremont/Ormandy 4th, available in other CD couplings, is another splendid performance, and the 14-year-older 1961 Columbia recording sounds splendid too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2013
This is indeed a welcomed reissue, expertly remastered, with each performance sounding better than they have ever have before. The maestro leading each concerto is Eugene Ormandy whose credentials as an advocate of Rachmaniov's oeuvre few would question. The same can be said of Ashkenazy, and to a lesser extent, Entremont.

The Ashkenazy/Ormandy recording (1975) of the Third Concerto last appeared on an absurd CD called "Rachmaninoff in Hollwoody" Rachmaninoff In Hollywood - Piano Concerto No. 3 (complete) with Ashkenazy & Ormandy, Rhapsody on a theme from Paganini; excerpts from Piano Concerto No. 2, Symphonic Dances, and Vespers, a egregious marketing stunt perpetrated by RCA to captilize on the equally absurd film "Shine" - not a stellar moment for anyone invloved, but I believe it was the first CD release of this highly regarded follow-up recording of the young pianist who had just a few years earlier (1972) recorded all four concerti with Previn and the LSO Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 - 4. Those recordings have been catalog staples for decades. Whether or not this later performance suspersedes the earlier one is for each listener to decide for themselves. For me, I found more power, involvement, and fiery bravado is this recording. There is also another earlier recording with Kondrashin that I have not heard Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 / Ashkenazy, Kondrashin.

Phillipe Entremont was almost the "house pianist" for Columbia in the 60s. He made many recordings with both Ormandy and Bernstein (reportorie that included Rachmaniov) that were, and still are, highly regarded by listeners who were being exposed to serious music for the first time (like myself) Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3,Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini / Ormandy, Entremont. His reputation as a pianist seems to be fading partly as a result of his decision to take up conducting in Europe about fifteen years ago.

This modestly priced CD is a winner in all respects. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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