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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.