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Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes; Piano Sonata No. 2 (2 CDs)
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As to which is better, it really depends on what you are after.
The excellent performance of these Rachmaninov pieces is enough to consider Mr. Ashkenazy one of the most important living pianists.
Apart from his fabulous technical skills he brings that innate sense of 'Russianness' to his interpretations.
My spouse was craving some Rachmaninoff, and this CD filled the bill. Very intense and Russian. I love Ashkenazy's interpretations!Published 13 months ago by Steven E. Colburn
These preludes were exactly what I wanted: competent and convincing interpretations that seem to be in character for Rachmaninov. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mug1
I wanted to expand my Rachmaninov collection beyond the concertos and select few preludes by Horowitz. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Michael A Obranovich
For me, Ashkenazy's Preludes are perfection. I can't imagine better than this beautiful, highly nuanced performance that captures all their shifting suggestiveness. Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by C. Skedgell
In this Double Decca recording, Vladimir Askenazy gives us a fine interpretation of the complete sets of Preludes by Sergei Rachmaninov. The Preludes were published in three sets. Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by Dr. H. A. Jones
Although Ashkenazy is a great performer of Piano Concertos, I didnt care much for his interpretation, especialy after listening to performers like LuganskyPublished on July 4, 2009 by Y. Kwintner
It's Friday night, February 6, 2009 at 6:16 in the evening. I'm at my desk (everyone's gone!), am I'm listenting to the CD as I type this review. This CD is truly excellent! Read morePublished on February 6, 2009 by D. S. HARDEN
For the price this a very good collection to own to complete your collection of the Rachmaninoff preludes. Read morePublished on November 24, 2008 by Christopher Kosloske