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Piano Concerti 2 & 3
Piano Concerti 2 & 3
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3rd Concerto 5 stars, 2nd Concerto 4 stars, Sound 4 stars, June 25, 2014
This review is from: Piano Concerti 2 & 3 (Audio CD)
I have 35 recordings of Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto and agree with almost everything Sugi Sorensen has said in his excellent review. I just wanted to add that both Gutierrez and Horowitz studied under the same teacher Sergei Tarnowski, which explains why Gutierrez expression, dynamics, phrasing and technique are almost identical to Horowitz/Reiner only here there are no cuts and the sound is digital.

Tarnowski taught Horowitz from the ages of 12-16 and went over every note of Rachmaninoff's 3rd Concerto with his brilliant young student who then played it during the graduation finals at the Kiev Conservatory in 1920.In 1961 Tarnowski was living in Los Angeles which is where he taught Gutierrez.On the 2nd Concerto I prefer both Kissin and Volodos slightly more,although Gutierrez is one of the very few pianists whos hands are large enough to play the opening chords of the 1st movement simultaneojusly as they are written.

If you are looking for a 3rd Concerto that is better than 90% of the current recordings available (see my comment below),only Byron Janis (Horowitz student for 10 years) and Horacio Gutierrez come closest to equaling Horowitz, only Janis makes cuts in both the 2nd and 3rd movements where Gutierrez makes no cuts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What I Needed, June 6, 2014
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This 3 foot extension cable is exactly what I needed since I can plug my flashdrives into it or my wireless modem, and get fast results.6 ft extension cables take twice as long.In summary: very fast and very effective.


Verbatim Store 'n' Go 4 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive, 3 Pack (Red, Blue and Green) 97002
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than San Disk Cruzer, April 21, 2014
I have 5 laptops, 2 Dell, 1 Toshiba, 1 Sony & 1 HP.I never have any problems with this Verbatim flash drive which I have been using for several years.San Disk used to be the best ( the SDCZ6 series with a grey slidebar) but not any more.Verbatim provides high quality photo storing that will last, and your USB ports will never become unresponsive.Also the downloading is not slow unless you use the security option, but even then, no slower than San Disk.An excellent product which I use all the time.


Navy Blue Military Acrylic Watch Cap (USA Made)
Navy Blue Military Acrylic Watch Cap (USA Made)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Size and Warm Too, April 20, 2014
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I have a big head, but this Watch Cap fits just fine.It is also nice and warm in the cold weather.I am quite certain that it will shrink dramatically when I decide to wash it, even in cold water.Until then however, it is excellent.


The Holy Qur'an: Roman Transliteration, with orginal Arabic Text and English translation (English and Arabic Edition)
The Holy Qur'an: Roman Transliteration, with orginal Arabic Text and English translation (English and Arabic Edition)
by Translator Abdullah Yusuf Ali
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book for Students, Scholars and Yogis, April 17, 2014
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I agree with everything greensimurgh said in his excellent review, but just wanted to add that I have been practicing yoga for over 50 years and since Gandhi said both the Bhagavad Gita and the Koran are the word of God, I bought this book.Gandhi was right! When I sing these transliteration verses it is a very high experience.So much so, that I need to sit and meditate for several hours after just a few verses.Hopefully this review will help those that are searching for the true meaning of this great work, and not just an intellectual one.


Great Pianists: Josef Hoffman
Great Pianists: Josef Hoffman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like the Piano is an Extension of his Arms and Hands, January 9, 2014
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The incredible ease and effortlessness with which Hoffman plays is as if the piano were actually an extension of his arms and hands.Most of these recordings were made between 1916 and 1923 yet Audio Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert Thorn has done an excellent job at minimizing background noise while keeping the originally recorded sound intact, with no harshness whatsoever and a mellow very easy to listen to tone, over 75 minutes long.Performancewise in many instances you will feel as if you are hearing the music for the first time.Rachmaninoffs Prelude in G minor, and Chopins Fantasie Impromptu, are good examples that may spoil you forever.All the works by Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Moszkowski are played with freshness, spontaneity, and contless expressive insights the likes of which this world has never heard before.I have been listening to music for over half a century, but here it is easy to understand why Josef Hofmann was Rachmaninoff's favorite pianist.


Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto No 3 & Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No 2
Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto No 3 & Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No 2
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3.0 out of 5 stars Usually Excellent But Not This Time, December 16, 2013
Yuja Wang is a supremely gifted pianist.Her Prokofiev 3rd Concerto and her Mendelssohn Concerto #1 are dazzling and deserve 5 stars (see my reviews).But as Krystian Zimerman said, "when you play Rachmaninoff, you have to live it" and she simply cannot identify with the vast palette of deep emotions in Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto.Her expression lacks conviction and her phrasing is superficial.Also a pianist needs large hands for both the Rachmaninoff 3rd and Prokofiev 2nd Concerto's so the inner voicings can be heard clearly and distinctly.In the Rachmaninoff 3rd hear Valentina Lisitsa, Santiago Rodriguez, Stephan Hough and Thibaudet/Ashkenazy are but a few that completely identify with every note since the music is in their bones.In the Prokofiev 2nd Yundi Li is as dazzling as young Jorge Bolet whos performance was unmatched until now.The 3 stars are because there are moments of great brilliance in the last movements of both Concerto's all of which have excellent sound.


SanDisk Cruzer Micro 16 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive SDCZ6-016G-A11
SanDisk Cruzer Micro 16 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive SDCZ6-016G-A11

5.0 out of 5 stars This Older SDCZ6 Series is the Very Best, October 13, 2013
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When you buy the San Disk Cruzer flash drive make sure its the older SDCZ6 series and not the newer SDCZ36 series.The older series which is pictured above, allows you to download photographs and documents with your security code active, quickly and efficiently.Then if you need to edit something, you can do it while its still on the flash drive.The newer SDCZ36 series took me all day just too download some pictures while the security code is active, then if I want to edit them, I have to put them back on the computer first.You can always tell the newer ones if they have a bright green, red or blue color on the plastic slide bar.The grey slide bar flash drives are therefore the absolute best.


Guide to Fritz - Nick Murphy DVD & ChessCentral's "Art of War" E-Book: (2 Item Bundle)
Guide to Fritz - Nick Murphy DVD & ChessCentral's "Art of War" E-Book: (2 Item Bundle)

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Club Players & Chess Students, October 5, 2013
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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This DVD is a must have if you are not a chess genius and are baffled by the new Fritz 13 interface, and would like a complete down to Earth everyday language tutorial, as to how to use Fritz 13 or even previous versions of Fritz, to their maximum level.(I have Fritz 11 and it took me a couple of days to figure out all the corresponding tabs since this DVD is primarily for Fritz 13 however the principles are all the same for earlier versions too)

The DVD consists of the following chapters: chapter 1 "introduction" 2 videos; chapter 2 "Getting Started" 4 videos; Chapter 3 "Interface" 7 videos; chapter 4 "Engines" 6 videos; chapter 5 "Database Management" 8 videos; chapter 6 "Features" 6 videos; chapter 7 "Other Products" 7 videos; chapter 8 "Training" 5 videos; chapter 9 "Lets Check" 7 videos; chapter 10 'PlayChess.com" 6 videos; chapter 11 "Conclusion" 1 video.This DVD leaves no stone unturned, made by ChessBase software Guru Nick Murphy who has 10 years experience.If you want to enjoy Fritz to its absolute maximum level, this DVD over 5 hours long is a must have.


HOROWITZ, A BIOGRAPHY
HOROWITZ, A BIOGRAPHY
by Glenn Plaskin
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A Candid Look at the Greatest Pianist that Ever Lived., September 27, 2013
This review is from: HOROWITZ, A BIOGRAPHY (Paperback)
This book which is 607 pages long, gives a candid look, showing both the good and the bad side of the immortal genius Vladimir Horowitz.From his earliest years, where it was Professor Sergei Tarnowski and not Felix Blumfeld, that taught this supremely gifted boy between the ages of 12 - 16 the secrets of great virtuosity combined with transcendental musicianship.(Blumfeld replaced Tarnowski after he became ill)How young Horowitz supported his family at the age of 16 while political turmoil was raging.The Lithium deficiency inherited from his father Semione causing severe depression, combined with his gay orientation, where music was the only release for his volcanic pent up emotions.(Lithium wasn't discovered until 1972)His meeting with Rachmaninoff at the basement of the Sreinway piano store in New York, and his incredible wife Wanda, Toscaninis daughter, who always loved him deeply, but was often a battering ram for his pent up emotions.There is ugliness combined with greatness in these pages.But understanding Horowitz human weaknesses will enhance your ability to appreciate his transcendental artistry.An unforgettable document and a must have for every serious piano student.
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