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Offline bitus

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Rachmaninoff preludes
« on: February 19, 2004, 09:19:02 PM »
What are some good recordings of Rachmaninoff preludes?
I have a John Browning recording, but i don't really like it that much.
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Sheet music to download and print: Preludes by Rachmaninoff



Offline allchopin

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Re: Rachmaninoff preludes
«Reply #1 on: February 19, 2004, 11:49:41 PM »
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I have a John Browning recording, but i don't really like it that much.

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Horowitz has some quality ones.
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Re: Rachmaninoff preludes
«Reply #2 on: February 20, 2004, 02:25:05 AM »
Richter recorded them (not all, but still better than most).
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Re: Rachmaninoff preludes
«Reply #3 on: February 20, 2004, 02:28:28 AM »
Ashkenazy's are pretty good, Horowitz's are amazing, and there are recordings of Rachmaninov playing some of them himself which are incredible.

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Re: Rachmaninoff preludes
«Reply #4 on: February 20, 2004, 05:38:06 AM »
Thank you... i'm going to look into those recordings.
If i had money, i would buy the Rachmaninoff recordings of himself... but as i just doubled the amount of money I have by finding a quarter on the ground... i just have to keep wishing :D
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Re: Rachmaninoff preludes
«Reply #5 on: February 21, 2004, 04:40:42 AM »
Ok i find the Dmitri Alexeev good one to try if you already own the Ashkenazy, Rachmaninoff or Richter (not whole set of preludes). It is on Virgin and its quite a bargain containing also Morceaux de fantaisies, Oriental Sketch for Piano, Mélodie no 3. Or maybe Ruth Laredo on the preludes too.

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Re: Rachmaninoff preludes
«Reply #6 on: February 21, 2004, 05:14:11 AM »
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Thank you... i'm going to look into those recordings.
If i had money, i would buy the Rachmaninoff recordings of himself... but as i just doubled the amount of money I have by finding a quarter on the ground... i just have to keep wishing :D
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well im not sure exactly how many recordings you were expecting people to recommend for $0.50  ::) but you could try the library maybe :)
rach on!

Offline MikeLauwrie

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Re: Rachmaninoff preludes
«Reply #7 on: February 23, 2004, 01:43:04 AM »
Howard Shelley is the best for the preludes, by a long shot. Don't get his Rach 3 though.

Peter Katin is Ok as well.

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Re: Rachmaninoff preludes
«Reply #8 on: May 06, 2007, 12:59:26 AM »
Sorry for reviving a dead topic, but I didn't really want to start a new one...

Naxos has just released a new recording of the Rachmaninoff Preludes played by Eldar Nebolsin. I have been listening through my favorites and I think the interpretations are really good. Give it a listen if you are interested:

http://naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.570327

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Re: Rachmaninoff preludes
«Reply #9 on: April 10, 2008, 07:42:03 PM »
You should try Boris Berezovsky's complete recording of his preludes. That's amazing!

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Re: Rachmaninoff preludes
«Reply #10 on: April 10, 2008, 10:26:20 PM »
(the last post was nearly a year ago).

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Re: Rachmaninoff preludes
«Reply #11 on: April 11, 2008, 02:54:42 PM »
i'd recommend gilels' recordings.

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Re: Rachmaninoff preludes
«Reply #12 on: April 12, 2008, 02:57:18 PM »
i'd recommend gilels' recordings.

I agree with you, he's amazing

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Re: Rachmaninoff preludes
«Reply #13 on: April 12, 2008, 07:01:02 PM »
Lugansky's set is absolutely stunning.  Highly recommended.
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Offline s_bussotti

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Re: Rachmaninoff preludes
«Reply #14 on: April 15, 2008, 04:23:26 AM »
Lugansky's set is absolutely stunning.  Highly recommended.

Seconded, although to listen to it as a whole set can be a bit.... heavy.  Believe it or not, Biret's Naxos album isn't half-bad, if not a bit too straight-forward.

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Re: Rachmaninoff preludes
«Reply #15 on: April 15, 2008, 04:39:09 AM »
Go with Howard Shelley, who is pretty much a Rachmaninoff expert (having been the first to record all of his piano music).

Btw, this topic is really old. No point in continuing really.

Offline rachfan

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Re: Rachmaninoff preludes
«Reply #16 on: April 15, 2008, 04:41:11 AM »
Years ago on an FM broadcast I heard a CD of the now late Constance Keene playing the Op. 23 Preludes.  I was amazed by the wonderful technique and lyricism she brought to that set.  I believe the CD is no longer available, unfortunately.  I do have the Ashkenazy CDs which are excellent, as well as the CDs of Rachmaninoff  himself playing selected preludes, both mentioned earlier in this thread.
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Re: Rachmaninoff preludes
«Reply #17 on: July 20, 2008, 11:00:59 PM »
The Richter ones I have just heard recently, on a collection disc, are really powerful, crisp, and subtle, all at the same time. What a musician he was! Benno Moisevitch has a great one of the Bminor on Art of Piano CD/DVD. Avoid Ashkenazy, he has such a brittle FFF that it'l break your ears or stereo.
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Re: Rachmaninoff preludes
«Reply #18 on: July 21, 2008, 05:35:43 AM »
I know this is unfashionable, but Idil Biret, an under-appreciated artist, has recorded some wonderful Rachmaninov on Naxos.  Her Preludes and Etudes-tableaux are first class.  Plus, they're cheap.
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Re: Rachmaninoff preludes
«Reply #19 on: July 22, 2008, 02:55:06 PM »
Simon Trpčeski did good recordings if your looking for a new CD. He didn't do all of Op. 32 and Op.23 though :(

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Re: Rachmaninoff preludes
«Reply #20 on: August 19, 2008, 06:06:27 AM »
I really enjoy Dame Moura Lympany's recording of Rachmaninoff's Preludes.  I've only heard a couple of Horowitz's but they also blew my mind.