Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 1-4, Rhapsody / Wild, Et Al

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Two caveats for prospective customers: One is that Earl Wild makes the once-standard "traditional" cuts in the finale of the Third Concerto; second is that...

Two caveats for prospective customers: One is that Earl Wild makes the once-standard "traditional" cuts in the finale of the Third Concerto; second is that these classic 1965 performances also are available on the Chesky label in less brilliant but more naturally equalized transfers, albeit spread across three full-priced discs. Chandos, however, offers the better bargain. More importantly, Wild is in dazzling form throughout. You'll rarely hear the First and Fourth Concertos sparkle with equal panache and rhythmic acuity, while the pianist's fusion of poetry and flair add up to a Paganini Rhapsody that leaves just about all stereo versions behind. Jascha Horenstein's incisive, colorful support is a major asset, and the Royal Philharmonic plays beautifully for him. If you don't mind the Third Concerto cuts (or already have Martha Argerich's landmark third), these classic performances only get better with age, and the sonics are still terrific. Go for it, piano fans! --Jed Distler


Product Description:


  • Release Date: May 01, 2003


  • UPC: 095115107829


  • Catalog Number: CHAN 10078(2) X


  • Label: Chandos


  • Number of Discs: 2


  • Period: ""


  • Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov


  • Conductor: Jascha Horenstein


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


  • Performer: Earl Wild