Rubinstein plays Rachmaninov

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Rubinstein plays Rachmaninov



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Rubinstein plays Rachmaninov


Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Recorded 27th May, 1946 in Carnegie Hall, New York City

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Golschmann

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Recorded 16th-17th September, 1947 in EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London

Philharmonia Orchestra, Walter Susskind

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Recorded 11th December, 1950 in the RCA Studios, Hollywood



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Although Rubinstein did not play many works by Rachmaninov, he made four recordings of the Piano Concerto No. 2. If, in this May 1946 recording, Rubinstein’s adherence to the text is not always completely accurate, his performance is full of exhilaration and panache with fast tempos and a climax judged to have any audience jumping to its feet. The 1947 recording of the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is remarkable, even today, for the high quality of the sound, described as “Stunning! The recording is almost too vivid”, by a critic in 1948. The only solo work of Rachmaninov that Rubinstein committed to disc was the famous Prelude in C sharp minor Op. 3 No. 2 which he recorded twice.

Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

I. Moderato - Allegro

II. Adagio sostenuto

III. Allegro scherzando

Sergei Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Introduction: Allegro vivace. Variation 1 (Precedente)

Theme: L'istesso tempo

Variation 2: L'istesso tempo

Variation 3: L'istesso tempo

Variation 4: Piu vivo

Variation 5: Tempo precedente

Variation 6: L'istesso tempo

Variation 7: Meno mosso, a tempo moderato

Variation 8: Tempo I

Variation 9: L'istesso tempo

Variation 10: Poco marcato

Variation 11: Moderato

Variation 12: Tempo di minuetto

Variation 13: Allegro

Variation 14: L'istesso tempo

Variation 15: Piu vivo scherzando

Variation 16. Allegretto

Variation 17: (Allegretto)

Variation 18: Andante cantabile

Variation 19: A tempo vivace

Variation 20: Un poco piu vivo

Variation 21: Un poco piu vivo

Variation 22: Un poco piu vivo (Alla breve)

Variation 23. L'istesso tempo

Variation 24: A tempo un poco meno mosso

Sergei Rachmaninov: Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3

Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: No. 2. Prelude in C sharp minor

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