A Window in Time

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Sergei Rachmaninov recorded only about 10 CDs worth of music, transferred from 78 r.p.m. records, which can be found in an indispensable set on RCA. But the great Russian pianist left behind a more elusive treasure, too: a pile of piano rolls, from which numerous technicians have tried to extract decent results. Most of those efforts have failed -- until now. Using computer technology and a Bösendorfer Reproducing Piano, Wayne Stahnke -- a music-loving mathematician and inventor -- has finally figured out a way to make these rolls come to life. While these performances might lack the extra spark that's magically conveyed by those scratchy old 78s, Stahnke's ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Sergei Rachmaninov recorded only about 10 CDs worth of music, transferred from 78 r.p.m. records, which can be found in an indispensable set on RCA. But the great Russian pianist left behind a more elusive treasure, too: a pile of piano rolls, from which numerous technicians have tried to extract decent results. Most of those efforts have failed -- until now. Using computer technology and a Bösendorfer Reproducing Piano, Wayne Stahnke -- a music-loving mathematician and inventor -- has finally figured out a way to make these rolls come to life. While these performances might lack the extra spark that's magically conveyed by those scratchy old 78s, Stahnke's realizations allow us to experience Rachmaninov's fabulous fingerwork in state-of-the-art sound. An earlier volume gave us Rachmaninov playing his own music. This new installment offers a varied selection of 16 short pieces by other composers, from the buoyant "Grande valse brilliante" of Chopin to a sweeping, sweetly-rendered sarabande by Bach. The pianism is staggering. In almost every piece there's something breathtaking -- some run, roulade, or inspired bit of phrasing that bears Rachmaninov's unmistakable imprint. Those who shy away from Rachmaninov's historic recordings because of their inferior sonic quality can now rejoice. A WINDOW IN TIME lets us appreciate Rachmaninov's playing as if he were alive today.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/1999
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408049125
  • Catalog Number: 80491
  • Sales rank: 96,663

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Études caractéristiques (12) for piano, No. 6, Were I a Bird, Op. 2/6: No. 6, Were I a Bird - Adolf Henselt & Sergey Rachmaninov (1:48)
  2. 2 Barcarolle for piano No. 5 in A minor, Op. 93/3 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Anton Rubinstein (4:55)
  3. 3 Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Melody) (from "Orfeo ed Euridice"), various arrangements - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Sergey Rachmaninov (3:37)
  4. 4 The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Sergey Rachmaninov (3:54)
  5. 5 Song without Words for piano No. 34 in C major ("Spinnerlied"), Op. 67/4 - realized by Stahnke, Wayne - Felix Mendelssohn & Sergey Rachmaninov (1:49)
  6. 6 Waltz for piano in E flat major, Op. 18, CT 207 - Frédéric Chopin & Sergey Rachmaninov (4:48)
  7. 7 Waltz, for piano in A flat major (Pieces (12) of Moderate Difficulty), Op. 40/8 - realized by Stahnke, Wayne - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Sergey Rachmaninov (3:13)
  8. 8 The Maiden's Wish, transcription for piano (after Chopin, Op. 71/1, Chants polonais No. 1), S. 480/1 (LW A193/1) - realized by Stahnke, Wayne - Franz Liszt & Sergey Rachmaninov (3:30)
  9. 9 Waltz for piano in F major, Op. 34/3, CT 209 - Frédéric Chopin & Sergey Rachmaninov (2:48)
  10. 10 Das Wandern, transcription for piano (after Schubert, D. 795/1), S 565bis/1 (LW A128/1) - Franz Liszt & Sergey Rachmaninov (1:43)
  11. 11 Partita for keyboard No 4 in D major, BWV828 - realized by Stahnke, Wayne - Johann Sebastian Bach & Sergey Rachmaninov (2:58)
  12. 12 Nocturne for piano in F major, Op. 15/1, CT 111 - Frédéric Chopin & Sergey Rachmaninov (5:30)
  13. 13 Humoresques de concert (6), for piano, Op 14, No. 1, Menuett célèbre, Op. 14/1 - realized by Stahnke, Wayne - Ignace Jan Paderewski & Sergey Rachmaninov (3:55)
  14. 14 Arrangement for piano of Beethoven's "Turkish March" - realized by Stahnke, Wayne - Sergey Rachmaninov & Anton Rubinstein (3:07)
  15. 15 Impromptu for piano in A flat major, D. 899/4 (Op. 90/4) - Sergey Rachmaninov & Franz Schubert (4:39)
  16. 16 Scherzo for piano No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31, CT 198 - Frédéric Chopin & Sergey Rachmaninov (9:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sergey Rachmaninov Primary Artist
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