Rachmaninoff: 24 Preludes

Rachmaninoff: 24 Preludes

by Vladimir Ashkenazy
     
 

The simple fact of the matter is that, compared with all previous releases of Ashkenazy's stupendous 1974-1975 recordings of Rachmaninov's "24 Preludes," this 96kHz 24-bit remastering is vastly better. Where the original LP release was warm and lush but a tad hazy, and earlier CD releases were warm and lush but aSee more details below

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The simple fact of the matter is that, compared with all previous releases of Ashkenazy's stupendous 1974-1975 recordings of Rachmaninov's "24 Preludes," this 96kHz 24-bit remastering is vastly better. Where the original LP release was warm and lush but a tad hazy, and earlier CD releases were warm and lush but a bit hard, this CD release is warm and lush -- but also clear and bright as polished crystal. Thus, while Ashkenazy's luminous lyricism, soulful sensuality, and blazing virtuosity are as manifest as ever -- and few pianists have ever matched him for these qualities in this repertoire -- what had previously seemed like his unfortunate tendency to overpedal in heavier textures is here shown to be a flaw in earlier releases, not his playing. More significantly, the remastering allows the colors and nuances of Ashkenazy's performances to sound more cleanly and accurately. In the hard-charging "B flat major Prelude," the delicately radiant "G sharp minor Prelude," even the played-to-death "C sharp minor Prelude," Ashkenazy's playing seems much more subtle and dazzling -- which, considering his performances have long been considered among the deepest and strongest ever recorded, is quite an achievement. Everyone who treasures Rachmaninov's music should hear this release -- whether they've heard the earlier releases or not.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2007
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947582380
catalogNumber:
000894102
Rank:
20632

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Tracks

  1. Prelude for piano No.1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Vladimir Ashkenazy
  2. Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Vladimir Ashkenazy
  3. Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Vladimir Ashkenazy

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