- Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1
- Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
- Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
- Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40
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Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Performance - flawless, a crital listen with head phones will not find one misplaced note. Recording - superb The performance is highly charged with emotion, power and grace. At the end of No. Three you want to stand up and yell BRAVO at the top of your lungs.
Wow! This complete collection of Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos is a monumental one. The First Concerto begins with a powerful emotional flourish like the Grieg and Schumann concertos. Ashkenazy begins slowly and accelerates. He has a way of carefully crafting every musical line, bringing out the melody and not using technical wizardry to overshadow musicality. His runs are extremely clean and impressive. The powerful solo passages are pounded out with ferocity, a real thrill! Ashkenazy plays the second movement with quiet reflectiveness, a beautiful contrast to the turbulent first movement. The Second Concerto is powerful indeed! Ashkenazy plays with disturbance and torment, just like Rachmaninov felt before he composed this work. The playing is monstrous and very musical. The second movement is gorgeous and sad. It sends chills down my spine. The orchestral playing is well-balanced. The Third Concerto is extremely notable, also. The first movement begins quietly and mysteriously, building to the cadenza, which is breath-taking. Ashkenazy begins slowly and gets stronger, bringing out every important note, rather than breezing through the cadenza. This is a musical treat not to be missed!
Excellent! It is the best interpretation of Rachmaninoff's concertos excluding the recordings of Rachmaninoff himself. Extremely clean and clear with a brilliant, passionate style. Full of pathos and certainly worth every penny.