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by Amphissa
Sat Jul 23, 2011 5:43 am
Forum: Recordings - CD/DVDs
Topic: Waiting and Waiting
Replies: 0
Views: 3437

Waiting and Waiting

How long must we wait for someone to record the original, complete version of Rachmaninoff's Sonata No. 1 ?? I think this is the last of the wonderful works of Rachmaninoff that has not yet been recorded. Yes, it is long. Yes, it is difficult. But surely some enterprising label could entice a pianis...
by Amphissa
Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:12 am
Forum: Best Recordings
Topic: Vinyl
Replies: 12
Views: 14043

Re: Vinyl

When you are ready to begin looking, there are two places that you can gather a wealth of information. Vinyl Asylum discussion board is an excellent place for information about turntables, arms, cartridges, and everything else about classical music on vinyl. The archives are a valuable resource. It ...
by Amphissa
Tue Dec 30, 2008 3:49 am
Forum: Best Recordings
Topic: Vinyl
Replies: 12
Views: 14043

Re: Vinyl

While they're still in pretty good shape, still, I would prefer playing them on a much better turntable than I presently own, and frankly, I can't find a dealer, local or otherwise, that carries the quality product which I am looking for. What is "local" for you? Are you looking for one s...
by Amphissa
Sun Dec 21, 2008 4:55 pm
Forum: Best Recordings
Topic: Vinyl
Replies: 12
Views: 14043

Re: Vinyl

I listened to records back in the 1970s and 1980s, but I was not listening to much classical then. In the 1990s, like everyone else, I switched to CDs. Last week, I played the vinyl of Rachmaninoff's 1st Symphony recording by Ashkenazy with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. This is my favorite Rachmanino...
by Amphissa
Sat Dec 13, 2008 5:43 pm
Forum: Best Recordings
Topic: Vinyl
Replies: 12
Views: 14043

Vinyl

Do any of you listen to records? You know -- old fashioned records? 33 1/3 long play or 78s?
by Amphissa
Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:37 am
Forum: Recordings - CD/DVDs
Topic: Deviations from the score in Rach's own recording of Rach 3
Replies: 4
Views: 5820

Re: Deviations from the score in Rach's own recording of Rach 3

Kenneth, check out this video of Gabriela Montero. If you make it to the end, you may be amazed at the final magical improvisation she creates.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eylqqx3XDk
by Amphissa
Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:16 am
Forum: Recordings - CD/DVDs
Topic: stephen hough's recordings
Replies: 16
Views: 16762

Re: stephen hough's recordings

Could a person who had written such a difficult and fantastic concero for the left hand really not have been able to play it himself??? :?: Dvorak could not play cello, yet wrote the greatest cello concerto. Brahms and Beethoven were not violinists, but pianists, yet they wrote wonderful violin con...
by Amphissa
Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:02 am
Forum: Recordings - CD/DVDs
Topic: Deviations from the score in Rach's own recording of Rach 3
Replies: 4
Views: 5820

Re: Deviations from the score in Rach's own recording of Rach 3

I assume you are referring to the recording made with Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Rachmaninoff made many cuts in this recording. He plays the short version of the cadenza and cuts assorted passages throughout. He made a number of deviations from the score. For example, he inserted a rita...
by Amphissa
Wed Nov 12, 2008 4:38 am
Forum: The Life of Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff
Topic: Harvest of Sorrow: The Memories of Sergei Rachmaninoff
Replies: 25
Views: 21715

Re: Harvest of Sorrow film

I found the text spoken by Sir John Gielgud was very amateurish - full of inconsistencies and errors which are very blatant. The text is quite laughable at times. At any rate, the dvd is well worth the purchase (but I have great reservations about Tony Palmer's script, which is very disjointed and ...
by Amphissa
Sun Nov 02, 2008 5:16 am
Forum: Recordings - CD/DVDs
Topic: First Symphony
Replies: 12
Views: 10367

Re: First Symphony

When Rachamaninoff wrote this, he was pretty terrified of death, and obsessed with it as well. Huh? He was 23 years old, happy from his success at the conservatory and the success of his first piano concerto, world famous from his Prelude in C sharp minor and other solo piano music. Instead of tryi...
by Amphissa
Sun Sep 28, 2008 7:35 pm
Forum: The Life of Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff
Topic: Movie on Rachmaninoff - Finally!!!!!
Replies: 28
Views: 24077

Re: Movie on Rachmaninoff - Finally!!!!!

The love triangle was not falsified. He had an affair with Nina Koshetz. It's not like this is an unusual thing in the world of classical music. It occurs all the time now and has for hundreds of years. I would hope the movie would not dwell on this as a dominant storyline, but it happened. And ther...
by Amphissa
Sun Sep 28, 2008 7:21 pm
Forum: The Life of Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff
Topic: Rachmaninoff Conducting
Replies: 1
Views: 2676

Re: Rachmaninoff Conducting

Yes, New York, Boston, Chicago, and also London and other orchestras in Europe, as well as Russian orchestras, of course.

Here is a list of concerts at which he appeared ONLY as conductor.

http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Strasse/6145/rachperf.htm
by Amphissa
Sat Aug 23, 2008 5:13 pm
Forum: Rachmaninoff Weblinks (audio/video clips etc.)
Topic: Rachmaninoff Plays and Speaks
Replies: 2
Views: 4323

Rachmaninoff Plays and Speaks

I previously posted this, but in the wrong place. Here is a recording in which (we think) Sasha Greiner of Steinway & Sons talks about visiting the Rachmaninoff home. In the recording, Rachmaninoff plays piano while guests sing the Russian song "boublitchki." At the end, Rachmaninoff c...
by Amphissa
Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:40 am
Forum: The Life of Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff
Topic: Rachmaninoff plays and speaks
Replies: 2
Views: 3301

Rachmaninoff plays and speaks

Here is a recording in which (we think) Sasha Greiner of Steinway & Sons talks about visiting the Rachmaninoff home. In the recording, Rachmaninoff plays piano while guests sing the Russian song "boublitchki." At the end, Rachmaninoff comments that they sing very badly. This is a rarit...
by Amphissa
Wed Jul 16, 2008 4:32 am
Forum: Recordings - CD/DVDs
Topic: Concerto No.3 -- listening experience
Replies: 8
Views: 7327

mikhailp wrote:As for the orchestra microphones, have you seen the DVD recording of the 2nd Symphony that took place during the Rachmaninoff Society Conference in Amsterdam back in 2005?



Where can I get this DVD? I am not familiar with it.

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