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by rachfan
Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:18 pm
Forum: The Life of Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff
Topic: more about SVR's hands
Replies: 4
Views: 5118

SVR's hands....

I found the following in my copy of Max Harrison's book 'Rachmaninoff: Life, Works, Recordings' (Continuum, New York, 2005), p. 270. 'Such personal acquaintances as Cyril Smith** said that he (SVR) could with his left hand stretch C-E flat-G-C-G and the right could manage C (second finger)-E-G-C-E (...
by rachfan
Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:40 pm
Forum: The Life of Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff
Topic: Rachmaninoff's Big Hands
Replies: 3
Views: 5058

big hands

:D
by rachfan
Mon Aug 13, 2007 1:22 pm
Forum: International Rachmaninoff Society Conference - Sept. 2007 New York City
Topic: UPDATE! Int. Rachmaninoff Conference 21-23 Sept. 2007 NYC
Replies: 13
Views: 13454

Sasha, I look forward to meeting you in New York in September. Risha, yes it is expensive to get there (and to stay in NY!), especially for those of us who live in UK. However, after these meetings, I tend to think over how enjoyable they were and I forget the cost. I envy you hearing Van Cliburn - ...
by rachfan
Mon Aug 13, 2007 1:17 pm
Forum: Recordings - CD/DVDs
Topic: Best interpretation of 2nd Symphony
Replies: 14
Views: 14986

I wrote above: '.......the Previn/LSO performance as my number one since it was first issued on LP. [By the way I'm referring to the 1993 performance on EMI, now on EMI Classics, not the later Telarc recording which was always thought to be a good recording but a much less inspirational performance....
by rachfan
Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:33 pm
Forum: Best Recordings
Topic: videos of performances
Replies: 15
Views: 18626

p.s. The Horowitz/Mehta performance (mentioned by Amphissa above) is included on YouTube - you won't get the best sound or picture quality but it is quite an experience!
by rachfan
Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:27 pm
Forum: Best Recordings
Topic: videos of performances
Replies: 15
Views: 18626

There are masses of performances of Rachmaninoff posted on YouTube.

Uneven quality but you'll find Horowitz, Gilels, Kissin, Lugansky, Freire, etc. etc. (and try Jung Lin).

Just google 'YouTube Rachmaninoff' and you can spend a day listening.......
by rachfan
Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:14 pm
Forum: Recordings - CD/DVDs
Topic: Best interpretation of 2nd Symphony
Replies: 14
Views: 14986

I agree that the Sanderling/Leningrad Phil. recording is tremendous (now on DG originals). I only discovered it fairly recently after having had the Previn/LSO performance as my number one since it was first issued on LP. [By the way I'm referring to the 1993 performance on EMI, now on EMI Classics,...
by rachfan
Fri Jun 08, 2007 11:50 am
Forum: Best Recordings
Topic: Vespers
Replies: 13
Views: 18445

I have just re-read the messages above. In answer to morakeo, it is unlikely that hvete is referring to the Polyansky recording - my version of it says that it was recorded in Smolensk in 1986. Assuming you have the same recording (the original Melodiya recording was re-issued on the Chante du Monde...
by rachfan
Fri Jun 08, 2007 11:28 am
Forum: Best Recordings
Topic: Vespers
Replies: 13
Views: 18445

Mikhail, I'm not aware of any downloads. Other performances also offer great rewards. Chernushenko has recorded this music twice and Polyansky is good. I also like the performance by the National Academic Choir of Ukraine under Yevhen Savchuk. I still return to Sveshnikov, though. I find something v...
by rachfan
Mon Jun 04, 2007 1:22 pm
Forum: Best Recordings
Topic: Vespers
Replies: 13
Views: 18445

Further to the discussion above, I was overjoyed to find (on eBay) a new issue of the original 1965 Melodiya recording (first recording) of the All-night Vigil (Vespers) conducted by Sveshnikov. All 15 numbers are included so this is what I've always wanted - it eclipses the incomplete Chante du Mon...
by rachfan
Fri Mar 23, 2007 12:27 am
Forum: Recordings - CD/DVDs
Topic: SVR's original manuscript of the 2nd Symphony
Replies: 0
Views: 2818

SVR's original manuscript of the 2nd Symphony

Earlier in the week, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a programme on the recently re-discovered manuscript of Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony, which is now on permanent loan to the British Library. It was a fascinating programme which will certainly be of interest to users of this website. If you are interested...
by rachfan
Wed Mar 29, 2006 6:14 pm
Forum: Best Recordings
Topic: Vespers
Replies: 13
Views: 18445

vespers (strictly All Night Vigil)

Could it be the recording of the All Night Vigil by the USSR Russian Choir conducted by Alexander Sveshnikov? It was recorded in 1965 and was issued by Melodiya. They re-issued the first 6 numbers on Melodiya SUCD 10-00274 (I bought a copy in Moscow many years ago). This performance was reissued by ...

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