Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Artur Rubinstein, Wallenstein, Reiner
"Greig: Piano Concerto, Rachmaninov: Paganini Rhapsody" (Vinyl)

This is a mid- to late-70's re-issue of a recording that would be phenomenal to have in it's original RCA Victor pressing.

Still, the performance is the same, even if the packaging and presentation isn't as thoughtful as it was originally.

The Grieg piano concerto is iconic and stands amongst those instantly recognizable works for the piano.

Rachmaninov's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" is perhaps my favorite work by that composer.
His ability to write luscious, romantic melodies was unparalleled. Sadly, his penchant for orchestration was lacking and most of the time the orchestra fights itself during his compositions.

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