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Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Sergey Rachmaninov, Zubin Mehta, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Genre: Classical
 
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The Best Rach 3
J. Garcia | New Mexico, USA | 07/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Feltsman's performance of both the "Rach 3" as well as Rachmaninoff's concerto-esque Rhapsody are not only impressively virtuosic, but deeply emotional and musical. Feltsman makes a few cuts in both pieces and plays the written cadenza in the first movement of the concerto, but these cuts make perfect sense and do not disrupt (but rather enhance) the flow of the works.

Mehta leads the Israel Philharmonic in a splendidly balanced and performed accompaniment. The orchestra especially shines in the exposed sections in the second movement of the concerto and the quiet portions of the Rhapsody. An excellent performance."
Better than Horowitz
Luke Palmer | Boulder, CO United States | 05/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Vladimir Feltsman's interpretation of Rach 3 is the absolute best I have ever heard. Personally, I like it even better than the highly acclaimed Horowitz recording. He's the only performer that I've heard who doesn't take the ossia in the middle of the first movement (the ossia substutes a light, enchanting part, which Feltsman takes, with a typical intense build-up, which everyone else takes). Feltsman also succeeds in making the third movement continue to build from the low point in the middle all the way to the end, without dropping tension anywhere along the way. I highly recommend this recording if you enjoy the Rach 3."
The ONLY Rachmaninoff Three for me.
David R. Beck | Maumee, Ohio | 01/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've waited (and waded) a very long time to find this recording, and had given up hope that there even WAS a recording of the third concerto where the orchestra didn't either:
1. Play drunk,
2. Sightread,
3. Not care,
4. Hate the piece.
Seriously, in every other recording I've heard the orchestra plays simply aweful. And every pianist plays like they're trying to win a boxing match. This performance is clean, well paced, has clarity, and Mehta and Feltsman bring out nuances and poetry that I didn't know the score had. Absolutely wonderful, and I can't stop listening to it. And the Rhapsody gets an excellent performance as well.
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