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Rachmaninov Plays Rachmaninov--Ampico Recordings (1919-29)
Genres: Pop, Classical
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Love at First Listen
(4 out of 5 stars)
"No words can describe the feeling of hearing Rachmaninov play his own compositions. He was known for his piano performances as much as his writing. Even though the album is not the best quality sound or containing the best versions of his well known songs, I am relieved that he was able to be recorded in his time. The man may be gone, but his sound will live forever. The cuts in the musical score that he made, I see as Rachmaninov's own whim, his split-second decisions, or his doubts. What a wonder to see him as human... I think these recordings should be put in Earth's time capsule. Also, his rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" is fascinating. He lends his Russian soul to it that gives new meaning to the anthem."
One of the best.
wmurch3 | Kalamazoo, MI United States | 11/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not sure if this album is technically good, but I gotta tell ya, I love it! Definantly a must have for anyone interested in Classical Piano. Let's face it, Rach can play! So much emotion is built up in most of these works, he plays them the way they are meant to be played, pure and delicious. The only song on here It could have done without is 'The Star Spangled Banner'. Other then that, A great album!Highly recommended."
The way it should be played...
Jim Fellows | 12/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Many people forget that Rachmaninov was a great pianist as well as a great composer... this album will serve as a reminder. This recording was made from a unique piano-roll system which provides amazing insight into his technical ability and musicality. Especially stunning are "Flight of the Bumblebee" and his own transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud". A must-have for lovers of great piano music."