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Antal Dorati - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Opus 30

Antal Dorati - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Opus 30


Speakers Corner (Mercury Living Presence)



Product No.:
AMER 90283
EAN: 4260019712127

180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP    

"…one of the greatest recordings of the past century." HP's The Golden Dozen LPs, Harry Pearson, The Absolute Sound, June/July 2007

Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto, fondly referred to as “Rach 3” or even “Rachi 3” in dealer circles, has enjoyed a constantly growing popularity over the last few years. One reason may well be that the market has been flooded with recordings of the work, many of which attempt to outshine their rivals with massive sound effects instead of winning over the listener with musical transparency. Well, as everyone knows all too well, a first-class recording not only demands a world-class soloist but also a top-notch orchestra and conductor. This early stereo LP with the pianist Byron Janis and conductor Antal Dorati was and still is an enormous success, as is proved by the fact that it is regarded as a work of reference even in this age of the silver disc.

"Speakers Corner has given these recordings the respect they deserve. The packaging is gorgeous: a black album titled "The Living Presence of 20th Century Music" and displaying the Mercury logo holds the three records with their original covers and liner notes. In addition, there are informative annotations on the music and Dorati, and a history of Mercury Living Presence...They sound at least as good and in some ways better than the originals...There are no negatives and not enough superlatives to describe these magnificent reissues. It's rare that performance, sound, and musical value combine at this level in a recording."
- Arthur B. Lintgen, The Absolute Sound, February/March 2004

1. First Movement: Allegro Non Tanto
2. Second Movement: Intermezzo / Adagio
3. Third Movement: Finale / Alla Breve

Customer Reviews (3.50 Stars) 4 person(s) rated this product.

Veiled and Muddy Sound

posted on 08/11/2011
1 Stars
Reviewer: VicN
I have an original release of this record in reasonable condition and it is FAR clearer than the new copy. I agree with the first reviewer that the sound is veiled and the instruments blur into each other. It's horrible to listen to! Now given we currently have 2 reviewers saying it's brilliantly clear and myself and another reviewer saying it's mush, I can only conclude there's a serious quality control problem with these pressings and some of them have gone out that are less than optimum to say the least. That's very disappointing from this record label. As we have a 50:50 split on the quality, does that mean half of them are duds? I certainly hope not! However, I'm not game to plunk down more money on the chance I'll get a good one.


posted on 05/06/2009
5 Stars
Reviewer: Will
I'm not sure what the previous reviewer was referring to, but it can't be this recording. The sound is explosive and penetrating, the details are emotional, the clarity is outstanding, and the performance will blow you away. A cherished part of my collection.

Beautiful piece of the pie

posted on 01/01/2007
5 Stars
Reviewer: Sean
Refined sound and brilliant musicianship combine here to great delight. Highly enjoyable.

So So

posted on 08/21/2005
3 Stars
Reviewer: Justin Javan
This is one of my favorite classical pieces; however, this recording is very dull. The piano seems veiled. Imaging and transparency are mediocre. Had I known I would not have bought it.

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