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Antal Dorati - Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 2 in C Minor


Speakers Corner (Mercury Living Presence)



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The Second Piano Concerto represents Rachmaninov's escape from a crisis lasting several years during which he experienced one catastrophe after another. At the suggestion of his psychiatrist, who had prophesized that he would write wonderful music, he turned once again to the work - and it brought him his greatest success to that date. Although the piano writing demands enormous technical dexterity, the composer was apparently not solely aiming at producing a virtuosic showpiece, since the piano part clings snugly to the orchestra like an accompaniment for long stretches, although it does triumph powerfully here and there for good measure. Once again, Byron Janis - whose brilliant interpretations of Rachmaninov's repertory have influenced whole generations of pianists - has made a benchmark recording in which he amalgamates tremendous energy with great tranquility. He revels in the late-Romantic ecstatic harmonies, dazzles us with his transparent presentation of the internal structures, and displays great vigor in the weighty themes. The emotional middle movement is also glorious in that Janis enjoys the the full the interplay of passion and reverie with expansive chords and dark-hued tonalities.

1. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op.18
2. Prelude E flat major, Op. 23 No. 6
3. Prelude C sharp minor, Op. 3 No. 2

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

Another Winner From Team Mercury

posted on 01/17/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Triodeotl
This is notably one of the very best performances of the piano concerto #2 on LP. The sound is very transparent and is amongst the best that Mercury ever got at the Northrop Auditorium.

The piano is up front and center and the playing from Janis is exemplary. The playing of the orchestra compliments the piano in every way. This LP has possibly the best balance between the piano and the orchestra I have heard.

My pressing was flat and noise free. Another great Dorati. Do not hesitate to buy this LP. Highly recommended and keep the coming Speakers Corner. +++++

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