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Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos; Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini

Vladimir Ashkenazy, London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn

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"Despite the recording dates, the sound and balance are superb, and there’s nothing to cloud your sense of Ashkenazy’s greatness ... this is the product of the greatest musical sympathy."
- Gramophone

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Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1  
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1. Vivace
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
13:28
2
2. Andante
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
6:56
3
3. Allegro vivace
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
7:56
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40  
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1. Allegro vivace (Alla breve)
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
10:02
5
2. Largo
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
6:54
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3. Allegro vivace
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
9:14
Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43  
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Introduction & Variation 1
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
0:30
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Theme
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
0:19
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Variation 2
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
0:18
10
Variation 3
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
0:25
11
Variation 4
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
0:28
12
Variation 5
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
0:27
13
Variation 6
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
0:52
14
Variation 7
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
1:14
15
Variation 8
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
0:30
16
Variation 9
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
0:30
17
Variation 10
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
0:51
18
Variation 11
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
1:34
19
Variation 12
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
1:32
20
Variation 13
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
0:29
21
Variation 14
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
0:42
22
Variation 15
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
1:08
23
Variation 16
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
1:42
24
Variation 17
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
1:56
25
Variation 18
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
3:07
26
Variation 19
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
0:31
27
Variation 20
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
0:34
28
Variation 21
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
0:24
29
Variation 22
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
1:38
30
Variation 23
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
0:46
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Variation 24
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
1:08
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18  
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1. Moderato
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
11:11
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2. Adagio sostenuto
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
11:57
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3. Allegro scherzando
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
11:31
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30  
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1. Allegro ma non tanto
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
18:52
5
2. Intermezzo (Adagio)
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
12:06
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3. Finale (Alla breve)
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy; London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn
14:56
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    2:38:38
"... captures breathtaking brilliance and virtuosity. The orchestral support is unswervingly sympathetic and appropriate. Ashkenazy’s playing is full of panache and flair. This is a most desirable purchase."
- BBC Music Magazine

"... the Second is Rachmaninov's most popular concerto, and Ashkenazy is one of its finest interpreters ... Ashkenazy plays beautifully throughout, nowhere more so than in the serene slow movement ... he also offers technical brilliance in the finale, and especially in the coupled Paganini Rhapsody. Previn proves an ideal partner as he leads the London Symphony in a lushly adorned, generously Romantic accompaniment ... sound remains clear and spacious, with good piano/orchestral balance ..."
- ClassicsToday.com

These historic recordings were made in 1970 and 1971 in Kingsway Hall, London with a legendary assemblage of talent: Ashkenazy, Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra. While the performances have been issued and repackaged many times over the years, for this 2014 re-release engineers at Abbey Road Studios went back to the original master tapes and did extensive comparison with the first vinyl pressings to make a definitive transfer. For the first time ever, all audio processing was achieved in the 96kHz 24-bit domain.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM - Decca Music Group Studio Masters

Recording Producers: Ray Minshull (Opp.1, 30 & 43); Christopher Raeburn (Opp.18 & 40)
Balance Engineers: James Lock (Op.43); Kenneth Wilkinson (Opp.1, 18, 30 & 40)
Recording Engineers: Colin Moorfoot (Op.1); Tryggvi Tryggvason (Opp.18, 30 & 40)

Recording Location: Kingsway Hall, London, 25 & 26 March 1970 (Op.1), 20–23 October 1970 (Opp.18 & 40), 29 & 30 March 1971 (Op.30), 29 & 30 November 1971 (Op.43)

Original analogue tapes transferred by Andrew Walter at Abbey Road Studios, February 2014
Remastered at 24-bit 96kHz by Andrew Walter under the supervision of Decca engineer Philip Siney

First released as SXLF 6565-67
Publishers: Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd (Op.1); Hawkes & Son (London) Ltd (Opp.18 & 30); Belwin Mills Music Ltd (Opp.40 & 43)
Project Management: Edward Weston & Raymond McGill
Booklet Editing: WLP Ltd
Introductory Note & Translations © 2014 Decca Music Group Limited
Cover: Original album cover
All Booklet Photos: Decca, except where otherwise indicated Art Direction: WLP Ltd

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