The first disc of our historic 8-volume collection that illustrates
Rachmaninov's genius as pianist and conductor.
Vista Vera are serving admirers well with this set
which restores to circulation the majority of his discs.
The authorial voice we hear conducting the Isle of the Dead is intensely
purposely but dramatic, powerful and tense. This famous recording
and that of the Third Symphony (vol.5) show what we have missed
through the restrictions on his conducting for RCA Victor. But enough
remains to make a study of this body of work both necessary and
important - both for students of Rachmaninov and for admirers of
the repertoire and great pianism. a pianophile without Rachmaninov's
recordings should not really sleep at night.
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