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The Russian Piano Tradition - COMPLETE RACHMANINOV CONCERTOS

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2CDs
RACHMANINOV: Piano Concertos & ‘Paganini Rhapsody’ - THE PREMIERE SOVIET LP RECORDINGS

Compact Disc 1 (76.14)
SVIATOSLAV RICHTER

Piano Concerto No 1 in F sharp minor Op 1

USSR RTV LARGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA conducted by KURT SANDERLING

recorded in Moscow in 1955

YAKOV ZAK

Piano Concerto No 4 in G minor Op 40

MOSCOW SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA conducted by KYRILL KONDRASHIN

recorded in Moscow in 1954

Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini Op 43

USSR STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA conducted by KYRILL KONDRASHIN

recorded in Moscow in 1952

Compact Disc 2 (70.17)
LEV OBORIN

Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor Op 18

RADIO ORCHESTRA conducted by ALEXANDER GAUK

recorded in Moscow in 1947

Piano Concerto No 3 in D minor Op 30

USSR STATE ORCHESTRA conducted by KONSTANTIN IVANOV

recorded in Moscow in 1949


To launch our new series devoted to the Russian Piano Tradition we have compiled a special issue which gathers together the first Russian recordings of all the Rachmaninov concertos.
Apart from Richter's 1st Concerto these recordings have been little known in the west, yet every one of them features playing of virtuosity and passion rarely equalled to this day. Yakov Zak is somewhat forgotten today as his career was mainly confined to the Soviet Union, yet he was one of Neuhausí greatest pupils and went on to become a great teacher at the Moscow Conservatoire himself. His recording of Rachmaninovís 4th Concerto was only the second to be made after the composerís own. Lev Oborin was a pupil of Konstantin Igumnov (to feature later in this series) and won first prize at the inaugural Chopin Competition in 1927. That he was entrusted with first recordings of the second and third concertos shown the esteem in which he was held at the time. His recording of the second from 1947 was only the third LP to be issued in Russia.


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