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Discussion: Rachmaninov, Shostakovich: Works for cello & piano - Strulev/Yerokhin

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Post by jdaniel@jps.net January 3, 2005 (1 of 12)
When oh when is this one finally going to become available. The Rachmaninov is gorgeous. (Ma/Ax on Sony if you haven't heard it.)

Post by zeus January 3, 2005 (2 of 12)
jdaniel@jps.net said:

When oh when is this one finally going to become available. The Rachmaninov is gorgeous. (Ma/Ax on Sony if you haven't heard it.)

Well, you could order it from Abeille Musique:

http://www.abeillemusique.com/produit.php?cle=10180

Post by armenian January 5, 2005 (3 of 12)
When oh when is this one finally going to become available. The Rachmaninov is gorgeous. (Ma/Ax on Sony if you haven't heard it.)
Rachmaninov is one of my all time favorite chamber works, the third movement "andante" is a beauty. I have six different versions in my CD collection including the Ax Yo-Yo Ma on Sony, which in my opinion shows Ma at his absolute worst, The finest performance of this movement, again in my opinion, was given in some type of fund raising concert for the Carnegie Hall, the performers were Rostopovich and Horowitz.

Vahe

Post by jdaniel March 7, 2011 (4 of 12)
Just a head's up: a number of copies of this title are available on Amazon for $9.95, original price over $40!

DSD recording, too.

Post by Cicero March 7, 2011 (5 of 12)
jdaniel said:

Just a head's up: a number of copies of this title are available on Amazon for $9.95, original price over $40!

DSD recording, too.

And, is it any good? Has anybody heard the SACD and cares to comment on the music-making?

Post by jdaniel March 8, 2011 (6 of 12)
Cicero said:

And, is it any good? Has anybody heard the SACD and cares to comment on the music-making?

I'll let you know; can't find any reviews.

Post by Fugue March 8, 2011 (7 of 12)
So will I--ordered it yesterday!

Post by hiredfox March 9, 2011 (8 of 12)
I've had this recording for several years but it's a while since it was last played. If the chance occurs I'll spin it over the weekend and let you know the outcome.

Post by Fugue March 12, 2011 (9 of 12)
My copy arrived today--I like it very much. Sonically and interpretively, I prefer to both the ARS and Praga recordings of the respective Rachmaninov and Shostakovich Sonatas. The perspective is closer, the overall sound has greater clarity, and I greatly prefer Strulev's tone--it's far richer, especially compared to Fridrich Kleinhapl's. At the price, it's a steal!

Post by jdaniel March 13, 2011 (10 of 12)
Fugue said:

My copy arrived today--I like it very much. Sonically and interpretively, I prefer to both the ARS and Praga recordings of the respective Rachmaninov and Shostakovich Sonatas. The perspective is closer, the overall sound has greater clarity, and I greatly prefer Strulev's tone--it's far richer, especially compared to Fridrich Kleinhapl's. At the price, it's a steal!

Just listened as well...very nice! A grand, romantic reading, but still clear-eyed, (but not chaste like, say, Fischer's take on Rach 2nd symphony). I was a little worried during the initial intro, perhaps a little too declamatory and pregnant pauses a little too pregnant, but after that things move along beautifully. Soundwise, love the piano, which is meaty but rings beautifully and is placed comfortably to the back right, cello forward, just off to the left. Both allowed to breath with the Hall and each other. Strulev/Yerokhin unearth all kinds of poetry via dynamics/shading of tone, etc., and it's all apt, IMHO.

Again--whether a hi-rez "rocker," or someone turned off by Classical music without bells and whistles of large orchestra--the Rachmaninov Cello Sonata contains some of the composer's most generous and achingly-gorgeous melodies, which I've found more enduring over the years than than those of his 2nd Piano Concerto. Do give it a try. (We now have three in Hi-rez, who would have thought?) The inward-glancing 3rd mov't alone is worth the price of admission, not to mention the long arches of melody which appear in the 1st mov't: ah, those classic Rachmaninovian flights of ecstasy. Much of the material repeats, so those not "classically-inclined" should find the music easy to eventually grasp.

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