Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1
Format: 1LP 180g 33rpm / standard sleeve
Manufacturer: Speakers Corner
Original label: Mercury
Release Date: 2009-12-11
Status: Back in stock soon
Sergej Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, op. 26 / Serge Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Sharp Minor op. 1 - Byron Janis and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kyril Kondrashin
In contrast to his tremendously popular Second and Third Piano Concertos, Rachmaninov’s First could be likened to a rare orchid in that it is seldom found on a concert programme. Why is that? Is it that it lacks the sweet sultriness of the later works? Or could it be that no one is aware of the 17-year-old composer’s talents? Or can he be accused of walking in Tchaikovsky’s harmonic footsteps? This recording has an answer to all these questions. In spite of reaching back to such genial examples as Schumann, Beethoven and Grieg, Rachmaninov reveals his own personality in his early work. The thematic ideas are extremely impressive, they are developed skillfully, and are treated to such a masterly orchestration that one is tempted to dub this work “The Underestimated”.
Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto was spared such a fate. Its folklike character, coupled with amazing virtuosity, guarantee that the work remains immensely popular – but it also places the highest demands upon the performers. It remains a matter of speculation as to whether the presence of the American recording team spurred on the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and the pianist Byron Janis to newer and greater heights, such as are heard here. We are happy to be able to include this valuable recording in our Russian Edition.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.
Recording: June 1962 in Bolshoi Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow, Russia,
by C.R. Fine and Robert Eberenz / Production: Wilma Cozart