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Best recordings of Rachmaninoff's Concertos 1, 2, and 3?

I would appreciate any information on these pieces?

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Re: Best recordings of Rachmaninoff's Concertos 1, 2, and 3?

In my opinion: Stephen Hough/Dallas SO/Andrew Litton on Hyperion. And you get No.4 and the Paganini Rhapsody thrown in as well.

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Re: Best recordings of Rachmaninoff's Concertos 1, 2, and 3?

If you don't mind the dated sound quality, there are the composer's own recordings.

Like Logan, I think the Hough/Litton recordings are pretty good (and you can get them in SACD if you like). I'd add some other choices too: For Numbers 1 and 2, there is a superb DG disc with Zimerman/Ozawa/Boston. For Number 2, Richter/Wislocki/Warsaw is a famous performance (with a famously slow opening). Or Rubinstein/Reiner/Chicago. Or Ashkenazy/Previn.

For Number 3, Argerich/Chailly, Horowitz/Reiner/RCA, Janis/Dorati (also on SACD).

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Re: Best recordings of Rachmaninoff's Concertos 1, 2, and 3?

+1 for Martha Argerich/Riccardo Chailly's Rach 3 with the Berlin RSO. It is a live recording and the electricity is quite palpable. I would second the recommendation of the Ashkenazy/Previn No.2 too. You can't go wrong with those two!

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