Ultimate Rachmaninoff (Slip) CD, ボックスセット, インポート
His symphonies and concertos remain some of the most ravishingly beautiful Russian works ever written his piano works continue to challenge even the greatest virtuosi in the classical world he was Sergei Rachmaninov, and these are 5 CDs of his most prized pieces. All four piano concertos (performed by Zolt+¡n Kocsis) join Vocalise, Op 34, No. 14; Symphony No. 2 in E Minor; The Rock, Op. 7; Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor; Vespers (All-Night Vigil), Op. 37; Prelude in A, Op. 32, No. 9; Melodie in E, Op. 3, No. 3; Etude-Tableau in B Minor, Op. 39, No. 4; Serenade in B Flat Minor, Op. 3, No. 5 , and more!
And of the other recordings here? Well these are all top-tier. Among the best of the best. Sure, there are a number of excellent performers of these concertos available at Amazon, but Kocsis has a wonderful interpretation of Rachmaninov. If one can fault this collection at all it would be the glaring omission of the wonderful and important 3rd Symphony from an "essential masterpieces" package. Despite that, this is one of the finest boxed sets on the market of Rocky's most beloved pieces with excellent performers, superb conducting and terrific sound. Can't go wrong here, especially at this price.
Each CD is housed in a standard sized jewel box with the contents listed on the inside sleeve and the backing paper insert. Content listings include track titles, artist and track time. The total disk playtime is only listed on the inside jewel box sleeve and on the back of the storage box. There is no commentary on the recording artists or the recordings included with this set or with any of the Decca "Ultimate" sets for that matter.
I am not a musician or musical scholar. I do enjoy listening to classical music and Rachmaninov piano works have always been a favorite of mine. In my opinion these are excellent recording of the Piano Concertos 1-4, Piano Sonata No.2, Symphony No. 2 and Vespers.
Decca has released several of these "The Ultimate" five CD sets. The Rachmaninov is my seventh set. The physical design of the other sets is identical to the description give in this review. My assumption is that a reputable label like Decca issuing sets titled "The Ultimate" would only select recording from their library judged to be outstanding examples of that artist works. I have not been disappointed.
The quality of the recordings and the bargain price make these sets well worth purchasing for the classical music enthusiast.
This set of CD's really inspired me to find out more about Rachmaninov and classical music in general. As a pleasant side effect, my baby absolutely loves this CD - gets very chilled out when I play it.
Excellent purchase and I'd recommend it to anyone.