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Rachmaninoff plays Rachmaninoff
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Artist Sergei Rachmaninoff
Release Date 02/01/2010
Genre Classical
SubGenres/Styles Piano, Solo
Label Sony Masterworks
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Musicians/Singers:
Fritz Kreisler Composer
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov Composer
Felix Mendelssohn Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano

Album Description  
NOTE: THIS ALBUM IS AVAILABLE AT 88.2 kHz NOT 96 kHZ. Besides being a great composer, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) was also a marvellously accomplished and original performer on the piano, an instrument which has never lacked outstanding players. He cut gramophone recordings between 1919 and 1942, a period during which many improvements were made in the quality of recorded sound. Yet by 21st-century standards Rachmaninoff’s work for the gramophone sounds relatively primitive, thin and lacking the full resonance of which the piano is capable. These Zenph re-performances, which completely eliminate the technological limitations of the past, use computerised captures of attacks, key-speeds, pitches, durations, plus interpretative nuances including those added by Rachmaninoff’s always subtle pedalling. And all this is done on a 1909 Steinway concert grand in optimum condition such as the composer always played himself.
Reviews/Comments  
The standard-resolution CD release of this album on Sony Masterworks has garnered some impressive reviews. It was John Atkinson's pick for Stereophile's "Records To Die For" in 2010 and The Absolute Sound's "Recording of the Issue" in December 2009. Imagine how much better it sounds without the limitations of 44.1 kHz/16-bits and only two channels! The HD Surround tracks offered here on iTrax.com bring this masterpiece to a whole new level of fidelity and involvement.

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Rachmaninoff plays Rachmaninoff 2.0 STEREO
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1. 01 Liebesleid 2.0 STEREO
Duration : [4:24] 5.1 AUDIENCE
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2. 02 Prelude, Op. 3, No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor 2.0 STEREO
Duration : [3:42] 5.1 AUDIENCE
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3. 03 The Flight Of The Bumblebee 2.0 STEREO
Duration : [1:13] 5.1 AUDIENCE
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4. 04 Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream 2.0 STEREO
Duration : [4:03] 5.1 AUDIENCE
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5. 05 Etude Tableau, Op. 33, No. 2 in C Major 2.0 STEREO
Duration : [2:17] 5.1 AUDIENCE
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6. 06 Etude Tableau, Op. 33, No. 7 in E-Flat Major 2.0 STEREO
Duration : [1:47] 5.1 AUDIENCE
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7. 07 Moment Musical, Op. 16, No. 2 in E-Flat Minor 2.0 STEREO
Duration : [2:55] 5.1 AUDIENCE
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8. 08 Daisies, Op. 38, No. 3 2.0 STEREO
Duration : [2:15] 5.1 AUDIENCE
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9. 09 Lullaby, Op. 16, No. 1 2.0 STEREO
Duration : [4:04] 5.1 AUDIENCE
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10. 10 Violin Partita No. 3, BWV 1006: Prelude 2.0 STEREO
Duration : [3:17] 5.1 AUDIENCE
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11. 11 Violin Partita No. 3, BWV 1006: Gavotte 2.0 STEREO
Duration : [2:55] 5.1 AUDIENCE
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12. 12 Violin Partita No. 3, BWV 1006: Gigue 2.0 STEREO
Duration : [1:07] 5.1 AUDIENCE
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13. 13 Liebesfreud 2.0 STEREO
Duration : [5:02] 5.1 AUDIENCE
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Steve Epstein, producer; Richard King, recording engineer; Dr. Anatoly Larkin, executive producer; Dr. John Q. Walker, executive producer; Marc Wienert, piano technician and voicer; Richard Shepherd, SE engineer

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