Friday, August 28, 2009

RCA LIVING STEREO: Van Cliburn, Fritz Reiner and other: Piano Concertos - Tchaikovsky No 1 & Rachmaninoff No 2

    Artist: Van Cliburn - Fritz Reiner - Chicago SO - Kiril Kondrashin - RCA SO
    Album: Piano Concertos - Tchaikovsky No 1 & Rachmaninoff No 2
    Released: 2004
    RCA Living Stereo
    Catalog N°:
    Classical, Orchestral
    File Format:
    eac_iso_flac_cue_log covers 397MB

    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1 34:41
    Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No 2 34:08

    Like most of the Living Stereo SACDs, this one pairs up the contents of two former LPs onto a single disc. The Tchaikovsky was the first recording to go platinum in classical music - recorded during the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958 at the height of the Cold War. The l962 taping of the chestnut Rachmaninoff concerto with Reiner pulls out all the super-Romantic qualities built into the score, but being Reiner it doesn’t seem corny in the least.
    The stereo stage is extremely wide compared to the two-channel option, with solid placement of the piano in the center and good depth to the orchestra.... Read more

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