Thursday, September 24, 2009

RCA LIVING STEREO: Van Cliburn, Kondrashin, Hendl : Piano Concertos - Rachmaninoff No. 3 & Prokofiev No. 3

    Artist: Van Cliburn - Kiril Kondrashin - Symphony of the Air - Walter Hendl - Chicago SO
    Album: Piano Concertos - Rachmaninoff No. 3 & Prokofiev No. 3
    Released: 2005
    Label:
    RCA Living Stereo
    Catalog N°:
    82876-678942
    Genre:
    Classical, Orchestral
    File Format:
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    01. Rachmaninoff - Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30: Allegro ma non tanto 17:32
    02. Rachmaninoff - Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30: Adagio 10:38
    03. Rachmaninoff - Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30: Finale - Alle breve 15:06
    04. Prokofiev - Concerto No. 3 in C, Op. 26: Andante 09:44
    05. Prokofiev - Concerto No. 3 in C, Op. 26: Theme and Variations 10:01
    06. Prokofiev - Concerto No. 3 in C, Op. 26: Allegro ma non troppo 10:09


    More Living Stereo-period classics from RCA/BMG in their original three-channel form. If you have a similar or identical center channel to your left and right front speakers, you will definitely experience the improvement in fidelity, soundstaging, depth and presence. This is especially true of piano and violin concerto recordings. I wouldn’t mind BMG putting an optional derived-surround signal on tracks 4 & 5 or alternately I wish my Sunfire preamp allowed deriving a Pro Logic II surround signal from the front L & R channels to feed the surrounds. But what we hear on the three front channels is basically what the RCA engineers and producers heard off their original 30 ips tapes before they mixed the three channels down to two for LP release. The piano, already spotlighted sonically on most recordings, has an even more solid sonic image than usual. The details in the work’s many difficult passages and Cliburn’s ease of execution of them now stand out in bold relief - though of course not like one would ever hear if one were actually in Carnegie Hall at the concert... Read more

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