Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3 / Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1 etc.

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1 Piano Concerto No.3 in C, Op.26: 1. Andante - Allegro 8:56 88/24 Album only
2 Piano Concerto No.3 in C, Op.26: 2. Tema con variazione 8:56 88/24 Album only
3 Piano Concerto No.3 in C, Op.26: 3. Allegro ma non troppo 8:57 88/24 Album only
4 Piano Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor, Op.1: 1. Vivace 11:59 88/24 Album only
5 Piano Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor, Op.1: 2. Andante 5:38 88/24 Album only
6 Piano Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor, Op.1: 3. Allegro vivace 7:14 88/24 Album only
7 Toccata, Op.11 4:06 88/24 Album only
8 Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.14 - "Concerto without Orchestra": 3. Quasi variazioni (Variations on a Theme by Clara Wieck) 7:16 88/24 Album only
9 Lieder ohne Worte, Op.62: No. 1 Andante espressivo in G 2:46 88/24 Album only
10 Three Scenes from Childhood: 1. Run, Run 1:15 88/24 Album only
11 Three Scenes from Childhood: 2. March 1:02 88/24 Album only
12 Three Scenes from Childhood: 3. Hobby-Horse 0:50 88/24 Album only

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Serge Prokofiev (1891-1953): Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 26 (tracks 1-3); Toccata (track 7)

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943): Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 1 (tracks 6-9)

Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Variations on a Theme by Clara Wieck (track 8)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Song without Words, Op. 62 No. 1 (track 9)

Octavio Pinto (1890-1950): Three Scenes from Childhood (tracks 10-12)

Byron Janis, piano
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (tracks 1-6)
Kyril Kondrashin, conductor (tracks 1-6)

Recorded June 8-11 & 13, 1962 in the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow Russia (tracks 1-7 and 9-12) and January 24, 1964 in Fine Recording Studio A, NYC (track 8)

Recording Director: Wilma Cozart
Musical Supervisor: Harold Lawrence
Chief Engineer & Technical Supervisor: C. Robert Fine
Associate Engineer: Robert Eberenz
DSD Transfer and 3-to-2 MIx: Mark Bucker assisted by Andreas Bruning

Original recordings made with three Schoeps M201 omni-directional microphones. Recorded on Westrex 3-track 35mm magnetic film recorders (tracks 1-7 and 9-12) and Ampex 300 3-track half-inch tape recorders at 15 inches per second (track 8).

On this profound audiophile recording, internationally acclaimed pianist Byron Janis and the Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra deliver engaging renditions of famous concertos by Prokofiev and Rachmaninov. These complex works are performed superbly and captured with the exceptional clarity associated with the Mercury Living Presence series.

Here is CBS News footage of the Mercury Living Presence team's historic recording trip to Moscow in 1962:


Reviews
Janis plays the Prokofiev Toccata like music rather than the empty-headed showpiece too many pianists make it out to be, while the Schumann and Mendelssohn works offer a wide degree of nuance within Janis' circumscribed color palette. If any disc can bring audiophiles and pianophiles together, this is it.“
—Jed Distler, Classics Today