Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943):
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30 (tracks 1-3)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 (tracks 4-6)
Prelude in E-flat Major, Op. 23, No. 6 (track 7)
Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2 (track 8)
Byron Janis, piano
London Symphony Orchestra (tracks 1-3)
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (tracks 4-6)
Antal Dorati, conductor
Recorded April 17-18, 1960 in Northrop Auditorium, Minneapols MN (tracks 4-8) and June 16-17, 1961 in Watford Town Hall, UK (tracks 1-3).
Recording Director: Wilma Cozart
Musical Supervisor: Harold Lawrence
Chief Engineer & Technical Supervisor: C. Robert Fine
Associate Engineer: Robert Eberenz (tracks 1-8)
DSD Transfer and 3-to-2 Mix: Andrew Wedman assisted by Claudia Pohl
Original recordings made with three Schoeps M201 omni-directional microphones. Recorded on Ampex 300 half-inch 3-track recorders at 15 inches per second. First-generation tapes were transferred to produce this high-definition download.
Simply some of the best performances of these classic concertos put to tape. Captured in stellar sound quality, Janis’ piano seethes with emotion and virtuosity while the Mercury Living Presence recording quality brings out every orchestral nuance.
Reviews¦the most exciting version both sonically and performance-wise one could possibly expect of both concertos.