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RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 (Original Versions) (Ashkenazy, Ghindin, Helsinki Philharmonic)

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release date: March 2011


Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Ashkenazy, Vladimir

Vladimir Ashkenazy


Alexander Ghindin



Finlandia Hall, Helsinki

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Total Time - 60:23
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

1 I. Vivace 14:12
 Alexander Ghindin Soloist
2 II. Andante cantabile 5:23
 Vladimir Ashkenazy Soloist
3 III. Allegro scherzando 9:36
 Vladimir Ashkenazy Soloist

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40

4 I. Allegro vivace alla breve 11:48
 Alexander Ghindin Soloist
5 II. Largo 7:05
 Alexander Ghindin Soloist
6 III. Allegro vivace 12:19
 Vladimir Ashkenazy Soloist
 Ashkenazy, Vladimir

Produced in close collaboration with The Rachmaninoff Society and its founding president Vladimir Ashkenazy, this recording couples the original versions of Sergei Rachmaninov’s First and Fourth Piano Concertos. The acclaimed young Russian pianist Alexander Ghindin is accompanied by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy.

This album features the first-ever recording of the Fourth Concerto’s 1926 version, which has now been published by Boosey & Hawkes. The story of how this version has been revived starts, when the manuscript was handed to Alexander Rachmaninov, the composer’s grandson, by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Vladimir Ashkenazy subsequently informed Ondine and proposed a recording of the work, which eventually took place in Helsinki in March 2001. The Rachmaninoff Society contributed with liner notes by Elger Niels and rare photographs from its archives.

"Alexander Ghindin’s virtues - his velvet-toned cluency, his rhythmic flexibility, his Romantic harmonic sensibility and (most of all) his patient willingness to soak in the details of even the most redundant detours... Vladimir Ashkenazy and his orchestra provide sympathetic support and Elgar Niels’s notes give ample background. Warmly recommended."

Peter J Rabinowitz -  International Record Review December 2001

"A unique recording."

David Fanning - Gramophone October 2001

"A stellar recording in every respect... Highly recommended."

David Mulbury -  American Record Guide   January-February 2002

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