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- Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2 - Rubinstein, piano - Ormandy Philadelphia Orchestra
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Sounds good.I love it.
Superb performance that thrives on superb equipment!
Marvelous rendition by the legendary pianist, conductor, and orchestra. Astonishingly, Rubinstein was 84 when he taped this, but he fully equals his recording 15 years earlier with Reiner and the CSO--including, this time, cleaner fingerwork in the treacherous 3rd movement and tighter ensemble at the alla marcia recap in the 1st. As for the sonics, whether in LP, cassette, or redbook formats, they've normally come off as clear, warm, and spacious, but this blu-ray version of the quadraphonic original takes you to a different world altogether. In your living room, you'll experience impressive float and airiness, but try it out, too, in a professional facility -- I had a chance to hear it with Andy Rogulich's award-winning studio resources here in Albuquerque, and its wrap-around immediacy & believability were even more striking. Verdict: magical performance plus recorded sound that flatters the finest equipment.