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Rachmaninov
Prelude in C sharp minor, Op.3/2
10 Preludes, Op.23
13 Preludes, Op.32
Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Recorded in January 1974 and April 1975 in All Saints Church, Petersham, UK
CD No: DECCA ORIGINALS 475 8238
Duration: 81 minutes
Reviewed: March 2007
Beautifully presented, with the LPs' original cover reproduced, Vladimir Ashkenazy’s superb set of Rachmaninov’s Preludes continues to impress. The pianist’s eloquent and dynamic consideration, and his honesty, may not always equate to the transcendentalism this music needs, but his sensitivity is notable – this is sympathetic, imposing and big-hearted playing full of vitality and imagery. Kenneth Wilkinson’s engineering still sounds great!

 

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