Post by Neil Post by Rugby
Is this the same performance as on "My Favorite Rachmaninoff" lp, now
cd, he did originally for RCA ? Sound quality of the RCA ? Thanks.
No! ITs the great pianists release. It was issued on RCA at one point.
There is no better performance of the 2nd sonata I reckon, inc
There is only 1 Cliburn recording of the Rachmaninoff 2nd Sonata, live
from Moscow in 1960 done on Melodiya tape that was released on RCA.
The Philips Great Pianists release is just a licensing of the same
performance, which is currently best heard on RCA's "My Favorite
Rachmaninoff" though the improvement in sound quality isn't dramatic.
This same performance is found on the recent VAI video. Cliburn
thought about making a studio recording, but agreed with Pfeiffer that
he could not improve upon the live Moscow performance. If anybody has
a recording of an alternative performance of Cliburn in this sonata
I'd love to hear it, as there is comparatively little live Cliburn
material out there despite his prolific concertizing in the 60s.
Incidentally, while Cliburn plays the original uncut edition of the
sonata, technically it is not the original edition because Cliburn
incorporates a small change that Rachmaninoff made in the revised
edition which Cliburn felt was musically better than the music of the
original for that bar or so, it's not really a cut but a replacement.