Post by Kerrison
It's only my opinion, of course, but I don't think the old 'Everest'
Goossens / LSO recording quite deserved the "stop-gap" dismissal it
received from certain venerable 'Gramophone' critics ...
In fact, the Goossens recording was marketed in its day as a sonic
spectacular. I owned a copy of the 2-LP Everest set that paired it with
"Feste Romane" and included a sleeve note about the recording. I >enjoyed
the performance back in the day and agree that it was better than a mere
stop-gap, but now it seems rather staid to me in comparison with the likes
of Ashkenazy and Jansons. I can understand that >some might find them
overheated, but I don't. I'm a Rachmaninoff fan in general, but tend to
prefer his music on the dry side, in works such as the Symphonic Dances,
Symphony #3, Corelli Variations, some >Etudes-tableaux, etc.
I generally agree with Mr. Cooper's preferences in Rachmaninoff. I still
others attain (or even attempt). I concur the Ashkenazy (first Decca
recording) is even better. Don't care for Jansons' EMI recording.