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What a shame

It is interesting to hear Rach3 in this arrangement of two pianos instead of piano and orchestra, though I'm beginning to doubt if this is an actual human performing the piece. The piece is played cold-hearted with little to no emotions, or dynamics displayed anywhere. He mechanically and seemingly with no effort swifts through the difficult vivace passages and cruelly butchers the sweet and soft parts in the middle with a heartless tempo ubiquitous throughout the whole of the piece, lacking concern for any musicallity whatsoever. It's a shame Rachmaninoff's piano concerto had to be performed this way. What's even worse is there aren't too many recordings of this arrangement going around and the best this particular album has to offer is simply to know that such an arrangement of the concerto exists. Overall, not worth ten bucks.

The reviews from Fanfare Magazine

"...If you are a Rachmaninoff devotee as I am, you simply must buy this unique and vivid recording. You’ve never heard anything like it". - Patrick Meanor, Fanfare Magazine The real question is, does [Baker]add anything to the party? My answer is an unqualified yes. The changes in texture that the piano reveals in the cello solo and the orchestral score are significant and illuminating, and Baker s execution of this projects vibrant and technically assured. Baker precedes the Concerto reduction with his own brief homage to the composer, a sweet and idiomatic tip of the hat to a larger than life musician, as is, for that matter, this whole production.". - Fanfare Magazine

Pure Mechanics and Nothing Else

Can you say "sequenced?" It doesn't fool anyone.

Rachmaninoff World Premieres, Jeffrey Reid Baker
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 1999

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