Sergei Rachmaninoff;   Stokowski,  Ormandy        (Naxos 8.110601)
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Sergei Rachmaninoff;   Stokowski,  Ormandy        (Naxos 8.110601)
P0829. SERGEI RACHMANINOFF, w.Stokowski Cond. Philadelphia Orch.: Concerto #2 in c, recorded 1929; w.Ormandy Cond. Philadelphia Orch.: Concerto #3 in d, recorded 1939 & 1940 (both Played by the Composer). (Germany) Naxos 8.110601. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. Final Sealed Copy! - 636943160121

CRITIC REVIEW:

“Rachmaninoff made his first tour of the United States as a pianist in 1909, an event for which he composed the Piano Concerto #3 as a ‘calling card’. This successful tour made him a popular figure in America. Nevertheless, he loathed the tour and declined offers of future American concerts. Many years later, in 1928, for Horowitz, it was a dream come true to meet Rachmaninoff, to whom he referred as ‘the musical God of my youth ... To think that this great man should accompany me in his own Third Concerto ... This was the most unforgettable impression of my life! This was my real début!’ For Rachmaninoff their Steinway basement meeting was equally unforgettable. The meeting between composer and interpreter would mark the beginning of a friendship that continued until Rachmaninoff's death. In fact, the two men were quite supportive of each other's careers and greatly admired each other's work. Horowitz stipulated to his manager that ‘If I am out of town when Rachmaninoff plays in New York, you must telegraph me, and you must let me come back, no matter where I am or what engagement I have’. Likewise Rachmaninoff was always present at Horowitz’s New York concerts and was ‘always the last to leave the hall’.”

- Z. D. Akron