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Rachmaninov: 4 Piano Concertos, Paganini Rhapsody - Hough, Litton

Rachmaninov: 4 Piano Concertos, Paganini Rhapsody - Hough, Litton

Hyperion  SACDA67501/2 (2 discs)

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor Op. 1, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18, Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30, Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor Op. 40, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43

Stephen Hough (piano)
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Litton (conductor)

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Review by Mark Novak - November 12, 2004

This is a great recording! Hough covers all the bases - he's by turns rhapsodic, fleet, forceful you name it, he makes it happen in the right ways in these works. He's well matched by Litton and the DSO. I especially like the fact that these came from live sessions - the electricity is evident throughout. Very solid playing all around. A big congrats to Hyperion and these artists!

Soundwise, these are also very fine. There is a character to these recordings that is hard to define but it can be heard especially in the big crescendos where you get a good feel of the live concert venue. It's a chilling feeling, something that few orchestral CD's (or SACD's for that matter) ever have. I listen in stereo with a Hafler-type surround to rear speakers (a poor man's surround but I wouldn't want to go back to plain stereo) so I cannot comment on the actual surround part of this recording.

Caution - there is that awful noise present at the very end of disc 2 which my stock SCD-777 is suseptible to. It's unclear to me why some discs have this issue (the first disk doesn't suffer from this problem).

Copyright © 2004 Mark Novak and HRAudio.net

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