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13 Nov 2013

Rachmaninov. Paganini Rhapsody - Benno Moiseiwitsch / LPO / Cameron - HMV 1938

Sergei Rachmaninov:
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op.43  
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Benno Moiseiwitsch, piano - London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Basil Cameron  
HMV  C.3062-4    Mint 1947 pressings.  Matrices: 2EA.7178-7183 (IIA/I//I/I/II/I) 
Recorded: 5 December 1938 - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road 
Sounds OK/exciting: about an octave more treble than Bryan Crimp's 1987 APR transfer (some slight 'wear' traces due to the extended treble?)  
http://musicparlourhistorical.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/benno-moiseiwitsch-plays-rachmaninov.html
(One of the discs of the Rachmaninov PC2 'broke' whilst removing it from the album - so that won't get uploaded!)         

9 comments:

  1. This is just wonderful. I am not familiar with Moiseiwitsch's playing of Rachmaninoff. This is a really good introduction.

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    1. Well...you are unlikely to hear this recording transferred elsewhere with such clarity and dynamism..which now shows Moiseiwitsch's sparkling technique to proper advantage (the LP transfer was restricted to no more than 5kHz - but Foobar shows information, here, to 12kHz - which makes an enormous difference.

      First heard the 2 mid-1950's LP's (linked from the above link) as a 6yo -and aways liked his 'Paganini' performance (I've Rachmaninov's on HMV 78's- but they appear to be 'dubbings')

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  2. Incredible sound, truly, compared to the old transfer - i didn't imagine anything like this was possible. Thank you so much (from my wife also!). For me Moiseiwitsch is without rivals for Rachmaninov.

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    1. Tends to show 'the damage' that 'professional re-masters' can inflict (even though I'd pushed-the-limits in terms of treble/groove fizz). This also has greater clarity/frequency-extension than the 1955 version.

      Will check on what the 2nd Concerto is like (Crimp's is 'worse' for that)..there's also the Tchaikovsky PC2 (+Greig; though I like the LP version of that/Schumann PC). The Beethoven PC5 has a rather odd piano sound - though also have him in 'a' Sonata.

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  3. Interesting - i burned all three Moiseiwitsch Paganinis from your blog on one disc for comparison (both transfers of this, and 1955), but didn't listen to the 1955 version yet.

    And always wondered if you'd get around to those as you've mentioned them before... ;)

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    1. Mostly 'get around' to things mentioned - but work on the principle that as there is (usually) a near-deafening silence then I've no need to rush!!!!!

      (mentioned Moiseiwitsch's/Chopin HMV CLP's some 3 years back..)

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    2. Well, at least for myself, i don't consider it prudent to 'request' anything, as in, voicing a preference for one thing over another - especially as i'm always excited at any new release of yours, and guess i really don't have a preference. Your whole collection appears most interesting (& unique quality-wise) and it's a miracle that you so freely share of it to begin with.

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  4. Thank you for this. Compliments of the Season to you and yours, and all the best for 2014. Graham.

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    1. Hello Graham,
      Thank you - and your Greetings are reciprocated.
      I'll see what condition Moiseiwitsch's Rachmaninov no.2 is in (or whether the discs are intact!) as it should be possible to better Mr Crimp's transfer..
      Frank

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