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20/08/2013

Gina Bachauer plays... Rachmaninov. Piano Concerto 3 - HMV 1957

Sergei RachmaninovPiano Concerto no.3 in D minor, op.30
IAllegro ma non troppo  ~  II:  Intermezzo (Adagio)   ~  III:  Finale (Alla breve)    
2 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
Gina Bachauer, piano  - London Orchestra  conducted by  Alec Sherman 
HMV  CLP 1138    First edition 1957 LP/matrices: 2XEA 995 -3N / 2XEA 996 -4N    
Recorded: 10 May 1956 - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road
Rather un-magical orchestral/piano-playing. The overall sound-balance is less than convincing/detailed (with artificial reverb?).
However, at least the last movement 'comes alive'... Dec.2014. 1.4dB treble EQ added
Not on CD     EMG review  >>>

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for this Bachauer transfers, I like most of her records, maybe she is not at her best in the first movement but the finale is very good.

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    1. Her Grieg PC (1960 HMV: RPO/Weldon) has 'similar qualities', inasmuch as she tends towards 'ungainly thumping' of the piano...
      Am also less than enchanted with the sound of this Studio 1 affair; it really is inferior to the Decca/Lympany mentioned in the review (and 'most' of Lympany's discs seem to be 'unavailable' nowadays..).
      Was thinking of coupling this with either the Lympany/Khachaturian - or Colin Horsley's CLP of Stravinsky 'Capriccio' - that not on CD - although the Ireland PC is/was..but couldn't be bothered..

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    2. Stravinsky works will be always welcome :)

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    3. The Davis/ECO 'Dumbarton Oaks', etc was recently uploaded by Comrade Boxset from the 1980's Dutch 'rare' reissue (I've the original pressing).
      The problem with that, as with the Horsley 'Capriccio', is that English Orchestra's of that period don't seem able to play Stravinsky's 'jagged rhythm's' in a convincing manner.

      Very few Stravinsky LP's (I think) haven't been reissued on CD...so not much purpose served in uploading any more 'oldies' -though I think the CBS 'Firebird' (Stravinsky/Columbia SO) is superb; the UK issue used US metalwork - rare for CBS UK...also the original Ansermet: Rossignol/Pulcinella stereo matrices.

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  2. A beautiful transfer, Tin Ear, and I am greatly enjoying this as I listen to it. I have imported these WAV files into my iTunes but for some reason iTunes won't let me add the very nicely scanned cover art that you have posted on the site. What a shame!

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    1. Not available elsewhere!

      Can't say I overly like this performance (or the Lympany reissued on Decca ACL) - and transferring 1950's pressings without using 'de-click/noise-reduction' is invariably tricky.

      The digital-remastered RCA LP of 1950 Horowitz/Reiner is excellent...but still have a few Rach PC.3 LP's left unplayed (bought the Mercury/Janis in a faded Philips 'Universo' transfer over 40years ago..).

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