Rachmaninoff's "Russian Easter " from his Op.5 Two-piano Suite

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Rachmaninoff's "Russian Easter " from his Op.5 Two-piano Suite

Post by Rach3 » Sat Apr 03, 2021 5:30 pm

Rachmaninoff’s “ Russian Easter “ from his first Suite for Two Pianos, Op.5, Argerich and Rabinovitch ( mine a 70's RCA lap of both Suites by Vronsky and Babin ) :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-428Ew1zqF4 ( 3 minutes )

Russian Orthodox Easter is May 2 this year.

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Re: Rachmaninoff's "Russian Easter " from his Op.5 Two-piano Suite

Post by Lance » Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:48 pm

Always a great fan of Vronsky & Babin piano duo, I collected their LPs [RCA, Columbia, EMI] as well. Those interested may want to investigate RCA's "Living Stereo Collector's Edition," [32174, 60 remastered CDs] gives us the Rachmaninoff selections mentioned plus another CD entitled "176 Keys" by the piano duo. This set contains many Living Stereo LP remakes that might not otherwise appear in other collections. Very highly recommended though it seems to have gained in cost since its initial release in 2016.
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Re: Rachmaninoff's "Russian Easter " from his Op.5 Two-piano Suite

Post by maestrob » Sun Apr 04, 2021 8:00 am

Rach3 wrote:
Sat Apr 03, 2021 5:30 pm
Rachmaninoff’s “ Russian Easter “ from his first Suite for Two Pianos, Op.5, Argerich and Rabinovitch ( mine a 70's RCA lap of both Suites by Vronsky and Babin ) :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-428Ew1zqF4 ( 3 minutes )

Russian Orthodox Easter is May 2 this year.
Good morning, Steve, and Happy Easter!

I love that recording, and have it as part of the complete Argerich Box. I've also lived with the version she recorded for Phillips in 1983 with Nelson Freire since it was first issued. It's so well-miked that you can hear her fingernails on the keyboard if you listen closely. Working with Argerich inspired Freire to new heights in his playing and, I think, brought him much-needed new self-confidence.


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Here's their first live performance of the Suite II from 1982. It starts off a bit rocky, but they get it together quickly within a few bars:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGQmfF7LOvo

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