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Rachmaninoff Ampico Performances on Telarc CD
By Albert Petrak

To Everyone:  This is to advise you that the new Telarc recording of
the Ampico rolls of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Telarc 80489 ("A Window in
Time") has a 'street date' of August 25, 1998.  That means that it will
not be available commercially before then.  I suggest that you leave
your order with your local record outlet.

The network of "classical" (commercial or NPR) stations throughout the
country will have received by satellite an hour-long program I hosted
with Wayne Stahnke as guest.  Frankly, it's a bit stodgy in presenta-
tion (at least to those who know my radio persona) but the important
thing is that about 45 minutes of the 55 is showcased in excellent
digital sound.

If you have doubts about the accuracy and verity of this recording,
this presentation will dispel them.  I gar-on-tee!  The satellite
transmission is scheduled for the same day as street date, Aug. 25,
and resent on Sept. 1.  Your local outlet will probably schedule it for
broadcast in September.  WCLV, the station of origin, has it slated for
early September, to be repeated later, dates to be determined.

The remaining 16 pieces of Chopin (5) including two never before
recorded (Nocturne, Op. 15, No. 1, F; and Scherzo No. 2, Op. 31, b-b),
Henselt, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Paderewski, Anton Rubinstein,
Schubert, Gluck-Sgambati is slated for release in March, 1999.  It will
be Telarc 80491.

Following is a listing of the contents of the first release:

Ampico No.  Composer/Description

  5750    Rachmaninoff - "Fantasy Pieces" Op. 3, No. 2, c#:  Prelude
  6176    Rachmaninoff - Lilacs, Op. 21, No. 5
  7030    Rimsky-Korsakov-Rachmaninoff: "Flight of the Bumblebee"
  6925    Rachmaninoff - "Fantasy Pieces" Op. 3, No. 1, eb:  Elegie
  5760    Rachmaninoff - "7 Salon Pieces" Op. 10, No. 3, g:  Barcarolle
  6614    Kreisler-Rachmaninoff - "Liebesfreud" (Love's Joy)
  6210    Kreisler-Rachmaninoff - "Liebesleid" (Love's Sorrow)
  5754    Rachmaninoff - "Fantasy Pieces" Op.3, No. 3:  Melodie
  6959    Rachmaninoff - Etude-Tableau, Op. 39, No. 4, b
  6577    Schubert-Rachmaninoff - Wohin? (Whither?)
  5790    Rachmaninoff - "Fantasy Pieces" Op. 3, No. 4, f#:  Polichinelle
  5727    Rachmaninoff - Polka de W. R. (Wassily Rachmaninoff)
  5752    Rachmaninoff - Prelude, Op. 23, No. 5, g
  6244    Rachmaninoff - "Fantasy Pieces", Op. 3, No. 5:  Serenade
  6160    Bizet-Rachmaninoff - "L'Arlesienne" Suite No. 1, No. 2: Minuet
  6064    Moussorgsky-Rachmaninoff - Hopak from "Sorochintsky Fair"
  6089    Rachmaninoff - Etude-Tableau, Op. 39, No. 6, a
  5796    Rachmaninoff - "7 Salon Pieces" Op. 10, No. 5:  Humoresque
  5728    Trad.-Rachmaninoff - "The Star-Spangled Banner"

Best to all of you,

Albert M. Petrak, Announcer
WCLV Radio Station

 [ We've heard glowing reports from folks who have heard the advance
 [ 'promo' copies of this CD.  I hope we will get some comparison
 [ critique articles from the old-timers of MMD who have been
 [ listening to solo piano (and reproducing piano) recordings for
 [ a long time, as Albert has !   -- Robbie


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