In MMD 981025 Robbie asked:
>[ Don, which CDs of Rachmaninoff's audio (phonograph) recordings
>[ do you recommend? Can you tell us the publisher and catalog number,
>[ please? I'd like to make the same aural comparison that you did.
The set I have is on the RCA label (which belongs to BMG). It is
"Sergei Rachmaninoff - The Complete Recordings" and is a 10-disk set,
09026-61265-21, at medium price. Various repackagings from this set
have been issued. A disc of Rachmaninoff's own music is GD87766, and
one of Chopin is 09026-62533-26
Any other issues on RCA will draw from the original masters, as
transcribed by Ward Marston for the complete set. RCA owns the
master recordings where these still exist. I found these numbers in a
2-year old catalog, but RCA seem to keep disks in print for a while.
As the discs are out of copyright, there are other reissue sets, which
I have not heard. And of course many other pianists, notably Horowitz,
have played the same music.
I would be interested to hear what others think.
[ Thanks, Don. Although several folks have written to MMD about how
[ the Stahnke CD compares with other recordings of the Ampico rolls,
[ I want to hear how well the Ampico rolls and the Boesendorfer
[ solenoid piano reproduce the _artist_. After all, that's the intent
[ of a reproducing piano, be it pneumatic or electric! -- Robbie