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Rachmaninoff Ampico Rolls for Disklavier
By Tom Steuer

Rachmaninoff brought to us by Stahnke

Anyone who has a Disklavier and has any interest in the discussion of
the Telarc CD of Stahnke's Rachmaninoff should get Wayne's two-disc set
issued for the Disklavier type pianos a year or more ago on his "Live
Performance" label in his "Immortal Pianists Series".  They are
extremely enjoyable and I happen to love the live performance on my own
grand piano.  (Even though I have a Yamaha, the sound is quite live but
NOT brittle!)

This is the complete Rachmaninoff output on Ampico.  The first disc
includes 19 pieces that are compositions and transcriptions by the
composer himself, which means that we get Schubert, Kreisler, Bizet,
Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakoff, and "The Star Spangled Banner" as well as
Rachmaninoff's own work, because these were HIS piano transcriptions.

Disc two is comprised of 16 piano works of other composers.  The two
discs provide 35 absolutely delightful performances by Rachmaninoff,
and they do sound very live and wonderful on my 6'7" grand.  They may
also be played on PianoDisc equipment as well, but at least one of the
problems there is that the PianoDisc has no soft pedal, and this would
probably affect tonal changes to some extent.

If you don't have this set of floppy discs for your piano, it is
available from a number of sources, but I know that it can be gotten
from Nick Morris at Majestic Piano Works in Canoga Park, CA by calling
(818) 712-0119.


Tom Steuer

 [ The set of two floppy disks, IP-5001, containing all of the
 [ Rachmaninoff Ampico rolls transcribed for Disklavier, is available
 [ also from the Foxtail Group (the MMD "store") for $59.50.  Visit
 [ -- Robbie

(Message sent Sun 8 Nov 1998, 06:46:10 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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