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Rachmaninoff And His Ampico Recordings
By Dave Krall

While surfing around YouTube today I came across this restored recording
of Rachmaninoff playing his 2nd Piano Concerto with Leopold Stokowski and
the Philadelphia Orchestra, an electrical recording made in 1929.  It
is wonderful to listen to: 

In the comments section there is a short discussion of Rachmaninoff and
his Ampico rolls.  One poster, FJCrotiata, makes some mild disparaging
comments about the roll recordings, particularly as to their "very
rough sense of dynamics".  He goes on to say that Rachmaninoff did not
even own an Ampico and that he did not participate in the editing

Now, I seem to remember reading somewhere that Rachmaninoff did indeed
own an upright Ampico (probably a gift to him of American Piano
Company) located at his summer home on Long Island.  I might have even
seen a photo of him with it, but I am sure of seeing a photo of his
daughter, seated on the piano bench and listening to one of her father's
rolls.  I seem also to remember reading (but I don't recall where) that
Edgar Fairchild would come out to Long Island and work with Rachmaninoff
on the final editing of his rolls.

I'm sure there are knowledgeable members here that can enlighten me on
this subject.


Dave Krall

 [ See also "Ampico Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto" at

(Message sent Thu 18 May 2017, 14:17:37 GMT, from time zone GMT.)

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