I have just the CD, with just the track listing, borrowed from the library. No booklet (dammit!).
The LP I have, which I think is the second LP reissue, a single album LCT 1014, doesn't seem to have
the electronic portion spliced in, the sound quality of the whole first movement seems uniform but
I'll give it another listen now that you clued me in!
I'll also give a very careful listen to make sure the CD and LP are the same source. They sound like
it from a cursory comparison, but I'll do a more careful one.
Is the electronic performance or recording really bad? Why would the CD producer choose the acoustic
-- Tom Fine
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Rachmaninoff Concerto #2 recording by the composer
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Rachmaninoff Concerto #2 recording by the composer
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Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 3:13 PM
Factual information on the following questions much appreciated.
1. The date listed for the Rachmaninoff-Stokowski recording on the 1992 CD reissue is 1924. So this
is originally an acoustic recording? Any information on how this was done, for instance were
multiple horns used? Where was it done?
2. Any information on the source material and the transfer methods used for the 1992 CD reissue?
3. Any information on the source material and the transfer methods used for the RCA reissue LP LCT
I will look up the exact information when I get home, but for starters, he recorded the Second
Concerto acoustically and then electrically. There is an interesting story about the first (to the
best of my knowledge) LP issue of the acoustic recording. It was part of a multi disc set of the
"Complete" Rachmaninoff. Yet, it did not include the piano rolls. When they issued the acoustic
recording on LP they "could not find" the last disc of the first movement. That was because they
were looking in the file of 12 inch records and the last part of the first movement was recorded on
a 10 inch disc, or so I was told. I think my source of that information was Harry Anderson....So, to
fill in the "missing" part of the first movement, they spliced in the electric recording. It makes
for curious listening.
Subsequent issues, the CD set in particular, included the "lost" side. I also have a vague
recollection that the original shellac issue of the acoustic recording was limited to the second and
third movements, (all single sided) but I will need to check.
Since you have the CD, is the producer listed?
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