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Gramophone’s Top 10 Rachmaninov recordings

May be these 10 Rachmaninov recordings would grace any classical collection


No 1

Piano Concerto No 2

Krystian Zimerman pf Boston SO / Seiji Ozawa

‘The verve and poetry of these performances somehow forbid comparison, even at the most exalted level’


No 2

Symphony No 2

London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev

‘The risks and challenges that live performances invite are taken up and negotiated with aplomb’


No 3


Steven Osborne pf

‘Steven Osborne conveys both the monumentality of these pieces, even the most fleeting, and their very human qualities’


No 4

Piano Concerto No 3

Vladimir Ashkenazy pf LSO / André Previn

‘What nobility of feeling and what dark regions of the imagination he relishes and explores’


No 5

The Bells

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle

‘Individual movements probingly characterised and eloquently drawn together as a structural entity’

No 6

Piano Sonata No 2

Steven Osborne pf

‘What comes across is the ebb and flow of the work: the more inward passages are allowed to breathe; the extrovert ones are absolutely fiery’


No 7

The Miserly Knight

Soloists; BBC PO / Gianandrea Noseda

‘Noseda leads the BBC PO and a cast from the Mariinsky in delving deep into the score’s substance’


No 8

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Yuja Wang pf Mahler Chamber Orchestra / Claudio Abbado

‘An unteachable ability to tug at the emotions without recourse to sentimentality’


No 9

Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge / Stephen Cleobury

‘If I had only this recording on my desert island, I’d consider it a foretaste of Paradise’


No 10

Vespers, ‘All-Night Vigil’

Latvian Radio Choir / Sigvards Kļava

‘There is a wonderfully kaleidoscopic (though carefully graded) palette of vocal colours throughout’