★ TAS Best of the Best，企鵝三星帶花，Stereophile 拼死以求的發燒片
★ Mercury 當家製作人 Wilma Cozart Fine 協同夫婿 Robert Fine 傾力灌錄，再度寫下 35 釐米磁帶錄音另一傳奇
Serge Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, op. 30 – Byron Janis (Piano) and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati
Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto, fondly referred to as ‘Rach 3’ or even ‘Rachi 3’ in dealer circles, has enjoyed a constantly growing popularity over the last few years. One reason may well be that the market has been flooded with recordings of the work, many of which attempt to outshine their rivals with massive sound effects instead of winning over the listener with musical transparency. Well, as everyone knows only too well, a first-class recording not only demands a world-class soloist but also a top notch orchestra and conductor. That’s no surprise to anyone!
This early stereo LP with the pianist Byron Janis and conductor Antal Dorati was and still is an enormous success, as is proved by the fact that it is regarded as a work of reference even in this age of the silver disc. Janis performs with a controlled passion, like a fine mechanic who watches with the greatest of care over the structural elements which have been entrusted to him. His playing is precise and lucid down to the smallest detail, even in the minutest trill. Dorati has his ensemble enter gently with punctilious timing and allows the fullness and energy of this late-romantic score to unfold before us. How wonderful that this particular ‘Rach 3’ is available once again to eager audiophile listeners!
Recording: June 1961 in Watford Town Hall, London, by C.R. Fine and Robert Eberenz
Production: Wilma Cozart