Rachmaninov: 4 Piano Concertos - Rösel, Sanderling

Rachmaninov: 4 Piano Concertos - Rösel, Sanderling

Berlin Classics x Tower Record  0302751BC (2 discs)

Stereo Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral

Rachmaninov: 4 Piano Concertos, Paganini Rhapsody

Peter Rösel
Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester
Kurt Sanderling

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Comment by Contrapunctus - April 2, 2022 (1 of 1)

I have to admit that I didn't know about these recordings at all until a few weeks ago. It wasn't until the announcement on the TowerRecords homepage that these recordings would be released as a hybrid SACD with a new remastering that I became aware of them. After a short audition on YouTube, I was so enthusiastic that I spontaneously bought the regular (not newly remastered) albums as a PCM download (16/44.1). At this point I have to say that the previous RBCD edition already sounds pretty good. - I've had the new SACD edition for a few days now and would like to go into the differences here:

The differences vary somewhat depending on the recording, in some cases they are a bit bigger, sometimes a bit smaller. In any case, the new edition shows a better reproduction of the lower frequency ranges. As a result, the bass groups in particular are more clearly audible in the orchestra and the piano sound is warmer, rounder and more natural overall. The soundstage seems a bit wider and deeper. An intensive comparison also shows that the previous RBCD edition was slightly reworked (discreet reverberation). The new edition sounds more authentic in this respect and is apparently close to the original sound of the tapes.

The new SACD album literally cast a spell on me and I can't listen to anything else at the moment! Certainly not everyone will like the interpretative approach. But since there are very few complete recordings of Rachmaninoff's piano concertos on SACD, I can warmly recommend this new edition. (At least for those who already know these recordings.)