So, I've got a bunch of recordings on CD of Rachmaninoff's music. I thought I should write them all down:

Label & Number What's on it Performers Date of Acquisition Notes
EMI Classics 56814 Songs Dimitri Kharitonov, baritone; Leif Ove Andsnes, piano college various songs
EMI Classics 56752 Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury (directory) college Notable b/c King's College is an all-male chorus (although a female alto is used once)
Vox Classical 3002 Orchestral Music St. Louis SO & Chorus (Slatkin, director). Voketaitis, Christos, Plante soloists college? Fantastic 3-CD collection with all of SVR's lesser-known orchestral works (i.e., not the 3 symphonies)
London/Polygram 425964-2 Rachmaninov Ampico piano recordings Rachmaninov college? The massive 10-CD RCA complete Rachmaninoff recordings doesn't have any of the Ampico recordings. I've recently learned that this CD doesn't have all the Ampico recordings... if you know of a complete set, let me know!
RCA #61265 Sergei Rachmaninoff: The Complete Recordings Rachmaninoff college This 10-CD set is one of the greatest things on CD, especially for SVR fans. Hours upon hours of brilliant and absolutely masterful performances by SVR, and transferred by Ward Marston (now of Marston Records), who lives in Swarthmore. Highlights: 3rd Symphony, the best Isle of the Dead ever recorded, Chopin's Sonata, Harmonius Blacksmith,
Sony Classical 48472 Volume 5 (of 5) of Rachmaninov complete solo piano music Ruth Laredo college? Laredo actually plays a pretty terrible Rachmaninov. But I wanted a recording of the Opus 39 Etudes-Tableaux, and this one was cheap
Black Box Music #1044 works for cello and piano Moray Welsh (cello) & Martin Roscoe (piano) 2001? Purchased for the cello sonata, but also contains many pretty song transcriptions
London/Polygram 443841 24 Preludes, 2nd Sonata Vladimir Ashkenazy college Still the best set of preludes put to disk, and the reason why Ashkenazy remains a perennial Rachmaninoff's fan's favorite.
London/Decca? 455798 Rachmaninov: The Symphonies Ashkenazy, Concertgebouw Orchestra 2001? Excellent recording of the major symphonic works of SVR (and Isle of the Dead, Symphonic Dances, and the Bells), and one of the few of the fantastic 1st Symphony.
Arabesque Recordings Z6739 Trios Elegiaque The Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio 2001? Wonderfully sappy and overdramatic music unmatched anywhere else in SVR's output, except maybe the finales of the 2nd and 3rd concertos
RCA 60540-2 Piano Concertos 2 & 3 PC2: Brailowsky, SFSO with Jorda. PC3: Janis, BSO with Munch college I first bought this on cassette, and was a must-have (for sentimental reasons) when upgrading to CDs. Plus, it's hard to top the Janis recording.
RCA 09026-63669-2 Vocalise Moffo, Morton Gould, Spivakov, Rachmaninoff, Asawa, Kissin, Galway, Luboff choir, Plasma Symphony Orch, Huschke, Vronsky & Babin, Temirkanov, Swenson. 2002 I admit, I had a Tower Records gift card. A good start to anyone trying to track down all the Vocalise recordings. I can't believe they didn't put Rockmore's theremin version here
Sony Classical 48468 Volume 1 (of 5) complete solo piano music: Op 3, Op 10, Op 16 Ruth Laredo 2001? Again, Laredo doesn't play a great Rachmaninoff, but I needed to hear these early piano works
Philips 289464732-2 3rd Concerto (& Suite No 2) Martha Argerich (Chailly with RadioSymphonieOrchester Berlin) 2001 A gift from Matt Cohler. This is Argerich's legendary Rach3 recording, and it's great. Soso 2nd Suite with Nelson Freire
Teldec 4509-90890-2 Piano Sonata No. 1, Chopin Variations Boris Berezovsky college The very reliable Boris Berezovsky turns out a hot Sonata 1
Angel Records 66280 Rachmaninov For Dummies various 2000 A gift from Dad, well after I was a Rach-dummy. Can also play on your computer for interactive learning. Fantastic yellow CD.
EMI Classics 68664 Liturgy of St John Chrysostom Chorus of Bulgarian Radio, Mikhil Milkov college nothing to say
London/Decca 444845-2 Music for 2 Pianos (and the Corelli Variations!) Ashkenazy & Previn college Another truly fantastic recording. Ashkenazy rules, especially in the Corelli Variations.
RCA 7754-2 Horowitz plays Rachmaninoff Horowitz, Reiner & CSO 2002 The earliest of Vlad's 3 Rach-3 recordings, and critically aknowledged to be his best. It's pretty good, haven't heard the others.
DG 289453136-2 Complete Piano Concertos Tamas Vasary, piano. Ahronovitch with London SO December 2003 Gift from Mark Smith.
none Liturgy of St. John Chrysostum Cabrillo Slavonic Chorus, Anthony Antolini December 2003 Gift from Mark Smith, who found this lying on a stone at a picnic. It's a ripped CD of a live performance at SF's Grace Cathedral, 1987.
Ondine 977-2 Piano Concertos 1 & 4, ORIGINAL VERSIONS! Ghindin, piano. Ashkenazy, Helsinki Philharmonic December 2003 Xmas gift to myself. This is one of the 'crown jewels' of my collection, and is fascinating listening for anyone familiar with the revised versions.
AVM AVZ-3028 Complete Music for 2 Pianos, Volume 2 Martin Jones and Richard McMahon, pianos. Stephen Martin, trumpet December 2003 Gift from Grandma. Makes me wonder what's on Volume 1... The Italian Polka version with trumpet part is cool!
Chesky CD41 PC 1, 4, & Paganini Rhapsody Earl Wild (Horenstein, Royal Philharmonic) December 2003 Gift from Grandma. Wild plays a wonderful 4th concerto
London 436920-2 Songs Elisabeth Soderstrom / Ashkenazy January 2004 Needed to listen to a few of the rare songs. I only found 2 sets of complete songs!
SK 90397 (Sony Classical) Rachmaninoff & Prokofiev Cello Sonatas Ax/Ma Xmas 2004 from Grandma (thank you!) Also contains movements from the Shosty, Britten, and R. Strauss sonatas!
RCA Victor 09026-61961-2 (now BMG) 2nd Piano Concerto Van Cliburn, Fritz Reiner & CSO Xmas 2004 from Grandma (thank you!) Reissued living stereo recording, coupled with the Emperor concerto
Moscow Studio Archives 20004 Symphonic Dances / Six Choruses / Aleko Excerpts USSR Symphony Orchestra, Evgeni Svetlanov (recorded in 1986 and 1973) Xmas 2008 from Grandma (thank you!) My rate of Rachmaninoff acquisitions has cooled. Discovering interesting radio will do that.
Moscow Studio Archives 18734 Aleko Nesterenko / Kitaenko / Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Xmax 2008 from Grandma (thank you!)

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