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Rachmaninoff Plays Gluck

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Sergei Rachmaninoff playing a Steinway grand piano

I have a treat for you today: a recording of Rachmaninoff playing Gluck’s Melodie from Orfeo ed Euridice (transcribed by Giovanni Sgambati for solo piano).

What makes this special, besides hearing Rachmaninoff’s beautiful performance of this wonderful music, is the incredible clarity of this recording.  The original piano roll recording made using a reproducing piano (not your typical piano roll; it captured subtleties of fingering and pedaling, not just notes), has been converted for use with a Bösendorfer 290SE reproducing piano (read here about the 290 Imperial, the CEUS Reproducing System and the Disklavier reproducing system.  It is stunning.

You can find more of Rachmaninoff’s recordings on Amazon, both direct audio recordings and those created with the reproducing piano.

At this link you can read more about the history and mechanics of the original reproducing pianos.  The pages found there include mp3s and photographs of famous pianists and composers performing on a reproducing piano.


Image attribution:  Sergei Rachmaninoff, 1936 or earlier, photographer unknown, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.


One thought on “Rachmaninoff Plays Gluck

  1. Wow, this is truly gorgeous, very elastic and modern, no apologies for sound quality. What a treat.


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