Album:Sergei Rachmaninoff, Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff (RCA Red Seal)

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"A superb new recording of Rachmaninoff playing his own works...," claims the cover.

Not bad going for a pianist dead now for six decades, you might think, and you'd be right. It's the latest "Re-Performance®" from the folks at Zenph® using computer analysis of Rachmaninoff's touch, timing and pedalling characteristics from earlier recordings, replayed back on a period Steinway fitted with some form of Disklavier playback hardware. It's extraordinary to hear the Étude-tableaux and Prelude in C-sharp minor without the timbral restrictions of primitive equipment.

Download this Prelude in C-sharp minor; Étude-tableau in C major; The Flight Of The Bumblebee