December 19, 1977 12:00 PM

Lazar Berman’s agile and seductive interpretation of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s concerto is alternately graceful, melancholic and passionate. “It was written for America,” Rachmaninoff said of this piece, which he unveiled on his arrival in New York in 1909. Yet this recording is the result of international collaboration: a Russian pianist, an Italian maestro and an English orchestra. Even if you have no wing chair, roaring fire or snifter of brandy—listen and pretend. (Columbia)

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