The story of Valentina Lisitsa’s journey from displaced Ukrainian in rural America to the most popular pianist on Youtube is too well known to bear repeating. In the course of the journey, she recorded at her own expense the four concertos of Sergei Rachmaninov and the Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini. After many tribulations, the set was released today on Decca.
I have lived with a private copy of the recordings for a couple of years and have listened to the different concertos at least half a dozen times. So does it stand up there with the all-time greats? See my review on sinfinimusic.com.