Originally Posted by mharwitt
alexis weissenberg doing rachmaninov's preludes is amazing.
Andrei Gavrilov and Sviatoslav Richter are the two I turn to for the preludes. Nothing about Weissenberg's playing ever really impressed me, but maybe I'm just listening to the wrong recordings. I never thought much of Zoltan Kocsis until I heard his recording of Rachmaninov's 2nd sonata. I've heard maybe 15 versions of it -- Horowitz, Ashkenazy, Weissenberg, Grimaud, Wild, Sudbin, Kempff, Lang Freakin' Lang, etc. -- and his is easily my favorite.
If you can ever get your hands on Vladimir Sofronitzky playing Scriabin or Beethoven, I highly recommend it. His playing tends to be a little violent, but in a musical way. He's not Lang Lang.