Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Classics for Lovers

Classics for Lovers


Borodin:

Symphony No. 2 in B minor: Andante

Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11: Romance

Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2

Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D flat major ‘Raindrop'

Delius:

The Walk to the Paradise Garden

Elgar:

Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)

Fauré:

Pavane, Op. 50

Sicilienne from Pelléas et Mélisande

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16: Adagio

Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36 (Andante)

Holst:

Venus, the Bringer of Peace (The Planets)

Liszt:

Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major)

Mendelssohn:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40: Adagio sostenuto

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2 - Adagio sostenuto

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 - Adagio

Ravel:

Daphnis et Chloe: Sunrise

Boléro

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne

Shostakovich:

Romance (from The Gadfly)

Tchaikovsky:

The Seasons, Op. 37b: October ('Autumn Song')


Meticulously chosen to flame desire, this collection of classical masterpieces is the perfect accompaniment to any romantic encounter.

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The Great Pianists Volume 11 - Shura Cherkassy & Leopold Godowsky

The Great Pianists Volume 11 - Shura Cherkassy & Leopold Godowsky

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Cherkassky:

Prélude Pathétique

Shura Cherkassy

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

Leopold Godowsky

Écossaises (3), Op. 72 No. 3

Leopold Godowsky

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Leopold Godowsky

Henselt:

La Gondola, Op. 13 No. 2

Leopold Godowsky

Lullaby in G flat major

Leopold Godowsky

Liszt:

Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S.434 after Verdi's opera

Shura Cherkassy

Frühlingsnacht (after Schumann, Op. 39 No. 12), S568

Shura Cherkassy

Moszkowski:

Liebeswalzer, Op. 57 No. 5

Shura Cherkassy

Polonaise in D, Op. 17

Leopold Godowsky

Rachmaninov:

Polka de V.R.

Shura Cherkassy

Rubinstein:

Serenade

Leopold Godowsky

Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Träumerei

Leopold Godowsky

Tchaikovsky:

Song without words, Op. 2 No. 2

Shura Cherkassy


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Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45


Great Hall Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Botnari

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Pushkin Romances

Pushkin Romances


Borodin:

Dlya beregov otchizni dal'noy (For the Shores of thy Far Native Land)

Cui:

The Fountain Statue at Tsarskoye Selo, Op. 57 No. 17

Ya vas ljubil (I loved you)

Dargomïzhsky:

Yunosha I deva (A girl and a boy)

Glinka:

Ja pomnu chudnoe mgnovenie (Oh, I recall that lovely moment)

Priznaniye (Confession)

V krovi gorit ogon zhelania (The Fire of Longing Burns in My Heart)

Nochnoi Zefir (The Night Zephyr)

Medtner:

Ya perezhil svoi zhelania (Gone Are my Heart’s Desires), Op. 3 No. 2

Buria Mglou nebo kroet (The Snowstorm Covers the Sky with Darkness), Op. 13 No. 1

Mechtatelu (To a Dreamer)

Rachmaninov:

Sing not, O lovely one (Ne poi, krasavitsa, pri mne), Op. 4 No. 4

Rimsky Korsakov:

The clouds begin to scatter (Elegy), Op. 42 No. 3

On the hills of Georgia, Op. 3 No. 4

Sviridov:

Roniayet les bagrianiy svoi ubor (The Crimson Forest Sheds its Attire)

Tchaikovsky:

The Nightingale Op. 60 No. 4

Vlasov:

The Fountain of Bakhchisarai


Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone), Ivari Ilja (piano)

“Bringing them all to life is Hvorostovsky's performance - passionate, brooding or forceful with Pushkin's flowing lines, in a manner which might be a bit overpowering in less emotional music, but is exactly right for these songs...His word-sense and diction remain exemplary...Ivari Ilja is an equally spirited accompanist.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2010 *****

“...there's a particularly Russian ecstasy and agony in Pushkin's lyrical poetry that requires a broad musical brush to do it proper justice. This seems bred in the artistic bone for Hvorostovsky, so there's an almost conversation style...Despite his formidable horsepower [he] can be silky and subtle when required...evidently a singer for all Russian seasons!” International Record Review, July/August 2010

“...his demonstration of finely controlled legato and evenness of tone through the registers is truly impressive.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2010

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month - August 2010

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Glinka: Waltz, Night in Madrid & Rachmaninoff: The Rock etc.

Glinka: Waltz, Night in Madrid & Rachmaninoff: The Rock etc.


Glazunov:

Concert Waltz No. 1 in D, Op. 47

Glinka:

Valse-Fantaisie in B minor for orchestra, G. ii213

Spanish Overture No. 2 'Summer Night in Madrid'

Rachmaninov:

The Rock - Fantasy for Orchestra, Op. 7

Rubinstein:

Valse Caprice in E flat major


USSR State Maly Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Simonov

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Rachmaninov: Aleko

Rachmaninov: Aleko


Sergey Murzaev (Aleko), Evgeny Akimov (Young Gypsy), Gennady Bezzubenkov (Old Man), Svetla Vassileva (Zemfira)

BBC Philharmonic & Coro del Teatro Regio di Torino, Gianandrea Noseda

Opera is one of the great musical passions of Gianandrea Noseda, who has explored it to stunning effect with the BBC Philharmonic. In September 2009 he became Music Director at Teatro Regio in Turin, one of Europe’s leading opera houses. Here he presents Aleko, recorded following a highly acclaimed performance at the Stresa Festival with the Coro del Teatro Regio di Torino and the BBC Philharmonic. The ‘all-Russian’ cast of soloists are Sergey Murzaev (soloist with the Bolshoy Theatre), Evgeny Akimov and Nadezhda Vasilieva (both soloists with the Mariinsky Theatre Company), Gennady Bezzubenkov and the world-renowned soprano Svetla Vassileva. Chandos has previously released The Miserly Knight and Francesca da Rimini.

Sometimes referred to as Rachmaninoff’s answer to Carmen, Aleko (adapted from The Gypsies by Alexander Pushkin) was written in 1892 as a graduation work at the Moscow Conservatory and won the highest prizes from the judges that year. The rhapsodic Orientalism and effortless melodies in particular appeal. As a companion to his two later operas, Aleko illustrates Rachmaninoff early finding his own individual style.

“Gennady Bezzubenkov declaims powerfully as the Old Gypsy, and Evgeny Akimov is elegant in his short cavatina. The chorus, from Turin's Teatro Regio, supplies suitably languid tone.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2010 ***

“Noseda’s no shrinking violet, and this studio recording with the BBC Philharmonic, five impassioned Russian voices, and the choir of Turin’s Teatro Regio pulsates with passion...Sergey Murzaev barrels forth as the outsider hero Aleko; Svetlana Vassileva is succulent as the Gypsy with two lovers.” The Times, 17th April 2010 ***

“[Noseda] conducts with his usual mix of passion and intellectual rigour, and there's some startlingly effective playing.” The Guardian, 13th May 2010 ***

“Noseda’s skill here is to maintain control of pacing and to keep the drama both tense and fluid...Turin’s Teatro Regio chorus adeptly assumes its role as a band of Bessarabian gipsies and the BBC Philharmonic plays superbly.” The Telegraph, 14th May 2010 ****

“Aleko is sometimes described as Russia's answer to Carmen - the tale of a Russian living among gypsies whose much younger wife takes a new lover, with predictably grim consequences, certainly bears a resemblance to the Iberian passions of Bizet's opera. But Aleko is a smaller affair, at just over an hour long, and perhaps for this reason has never really entered the operatic repertoire. This is a shame, since as this recording with Sergey Murzaev and Svetla Vassileva demonstrates, it's a melodious and captivating work.” David Smith, Presto Classical

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Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31

Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31


Karlis Rutentals (tenor solo/celebrant) & Gundars Dzilums (bass solo/deacon)

Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava

This new recording features Rachmaninov’s 1910 setting of the Eastern Orthodox Church’s Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

This a capella choral music was judged by contemporary church officials as “…absolutely wonderful, even too beautiful… it is not church music”; still today, this work is regarded as one of the great cornerstones of 20th-century sacred music.

One of the foremost choruses in the world, the Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Klava delivers a sonically highly authentic performance; this may become the new reference recording of this work.

Audiophiles owning a SACD player will be stunned by the surround effect of this Hybrid SACD recording.

“Normally you’d run a mile from music recorded in the reverberant acoustics of a cathedral. But not in this case...the music – reverent, restrained and slow-moving –suits this fine performance in Riga’s Dome Cathedral.” The Telegraph, 23rd April 2010 ***

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Le Secret – Love Songs and Arias

Le Secret – Love Songs and Arias


Bellini:

Vaga luna che inargenti

Ben-Haim:

I am the lily of the valley

Ellin:

White Night

Fauré:

Nell, Op. 18 No. 1

Le secret Op. 23 No. 3

Gounod:

Ah! Je veux vivre dans ce rêve (from Roméo et Juliette)

Handel:

Semele: Endless Pleasure

Ivanova:

Great waves

Mozart:

Ach, ich fühl's (from Die Zauberflöte, K620)

Puccini:

Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (from La Rondine)

Rachmaninov:

Krisolov

How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7

U moyego okna

Kak mne bolno

Strauss, R:

Amor, Op. 68 No. 5

Ich wollt ein Sträusslein binden, Op. 68 No. 2

Säusle, Liebe Myrte, Op. 68 No. 3

Verdi:

Stornello


Ilona Domnich (soprano) & Marc Verter (piano)

A stunning debut album from an up and coming young opera singer, Ilona Domnich. This diverse album covers a range of styles, as Ilona says …”some of the songs are very difficult. For instance some parts of the Strauss songs are very acrobatic, on the other hand the lyrical Italian songs, while ostensibly less technically demanding, call for intense musicality and sensitivity”

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Unto Ages of Ages - Sacred Choral Music

Unto Ages of Ages - Sacred Choral Music


Rachmaninov:

Vespers, Op. 37

Sviridov:

Ineffable Mystery

Tchaikovsky:

Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 41


Gloriae Dei Cantores, Elizabeth C. Patterson

Gloriae Dei Cantores - GDCD047

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Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2009

Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2009


Bartók:

Violin Sonata No. 2, BB 85, Sz. 76

Renard Capuçon (violin, Khatia Buniatishvili (piano)

Bloch, E:

Piano Quintet No. 1

Lilya Zilberstein (piano), Alissa Margulis (violin), Lucia Hall (violin), Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg (viola), Mark Dobrinsky (cello)

Chopin:

Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C, Op. 3

Gautier Capuçon (cello), Martha Argerich (piano)

Falla:

Noches en los jardines de Espana

Martha Argerich (piano)

Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Alexander Vedernikov

Glinka:

Grand Sextet in E flat major for piano, string quartet & double bass

Polina Leschenko (piano), Alissa Margulis (violin), Geza Hosszu-Legocky (violin), Lida Chen (viola), Mark Drobinsky (cello), Enrico Fagone (double-bass)

Liszt:

Réminiscences de Don Juan (W.A. Mozart) for two pianos, S. 656

Martha Argerich, Mauricio Vallina (pianos)

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Op. 21

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

Martha Argerich, Cristina Marton (pianos)

Piano Sextet Op. 110

Khatia Buniatishvili (piano), Dora Schwarzberg (violin), Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg (viola), Lida Chen (viola), Jorge Bosso (cello), Enrico Fagone (double-bass)

Rachmaninov:

Pieces (2) in A major for piano 6 hands - Waltz & Romance

Daniel Gerzenberg, Anton Gerzenberg, Lilya Zilberstein (piano)

Russian Rhapsody for two pianos, Op. post.

Lilya Zilberstein, Alexander Mogilewsky (pianos)

Ravel:

Rapsodie Espagnole (for 2 pianos)

Sergio Tiempo, Karin Lechner (pianos)

Schumann:

Fantasiestücke in A minor for Piano Trio, Op. 88

Martha Argerich (piano), Renaud Capuçon (violin), Gautier Capuçon (cello)


EMI Classics is pleased to release the latest instalment of highlights from the Martha Argerich Project at the Lugano Festival. This is the seventh annual 3-CD set celebrating the musical fruits of a project in which young artists join seasoned performers, including Ms. Argerich, to explore wide-ranging chamber music and orchestral repertoire, both well known and rarely heard. The CDs, recorded in the summer of 2009, are being released in anticipation of the Festival’s 2010 season in June.

As a chamber music event, this series has become a laboratory that gives guest artists a chance to prove themselves not only in well-known masterpieces but also in rarely performed repertoire. The piano stands at the centre of the programming, not only with works originally written for it but also with transcriptions, which played an important historic role in the diffusion of music in remote areas and within family circles.

The eighth season of the Martha Argerich Project takes place in June 2010. Many of the artists on these CDs will take part again this year.

“...in all the performances, the players display a spontaneity and sense of enjoyment one hears too rarely in some of this repertoire.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 *****

“The latest instalment of Argerich’s annual offering is the usual cornucopia of delights. Predictably, when Argerich herself plays...the flavour is often fevered, although not so in her aromatic reading of Falla’s Noches en los jardines de Espana.” Sunday Times, 4th April 2010 ****

“Everything Martha Argerich touches turns to gold: not only her own piano playing but those around her whom she evidently inspires to new heights. These chamber music collaborations buzz with spontaneity...can there be any more exuberant four minutes on disc than her piano duet scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream?” The Observer, 2nd May 2010

“if we were permitted to attach more than five stars to a release, this would be one of those occasions when a whole constellation would erupt...The rapport, rhythmic élan and passionate sensibility are simply mesmerising, the entire set of discs an unbounded pleasure.” The Telegraph *****

Warner Classics Martha Argerich Lugano Festival - 6073672

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