Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Vivian Choi: Prokofiev, Rachmaninov & Godowsky

Vivian Choi: Prokofiev, Rachmaninov & Godowsky


Godowsky:

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Johann Strauss: No. 2, Die Fledermaus

Prokofiev:

Cinderella Op. 97 No. 1: Spring Fairy

Cinderella Op. 97 No. 2: Summer Fairy

Cinderella Op. 97 No. 3: Autumn Fairy

Cinderella Op. 97 No. 4: Winter Fairy

Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82

Rachmaninov:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36


Vivian Choi (piano)

Northern Flowers - NFPMA9985

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4


Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40

Philippe Entremont (piano)


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Rachmaninov: Preludes

Rachmaninov: Preludes


Rachmaninov:

Preludes Op. 23 Nos. 1-10 (complete)

Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

Preludes Op. 32 Nos. 1-13 (complete)

Moments Musicaux, Op. 16

Melodie in E Major, Op. 3 No. 3

Oriental Sketch (1917)


“Alexeev delivers impressively muscular playing in the faster Rachmaninov Preludes.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ***

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Rachmaninov: Complete Piano Works

Rachmaninov: Complete Piano Works


Michael Ponti (piano), Robert Leonardy (piano 2)

Michael Ponti is regarded as one of the great pianists of the late 20th century. For five decades he recorded solo and concerto repertoire ranging the classical to contemporary eras, including dozens of debut recordings of romantic repertoire. Ponti's survey of Rachmaninoff's complete original solo and two-piano /Four-hands music for Vox was a landmark undertaking, introducing the composer's rarest works to an international audience.

Musical Concepts - MC198

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Freddy Kempf plays Rachmaninov, Bach/Busoni, Ravel & Stravinsky

Freddy Kempf plays Rachmaninov, Bach/Busoni, Ravel & Stravinsky


Busoni:

Transcription of Bach's Partita BWV 1004: Chaconne

Rachmaninov:

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42

Ravel:

Valses nobles et sentimentales

Stravinsky:

Three Movements from Petrushka


Freddy Kempf (piano)

Freddy Kempf has previously recorded ten highly acclaimed solo discs for BIS, of which the latest (BISSACD1820) was described by Gramophone as “a formidable programme formidably played… This is “live” virtuosity with a vengeance, with absolutely no hint of a safety net”.

Rachmaninov’s Corelli Variations is inspired by the theme used by Corelli in his violin sonata La Follia which undergoes a radical pianistic treatment taking it through all the sonic and atmospheric possibilities offered by the instrument.

With his celebrated transcription of Bach’s Chaconne, Ferruccio Busoni had a very different aim, wanting to shed new light on the work without actually changing it.

Ravel’s collection of waltzes was composed as a nod to Schubert and in it Ravel shows the range of his musical palette.

Stravinsky’s Three movements from Petrushka is the composer’s arrangement of music from his own ballet, commissioned by Arthur Rubinstein.

“Kempf follows [Bach's] text faithfully, allowing each variation to shape the movement without sounding forced...[He] shows an impressive range of organ-like colour along with a pointillism that suits quick passages well...The scene of 'Shrove-Tide Fair' is a roller-coaster ride under Kempff's fingers, driven by a motoric energy that many pianists would find difficult to sustain over eight-and-a-half minutes.” International Record Review, April 2011

“this is a colourful and enjoyable account [of Petrushka], well-characterised and full of dynamic contrast...fans of Kempf need have no qualms about acquiring this release.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2011 ****

“In Rachmaninov's Corelli Variations, Kempf distinguishes himself for assiduous, well-integrated tempo relationships between movements, and the easy command and intelligent, symphonically orientated delineation with which he shapes the composer's thick textures...Kempf's glittering technique, supple touch and extroverted demeanour in Stravinsky's Three Movements from Petrushka bring out the music's balletic roots” Gramophone Magazine, July 2011

“Kempf opens with a beautifully-voiced and judiciously-paced view of Rachmaninov's Variations...he finds a meltingly silvery touch for the Ravel Valses (exquisite) before a return to the Russian repertoire that he plays so well, leaving us, thrillingly, in no doubt that the piano is a percussive instrument.” Classic FM Magazine, July 2011 ****

“Kempf’s command of the immense pianistic range to be found in Rachmaninov’s keyboard music clearly has few equals, and this set delivers at a stroke several jaw-dropping performances” london24.com, 17th June 2011

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Hybrid Multi-channel

BIS - BISSACD1810

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Rachmaninov: Complete Works for Two Pianos

Rachmaninov: Complete Works for Two Pianos


Rachmaninov:

Suite No. 1 (Fantaisie-tableaux), Op. 5

Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

version for for two pianos

Six Pieces, Op. 11

Morceaux de fantaisie Op. 3 No. 2

version for for two pianos

Polka italienne

(arr. A Brant)

Russian Rhapsody for two pianos, Op. post.


Nina Schumann & Luis Magalhaes (piano)

“With an outstanding debut release, this husband-wife team bursts onto the scene with Rachmaninoff performances that rival ones by the greatest artists of our time. They have the kind of precision that is rarely heard these days and an attention to detail that allowed me to hear new things in works I have known for 40 years (and a few I have learned and publicly performed). ..... I will go out of my way to catch a performance of theirs. They are off to a great start, so let’s hope for many more records like this.” James Harrington, American Record Guide

Two Pianists - TP1039039

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François du Toit plays Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov

François du Toit plays Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov


Rachmaninov:

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23


François du Toit (piano)

Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, Omri Hadari

François du Toit is considered one of the best pianists, chamber musicians and music teachers in South Africa. His studies in Germany were accompanied by several international competitions and at this time his co-operation began with the Capetown Symphony Orchestra (CTSO), which invited him to tour with them to China.

In this release, artistic flair meets technical brilliance and shows that the classical music scene of South Africa, despite many political imponderables and financial problems, is thriving.

Two Pianists - TP1039060

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Yuja Wang plays Rachmaninov

Yuja Wang plays Rachmaninov


Rachmaninov:

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18


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Rachmaninov: Symphonies 1 -3 & Orchestral Works

Rachmaninov: Symphonies 1 -3 & Orchestral Works


Rachmaninov:

The Isle of the Dead - Symphonic Poem, Op. 29

Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (complete)

The Rock - Fantasy for Orchestra, Op. 7

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

The Bells, Op. 35

Marina Mescheriakova (soprano), Sergei Larin (tenor) & Vladimir Chernov (baritone)

with The Moscow State Chamber Choir

Taneyev, S:

Cantata: Ioann Damaskin (John of Damascus), Op. 1

with The Moscow State Chamber Choir


“In the First Symphony Mikhail Pletnev produces a range of sonority and clarity of articulation that we recognize from his keyboard playing, and there is a poetic vision alongside a splendid command of architecture. The symphony is quite outstanding in his hands, and so is The Isle of the Dead...Again, The Bells comes in a performance that shows the music in an entirely new light. Pletnev has his finger on the composer's pulse and always has special insights to bring to his music.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

DG Collectors Edition - 4779505

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Antonio Pappano conducts Rachmaninov & Liadov

Antonio Pappano conducts Rachmaninov & Liadov


Liadov:

The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62

Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27


Conductor Antonio Pappano leads Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia on this recording of one of the 20th century’s most thrilling and emotive symphonies, Sergej Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2. This is coupled with Anatoly Liadov’s beautiful tone poem The Enchanted Lake.

“I'm not sure when I last enjoyed a reading of the Rachmaninov Second Symphony so much...they play here as if possessed; the brass are on especially magnificent form...by heaven, Antonio Pappano invests the piece with a passionate sense of belief...Principal clarinetist Alessandro Carbonare is exemplary on the long and haunting solo in the slow movement.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 ****

“Pappano and his Rome-based orchestra cultivate a feeling of deliberate understatement throughout this live performance which gives Rachmaninov's Second Symphony a light, almost ethereal feeling...Although lacking in full-on power, this performance is no less intense with elegant, sophisticated playing from the orchestra, and there's still plenty of drama when required.” Classic FM Magazine, May 2011 ****

“Pappano is revelatory. It is rare indeed to hear the Second Symphony executed with such clarity and with such a faithful, balanced spectrum of instrumental colour but the performance goes much further than that. Pappano has passion, too, and he knows when to unleash it and when to keep it quietly in reserve.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2011

“Pappano has a wonderfully acute ear for orchestral detail. He draws playing of remarkable alertness, polish and warmth from his Italian orchestra...when I say that his new recording is very nearly a match for Previn's classic account, I can pay it no higher compliment. Pappano is also a little more rhythmically sharp...The Enchanted Lake, played with great detail, drawing out all the delicate colours of [the] exquisitely orchestrated miniature tone-poem.” International Record Review, April 2011

“I like the sound of Pappano’s Rome orchestra; there’s a satisfying richness to the lower string sonority which gives the glowering introduction a brooding intensity. The tiny touches of rubato, of ebb and flow, are unobtrusively applied; the first movement’s lyrical second theme emerges haltingly, hesitantly...This is a really good performance.” Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk, 28th May 2011

“This is a superb performance, faithful to the score, intelligently balanced, organically conceived and infused with passion.” The Telegraph, 11th March 2011 *****

“Pappano, master conductor of opera, revels in the long lyrical lines of Rachmaninov’s second symphony, in which the tender orchestral songs never end, even when the “Dies Irae” plainchant breaks in...he gets velvet delicacy from Rome’s Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. They also excel in the pianissimo textures of Liadov’s The Enchanted Lake.” The Times, 19th March 2011 ****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - May 2011

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