Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight, Op. 24

Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight, Op. 24


Ildar Abdrazakov (bass), Misha Didyk (tenor), Sergey Murzaev (baritone), Peter Bronder (tenor) & Gennadi Bezzubenkov (bass)

BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda

Following their acclaimed recording of Francesca da Rimini, the BBC Philharmonic and its Chief Conductor Gianandrea Noseda continue their exploration of Rachmaninoff’s three one-act operas.

The Miserly Knight is the finest of Rachmaninoff’s operas. If circumstances had been more favourable he would have composed far more of the stage, but the three short operas he did complete show that he had all the makings of a great opera composer.

It is quite possible that The Miserly Knight was inspired by Rachmaninoff’s spendthrift father who frittered away the family’s fortune and, following his sister’s death from diphtheria, separated from Sergei’s mother. The financial incompetence of Rachmaninoff’s father may have drawn the composer to Pushkin’s ‘little tragedy’ The Miserly Knight, that Pushkin wrote in the autumn of 1830 in which the rich Baron’s destitute son is forced to consider murdering his father in order to access his inheritance. Pushkin’s drama makes an excellent opera text, full of striking phrases and images, and almost ideal for musical setting in its sequence of episodes and ideas.

Opera is one of Gianandrea Noseda’s great musical passions and it is a genre he has explored to stunning effect with the BBC Philharmonic. In September he became Music Director at Teatro Regio in Turin, one of Europe’s leading opera houses, and he also appeared with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and La Scala, Turin.

This enthralling recording features amongst the soloists, the talented young bass Ildar Abdrazakov and tenor Misha Didyk. This Summer Abrazakov had his debut at the Salzburg Festival and 2010 will see him in a new production of Attila at the Metropolitan Opera, while Didyk has, during the past three seasons, emerged as one of opera’s most exciting young lyric tenors.

“..Gianandrea Noseda, masterly at pacing and responsive to orchestral colour… Ildar Abdrazakov, certainly the finest bass voice to emerge from Russia in decades. …the performance exerts a fierce, unrelenting grip. This disc comes strongly recommended.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2009 ****

“…the Miserly Knight… sung with commanding presence and rich, malleable tone by Ildar Abdrazakov as he drools over his wealth and the cruel ways in which it has been amassed. He is well matched by, and contrasted with, the passionate tenor of Misha Didyk as his resentful son, Albert, and by the sly, ingratiating characterisation of the Moneylender by tenor Peter Bronder. Orchestral atmosphere, backed by a spectrum of colour comparable to that of the Second Symphony, is compellingly established by Noseda, whose theatrical instincts also reflect and enhance the opera's dramatic thrust.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2009

“Noseda conducts with his trademark mixture of intensity and ­intelligence, and there are some fine ­insights into the way Rachmaninov ­creates a mood of oppressive malignancy...The great ­performance comes from Misha Didyk as his son, Albert – a man as selfish as his father” The Guardian, 9th October 2009 ***

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A Musical Journey

A Musical Journey


Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV645 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme'

Chorale Prelude BWV659 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'

Chorale Prelude BWV734 'Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein'

Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'

Liszt:

Polish Songs S480 No. 5 'Mein Freuden' (Moja pieszczotka, My Joys)' (after Chopin)

Widmung S566 after Schumann (Liebeslied)

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Rachmaninov:

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


Rufus Choi (piano)

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Rachmaninov: 6 Etudes-tableaux & Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Rachmaninov: 6 Etudes-tableaux & Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition


Liadov:

Prelude in D minor, Op. 40, No. 2

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain (piano version)

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Rachmaninov:

Étude-Tableau, Op. 33 No. 2 in C major

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 4 in B minor

Étude-Tableau, Op. 33 No. 8 in G minor (published as No. 5)

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 6 in A minor

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 5 in E flat minor

Étude-Tableau, Op. 33 No. 6 in E flat minor (published as No. 3)


Sa Chen (piano)

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Earl Wild in Concert Volume 2: Concertos

Earl Wild in Concert Volume 2: Concertos


Liszt:

Fantasy on Hungarian Folk-tunes, S123

Rachmaninov:

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

Weber:

Konzertstück in F minor, Op. 79 for piano & orchestra


Earl Wild (piano)

Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Antonio de Almeida, Larry Newland

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Great Pianists: Volume 1

Great Pianists: Volume 1

Backhaus, Kraus & Rubinstein


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Wilhelm Backhouse (piano)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Guido Cantelli

Rachmaninov:

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Victor de Sabata

Weber:

Konzertstück in F minor, Op. 79 for piano & orchestra

Lili Kraus (piano)

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Pierre Monteux


Three great pianists of the 20th-century are brought together on this unique CD, which features live performances from 1939 and the immediate post-war years. Wilhelm Backhaus gives a superlative account of Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto in New York with the lamented Guido Cantelli offering magnificent orchestral support. Pierre Monteux and the Concertgebouw Orchestra partner the wonderful Hungarian pianist Lili Kraus in Weber’s beautiful Konzertstück – a rare recording, indeed – and Arthur Rubinstein is at his scintillating best in Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody, with the legendary Victor de Sabata and the New York Philharmonic on top form.

Live recordings 1939-1956

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The Most Beautiful Classical Melodies - Volume 1

The Most Beautiful Classical Melodies - Volume 1


Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight': Adagio sostenuto

Chopin:

Waltz No. 1 in E flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 18

Grieg:

Peer Gynt: Morning

Handel:

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351: Overture

Haydn:

Symphony No. 94 in G Major 'Surprise': Menuet. Allegro molto

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Wedding March

Mozart:

Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik': Allegro

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 1 - Moderato

Tchaikovsky:

Swan Lake, Op. 20 (excerpts)

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons: Spring, RV269 (Allegro)


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Homelands - Music for Violin and Piano

Homelands - Music for Violin and Piano


Dvorak:

Sonatina for violin and piano in G major, Op. 100

Grieg:

Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45

Piazzólla:

Milonga en ré

tango

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Sarasate:

Danza Española No. 3: Romanza Andaluza, Op. 22, No. 1


Rudens Turku (violin) & Oliver Schnyder (piano)

Albanian violinist Rudens Turku brings together works by Dvorák , Grieg, Rachmaninov, Piazolla and Sarasate, who each created unique musical homages to their respective homelands.

Albanian violinist Rudens Turku returns for his third recording for Avie, with ‘Homelands’. Rudens brings together composers who each created unique musical evocations of their native countries. All were world travellers who found through their compositions the means to produce striking homages to their respective lands, from iconic Sonatas by Dvorák and Grieg to Rachmaninov’s exquisite Vocalise to lesser known works by a young Astor Piazzolla and the Spanish virtuoso Pablo Sarasate.

“Turku and his stylish partner Oliver Schnyder displays a fiery zeal, seriousness of purpose and clear-headed intelligence eminently well suited to the darkest and most broodingly passionate of Grieg's three sonatas…” Gramophone Magazine, January 2010

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Encores

Encores


Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F major

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Bruch:

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Dinicu:

Hora Staccato

(arr. Heifetz)

Fauré:

Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1

Gluck:

Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Euridice): Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Godowsky:

Triakontameron No. 11 'Alt Wien'

(arr. Heifetz)

Heuberger:

Midnight Bells (from Der Opernball)

(arr. Kreisler)

Kreisler:

Liebesleid

Liebesfreud

Schön Rosmarin

Viennese Melody by Gartner

Massenet:

Meditation (from Thaïs)

Paganini:

Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 7: Rondo ‘La Campanella

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Weber:

Andante & Rondo Ungarese, Op. 35

Wieniawski:

Étude-caprice, Op. 18 No. 4 in A minor


Rivka Golani (viola), Michele Levin (piano)

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Rachmaninov - Works for Cello and Piano

Rachmaninov - Works for Cello and Piano


Rachmaninov:

Pieces (2) for cello & piano (Prelude & Oriental Dance), Op. 2

Melodie in E Major, Op. 3 No. 3

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Lied (Romance) in F minor

In the silence of the secret night, Op. 4 No. 3

Morning, Op. 4 No. 2

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

Spring torrents, Op. 14 No.11

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7

On the death of a siskin, Op.21, No. 8


David Geringas (cello) & Ian Fountain (piano)

David Geringas studied at the Moscow Conservatoire with Rostropovich and has received a number of awards for his recordings. He has had several contemporary works dedicated to him including the Cello Concerto by Peteris Vasks.

“…Fountain's idiomatic nuancing and the grainy texture of Geringas's cello are certainly distinctive. But it is in the magnificent Sonata in G minor that the duo dig deepest. There's nothing ethereal about the achingly beautiful Andante, which is seized with passion, building to a thunderous climax. The finale surges restlessly, as I feel it should. The sound is edgy and virile, not always purely resonant, but overall their tremendous sweep and sense of shape convinced me.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2009 ****

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Rachmaninov - Piano Works

Rachmaninov - Piano Works


Rachmaninov:

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

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42

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

(trans. G Kirkor for solo piano)


Carlo Grante (piano)

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