Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Rachmaninoff - The Harvest of Sorrow

Rachmaninoff - The Harvest of Sorrow


Rachmaninoff’s passionate music is more popular today than it has ever been. This 100-minute documentary, filmed in Russia, Switzerland and America, made with the full participation of the composer’s grandson, Alexander Rachmaninoff, celebrates the life and work of a remarkable musician and composer of genius who, forced into exile in 1917, became the greatest pianist of his day.

Featuring soloists Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Mikhail Pletnev (with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado, and his own Russian National Orchestra),Valentina Igoshina, Peter Jablonski, Nikolai Putilin and the Kirov Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg (with which Rachmaninoff was intimately associated) are conducted by Valery Gergiev. Tony Palmer’s film, with Rachmaninoff’s own words spoken by Sir John Gielgud, is a unique and loving insight into a world long gone, but definitely not forgotten.

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Shura Cherkassky - The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings

Shura Cherkassky - The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings

Published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Cherkassky's birth in 2009


Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne

arr. Ferruccio Busoni. Recorded 22/3/1956

Beethoven:

Bagatelles (11), Op. 119: No. 1 in G minor

Recorded 21/3/1956

Chasins:

Three Chinese Pieces

Recorded 22/3/1956

Chopin:

Mazurka No. 7 in F minor, Op. 7 No. 3

Recorded 21/3/1956

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

Recorded 21/3/1956

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

Recorded 21/3/1956

Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

Recorded 21/3/1956

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

Recorded 28/1/1958

Gershwin:

Preludes (3)

Recorded 17/3/1958

Liadov:

A Musical Snuffbox, Op. 32

Recorded 21/3/1956

Liszt:

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 13 in A minor

Recorded 21/3/1956

Valse De L'opera Faust S407

Recorded 22/3/1956

Litolff:

Scherzo

Recorded 27/5/1958

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent

Poulenc:

Toccata (Trois pieces pour piano No. 2)

Recorded 21/3/1956

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Recorded 17/3/1958

Prelude Op. 23 No. 2 in B flat major

Recorded 17/3/1958

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne

arr. Godowsky. Recorded 22/3/1956

Schubert:

Impromptu in A flat major, D899 No. 4

Recorded 21/3/1956


Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 1956 and 1958, remastered at Abbey Road Studios in 2009 from the original EMI/HMV tapes.

Featuring many tracks never heard before on CD.

Most tracks are issued here in stereo for the first time.

Includes unpublished versions of Chopin Ballade No. 3 & Gershwin Preludes.

All tracks are issued here on CD for the first time in stereo.

Includes, for the first time on CD, Litolff's 'Scherzo' with BBC SO / Sargent.

A significant historical classical piano release to compliment the limited Cherkassky discography.

Substantial two hours worth of music.

"A performance of the greatest virtuosity and elegance" Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 Gramophone, Nov 1957 (original mono version issue)

"[Beethoven, Poulenc, Chasins]…Cherkassky invests every one with enormous panache and wit. These are great performances that have more character in a single bar than the average modernday Wunderkind could find in a whole work…" Classical Source - mono version re-issue

“First Hand's classily presented two-disc set… is a treasure chest of Cherkassky rarities. …these studio recordings have the same vitality and spontaneity as his live performances. …the Hungarian Rhapsody No 13 and the Faust Waltz (especially the stunning coda) are examples of pure pianistic joie de vivre. But above all... are the sheer beauty of sound, individuality of conception and musical imagination that Cherkassky brings to whatever takes his fancy. Required listening for all students of the piano.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2009

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Geza Anda plays Chopin, Rachmaninov, Schumann & Brahms

Geza Anda plays Chopin, Rachmaninov, Schumann & Brahms


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Rachmaninov:

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

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


Anda was a prominent pianist in the fifties and sixties. These recordings of Chopin Piano Concerto No.1, Schumann Piano Concerto and Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 have never been released before in any format. He was notoriously camera-shy but interestingly, the booklet includes a series of photographs.

“Anda's approach - to the Rachmaninov and Schumann especially - eschews sentimentality, blending emotional coolness with improvisatory flair. Numerous insights compensate for occasional gruffness - a set for Anda fans.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2009 ***

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Tenth Van Cliburn Piano Competition - Silver & Bronze Medalists

Tenth Van Cliburn Piano Competition - Silver & Bronze Medalists


Rachmaninov:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784

Schumann:

Allegro in B minor, Op. 8


Yakov Kasman and Aviram Reichert, Yakov Kasman, Aviram Reichert

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Sviatoslav Richter - Pianist of the Century

Sviatoslav Richter - Pianist of the Century


Bach, J S:

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 1 in C major, BWV846

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 4 in C sharp minor, BWV849

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 5 in D major, BWV850

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 6 in D minor, BWV851

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 8 in E flat minor, BWV853

Beethoven:

Rondo for Piano & Orchestra in B flat major, WoO 6

Wiener Symphoniker, Kurt Sanderling

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Wiener Symphoniker, Kurt Sanderling

Chopin:

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61 'Polonaise-fantaisie'

Étude Op. 10 No. 1 in C major

Étude Op. 10 No. 12 in C minor ‘Revolutionary'

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1: No. 2, Voiles

Préludes - Book 1: No. 3, Le vent dans la plaine

Préludes - Book 1: No. 5, Les collines d'Anacapri

Estampes (3) (Complete)

Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 32 in G minor, Hob.XVI:44

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 5 in G major, Op. 55

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki

Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84

Visions fugitives, Op. 22, No. 3

Visions fugitives, Op. 22, No. 6

Visions fugitives, Op. 22, No. 9

Rachmaninov:

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

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki

Prelude Op. 32 No. 1 in C major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 2 in B flat minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 2 in B flat major

Prelude Op. 23 No. 4 in D major

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 7 in C minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Schubert:

Allegretto in C minor, D915

Ländler in A major (from 17 Ländler, D366)

Schumann:

March in G minor, Op. 76, No. 2

Waldszenen, Op. 82

Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 (selection)

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki

Introduction & Allegro appassionato in G major, Op. 92

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislaw Wislocki

Novelette, Op. 21 No. 1 in F major

Toccata in C major, Op. 7

Abegg Variations, Op. 1

Scriabin:

Piano Sonata No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53

Tchaikovsky:

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

Wiener Symphoniker, Herbert von Karajan


Sviatoslav Richter represents the summit of pianistic achievement: his incredible virtuosity and strength, his vision of structure and form, the range of emotion he was able to express on his instrument in concert and on disc have never been surpassed.

Now, for the first time, all nine of the solo and concerto LP-recordings he made for Deutsche Grammophon have been gathered into a single box-set at budget price. All of these recordings have been in the DG catalogue since they were made; if they’re not still at top price, they’re in The Originals series.

It started in 1956 with a Schumann recital and ended in 1962 with a recital recorded live on tour in Italy. In between there were five concerto LPs (including Rachmaninov’s Second, Tchaikovsy’s First with Karajan, the Schumann and Prokofiev’s Fifth) and two more mixed recitals. Here they are, faithfully reproduced in their original couplings (newly mastered) and with original artwork in mini-LP format. The CD booklet (in the style of the The Martha Argerich Collection) has masterly new liner notes by piano expert Jeremy Siepmann, who manages to capture the essence of Richter the man and musician, as well as furnishing precise annotations on each of the albums in turn.

An essential box-set for all serious lovers of piano music.

Building a Library

First Choice - December 2012

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Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps

Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps


Rachmaninov:

Suite Nos. 1 & 2 for two pianos

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

(piano version)


Gueher Pekinel (piano), Sueher Pekinel (piano)

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Benjamin Moser - Russian piano music

Benjamin Moser - Russian piano music


Medtner:

Two Fairy Tales, Op. 20

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 32 No. 10 in B minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

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

Prelude Op. 23 No. 2 in B flat major

Prelude Op. 23 No. 10 in G flat major

Scriabin:

Fantasy in B minor, Op. 28

2 Pieces for the left hand, Op. 9

Tchaikovsky:

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

The Seasons, Op. 37b: January ('By the Hearth')


Benjamin Moser (piano)

The debut CD from the winner of the 2007 Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition.

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Jussi Bjorling: Live Atlanta Recital, 13th April 1959

Jussi Bjorling: Live Atlanta Recital, 13th April 1959


Alfvén:

Skogen sover, Op. 28 No. 6

Bizet:

La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (from Carmen)

Giordano, U:

Amor ti vieta (from Fedora)

Gounod:

Nuit d'hyménée from Roméo et Juliette

Bonus track

Orchestre de l'Opéra de San Francisco, Gaetano Merola

Grieg:

En svane (No. 2 from Seks Digte af Henrik Ibsen, Op. 25)

Seks Sange, Op. 48 No. 6 'Ein Traum'

Handel:

Frondi tenere e belle ... Ombra mai fù (from Serse)

Massenet:

Je suis seul, seul enfin... Ah fuyez douce image (from Manon)

Bonus track

Orchestre de l'Opéra de San Francisco, Gaetano Merola

Peterson-Berger:

Jungfrun under lind (Ernst von der Recke)

Puccini:

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Nessun dorma (from Turandot)

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Bonus track

Orchestre de l'Opéra de San Francisco, Gaetano Merola

Rachmaninov:

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

V molchanii nochi taynoy, Op. 4 No. 3

Schubert:

Frühlingsglaube, D686

Die Forelle, D550

Ständchen 'Leise flehen meine Lieder', D957 No. 4

Sjöberg:

Tonerna (text: Erik Gustaf Geijer)

Sjögren:

I drömmen du är mig nära

Strauss, R:

Traum durch die Dämmerung, Op. 29 No. 1

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Verdi:

Ingemisco (from Requiem)

Bonus track

AVRO Hilversum Orchestra, Frieder Weissmann


Jussi Björling (tenor), Frederic Schauwecker (piano)

The famous Jussi Björling Recital given in Atlanta, 13th April 1959

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Héléne Grimaud - The Collection

Héléne Grimaud - The Collection


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 58 (Andante con moto)

Live recording

New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur

Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 58 (Rondo: Vivace)

Live recording

New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 (Adagio)

Live recording

Staatskaelle Berlin, Kurt Sanderling

Capriccio for Piano in D minor, Op. 116 No. 7

Intermezzo in C sharp minor, Op. 117 No. 3

Ballade in G minor, Op. 118, No. 3

Intermezzo in C major, Op. 119 No. 3

Gershwin:

Piano Concerto in F major: Allegro agitato

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman

Rachmaninov:

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

Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, David Zinman


Blessed with an almost frightening talent, Hélène Grimaud is a woman of strong ideals, immense energy and exceptional tenacity. As a pianist she often divides her audience, for hers Is no usual approach to the piano repertoire. Grimaud plays from the gut, with scant regard for convention, rules or reverence. Listening to her can often make one question one’s preconceptions about a work, since she has a unique way of approaching even the most familiar pieces from an unexpected, personal perspective. Whether or not the critics approve, the process is constantly creative and the results are always compelling at a deep, psychological level, attracting a cult following worldwide. The present collection represents a retrospective survey of some of her finest earlier recordings, made between 1995 and 2000.

“Grimaud has never quite fulfilled the blazing promise of her early career, but her fiery personality ensures there is not a dull moment in concertos by Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Schumann and Ravel.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2009 ***

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A Treasury of Russian Romantic Piano

A Treasury of Russian Romantic Piano


Bortkiewicz:

Sonata No. 2 in C Sharp Minor Op. 60

Kreisler:

Liebesleid

Liebesfreud

Liadov:

Prelude Op. 57/1

Prelude in B minor, Op. 11, No. 1

Lyapunov:

Étude d'exécution transcendente, Op. 11 No. 10 'Lesghinka'

Medtner:

Meditation, Op. 39 No. 1

Fairy Tale in c minor, op. 8 No. 2

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Rebikov:

Christmas tree : Waltz

Musical Snuff Box

Scriabin:

Fantasy in B minor, Op. 28


Nadejda Vlaeva (piano)

In the early years of the 20th century Bartók, Stravinsky, and Schoenberg were venturing out in their own modernistic directions. Yet, at the same time, there were a number of composers in Russia who continued to compose in a Romantic manner. With so much attention being paid to the modernists, many of these Romantic composers were largely ignored and have fallen into unjust neglect. Of the seven composers presented in this recital, only Rachmaninoff has become a household name. Scriabin has gained considerable respect (though in great part for his late works, which are quite modern in style) and Medtner is only just starting to be appreciated by a wider public. Bortkiewicz, Liadov, Liapunov, and Rebikov wrote attractive, emotionally appealing music, but they have yet to receive the recognition they deserve. The majority of their works are hardly known. This collection hopes to introduce solo piano works of some of these unjustly neglected Russian composers.

Bulgarian-born Nadejda Vlaeva's playing has been acclaimed wherever she has appeared. Lazar Berman called her talent "God-given"; Maestro Hans Graf observed that "her musicality and the depth of her interpretation amazed me." Arnold Steinhardt, leader of the Guarneri String Quartet, praised her as "one of those people of extraordinary ability whom we hope for but rarely see." She has performed internationally, giving solo recitals in Bulgaria, Russia, Slovakia, Hungary, The Netherlands, Germany, England, Spain, Canada and the United States, where she now makes her home.

“This is an enterprising and enticing programme of Russian piano music, from the rare to the familiar. It is played with consummate style and flair by Nadejda Vlaeva, whose previous recordings of Liszt and Chopin I have greatly admired. She is at her best in the lyrical miniatures... where she is able to sing melodic lines with gorgeous transparency and tonal nuance.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2009 ****

“Inspired playing of this superb collection of Russian bonbons” Gramophone Magazine, October 2009

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