Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Argerich & Freire - Salzburg Concert

Argerich & Freire - Salzburg Concert


Brahms:

Variations on a theme by Haydn for two pianos, Op. 56b 'St Anthony Variations'

Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Ravel:

La Valse

Schubert:

Rondo for piano duet in A major, D951


Two of the world’s legendary pianists join forces in a virtuoso recital program with Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, op. 56b, Sergey Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, op. 45, Franz Schubert: Rondo in A, D 951–Grand Rondeau and Maurice Ravel: La Valse–Poème choréographique. The concert will be taped live at the Salzburg Festival and includes the Schubert Rondo in A, D951 which has never been recorded by the artists before.

“Martha Argerich is arguably the most mercurial of all great pianists today, capable of being compellingly inspiring” International record review “I'd say that Martha Argerich is the greatest living performer . . .” BBC Music Magazine

“An extraordinary pianist” New York Times

“The Schubert duet is played with beguiling naturalness, a refreshment after the huge number of notes that Brahms and Rachmaninov employ at every moment. And then the dizzy, insane whirl of La valse, if it doesn’t match the frightening intensity of the orchestral version, is still disturbing, and in the final pages these two great artists throw any remaining caution to the winds. Not to be missed...” BBC Music Magazine, February 2010 *****

“This is a souvenir of what must have been a special evening at the Grosses Festspielhaus; but it’s also so much more than that. To hear two musicians of this stature at the height of their re-creative powers is never less than thrilling and thought-provoking, an gratitude is due to DG for thinking to travel down from Hamburg with their microphones to capture the event in such realistic sound.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2009

“Argerich and Freire, recorded live at the Salzburg Festival, are totally in sympathy; the perfectly balanced sonorities of the Brahms "Haydn" Variations proclaim that this is really special music-making.” The Observer, 6th December 2009

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - December 2009

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Rachmaninov & Grieg - Cello Sonatas

Rachmaninov & Grieg - Cello Sonatas


Grieg:

Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36

Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19


Jamie Walton (cello) & Daniel Grimwood (piano)

An exhilarating disc that showcases the talents of two of the UK's finest instrumentalists, cellist Jamie Walton and pianist Daniel Grimwood join forces to perform two masterful chamber-music works by Rachmaninov and Grieg.

“…what I love about both these performances is their spontaneity, flow and warmth, their natural ease with the idiom of both composers. Walton achieves a fabulous legato in the Rachmaninov's Sonata, so that one feels it is really being sung… Grieg's Sonata is a more challenging work to negotiate. Walton can produce a special purity of tone, heard to great effect in a searching slow movement, but he also lets the air into his bowing in a highly articulate Allegro agitato. ...towards the end of the taxing finale... both players create a blazing climax, in which we taste the extent of their charismatic daring.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2010 *****

“the musical give-and-take of these players is excellent: they seize upon the music with enthusiasm, energy and sensitivity – one can almost sense that they are keen to show us just how fine this music is … strongly recommended. It is good to see these young artists taking up these works with such conspicuous success.” International Record Review

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Rachmaninov, Prokofiev & Medtner - Piano Sonatas

Rachmaninov, Prokofiev & Medtner - Piano Sonatas


Gubaidulina:

Chaconne

Medtner:

Sonata reminiscenza in A minor, Op. 38 No. 1

Prokofiev:

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

Rachmaninov:

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


New signing and exclusive Naïve Classique artist, Anna Vinnitskaya makes her much anticipated debut album on the Ambroisie label featuring an all-Russian programme of piano sonatas by Rachmaninov, Medtner and Prokofiev and a piece by Gubaidulina.

This is Anna Vinnitskaya’s first ever recording and, unsurprisingly, it has already been met with high critical acclaim. Since its release in France, it was awarded the “Diapason d´Or” (within the “Discoveries” category) and most recently, the “Choc du mois” by Classica Magazine. After going through a period of pronounced disfavour in the second half of the 19th century, the piano sonata enjoyed a veritable renaissance from the start of the twentieth which was due in large measure to Russian composers. Vinnitskaya here explores the way in which the great Russian virtuoso pianist-composers (Medtner, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov) paid homage in their different ways to a genre that was already more than two centuries old. Also included is Chaconne, written by well-known Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina. At only 26, Anna Vinnitskaya has already established a flourishing international career, both in recital and orchestral performances. In 2007, she won first prize in the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels becoming only the second woman in the history of the competition for piano to do so, after Ekaterina Novitskaya in 1968.

“There's little doubt that she has the measure of each work, demonstrating not only formidable technical control but also a truly remarkable range of tonal colouring...there's no denying the sheer beauty and richness of her sound, the central movement presented in a particularly haunting manner.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2010 *****

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A Russian Night

A Russian Night


Rachmaninov:

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

Hélène Grimaud (piano)

Stravinsky:

The Firebird

Tchaikovsky:

The Tempest, Op. 18


This is the first-ever concert DVD of Hélène Grimaud capturing her appearance with Claudio Abbado in a fascinating all-Russian concert programme recorded at Lucerne Festival in 2008. Claudio Abbado has invited Hélène for a variety of programmes since they first performed together in the early 90s and this is the first document of their collaboration, about which the Neue Züricher Zeitung wrote: “Grimaud played with naturalness and chamber-musical spirit….a phenomenal orchestra inspired by its charismatic conductor.”

The repertoire of the DVD throws light on various facets of Russian life and music. Two works – Tchaikovsky’s symphonic fantasia inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Stravinsky’s concert suite from the fairytale ballet The Firebird – depict the dramatic struggle between the forces of good and evil and the ultimate triumph of the former. And Hélène Grimaud is the soloist in a performance of one of the beloved classics of the late Romantic repertoire, Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. For Hélène Grimaud, to perform the concerto with Claudio Abbado was “a dream”.

This DVD features behind-the-scenes material shows Hélène Grimaud in conversation and in rehearsal.

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Igor Kamenz in Recital

Igor Kamenz in Recital


Liszt:

Soirées de Vienne: valse-caprice No. 6 (after Schubert), D427 No. 6

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 10 'Appassionata'

Rhapsodie espagnole, S254

Rachmaninov:

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

Tausig:

Man lebt nur einmal. No. 2 from 'Walzer-Capricen nach J. Strauss'

Weber:

Rondo brillant in D flat major J260


Igor Kamenz (piano)

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Sa Chen plays Rachmaninov & Mussorgsky

Sa Chen plays Rachmaninov & Mussorgsky


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

A Night on the Bare Mountain (piano version)

arr. K. Chernov for piano

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)

Sa Chen’s previous CD of the Chopin Piano Concertos on PentaTone got excellent reviews: “Sa Chen has that rare unteachable ability to tug at the heart-strings.” Classic FM Magazine. Here she plays Pictures in their original piano version and Night in Rimsky-Korsakov’s version but transcribed for piano by Konstantin N. Chernov.

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Rachmaninov - Piano Music

Rachmaninov - Piano Music


Rachmaninov:

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Michel Plasson

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42

Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39

Études-Tableaux, Op. 33

Note: No. 4 in A minor was withdrawn by the composer

Prelude Op. 23 No. 1 in F sharp minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Moment musical No. 3 in B minor, Op. 16 No. 3

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

original version: 1913

Prelude Op. 23 No. 4 in D major

Prelude Op. 23 No. 2 in B flat major


For modern audiences the name of Sergei Rachmaninov, who was born in 1873, conjures up great memorable tunes primarily from his second piano concerto (used in the film Brief Encounter) and second symphony; he was indeed the last flowering of Russian late Romanticism. For his contemporaries, however, he was one of the greatest pianists and who was an expert in expressing moods in the briefest time scale – he was a brilliant miniaturist. He wrote 17 Etudes-Tableaux and 26 Préludes, this collection provides all of the former and 5 of the latter including the one (in C# minor), written when was only 19, which became so popular that it haunted him as he was known to the general public by that piece alone. The Second Sonata is in one movement but three distinct sections, with the slower central movement providing some respite from the turbulence of the outer movements. The Variations on a theme of Corelli was Rachmaninov’s last work for solo piano and is based on the traditional tune La follia which Corelli used in his twelfth violin sonata. The Variations are skilfully wrought as they are in the Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, the work that immediately followed it; the tune on which the Variations are made is the 24th Caprice for solo violin by the brilliant violinist-composer Paganini.

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Nicola Benedetti - Fantasie

Nicola Benedetti - Fantasie


Fauré:

Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1

Alexei Grynyuk (piano)

Massenet:

Méditation (from Thaïs)

London Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding

Pärt:

Spiegel im Spiegel

Alexei Grynyuk (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Alexei Grynyuk (piano)

Ravel:

Tzigane

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

Saint-Saëns:

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

Sarasate:

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

Vaughan Williams:

The Lark Ascending

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton


British violinist Nicola Benedetti presents her fourth album, Fantasie, a selection of well-loved violin pieces that form a stunning violin showcase. The repertoire is varied, ultimately all popular pieces and greatly different to the repertoire on her most recent discs. The combination of virtuosic, gipsy-influenced show stoppers with introspective meditations and songs represents the two aspects of violin-playing that particularly interest Benedetti, as well as showing her musical and technical development.

Upon winning the prestigious BBC Young Musician of the Year competition at the age of 16, Benedetti signed to Deutsche Grammophon and recorded the winning Szymanowski Concerto no. 1, gaining critical acclaim. The albums that followed contained world premiere works written especially for Benedetti by the pre-eminent British composers, James MacMillan and Sir John Tavener. She has established a fantastic career performing with major orchestras across the UK, US and Japan, garnering praise for her bold interpretations of concertos such as Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Glazunov and Szymanowski.

For Fantasie Benedetti has put aside the concerti to explore some of the recital greats, including Vaughan Williams’ ‘The Lark Ascending’, one of the greatest works for violin which, for the last three years, has been voted Classic FM’s favourite piece of classical music in their Hall of Fame.

“The Lark Ascending is beautifully played, with pure, unforced tone, and in the unmeasured passages Benedetti imaginatively suggests the bird's unfettered, unpredictable flight. By contrast, she produces an alluring, vibrant tone for the Méditation from Thaïs, and a similarly passionate approach animates several of the newly recorded tracks-the Rachmaninov and Fauré, particularly.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2009

“Benedetti has the technique, passion and energy to compete with the best” The Observer, 6th September 2009

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Chants d'Est (Songs from Slavic Lands)

Chants d'Est (Songs from Slavic Lands)


Dohnányi:

Andante Rubato alla Zingaresca

Song in remembrance of Schubert (Jewish Traditional)

Krawczyk:

Jeux d’enfants, after janácek’s moravian folksongs 2007 (Nos. 1-7)

Mahler:

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

Dance (Jewish Traditional)

Martinu:

Variations on a Slovak folksong for Cello & Piano, H. 378

Prokofiev:

Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78: The Field of the Dead

Rachmaninov:

Nunc Dimittis

Tcherepnin:

Tatar Dance


Sonia Wieder-Atherton (cello)

Sinfonia Varsovia, Christophe Mangou

Naïve’s astonishing new signing, cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton, releases her debut album on the label featuring a collection of ancient folk melodies played on solo lyrical cello with string orchestra.

New signing Sonia Wieder-Atherton releases her fascinating debut album for Naïve entitled ‘Chants d’est’ – Songs from Slavic Lands’. Cultures born out of the vast, oppressive Austro-Hungarian Empire fought to retain their own language and identity. Music was the voice of resistance. Wieder-Atherton, through the music of composers such as Rachmaninov, Mahler and Prokofiev, goes on a musical journey of discovery into the way music, in this dark period of history, gave a voice to those who did not have the right to speak. The cellist is accompanied by Sinfonia Varsovia under Christophe Mangou.

As an interpreter of a very broad repertoire reflecting her imaginative world, a designer of projects, and a musician sought after by many contemporary composers, Sonia Wieder-Atherton occupies a special place on today’s musical scene. Her statu s as one of today’s most potent musical personalities was acknowledged when she was awarded the Grand Prix Del Duca in 1999 by the French Académie des Beaux-Arts.

“Wieder-Atherton's sonorous tone always lies at the heart, her romantic flourishes taming an imagined gypsy wildness, slowing its expression down to an introverted hover. These songs might not feature any actual vocals, but the cello takes on a suitably singing role throughout.” Martin Longley, bbc.co.uk, 12th October 2009

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More Choral Favourites from King’s

More Choral Favourites from King’s


Bach, J S:

Magnificat in D major, BWV243: Magnificat anima mea Dominum

Brahms:

How lovely are Thy dwellings

Britten:

A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: Balulalow

Byrd:

O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth

Fauré:

Messe basse : Benedictus

Requiem: In Paradisum

Gardiner, H B:

Evening Hymn (Te lucis ante terminum)

Garrett:

Psalm 137: By the waters of Babylon

Gibbons, O:

Hosanna to the son of David

Gorecki:

Totus Tuus, Op. 60

opening

Goss, J:

Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd

Parry:

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind (Repton)

Poston:

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

Purcell:

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Rachmaninov:

Vespers, Op. 37: Blazhen muzh

Rutter:

Pie Jesu (from Requiem)

Scholefield:

The Day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended (St Clement)

Stanford:

Evening Service in G, Op. 81: Magnificat

Coelos Ascendit Hodie, Op. 38 No. 2

Stravinsky:

Ave Maria

Tallis:

O nata lux de lumine 5vv

trad.:

This joyful Eastertide

arr. Charles Wood

Vaughan Williams:

Mass in G minor: Gloria

Come down, O Love divine (Down Ampney)


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