Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Lang Lang: The Romance of Rachmaninov

Lang Lang: The Romance of Rachmaninov


Rachmaninov:

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

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev

Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor, Op. post.

with Vadim Repin (violin) & Mischa Maisky (cello)

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

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

from “Lang Lang Live at the Proms, The Royal Albert Hall, London

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov

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

from “Lang Lang Live at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood"


Lang Lang (piano)

This is Lang Lang’s complete Rachmaninov recordings, bringing together the DG and the early Telarc recordings, which capture the heart of Russian Romantic music. Described by The Times as “a marvel, his ease of virtuosity astonishing, his stage presence magnetic”, Lang Lang presents two of Rachmaninov’s favourite concertos (nos. 2 and 3), the dazzlingly virtuosic Paganini Rhapsody and the deeply felt Trio élégiaque, in which he is partnered by Repin and Maisky – plus a spirited performance of the great G minor Prelude. “Rachmaninov playing of real personality” – International Record Review (Second Concerto, Rhapsody).

The recording of Rachmaninov No.3 is from the BBC Proms in London from 2002- a breakthrough performance for the pianist, coupled with a live performance of Sonata No.2 in B flat minor at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood.

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Russian Treasures: Tenebrae

Russian Treasures: Tenebrae


Chesnokov:

Svete tihiy

We Hymn Thee (Tebe Poyem)

Heruvimskaya pesn

Golovanov:

Heruvimskaya pesn

Slava Ottsu (Yedinorodnï)

Otche nash 'Our Father', Op. 9, No. 3

Grechaninov:

Now the Powers of Heaven, Op. 58 No. 6 "Nïne silï nebesnïya"

Kalinnikov, Viktor:

Svete tihiy

Kedrov:

Otche nash (Our Father)

Rachmaninov:

Nunc Dimittis

Vespers, Op. 37: Priidite, poklonimsia

Heruvimskaya pesn

We Hymn Thee (Tebe Poyem)

Vespers, Op. 37: Bogoroditse Devo (Rejoice, O Virgin)

Vespers, Op. 37: Blazhen muzh

Otche nash

Vespers, Op. 37: Vzbrannoy Voyevode

Tchaikovsky:

The Crown of Roses


Russian Treasures is the 20th album from award-winning professional choir, Tenebrae, and the first release on new label Bene Arte, established exclusively to record the choir and associated artists. Russian choral music has been a feature in Tenebrae’s concert performances since the choir’s inception and over the years they have worked extensively with Russian language coaches whilst nurturing their own characteristics of passion and precision to deliver a special and heartfelt tribute to the music of these great composers.

This disc was inspired by the rare manuscripts collected by director Nigel Short during his travels around Russia. The exquisite collection includes some little-known gems, rarely heard outside Russia and never before recorded in the UK, as well as some familiar favourites from this vast area of choral repertoire. Award--winning Tenebrae has established itself as the chamber choir of choice for critics and audiences in the UK and around the world. Founded and directed by Nigel Short, the group blends the passion of a large Cathedral choir with the precision of a chamber ensemble to create a unique and enchanting sound, one which is as dazzlingly effective in mediaeval chant as it is in contemporary works. As the first ever group to be multi--nominated in the same category for the BBC Music Magazine Awards (2012), their recording of Victoria's Requiem secured the accolade for Best Choral Performance. Their recent recording of the Fauré Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra was nominated for the 2013 Gramophone Awards, having been described as “the very best Fauré Requiem on disc”.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“a beautifully blended, spaciously paced journey through late 19th and early 20th century Russian liturgical music. The basses are phenomenal, descending to their sepulchral bottom B flats; the tenors and sopranos sound a little too tidy and British at times, but the overall sound is gorgeous.” The Times, 18th January 2014 ****

“There is a distinctive timbre to this repertoire that Tenebrae catches to elevating effect. Your average Russian church choir would sing with more of an edge to the tone, but, on the other hand, this music was composed for choirs of top calibre. And Tenebrae is certainly one of those.” The Telegraph, 23rd January 2014

“the fact that they don’t sound especially like a Russian choir I don’t see as a negative at all. What they bring to this music is their own refined passion, combined with precision, perfect balance and intonation. The upper voices have a purity and luminance, while the blended sound is smooth but never dull.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 13th January 2014

“The authentic voice of Russian liturgical music is a challenge for Brits to emulate; there’s the unique timbre Church Slavonic an indefinable quality of melancholy and a visceral richness which only the real thing fully delivers.” Choir & Organ, January/February 2014

“Short lets the Znamenny chant that underpins so much of this music breathe freely, phrasing with improvisatory freshness and sense of discovery...If there is a quibble here, though, it's a disparity of tone and character through Short's choir. The basses are pure St Petersburg...while the sopranos are more St Peter's College, Oxbridge.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2014

Presto Disc of the Week

13th January 2014

Presto Discs of 2014

Finalist

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Roman Zaslavsky: Ingenious Opposites Vol. 2

Roman Zaslavsky: Ingenious Opposites Vol. 2


Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28

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

plus:

Rachmaninov: 3 Préludes, 3 Études-Tableaux, 2 Moments Musicaux


Roman Zaslavsky (piano)

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Roman Zaslavsky is a master of piano technique that espouses nuance without resorting to arbitrary mannerisms, hegained recognition by taking 1st prize - the Primer Gran Premio - at the José Iturbi International Music Competition in Valencia, Spain.

Ingenious Opposites Vol.2 presents two composers, Sergei Rachmaninov and Sergei Prokofiev, who were very differentthough being contemporaries, Prokofiev was open for the new, wanted to finish with Romanticism and turned towardsModernism, while Rachmaninov was rooted in Romantiscism and continued this tradition in his own way.

HD Audio productions in line produced without compromise using the Direct A/D (analog to digital) technique whichdelivers the culmination of sound clarity realized by the use of the state-of-the-art digital microphone system thattransfers the direct signal with a dynamic range of up to 130dB by eliminating all sound shaping and dynamic losscreating stages in the signal.

The Audio Blu-ray Disc comes with True 24/96 Lossless HD Audio , for which the first issue of Ingenious Oppositesreceived the Supersonic award from the pizzicato magazine.

Picture format BLU-RAY DISC: 1080i Full HD 16:9

Sound formats BLU-RAY DISC: HD-Video DTS 5.0, LPCM Audio 5.0 (24 bit/96 kHz)

Region code: All (worldwide)

Booklet notes: English, German

Running time: 63 mins

German FSK: 0

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Roman Zaslavsky: Ingenious Opposites Vol. 2

Roman Zaslavsky: Ingenious Opposites Vol. 2


Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28

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

Rachmaninov:

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

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

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 9 in D major

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

Moment musical No. 4 in E minor, Op. 16 No. 4

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 5 in G major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor


Roman Zaslavsky (piano)

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Roman Zaslavsky is a master of piano technique that espouses nuance without resorting to arbitrary mannerisms, hegained recognition by taking 1st prize - the Primer Gran Premio - at the José Iturbi International Music Competition in Valencia, Spain.

Ingenious Opposites Vol.2 presents two composers, Sergei Rachmaninov and Sergei Prokofiev, who were very differentthough being contemporaries, Prokofiev was open for the new, wanted to finish with Romanticism and turned towardsModernism, while Rachmaninov was rooted in Romantiscism and continued this tradition in his own way.

A live studio recording with state-of-the-art technology (direct A/D recording) comes in an extended dynamic range andprovides an excellent sound experience.

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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1


Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13

Prince Rostislav


The important third release completing this series of Rachmaninov’s symphonies, and highlighting the Russian music of conductor Vasily Petrenko's heritage.

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and their acclaimed young Russian music director conclude their Rachmaninov cycle with a rarely heard symphonic poem on the heroic subject of a prince who sacrifices himself to save his family. The composer himself was sacrificed on the altar of public opinion after the disastrous premiere of his First Symphony, which has won deserved if belated recognition as fully characteristic of his free-flowing, yearning lyrical style.

“Petrenko veers towards the Ashkenazy end of the dramatic spectrum, with a big, brawny start that’s certainly arresting. Trouble is, that’s pretty much where it stays thereafter.” MusicWeb International, 28th October 2013

“by treating its melodies with the freedom and flexibility they need, Petrenko and his orchestra tune into its emotional pulse: this is a thrilling performance of an underestimated symphony.” Financial Times, 2nd November 2013 *****

“Petrenko’s tempo [in the first movement] is perhaps a shade faster than Rachmaninov envisaged, but it gives the movement a momentum that never lets up. The RLPO’s playing is world-class here and in the succeeding movements, where Petrenko coaxes sounds of the utmost transparency in the scherzo...Unmissable.” Sunday Times, 24th November 2013

“there is far more to this performance than high-voltage aggression, for Petrenko's fluid interpretation perfectly encapsulates the romantic yearning and exoticism of the second idea in the first movement...The RLPO confirms its position as one of Europe's finest orchestras with playing of great warmth and stunning virtuosity.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 *****

“[a] characteristically articulate and highly charged account of the epic First, magnificently played by an orchestra currently at the very top of its game...undeniably strong temperament, architectural grip and considerable clout.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2014

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month - January 2014

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Arthur Rubinstein plays Great Piano Concertos

Arthur Rubinstein plays Great Piano Concertos


Beethoven:

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

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

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Chopin:

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

New Symphony Orchestra of London, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Symphony of the Air, Alfred Wallenstein

Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22

Symphony of the Air, Alfred Wallenstein

Fantasia in A major on Polish Airs, Op. 13

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Falla:

Noches en los jardines de Espana

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Franck, C:

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Symphony of the Air, Alfred Wallenstein

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

RCA Victor Orchestra, Alfred Wallenstein

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

RCA Victor Orchestra, Alfred Wallenstein

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

RCA Victor Orchestra, Alfred Wallenstein

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'

RCA Victor Orchestra, Alfred Wallenstein

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

RCA Victor Orchestra, Alfred Wallenstein

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

RCA Victor Orchestra, Josef Krips

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453

RCA Victor Orchestra, Alfred Wallenstein

Rachmaninov:

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

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Saint-Saëns:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini

Szymanowski:

Symphony No. 4, Op. 60 (Sinfonia Concertante)

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Alfred Wallenstein

Tchaikovsky:

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

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf


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Decca Sound Vol. 2 - The Analogue Years

Decca Sound Vol. 2 - The Analogue Years


includes

Bartók:

Suite No. 1, Op. 3, BB. 39, Sz. 31

Antal Dorati

Suite No. 2, Op. 4, BB. 40, Sz. 34

Antal Dorati

Two Pictures, (Op.10) Sz. 46

Antal Dorati

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Berwald:

Grand Septet in B flat major

Bloch, E:

Schelomo

Voice in the Wilderness

Borodin:

Piano Quintet in C minor

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Clifford Curzon (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, George Szell

Britten:

Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68

Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 6 in A major

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Chopin:

Études (12), Op. 10

Études (12), Op. 25

Copland:

Appalachian Spring

Lincoln Portrait

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1 (12, complete)

Pascal Roge (piano)

Children's Corner

Pascal Roge (piano)

Violin Sonata

Dvorak:

The Water Goblin, Op. 107 (B195)

My Home Overture, Op. 62

The Noon Witch, Op. 108 (B196)

Hussite Overture, Op. 67

The Golden Spinning Wheel, Op. 109

Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

Enescu:

Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

Fauré:

Fantaisie for piano & orchestra, Op. 111

Franck, C:

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Gershwin:

An American in Paris, tone poem

Glazunov:

Stenka Razin

Decca’s first stereo recordings

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Gounod:

Faust - Ballet Music

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, John Lanchbery

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Haydn:

Symphony No. 94 in G Major 'Surprise'

Symphony No. 100 in G major 'Military'

Symphony No. 104 in D major 'London'

Hérold:

La Fille mal gardée (highlights)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, John Lanchbery

Hindemith:

Violin Concerto

Holst:

The Planets, Op. 32

Honegger:

Symphony No. 2 in D for strings and trumpet

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Kodály:

Háry János Suite

Dances of Galanta

The Peacock

Variations on a Hungarian Folksong 'The Peacock'

Kraft, William:

Contextures

Lecocq:

Mam'zelle Angot - ballet

Anatole Fistoulari

Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Martin, F:

Studies for String Orchestra

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Concerto for 7 wind instruments, timpani, percussion & string orchestra

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Massenet:

Le Cid - Ballet music

Mendelssohn:

Piano Sextet Op. 110

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Ruggiero Ricci (violin)

London Symphony Orchestra, Pierino Gamba

Montsalvatge:

Concerto Breve for Piano & Orchestra

Mozart:

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Serenade No. 10 in B flat major, K361 'Gran Partita'

Serenade No. 12 in C minor, K388

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

Clifford Curzon (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, George Szell

Offenbach:

Le Papillon

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Weller

The Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op. 33a

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Weller

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

Puccini:

La Bohème

Carlo Bergonzi (Rodolfo), Renata Tebaldi (Mimi), Ettore Bastianini (Marcello), Gianna D' Angelo (Musetta), Renato Cesari (Schaunard), Cesare Siepi (Colline), Fernando Corena (Benoit/Alcindoro), Piero De Palma (Parpignol), Attilio D' Orazi (Sergente dei doganieri), Giorgio Onesti (Un doganiere)

Santa Cecilia Orchestra & Chorus, Tullio Serafin

Rachmaninov:

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

Julius Katchen (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Ravel:

Violin Sonata in G major

Introduction & Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet

Boléro

Ma Mère l'Oye

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Rimsky Korsakov:

Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

Symphony No. 2, Op. 9 'Antar'

Decca’s first stereo recordings

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Saint-Saëns:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 17

Philadelphia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 'Organ Symphony'

Schoenberg:

Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31

Schubert:

Incidental music to Rosamunde, D797

Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'

London Symphony Orchestra, Josef Krips

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

London Symphony Orchestra, Josef Krips

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Scenes from Goethe's Faust, WoO 3

Scriabin:

Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20

Prometheus (The Poem of Fire), Op. 60

Symphony No. 4 - 'Le Poème de l'extase', Op. 54

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

String Quartet No. 15 In E Flat Minor, Op. 144

String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110

String Quartet No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 117

Sibelius:

Pelléas and Mélisande Suite, Op. 46

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Horst Stein

The Tempest, Op. 109

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Horst Stein

Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39

Karelia Suite, Op. 11

Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43

London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

Strauss, J, II:

Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325

Wiener Philharmoniker, Willi Boskovsky

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Violin Concerto in D

Surinach:

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1973)

Tchaikovsky:

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

Valse-scherzo in C major for violin & orchestra (or violin & piano), Op. 34

Swan Lake, Op. 20 (excerpts)

Anatole Fistoulari

1812 Overture, Op. 49

London Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Alwyn

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

London Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Alwyn

Marche slave, Op. 31

London Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Alwyn

Verdi:

Requiem

Otello

Mario Del Monaco (Otello), Renata Tebaldi (Desdemona), Aldo Protti (Iago), Nello Romanato (Cassio), Athos Cesarini (Rodrigo), Fernando Corena (Lodovico), Tom Krause (Montano), Ana Raquel Satra (Emilia)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Kinderchor, Herbert von Karajan

Walton:

Violin Concerto

Wolf-Ferrari:

Il segreto di Susanna


In the late 1940s, the pioneering Decca recording engineers perfected a new set of microphone techniques that allowed the full range of frequencies to be fully heard by listeners for the first time, and the term ‘full frequency range recording’ was launched. It was a major revolution in sound quality, and the beginnings of high fidelity.

Perfected with the birth of stereo in the mid-1950s, Decca’s ‘Full Frequency Stereophonic Sound’ became a worldwide hallmark of sonic excellence and a golden age of classical recorded music was born. THE ANALOGUE YEARS presents a 50-Album overview across 53 CDs, in original jackets, of the celebrated international recordings that emerged from the London-based record label in that pre-digital era.

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A Tale Of Two Cellos

A Tale Of Two Cellos

Arrangements by Julian Lloyd Webber


Barnby:

Sweet and low

Dvorak:

The Harvesters (No. 3 from Four Duets, Op. 38)

Die Bescheidene, Op. 32 No. 8

Autumn Lament (No. 4 from Four Duets, Op. 38)

Hahn, R:

Si mes vers avaient des ailes

Holst:

Hymn to the Dawn

Lloyd Webber, J:

Moon Silver

Monteverdi:

Interrotte speranze

Nevin, E W:

O that we two were maying

Pärt:

Estonian Lullaby for female choir and string orchestra

Pergolesi:

Dolorosa

Piazzólla:

The Little Beggar Boy

arr. Lenehan

Purcell:

Lost is my quiet for ever, Z502

Quilter:

My Lady (Greensleeves)

Summer Sunset

Rachmaninov:

The Waves are Dreaming

Rubinstein:

The Angel

Saint-Saëns:

Ave Maria

Schumann:

Sommerruh WoO7

Der Abendstern, Op. 79 No. 1

Shostakovich:

The Gadfly: Prelude


Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (cellos), John Lenehan (piano), Catrin Finch (harp), Guy Johnston (cello) & Laura van der Heijden (cello)

Good original music for two cellos is quite rare to find and over the years arrangements have greatly enriched the classical repertoire. In this recording internationally celebrated cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has taken music from Monteverdi to Arvo Pärt – much of it originally written for two voices – and adapted it to the medium of two cellos and accompanying piano, sometimes including other instrumentation. These unique arrangements, which he performs with his wife Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, allow their cello voices to blend together as they explore music of lyricism, quiet melancholy and tuneful energy.

“The most worthwhile tracks surround the cellists' effusions with space, air and Catrin Finch's harp...Throughout, John Lenehan's piano gives helpful support.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2013 ***

“This is expressly a CD for those who enjoy a pair of cellos, beautifully played and lended together in slow lyrical tunes, with a stylish piano accompaniment.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2013

“The programme is undeniably attractive, if somewhat unvaried in manner.” MusicWeb International, 25th March 2014

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Great Moments of Vladimir Horowitz live at Carnegie Hall

Great Moments of Vladimir Horowitz live at Carnegie Hall


includes

Bach, J S:

Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C major, BWV564

Beethoven:

Variations (32) on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80

Chopin:

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55 No. 1

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Debussy:

L'isle joyeuse

Horowitz, V:

Variations on a Theme from Bizet's Carmen

Liszt:

Au bord d'une source (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 4)

Vallée d'Obermann (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 6)

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Mendelssohn:

Etude in A Minor Op. 104b

Moszkowski:

Étincelles, Op. 36 No. 6

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K331 'Alla Turca' - 1st movement

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition: Great Gate of Kiev

Prokofiev:

Toccata in D minor, Op. 11

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

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

Schumann:

Im wunderschönen Monat Mai (No. 1 from Dichterliebe, Op. 48)

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)

Aus meinen Tränen sprießen (No. 2 from Dichterliebe, Op. 48)

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)

Blumenstück, Op. 19

Scriabin:

Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 70

Sousa:

The Stars and Stripes Forever

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, 3rd movement

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, George Szell


Selected highlights from his complete Carnegie Hall recitals 1943-1978 in a 2-CD Limited Edition.

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Renée Fleming: Guilty Pleasures

Renée Fleming: Guilty Pleasures


Berlioz:

Villanelle (from Les nuits d'été, Op. 7)

Canteloube:

La Delaïssado (2nd series, no.4) from Chants d’Auvergne

Malurous qu’o uno fenno (3rd series, no.5) from Chants d’Auvergne

Corigliano, J:

Once there was a golden bird (from The Ghosts of Versailles)

Delibes:

Les filles de Cadix

Sous le dôme épais (from Lakmé)

Susan Graham (mezzo)

Duparc:

Phidylé

Dvorak:

Za tihlou Gazelou (from Armida)

Falla:

Nana (No. 5 from Siete canciones populares españolas)

Canción (No. 6 from Siete canciones populares españolas)

Rachmaninov:

Twilight, Op.21 No. 3

Refice:

Ombra di Nube

Smetana:

Vendulka"s Lullaby (from The Kiss)

Strauss, J, II:

Frag mich oft (Walzer aus Wien)

Tchaikovsky:

Undina's Aria (from Undina)

trad.:

Londonderry Air

Wagner:

Träume (No. 5 from Wesendonck-Lieder)


Renée Fleming (soprano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Sebastian Lang-Lessing

A sequel to the album - Beautiful Voice - that sold 187,000 copies and won Fleming a Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Performance. Fleming was seen by millions singing at the Jubilee celebrations for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

‘Guilty Pleasures’ is an album of sheer indulgence: the beautiful voice of Renée Fleming in a new and very personal selection of songs and arias featuring a feast of music, much of which we might never hear her sing on stage. For our pleasure she has chosen to record many famous arias from roles which are not normally associated with her repertoire: romantic highlights from operas by Dvorak, Smetana and Tchaikovsky among many others.

Two twentieth-century American composers offer the chance for Fleming to sing in her native tongue –the Irish folksong Danny Boy and John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles.

Susan Graham joins Renée for the celebrated Flower Duet from Lakmé.

Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in a programme that ranges from Berlioz via Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Smetana, Wagner and Rachmaninov to Canteloube, Delibes and Massenet.

Renée Fleming will be awarded the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal by the President of the USA on July 10th. The recognition is for her contributions to American music. Known to many as “the people’s diva,” Ms Fleming has captivated audiences around the world with an adventurous repertoire spanning opera and the classical tradition to jazz and contemporary pop.

“The American soprano takes us on a whistle-stop tour of Europe on this offbeat and enjoyable album...The diva is in peachy voice throughout.” Sunday Times, 19th January 2014

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Decca - 4785107

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