Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Rubinstein & Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos

Rubinstein & Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos


Rachmaninov:

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

Rubinstein:

Piano Concerto No. 4 in D minor, Op. 70


Joseph Moog (piano)

Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz, Nicholas Milton

The outstanding young German pianist Joseph Moog makes his debut on ONYX with a superb disc of two great Russian piano concertos that have had very different fates.

Anton Rubinstein’s 4th was once one of the most famous and popular concertos in the repertoire, and many of the major virtuosos performed this work into the early years of the 20th century – when the composer’s other works vanished from the concert hall. He composed 5 piano concertos which can be considered as the models for those of Tchaikovsky and later Rachmaninov. Well written for the piano and the orchestra, Rubinstein’s 4th is the archetypal Romantic concerto – big tunes, big gestures, and plenty of exciting finger - work for the soloist. The neglect of this work today is hard to understand.

Rachmaninov’s 3rd concerto was one of the works that swept Rubinstein’s concertos from the concert platform. Its combination of virtuosity, symphonic structure, plus the hallmark Rachmaninov gift for melody has made this one of the most popular works in the repertoire, from the time of its premiere in the USA, with the composer as soloist and Mahler conducting. It is one of the most technically demanding concertos in the repertoire.

Joseph Moog has already established a formidable reputation as virtuoso and received rave reviews for his recent Liszt Concertos recording.

“Moog’s is a talent worth watching” Daily Telegraph, 18th February 2012

“this 24-year-old German pianist may occasionally sound more relentless than giving, though the chill wind he blows through even the most lyrically assuaging passages will seem authentic to some...Less generally, Moog is at his most interesting in the mercurial twists and turns he gives the cadenzas...There may be more affecting Rachmaninov Third Concertos on record...but it is certainly among the most formidable.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012

“Moog makes easy sense of it all, his light, glittering touch deftly partnered by Nicholas Milton and his Ludwigshafen-based orchestra...it comes as no surpise that he chooses the more mercurial of the two cadenzas options, though he can pull out the big guns at the the central climax of the Intermezzo...Moog is a pianist of transcendental technique whose future should be well worth following.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2012 ****

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Alexis Weissenberg: The Champagne Pianist

Alexis Weissenberg: The Champagne Pianist


Bach, J S:

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Italian Concerto, BWV971

Beethoven:

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

Für Elise (Bagatelle in A minor, WoO59)

Rondo a capriccio in G major, Op. 129 ‘Rage over a lost penny'

Brahms:

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

London Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini

Chopin:

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

Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

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

Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

Étude Op. 10 No. 3 in E major 'Tristesse'

Impromptu No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 29

Debussy:

Études pour piano No. 11 - Pour les arpeges composes

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

La plus que lente

Franck, C:

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Berliner Philharmoniker, Berlin Philharmoniker

Prélude, Fugue et Variation Op. 18

Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

Berliner Philharmoniker, Seiji Ozawa

I Got Rhythm Variations

Berliner Philharmoniker, Seiji Ozawa

Liszt:

Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major)

Valse-Impromptu, S.213

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K271 "Jeunehomme"

Wiener Symphoniker, Carlo Maria Giulini

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

Wiener Symphoniker, Carlo Maria Giulini

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Orchestre de Paris, Seiji Ozawa

Rachmaninov:

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

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

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

Orchestre National de France, Leonard Bernstein

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Orchestre de Paris, Seiji Ozawa

Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

Humoreske, Op. 20

Album for the Young, Op. 68

Arabeske in C major, Op. 18

Scriabin:

Nocturne in D flat major Op. 9 No. 2

Étude Op. 8 No. 11 in B flat minor

Severac:

Valse romantique

Tchaikovsky:

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

Orchestre de Paris, Herbert von Karajan

Lullaby, Op. 16 No. 1

Vladigerov:

Improvisation

plus:

Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750

[1]-[9] Transcriptions of works by other composers 45.14

[ 1] Chorale Prelude: Jesus bleibet meine Freude [Jesu, joy of man’s desiring] HESS 3.25

[ 2] Chorale Prelude: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BUSONI 4.13

[ 3] Chorale Prelude: Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein BUSONI 1.48

[ 4] Siciliano in G minor (from Flute Sonata No. 2 in E flat, BWV. 1031) LÜSTNER 1.37

[ 5] Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV. 543 LISZT 7.35

[ 6] Chorale Prelude: Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BUSONI 3.09

[ 7] Chaconne in D minor (from Partita No. 2, BWV, 1004) BUSONI 13.03

[ 8] Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV. 565 BUSONI 8.15

[ 9] Prelude in B minor (from the Notebook of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach) SILOTI 2.09


This fine collection has a diverse range of well know piano repertoire from Bach to Gershwin and illustrates Weissenberg’s brilliance and his exciting lyrical playing. Including both orchestral and solo piano works this collection offers a magnificent range of repertoire for the piano enthusiast.

Weissenberg is critically acclaimed for his interpretations of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No.1 and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concert No.2 both of which are included in this set.

A pianist of virtuoso technique, with wide repertory but a particular interest in the Romantic period (especially the music of Chopin and Schumann), he can give in performance and recordings the impression of a forceful flamboyance of style.

Also of key interest to any fan of Weissenberg’s recordings is a fine disc of his concert encores. This delightful collection includes magnificent interpretations of such well-known piano repertoire as Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Liszt’s Liebestraum and Rachmaninov’s Prelude in C# minor.

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Mercury Living Presence Collector’s Edition

Mercury Living Presence Collector’s Edition


Includes

Bach, J S:

Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Janos Starker (cello)

Bartók:

Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, BB 114, Sz. 106

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz 112

Yehudi Menuhin (violin)

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

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

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48, Op. 11

Mihály Székely (Bluebeard), Olga Szönyi (Judith)

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Beethoven:

Wellington's Victory, Op. 91 (Battle Symphony)

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

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

Gina Bachauer (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Gina Bachauer (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Stanisław Skrowaczewski

Berg:

3 Wozzeck-Fragments

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray

Brahms:

Hungarian Dances (excerpts)

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Variations on a theme by Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a 'St Anthony Variations'

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Henryk Szeryng (violin)

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

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

Gina Bachauer (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Stanisław Skrowaczewski

Bruch:

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Janos Starker (cello)

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Chopin:

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

Gina Bachauer (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

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

Gina Bachauer (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Copland:

Appalachian Spring

Antal Doráti

Billy the Kid - Suite

Antal Doráti

Danzon Cubano

Antal Doráti

El Salón México

Antal Doráti

Debussy:

Pour le piano

Gina Bachauer (piano)

Dvorak:

Slavonic Dances Nos. 1-8, Op. 46 Nos. 1-8

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Slavonic Dances Nos. 9-16, Op. 72 Nos. 1-8

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Janos Starker (cello)

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Enescu:

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

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Romanian Rhapsody in D major, Op. 11 No. 2

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Grofe:

Grand Canyon Suite

Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson

Herbert, V:

Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor, Op. 30

Georges Miquelle (cello)

Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson

Khachaturian:

Music from Gayaneh

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Violin Concerto in D minor

Henryk Szeryng (violin)

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Lalo:

Cello Concerto in D minor

Janos Starker (cello)

London Symphony Orchestra

Liszt:

Hungarian Rhapsodies, S359 Nos. 1-6

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Byron Janis (piano)

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Byron Janis (piano)

Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gennady Rozhdestvensky

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Henryk Szeryng (violin)

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

orch. Ravel

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Pictures at an Exhibition

orch. Ravel

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Byron Janis (piano)

A Night on the Bare Mountain

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Prokofiev:

Scythian Suite, Op. 20

The Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op. 33a

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

Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1, Op. 64a

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanisław Skrowaczewski

Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 2, Op. 64b

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanisław Skrowaczewski

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

Rachmaninov:

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

Byron Janis (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

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

Byron Janis (piano)

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

Ravel:

Gaspard de la Nuit

Gina Bachauer (piano)

Saint-Saëns:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

Janos Starker (cello)

London Symphony Orchestra

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Byron Janis (piano)

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanisław Skrowaczewski

Arabeske in C major, Op. 18

Byron Janis (piano)

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

Janos Starker (cello)

London Symphony Orchestra

Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23

Henryk Szeryng (violin)

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanisław Skrowaczewski

Smetana:

Má Vlast

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Antal Doráti

Petrushka - suite

Antal Doráti

Three Movements from Petrushka

Gina Bachauer (piano)

The Firebird

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Fireworks, Op. 4

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Le Chant du Rossignol

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Tchaikovsky:

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

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

Byron Janis (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Menges

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Janos Starker (cello)

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Antal Doráti

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48

Antal Doráti


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Boris Berezovsky: The Teldec Recordings

Boris Berezovsky: The Teldec Recordings


Balakirev:

Islamey - Oriental Fantasy

Chopin:

Études (12), Op. 10

Études (12), Op. 25

Trois Nouvelles Études

Étude Op. 10 No. 1 in C major

Étude Op. 10 No. 2 in A minor 'chromatique'

Étude Op. 10 No. 3 in E major 'Tristesse'

Étude Op. 10 No. 4 in C sharp minor

Étude Op. 10 No. 5 in G flat major 'Black Key'

Étude Op. 10 No. 6 in E flat minor 'Lacrimosa'

Étude Op. 25 No. 1 in A flat major 'Aeolian Harp'

Étude Op. 25 No. 5 in E minor

Godowsky:

Études

Hindemith:

Ludus tonalis

Suite '1922' for piano, Op. 26

Khachaturian:

Piano Concerto in D flat major

Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitri Liss

Liadov:

Prelude Op. 57/1

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

4 Preludes Op. 39: No. 4 in F sharp minor

Liszt:

Transcendental Studies, S139 Nos. 1-12

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Philharmonia Orchestra, Hugh Wolff

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Philharmonia Orchestra, Hugh Wolff

Totentanz, S126 for piano & orchestra

Philharmonia Orchestra, Hugh Wolff

Medtner:

Skazka (Fairy Tale), Op. 34 No. 2 in E minor

Skazka (Fairy Tale), Op. 20 No 1 in B flat minor

Skazka (Fairy Tale), Op. 34 No. 3 in A minor

Romantic Sketches for the Young Op. 54: Tale

Skazka (Fairy Tale), Op. 51 No. 1 in D minor

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain (piano version)

Arr Rimsky Korsakov

Rachmaninov:

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 3 in F sharp minor

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

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 7 in C minor

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

Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22

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

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

Philharmonia Orchestra, Eliahu Inbal

Prelude Op. 23 No. 6 in E flat major

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 10 in G flat major

Prelude Op. 23 No. 9 in E flat minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 2 in B flat major

Schumann:

Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6

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

Toccata in C major, Op. 7

Tchaikovsky:

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

Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitri Liss


10CD boxed set collects all of Berezovsky’s recordings for both Teldec and Warner Classics.

Boris Berezovsky has established a great reputation, both as the most powerful of virtuoso pianists and as a musician gifted with a unique insight and a great sensitivity. He is regularly invited by the most prominent orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France and Philharmonia Orchestra (London). He will make his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in January 2012 With Teldec, Boris Berezovksy has recorded works of Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Medtner, Ravel and the complete Liszt Transcendental Studies. His recording of the Rachmaninov sonatas was awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and his Ravel disc was recommended by Le Monde de la Musique, Diapason, BBC Music Magazine and Independent on Sunday. Boris Berezovsky also won the BBC Music Magazine Awards in 2006.

In October 2004, still with Warner Classics International, the Berezovsky Trio recorded the Shostakovich Trio n°2 and Rachmaninov Trio Elégiaque n°2, which were awarded the Choc de la Musique in France, the Gramophone Award in the UK and the Echo Classic 2005 in Germany. His Solo live recording of the Chopin/Godowsky Etudes, released in January 2006, received the Diapason d'Or and the RTL d'Or.

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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 & Caprice Bohemien

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 & Caprice Bohemien


Rachmaninov:

Caprice Bohémien, Op. 12

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 - arrangement for orchestra

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44


Award-winning conductor Vasily Petrenko’s exceptional abilities as a renowned, inspiring conductor with major media appeal set him apart from the majority of his contemporaries. He is the youngest ever Principal (now Chief) Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and will add the role of Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic beginning with the 2013/2014 season. His commitment to musical education has led him to act as Principal Conductor or the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and to be a founding member of the board of the UK’s "Building on Excellence: Orchestras for the 21st Century” scheme, which endeavours to increase the participation in classical and cultural events amongst British youth.

Vasily Petrenko conducts the RLPO for Rachmaninov’s third and most expressive symphony, paired with his capriccio on gypsy themes, the Caprice Bohémien.

This will be the first of a run of exciting releases focusing on the Russian music of Petrenko’s heritage.

Since Petrenko took up the baton of the RLPO’s Principal Conductor in 2006 (and then Chief Conductor in 2009), this partnership has flourished; and the orchestra is now described as “premier league”. Vasily has now committed to staying with the orchestra until 2015.

“In the Third Symphony, which finds Rachmaninov wistfully recalling the Russia he left after the October Revolution, Petrenko and the RLPO also identify the zest, the orchestral lucidity and the rhythmic thrust that marked the composer’s later years. An exhilarating performance.” The Telegraph, 5th January 2012 *****

“Perhaps the most impressive feature of this new recording is the quicksilver dynamic fluidity of the orchestra - they are able to move from the boldest of fortissimos to the most tender of pianissimos in a heartbeat. There is an overwhelming sense that the musicians are moving as one with the same telepathic unity of a murmuring of starlings. It is mesmerising....This music - and these recordings - will last for a very long time.” Classic FM Magazine, February 2012

“The RLPO strings sound leaner, perhaps, than those of Stokowski’s Philadelphia Orchestra, which inspired the composer, but they have never seemed more sumptuous than in the long melodies of the central adagio, and their brilliant articulation of virtuoso allegro passages at Petrenko’s fast tempi brings exhilarating dividends. In this magnificently played account, the stature of the music is never in doubt.” Sunday Times, 15th January 2012

“The RLPO play magnificently...There is surging energy here allied to lucidity of orchestration and rhythmic impetus, together with that infallible sense of instrumental timbre that Rachmaninov possessed. The lyrical elements...are conveyed with heartfelt affection without resorting to any heart-on-sleeve excess.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

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Treasures of Russia

Treasures of Russia


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Brigitte Engerer (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Vespers, Op. 37

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Paul Hillier

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniele Gatti


Russian ‘classical' music seems to have a dual consciousness: sometimes grave and interiorised, sometimes luminous and resolutely forward-looking. At root, this sentiment draws equally on the countless traditions of the biggest country in the world and on its relationship with western Europe, and especially France, from the 18th century onwards. If we had to define the very special atmosphere of Russian music in a few words, we might say that it represents the ‘exchange', ‘sharing' and ‘absorption' of an infinity of cultural and musical idioms. The principal interest of the works on this set is the approach they represent to three central aspects of this repertory, three ‘Treasures of Russia', through three of its most famous composers: the influence of Orthodox religious music with the Vespers of Serge Rachmaninoff; the modernity and importance of the musical ‘image' with Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition; and finally the languor and inner heartbreak so characteristic of the Russian soul, as laid bare in one of the peaks of musical emotion – the Sixth Symphony of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the ‘Pathétique'.

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Mariusz Kwiecien: Slavic Heroes

Mariusz Kwiecien: Slavic Heroes


Borodin:

Ni sna, ni otdikha izmuchennoi dushe (from Prince Igor)

Dvorak:

Prince's aria (from Selma sedláck)

Moniuszko:

Pewna, jak wiatr wzdycha (from Halka)

Kto z mych dziewek serce ktorej (from Straszny Dwor)

Nakaz niech ozywcze slonko (from Verbum Nobile)

Rachmaninov:

Ves tabor spit (from Aleko)

Rimsky Korsakov:

Gorod kamennyi, gorodam vsem mat? 'Song of the Venetian guest' (from Sadko)

Smetana:

Jen Jediana (from Certova stena)

Szymanowski:

Hymn to Apollo (from Król Roger)

Tchaikovsky:

Vy mne pisali…Kogda by zhizn domashnim krugom (from Eugene Onegin)

Kto mozhet sravnitsa s Matildoyu moyei (Robert's aria from Iolanta)

O Mariya, Mariya! (from Mazeppa)

Uzhel ta samaya Tatyana (from Eugene Onegin)


Mariusz Kwiecien’s journey to the top of his profession has been remarkably rapid and assured for a young man from Kraków who arrived in New York at the age of 23. The Met’s current Don Giovanni, Polish baritone Mariusz, has won over audiences in many of the world’s greatest opera houses with his powerful interpretations. For his first solo recital he employs his mellifluous and burnished voice to great effect in Polish, Russian and Czech arias which are very close to his heart. A collection of operatic gems, familiar and rare, including the electric final scene from Szymanowski’s ‘King Roger’, which joins Giovanni as his favourite role.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“[His signature roles] suggest a certain dashing Italianate quality that's refelcted in his voice: lighter, less rich and chocolatey than some Slavic rivals, for example Dmitri Hvorostovsky. But he also sounds more luminous and less thickly textured, with excellent diction and bel canto agility...Backed by an obviously committed Polish conductor, Kwiecien offers a seriously appealing recital, recorded in first-rate sound.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2012 ****

“this thoughtfully planned recital holds several welcome discoveries, and Kwiecień’s assured performances are an enticement unto themselves...Apart from passing traces of constriction on top, Kwiecień delivers everything robustly and sensitively, and receives fine, idiomatic support” Classical Review, January 2012

“Your head might explode in the final track of Slavic Heroes. Bombarded by treacly tones and the lush eroticism of Szymanowski's Król Roger, this is heady stuff indeed. But it's just one of many such treats on Mariusz Kwiecień's new recording...The sheer lyrical arrogance of his dismissal of Tatyana breaks your heart. And, as if playing the opera for real, his Act 3 aria is palpably neurotic... I cannot wait to hear Kwiecień performing these roles live.” Entartete Musik, 8th January 2012

“the programming fills a valuable niche...Invariably, Kwiecien gives vocally solid, passionate accounts of the music. His well focused (if not exceptionally glamorous) baritone gives a luxuriously clean sense of line...Kwiecien's Onegin is particularly nuanced.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2012

“The basis for this recital is refreshing...Kwiecien really enters the spirit of [The Haunted Manor aria], his focused voice blazing forth in what was the composer's barely concealed encouragement of his countrymen after their unsuccessful uprising against the Russians in 1863...The final scene of King Roger, in which the orchestra holds sway for some while, finds the baritone releasing his sound to the fullest.” International Record Review, January 2012

“Kwiecieñ fields wide variety of dynamic and tone-colour to convey dramatic mood...he is greatly aided by the exceptional playing of Borowicz's marvellous orchestra, and indeed by his conducting, which raises this disc high above run-of-the-mill recitals. Their hair-raising account of the finale of King Roger is alone worth the price....This is a lovely disc, thanks to both singer and conductor.” Opera, February 2012

“If Kwiecień’s robust delivery of the various set-piece arias make an immediate impact...he is also no slouch when it comes to psychological subtlety, and in the long term it’s the more substantial monologues which stay in the mind after several hearings...The fine playing of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra plays no small part in showcasing both singer and repertoire.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 9th January 2012

“His Onyegin...is close to ideal: lyrical, still youthful, attentive to nuances of notes and text. Roger’s ecstatic Hymn to Apollo could hardly be bettered today.” Sunday Times, 22nd January 2012

“There’s a husky darkness to the voice. It’s frequently beautiful, but highly expressive, especially when used with real restraint. The attraction of this well-produced aria disc is the repertoire...Play it at maximum volume and weep.” The Arts Desk, 17th March 2012

“The basic sound – a mix of grit and velvet – is immensely appealing, though there are moments of constriction in his upper registers, and an occasional pulse in his tone. On the plus side, he has a remarkable ability to colour his voice to suit each character, so that Borodin's Prince Igor, thinking of his wife on the eve of battle, sounds very different from Rachmaninov's Byronic Aleko, teetering on the edge of self-destruction.” The Guardian, 5th January 2012 ****

“Like Tchaikovsky's hero, Kwiecien's programme vacillates between hauteur and abandon, contrasting various arias with no apparent strain. The Czech repertoire ("Certova Stena" and "Selma Sedlak") is on a more intimate scale, but "Hymn to Apollo" from Szymanowski's King Roger is divine.” The Independent on Sunday, 22nd January 2012

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Arthur Rubinstein: The Complete Album Collection

Arthur Rubinstein: The Complete Album Collection


includes:

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'

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

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'

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

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Toscanini

Piano Trio No. 7 in B flat Major, Op. 97 'Archduke'

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

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Beecham

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Symphony Of The Air, Krips

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 No. 3 'The Hunt'

Brahms:

Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8

Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38

Chopin:

Nocturnes Nos. 1-19

Mazurkas Nos. 1-51

Waltzes Nos. 1-14

Bolero, Op. 19

Impromptus Nos. 1-4

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Tarantella in A flat major, Op. 43

Scherzi Nos. 1-4

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

New Symphony Orchestra of London, Stanisław Skrowaczewski

Trois Nouvelles Études

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

Symphony of the Air, Alfred Wallenstein

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'

Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major, Op. 51

Falla:

Noches en los jardines de Espana

Fauré:

Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor Op. 15

Members Of The Paganini Quartet

Franck, C:

Violin Sonata in A major

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Mendelssohn:

Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

Rachmaninov:

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

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Ravel:

Piano Trio in A minor

Saint-Saëns:

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

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3

Impromptu in A flat major, D899 No. 4

Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, D898

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Steinberg

Fantasiestücke, Op. 12

Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44

Paganini Quartet

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

Strauss, R:

Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 18

Tchaikovsky:

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

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Mitropoulos

Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 'In Memory of a Great Artist'

CD 1-5 THE EARLY RECORDINGS 1928–1935 ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 6-10 THE EARLY RECORDINGS 1931–1939 ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 11-14 THE EARLY RECORDINGS 1938–1949 ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 15 RACHMANINOFF – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 ~ RUBINSTEIN • NBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • GOLSCHMANN

CD 16 GRIEG – PIANO CONCERTO • LISZT – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 ~ RUBINSTEIN • RCA VICTOR S. O. • DALLAS S. O. • DORATI

CD 17 TCHAIKOVSKY – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 ~ RUBINSTEIN • MINNEAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • MITROPOULOS

CD 18 CHOPIN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 ~ RUBINSTEIN • NBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • STEINBERG

CD 19 SCHUMANN – PIANO CONCERTO ~ RUBINSTEIN • RCA VICTOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • STEINBERG

CD 20 BEETHOVEN – PIANO SONATAS NO. 23 “APPASSIONATA” & NO. 18 “THE HUNT” ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 21 BEETHOVEN – PIANO SONATA NO. 8 “PATHÉTIQUE” • SCHUMANN – FANTASIESTÜCKE ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 22 FALLA – NOCHES EN LOS JARDINES DE ESPAÑA • MOZART – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 23 ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 23 SCHUMANN – PIANO QUINTET ~ RUBINSTEIN • PAGANINI QUARTET

CD 24 BEETHOVEN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3 ~ RUBINSTEIN • NBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • TOSCANINI

CD 25 SCHUBERT – PIANO TRIO NO. 1 ~ RUBINSTEIN • HEIFETZ • FEUERMANN

CD 26 BEETHOVEN – PIANO TRIO NO. 7 “ARCHDUKE” ~ RUBINSTEIN • HEIFETZ • FEUERMANN

CD 27 BRAHMS – PIANO TRIO NO. 1 ~ RUBINSTEIN • HEIFETZ • FEUERMANN

CD 28 FAURÉ – PIANO QUARTET NO. 1 ~ RUBINSTEIN • MEMBERS OF THE PAGANINI QUARTET

CD 29 RAVEL – PIANO TRIO • MENDELSSOHN – PIANO TRIO NO. 1 ~ RUBINSTEIN • HEIFETZ • PIATIGORSKY

CD 30 TCHAIKOVSKY – PIANO TRIO ~ RUBINSTEIN • HEIFETZ • PIATIGORSKY

CD 31 CHOPIN – SCHERZOS NOS. 1-4 ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 32 PIANO ENCORES BY ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN

CD 33 BEETHOVEN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 4 ~ RUBINSTEIN • ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA • BEECHAM

CD 34-35 CHOPIN – THE COMPLETE NOCTURNES ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 36 CHOPIN – 24 PRÉLUDES, OP. 28 ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 37 BRAHMS – PIANO SONATA NO. 3 ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 38 CHOPIN – POLONAISES OPP. 26, 40, 44 & 53 “HEROIC” ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 39 CHOPIN – PIANO SONATA NO. 2 “FUNERAL MARCH” • DEBUSSY ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 40 BRAHMS – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 ~ RUBINSTEIN • BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • MUNCH

CD 41 RACHMANINOFF – RHAPSODY ON A THEME OF PAGANINI • SZYMANOWSKI – SYMPHONIE CONCERTANTE ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 42-44 CHOPIN – THE COMPLETE MAZURKAS • POLONAISE-FANTAISIE • GRANDE POLONAISE BRILLANTE ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 45 SCHUMANN – CELLO CONCERTO • BRAHMS – CELLO SONATA NO. 1 ~ PIATIGORSKY • RUBINSTEIN

CD 46 FRANCK • STRAUSS – VIOLIN SONATAS ~ RUBINSTEIN • HEIFETZ • SÁNDOR

CD 47 BRAHMS – INTERMEZZI • CAPRICCIO • RHAPSODIES ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 48 CHOPIN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 ~ RUBINSTEIN • LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC • WALLENSTEIN

CD 49 SCHUMANN – CARNAVAL • FRANCK – PRÉLUDE, CHORAL ET FUGUE ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 50 BRAHMS – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 ~ RUBINSTEIN • CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • REINER

CD 51 RUBINSTEIN PLAYS GRIEG

CD 52 CHOPIN – WALTZES ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 53 BEETHOVEN – PIANO SONATAS NO. 23 “APPASSIONATA” & NO. 8 “PATHÉTIQUE” ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 54 RUBINSTEIN PLAYS LISZT

CD 55 FALLA • GRANADOS • ALBÉNIZ • MOMPOU ~ RUBINSTEIN • SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • JORDA

CD 56 BEETHOVEN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 ~ RUBINSTEIN • SYMPHONY OF THE AIR • KRIPS

CD 57 BEETHOVEN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 ~ RUBINSTEIN – SYMPHONY OF THE AIR • KRIPS

CD 58 BEETHOVEN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3 ~ RUBINSTEIN • SYMPHONY OF THE AIR • KRIPS

CD 59 BEETHOVEN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 4 ~ RUBINSTEIN • SYMPHONY OF THE AIR • KRIPS

CD 60 BEETHOVEN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 5 “EMPEROR” ~ RUBINSTEIN • SYMPHONY OF THE AIR • KRIPS

CD 61 SAINT-SAËNS – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 • FRANCK • VARIATIONS SYMPHONIQUES ~ RUBINSTEIN • WALLENSTEIN

CD 62 RACHMANINOFF – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 • LISZT – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 ~ RUBINSTEIN • REINER • WALLENSTEIN

CD 63 SCHUMANN – PIANO CONCERTO ~ RUBINSTEIN • RCA VICTOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • KRIPS

CD 64 RUBINSTEIN PLAYS CHOPIN

CD 65 BEETHOVEN – PIANO SONATAS NO. 21 “WALDSTEIN” & NO. 18 “THE HUNT” ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 66 CHOPIN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 • GRANDE POLONAISE BRILLANTE ~ RUBINSTEIN • WALLENSTEIN

CD 67 BRAHMS – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 ~ RUBINSTEIN • RCA VICTOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • KRIPS

CD 68 CHOPIN – SCHERZOS NOS. 1-4 ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 69 CHOPIN – BALLADES NOS. 1-4 ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 70 BEETHOVEN – VIOLIN SONATAS NO. 9 “KREUTZER” & NO. 5 “SPRING” ~ RUBINSTEIN • SZERYNG

CD 71 GRIEG – PIANO CONCERTO • LISZT – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 ~ RUBINSTEIN • WALLENSTEIN

CD 72 RACHMANINOFF – RHAPSODY ON A THEME OF PAGANINI • FALLA – NIGHTS IN THE GARDENS OF SPAIN ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 73 BRAHMS – PIANO SONATA NO. 3 • INTERMEZZO OP. 116/6 • ROMANCE OP. 118/5 ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 74 MOZART – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 24 • RONDO K. 511 ~ RUBINSTEIN • RCA VICTOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – KRIPS

CD 75 CHOPIN – PIANO SONATAS NO. 2 “FUNERAL MARCH” & NO. 3 ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 76 CHOPIN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 ~ RUBINSTEIN • NEW SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF LONDON • SKROWACZEWSKI

CD 77 GRIEG – PIANO CONCERTO • FAVORITE ENCORES ~ RUBINSTEIN • RCA VICTOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • WALLENSTEIN

CD 78 HIGHLIGHTS FROM RUBINSTEIN AT CARNEGIE HALL

CD 79 BRAHMS – VIOLIN SONATAS NO. 2 & NO. 3 ~ RUBINSTEIN • SZERYNG

CD 80 BEETHOVEN – VIOLIN SONATA NO. 8 • BRAHMS – VIOLIN SONATA NO. 1 ~ RUBINSTEIN • SZERYNG

CD 81 MOZART – PIANO CONCERTOS NO. 23 & NO. 21 ~ RUBINSTEIN • RCA VICTOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • WALLENSTEIN

CD 82 BEETHOVEN – PIANO SONATAS NO. 14 “MOONLIGHT” • NO. 26 “LES ADIEUX” • NO. 8 “PATHÉTIQUE” ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 83 SCHUMANN – CARNAVAL • FANTASIESTÜCKE ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 84 TCHAIKOVSKY – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 ~ RUBINSTEIN • BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • LEINSDORF

CD 85 MOZART – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 20 • HAYDN – ANDANTE & VARIATIONS ~ RUBINSTEIN • WALLENSTEIN

CD 86 MOZART – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 17 • SCHUBERT – IMPROMPTUS D 899/3-4 ~ RUBINSTEIN • WALLENSTEIN

CD 87 CHOPIN – WALTZES NOS. 1-14 ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 88 BEETHOVEN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 5 “EMPEROR” ~ RUBINSTEIN • BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • LEINSDORF

CD 89 A FRENCH PROGRAM – RAVEL • POULENC • FAURÉ • CHABRIER ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 90 BEETHOVEN – PIANO SONATAS NO. 23 “APPASSIONATA” & NO. 3 ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 91-92 CHOPIN – POLONAISES & IMPROMPTUS ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 93 LISZT – PIANO SONATA IN B MINOR • SCHUBERT – “WANDERER” FANTASY ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 94 CHOPIN – BARCAROLLE • 3 NOUVELLES ÉTUDES • BOLÉRO • FANTAISIE • BERCEUSE • TARANTELLE ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 95 BRAHMS – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 ~ RUBINSTEIN • BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • LEINSDORF

CD 96-98 CHOPIN – THE COMPLETE MAZURKAS ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 99 BEETHOVEN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3 ~ RUBINSTEIN • BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • LEINSDORF

CD 100 BRAHMS – PIANO QUINTET ~ RUBINSTEIN • GUARNERI STRING QUARTET

CD 101-102 CHOPIN – THE COMPLETE NOCTURNES ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 103 SCHUMANN – PIANO CONCERTO • NOVELETTES ~ RUBINSTEIN • CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • GIULINI

CD 104 BEETHOVEN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 4 ~ RUBINSTEIN • BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • LEINSDORF

CD 105 BEETHOVEN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 ~ RUBINSTEIN • BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • LEINSDORF

CD 106 CHOPIN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 • FANTASY OP. 13 ~ RUBINSTEIN • THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA • ORMANDY

CD 107-109 BRAHMS – THE 3 PIANO QUARTETS • SCHUMANN – PIANO QUINTET ~ RUBINSTEIN • GUARNERI STRING QUARTET

CD 110 SCHUBERT – PIANO SONATA NO. 21 ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 111 BEETHOVEN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 ~ RUBINSTEIN • BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • LEINSDORF •

CD 112 SCHUMANN – KREISLERIANA • VOGEL ALS PROPHET • ARABESKE ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 113 SAINT-SAËNS – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 • FALLA – NOCHES EN LOS JARDINES DE ESPAÑA ~ RUBINSTEIN • ORMANDY

CD 114 THE BRAHMS I LOVE ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 115 DVOŘÁK – PIANO QUINTET ~ RUBINSTEIN • GUARNERI STRING QUARTET

CD 116 BRAHMS – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 ~ RUBINSTEIN • THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA • ORMANDY

CD 117 RACHMANINOFF – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 ~ RUBINSTEIN • THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA • ORMANDY

CD 118 DVOŘÁK – PIANO QUARTET ~ RUBINSTEIN • GUARNERI STRING QUARTET

CD 119-120 BRAHMS – THE 3 PIANO TRIOS • SCHUMANN – PIANO TRIO NO. 1 ~ RUBINSTEIN • SZERNYG • FOURIER

CD 121 FAURÉ – PIANO QUARTET NO. 1 • STRING QUARTET ~ RUBINSTEIN • GUARNERI STRING QUARTET

CD 122-123 SCHUBERT – PIANO TRIOS NOS. 1 & 2 ~ RUBINSTEIN • SZERNYNG • FOURNIER

CD 124 BRAHMS – CELLO SONATAS NOS. 1 & 2 ~ RUBINSTEIN • PIATIGORSKY

CD 125 BEETHOVEN – PIANO SONATA NO. 18 “THE HUNT” • SCHUMANN – FANTASIESTÜCKE ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 126 BEETHOVEN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 5 “EMPEROR” ~ RUBINSTEIN • LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA • BARENBOIM

CD 127 MOZART – THE 2 PIANO QUARTETS ~ RUBINSTEIN • GUARNERI STRING QUARTET

CD 128 BEETHOVEN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 4 ~ RUBINSTEIN • LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA – BARENBOIM

CD 129 BEETHOVEN • PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3 ~ RUBINSTEIN • LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA • BARENBOIM

CD 130 BACH-BUSONI – CHACONNE • MOZART – RONDO K. 511 • FRANCK – PRÉLUDE, CHORAL ET FUGUE ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 131 SCHUMANN – SYMPHONIC ETUDES • ARABESQUE • RAVEL • DEBUSSY • ALBÉNIZ ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 132 BEETHOVEN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 ~ RUBINSTEIN • LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA • BARENBOIM

CD 133 BEETHOVEN – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 • PIANO SONATA NO. 18 “THE HUNT” ~ RUBINSTEIN • BARENBOIM

CD 134 SAINT-SAËNS • DEBUSSY • GRANADOS • ALBÉNIZ • SCHUMANN • RUBINSTEIN • MOMPOU • CHOPIN ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 135 SCHUBERT – PIANO SONATA NO. 21 • SCHUMANN – FANTASY IN C • VOGEL ALS PROPHET~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 136-137 THE BENEFIT RECITAL FOR ISRAEL 1975 ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 138 BRAHMS – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 ~ RUBINSTEIN • ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA • MEHTA

CD 139 INTERVIEW CD – ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN IN CONVERSATION WITH MARTIN BOOKSPAN & NATHANIEL JOHNSON

CD 140 BONUS CD – NEW HIGHLIGHTS FROM CARNEGIE HALL, VOL. 1 ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 141 BONUS CD – NEW HIGHLIGHTS FROM CARNEGIE HALL, VOL. 2 ~ RUBINSTEIN

CD 142 BONUS CD – NEW HIGHLIGHTS FROM CARNEGIE HALL, VOL. 3 ~ RUBINSTEIN

DVD 1 THE BENEFIT RECITAL FOR ISRAEL 1975 ~ RUBINSTEIN

DVD 2 RUBINSTEIN REMEMBERED – A DOCUMENTARY


Arthur Rubinstein is widely considered to be the greatest pianist of the 20th Century. He received 5 Grammy Awards for his recordings in both the Chamber Music and Solo Instrumental categories between 1960-1978 and received a posthumous lifetime achievement in 1994.

142-CD plus 2-DVD limited edition

The complete studio and live recordings of solo, concerto and chamber music repertoire on RCA Red Seal in their best remastered versions. Includes all EMI recordings (originally released on RCA).

Includes 3 Bonus CDs - Highlights from Rubinstein’s 1961 Carnegie Hall recitals (“50th Anniversary Special Releases”)

and 2 Bonus DVDs - Rubinstein Remembered, a documentary tracing the great pianist’s life, and The Benefit Recital for Israel, (1975)

Three new Chopin and one new Debussy works added to the discography

First-ever release of a whole Chopin Collection

More than 3 ½ hours of previously unreleased music

164-page full-coloured hardcover book in landscape format includes

New liner notes by Rubinstein biographer Harvey Sachs

Essay by John Rubinstein

Photos shot and selected by Eva Rubinstein

Essay on Rubinstein’s 1961 Carnegie Hall recitals

Complete discography in alphabetical and chronological order, featuring 78s, 45s and LPs

Track listings with complete discographical notes

Arthur Rubinstein – The Complete Album Collection is a Guinness World Record breaking product. The world’s biggest CD edition for a solo artist, it features 142 CDs and 2 Bonus DVDs from this legendary artist all housed in a stylish cerise box with a comprehensive 164-page full colour hardback book.


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Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy: Russian Fantasy

Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy: Russian Fantasy


Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

arranged by Vovka Ashkenazy

Glinka:

Valse-Fantaisie in B minor for piano, G. vi193

arranged for two pianos by Vovka Ashkenazy

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain (piano version)

arranged by Vovka Ashkenazy

Rachmaninov:

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

Scriabin:

Fantasy in A minor Op. post.


Following their album of French music for two pianos, father and son Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy revel in their musical heritage with this dazzling programme by the great composers of Russia. Three of the works have been arranged by Vovka Ashkenazy himself, including Mussorgsky's Night On The Bald Mountain and the album's virtuosic finale, Borodin's Polovtsian Dances from his opera Prince Igor. His two-piano arrangement of Glinka's lilting Valse-fantaisie is itself based on Sergei Lyapunov's arrangement for four hands.

“It's terrific to hear Ashkenazy playing Russian Romantic repertoire again. The performance of the Rachmaninov Suite is more reflective and mellow than Ashkenazy's version with Previn - there seems to be greater expansiveness and flexibility in the phrasing...The result is a delightful and entertaining disc, and one that's sumptuously recorded too” International Record Review, February 2012

“full of taut and virtuosic double pianism.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2012 ****

Decca - 4782940

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Sergio Fiorentino Edition 1

Sergio Fiorentino Edition 1

The Berlin Recordings 1994-97


Bach, J S:

Prelude & Fugue in D major, BWV532

Busoni arr. Fiorentino

French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV816

Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV1006: suite (Gigue, Gavotte & Preludio)

Transcribed Rachmaninoff

Prelude & Fugue in E flat major, BWV552 'St Anne'

Transcribed Busoni, arr. Fiorentino

Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV825

Sonata for solo violin No. 1 in G minor, BWV1001

Transcribed Fiorentino

Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV828

Chopin:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

Debussy:

Suite Bergamasque

Franck, C:

Prélude, Fugue et Variation Op. 18

arr. Bauer

Prélude, Choral et Fugue, M21

Prelude, Aria et Final M23 (1886/7)

Liszt:

Ballade No. 1 in D flat major S170 ('Le chant du croisé')

Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S171/R16

Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 7)

La leggierezza - Étude de concert No. 2, S144

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Waldesrauschen, S145 No. 1

Prokofiev:

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

Rachmaninov:

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

1931 version

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

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D664

4 Impromptus, D899

Piano Sonata No. 4 in A minor, D537

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

Scriabin:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 'Sonata Fantasy'

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 6

plus works by:

Scarlatti, Moszkowski, Fauré (Arr. Fiorentino) Schumann & Liszt


This 10-CD set presents the recordings Fiorentino made between 1994 and 1997 in the Siemenvilla in Berlin, a testimony of a great musical mind and technical command, of works by Schumann, Liszt, Chopin, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Scriabin and Bach.

“This 10-disc box is Piano Classics' most ambitious project to date...Wherever you turn you will encounter a human breadth and richness far removed from the often chilly aristocracy or froideur of Michelangeli and Pollini, his more celebrated compatriots...the sheer ease of his Chopin B minor Sonata leaves you lost in wonder.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012

Piano Classics Sergio Fiorentino Edition - PCLM0033

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