Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4


Rachmaninov:

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

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislav Wislocki

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Ettore Gracis


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Classical 2013

Classical 2013


includes

Beethoven:

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

Otto Klemperer

Bizet:

Carmen: Prelude to Act I

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

Les tringles des sistres tintaient (from Carmen)

Magdalena Kozena (mezzo)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

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

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

Delibes:

Les filles de Cadix

Tine Thing Helseth (trumpet)

Fauré:

Sicilienne, Op. 78

Gautier Capucon (cello)

Gluck:

Che faro' senza Euridice? (from Orfeo ed Euridice)

Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)

Divinités du Styx (from Alceste)

Maria Callas (soprano)

Handel:

Atalanta: Overture

Alison Balsom (trumpet)

English Concert, Trevor Pinnock

Heggie:

This journey...This journey to Christ (from Dead Man Walking)

Joyce DiDonato (mezzo)

Leoncavallo:

Qual fiamma avea nel guardo!.... Hui! Stridono lassù (from I Pagliacci)

Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)

Leontovich:

Carol of the Bells

Libera

Liszt:

Bist du!, S277

Diana Damrau (soprano)

Puccini:

Donde lieta usci (from La Bohème)

Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)

Purcell:

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335

Alison Balsom (trumpet)

English Concert, Trevor Pinnock

Rachmaninov:

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

Vasily Petrenko

Rodgers, R:

The King And I: Overture

The John Wilson Orchestra, John Wilson

Verdi:

Ingemisco (from Requiem)

Rolando Villazon (tenor)

Vivaldi:

Vedro con mio diletto (from Giustino)

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor)


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Sol Gabetta plays Shostakovich and Rachmaninov

Sol Gabetta plays Shostakovich and Rachmaninov


Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Olga Kern (piano)

Shostakovich:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107

Munchner Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel


Sol Gabetta (cello)

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Eugene Ormandy conducts 20th Century Classics

Eugene Ormandy conducts 20th Century Classics


Alfvén:

Swedish Rhapsody No. 2, Op. 24 'Uppsalarapsodi'

Barber:

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Berg:

Lulu-Suite (Five Symphonic Pieces) for soprano and orchestra

Britten:

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

Copland:

Appalachian Spring

Debussy:

La Mer

Elgar:

Land of Hope and Glory

Enescu:

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

Falla:

Noches en los jardines de Espana

Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

Hindemith:

Symphony 'Mathis der Maler'

Holst:

The Planets, Op. 32

Ives, C:

Orchestral Set No. 1 'Three Places in New England'

Symphony No. 2

Kabalevsky:

Galop from The Comedians, Op. 26

Kodály:

Háry János Suite

Mahler:

Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde (from Das Lied von der Erde)

Der Trunkene im Frühling (Das Lied von der Erde)

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

Orff:

Carmina Burana

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63

Rachmaninov:

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

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Ravel:

Daphnis et Chloé

Rapsodie Espagnole

Rimsky Korsakov:

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

Rodrigo:

Concierto de Aranjuez

Scriabin:

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

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Sibelius:

Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1

Finlandia, Op. 26

Strauss, R:

Der Rosenkavalier - Suite

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Petrushka - suite

Webern:

Im sommerwind (Idyl for large orchestra) (1904)

and Dances by Khachaturian


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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4 (complete)


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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 & Dances from Aleko

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 & Dances from Aleko


Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Aleko - Intermezzo & Women's Dance

Aleko: Men's Dance


The second in this series of releases highlighting the Russian music of our conductor’s heritage. Vasily Petrenko conducts the RLPO for Rachmaninov’s much loved and best known symphony - No.2 in E minor. Also included are the Dances from Rachmaninov’s one act opera, “Aleko”, the work which effectively launched the young composer’s professional career.

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 considered Premier League.

“What a clever idea it was to launch this CD with the super-subtle Liverpool woodwind in the spotlight, lilting in the 'Women's Dance' [from Aleko]...there's a dash of bitters [in the Symphony] to leaven the sweetness and reveal what a lavish feast of counterpoint this epic work has to offer.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012 *****

“Petrenko captures the full romantic flavour of this glorious symphony” Financial Times, 13th October 2012

“Petrenko has instilled a sound that makes [the RLPO] a persuasive voice for the Russian Romantics. It is good to hear him devote so much interpretative attention to the Aleko extracts...But the chief attraction is the compelling interpretation of the Second Symphony...a performance that has a true feel for the organic manner in which the symphony is conceived.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2012

“Petrenko, generally speaking, appears to have the measure of this great work, but time and again he betrays his lack of control over the vast structure with a seeming inability to let the music move forward...[The Dances from Aleko are] far less demanding than the challenges of the Symphony, and Petrenko and the RLPO respond with delight to this rarely heard but eminently fresh and attractive music.” International Record Review, December 2012

“Petrenko’s reading of the Symphony is slowly but firmly paced and controlled. It unravels exquisitely, the lovely Adagio especially affecting. It never becomes mawkish but is full of tender nostalgia...The RLPO is on top form and the recording is extremely well engineered.” MusicWeb International, 8th November 2013

“The RLPO can rarely have played with such rhythmic elan and tonal glamour than they do in this repertoire for their young Russian maestro, a Rachmaninovian to rank with the finest on disc...The scherzo and finale are played with exhilarating panache. Outstanding.” Sunday Times, 4th November 2012

“much to enjoy – the sonorous tuba entry a few minutes into the first movement’s Largo introduction, and the hair-raising climax in the Allegro moderato...Petrenko’s dynamic last movement is a success, though I would have welcomed a bit more indulgence in the closing minutes.” The Arts Desk, 24th November 2012

“essential listening. Beginning modestly, melodies sweet and relaxed, the first movement then erupts into volcanic fury. The Allegro molto has biting precision, with crisp strings also relishing the passages of silky lyricism...The gypsy-inspired dances from Aleko provide a voluptuous companion piece.” The Observer, 14th October 2012

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice

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Rachmaninov: Complete Piano Concertos

Rachmaninov: Complete Piano Concertos


Rachmaninov:

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

Berliner Philharmoniker

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

Berliner Philharmoniker

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

London Symphony Orchestra

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40

London Symphony Orchestra


Leif Ove Andsnes has long been renowned for his powerfully emotive and disciplined performances of Rachmaninov: attributes prized by the supreme composer-pianist himself. This set brings together for the first time the complete cycle of acclaimed concerto recordings, including the perennially loved Second in an award-winning live performance, acclaimed by Gramophone as ‘a Rolls-Royce reading.’

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Rachmaninov: Etudes-tableaux, Opp. 33 & 39

Rachmaninov: Etudes-tableaux, Opp. 33 & 39


Rachmaninov:

Études-Tableaux, Op. 33

Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39

First International Release on CD of The 1973 Recordings


The seventeen Études-tableaux date from the last decade of Rachmaninov’s life in Russia. By this time he had completed Preludes in each of the major and minor keys and was ready to move in a slightly different direction. By qualifying the term with the word tableau, Rachmaninov seemed to be suggesting the introduction of a visual or even programmatic element into these complex ‘studies’. Vladimir Ashkenazy recorded the Op. 33 set of Études-tableaux four years apart, taping Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 6 in September 1977 and Nos. 1, 4, 7 and 8 in April 1981. He recorded the Op. 39 set twice – first in February 1973 and then in June 1985 / September 1986. The 1985-86 recordings were released internationally on CD, and this is the first international release of the earlier 1973 recordings.

“Ashkenazy's Etudes-tableaux are outstanding. Includes the 1973 recording of Op. 39 which is broadly similar in conception to the more familiar digital remake.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012 *****

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Russian Piano Encores

Russian Piano Encores


Borodin:

Scherzo in A flat

Liadov:

A Musical Snuffbox, Op. 32

Prokofiev:

Romeo & Juliet before parting

Masks from ‘Romeo and Juliet'

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 1 in C minor

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 2 in A minor

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

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

arr. Kocsis

Shostakovich:

Ballet Suite No. 3: Lyric Waltz (from Dances of the Dolls)

Short Piece from The Gadfly, Op. 97

Spanish Dance from The Gadfly, Op. 97

Nocturne (The Limpid Stream)

Polka from The Golden Age, Op. 22

Taneyev:

Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, Op. 29

Tchaikovsky:

The Seasons, Op. 37b: June (Barcarolle)

Dumka (Russian Rustic Scene), Op. 59


Many European countries have vied with one another in claiming the largest number of piano virtuosos. No one would dispute, though, that Russia has generated more than its share. The so-called ‘Russian piano school’, which originated in the 1800s with brilliant performers such as Alexander Siloti and brothers Anton and Nikolai Rubinstein, continues to produce first-class pianists, and to influence performance styles and keyboard virtuosity all around the world.

Given Russia’s richness in superstar pianists, it is not surprising that Russian composers have composed extensively for the piano. Some of the composers represented in this collection were impressive pianists in their own right, and they composed music designed to display their own technique and artistry. Others were more modestly gifted as performers, but still composed idiomatically for the piano.

This collection brings together recordings by Vladimir Ashkenazy spanning some 40 years, from November 1963 (the three Rachmaninov Études-Tableaux) to March 2004 (the Kocsis transcription of Vocalise). Some of them appeared as fillers for bigger works – for instance, the Études-Tableaux were coupled with the 1964 recording of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Kyril Kondrashin, one of Ashkenazy’s earliest recording for Decca, and his first solo recording for the label. Tchaikovsky’s Dumka and the pieces by Taneyev, Liadov and Borodin were recorded in January 1983 and issued on LP as a coupling for his digital recording of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The two pieces from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet were taped in 1968 as couplings for the composer’s Eighth Piano Sonata.

“This wide-ranging conspectus of Russian piano miniatures spans Ashkenazy's career from 1963 to 2004. Fine playing, occasionally short on charm.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012 ****

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Treasures of Chamber Music, Vol. 2

Treasures of Chamber Music, Vol. 2


Britten:

Sonata for cello and piano in C major, Op. 65

Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Emanuel Ax (piano)

Gielen:

Variations for String Quartet (1949)

Artis Quartet

Gubaidulina:

Rejoice! (Freue dich) -Sonata for Violin and Cello

Gidon Kremer (violin), Yo-Yo Ma

Haydn:

Four London Trios

Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute), Isaac Stern (violin), Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Divertimento No. 2 in A minor, Hob.XI:81

Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute), Isaac Stern (violin), Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Divertimento No. 6 in F major, Hob.XI:117

Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute), Isaac Stern (violin), Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Lanner:

Die Mozartisten Walzer Op. 196

Ensemble Wien

Mendelssohn:

Octet in E flat major, Op. 20

arr. 2 pianos

Piano Duo Tal & Groethuysen

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11

arr. piano duet, violin & cello

Piano Duo Tal & Groethuysen, Oliver Wille (violin), Mikayel Hakhnazaryan (cello)

Mozart:

Divertimento in D major, K136

Paul Guggenberger (violin), Peter Götzel (violin), Josef Pitzek (double bass)

Divertimento in B flat major, K137

Paul Guggenberger (violin), Peter Götzel (violin), Josef Pitzek (double bass)

Divertimento in F major, K138

Paul Guggenberger (violin), Peter Götzel (violin), Josef Pitzek (double bass)

Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581

Harold Wright (clarinet), Alexander Schneider (violin), Isidore Cohen (violin), Samuel Rhodes (viola), Leslie Parnas (cello)

German Dances (6), K600

Paul Guggenberger (violin), Peter Götzel (violin), Josef Pitzek (double bass)

German Dances (4), K602

Paul Guggenberger (violin), Peter Götzel (violin), Josef Pitzek (double bass)

German Dance, K605 No. 1

Paul Guggenberger (violin), Peter Götzel (violin), Josef Pitzek (double bass)

German Dance, K605 No. 3 'Die Schlittenfahrt'

Paul Guggenberger (violin), Peter Götzel (violin), Josef Pitzek (double bass), Gerhard Windbach (percussion)

Prokofiev:

Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119

Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Emanuel Ax (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Emanuel Ax (piano)

Schubert:

String Quintet in C major, D956

Juilliard String Quartet, Bernard Greenhouse (cello)

Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'

Rudolf Serkin (piano), Jaime Laredo (violin), Philipp Naegele (viola), Leslie Parnas (cello), Julius Levine (double bass)

Shostakovich:

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

Gidon Kremer (violin), Daniel Phillips (violin), Kim Kashkashian (viola), Yo-Yo Ma (cello)

Sibelius:

String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56 'Voces Intimae'

Juilliard String Quartet

Strauss, R:

Cello Sonata in F major, Op. 6

Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Emanuel Ax (piano)

Verdi:

String Quartet in E minor

Juilliard String Quartet

Webern:

String Quartet, Op. post. (1905)

Artis Quartet

Langsamer Satz, (slow movement), Op. post. (1905)

Artis Quartet

Rondo, Op. post. (1906)

Artis Quartet

Five movements for String Quartet, Op. 5 (1909)

Artis Quartet

Six Bagatelles for String Quartet, Op. 9 (1911-1913)

Artis Quartet

String Quartet, Op. 28 (1937-38)

Artis Quartet


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