Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Rachmaninov: The Bells, Spring & Three Russian Songs

Rachmaninov: The Bells, Spring & Three Russian Songs


Rachmaninov:

The Bells, Op. 35

Spring, Op. 20

Three Russian Songs, Op. 41


Svetla Vassileva (soprano), Misha Didyk (tenor) & Alexei Tanovitski (bass)

Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre & BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda

This is the seventh and final volume in our acclaimed Rachmaninoff series, which has been performed by the BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda. They are joined in this recording by the Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre and the soloists Svetla Vassileva, Misha Didyk, and Alexei Tanovitski. The disc was recorded live at this year’s Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Rachmaninoff composed his ‘choral symphony’ The Bells in 1913. It takes its inspiration from poems by Edgar Allan Poe in a Russian translation by the poet Konstantin Balmont. The first movement, evoking the chimes of silver bells on a winter sleigh ride, is unusually cheerful for both the composer and author, while ‘Wedding Bells’ blends the yearning of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde with a darker and more ominous undercurrent that carries through to the end. Of this Proms performance, The Guardian wrote: ‘The soloists soared, the choir bloomed, and Noseda powered the orchestra through thrilling climaxes to the funereal closing bars.’

In the brooding cantata Spring of 1902, the restlessness and lively use of percussion reflect the composer’s mindset at the time: He was hungry to write music once again after suffering from a three-year bout of writer’s block and depression. The work is based on a poem by Nikolay Nekrasov and describes the return of the Zelyoniy shum, or ‘green rustle’. The poem tells of a husband who, fraught with murderous thoughts towards his unfaithful wife during the winter season, is freed from his frustrations by the return of spring.

The Three Russian Songs are poignant, gem-like time capsules of a Russia now irretrievably lost. They were written in 1926 when Rachmaninoff was living and exhaustively touring as a pianist in America. Vladimir Wilshaw, Rachmaninoff’s old friend from student days, said of this work: ‘Only a man who loves his country could compose this way. Only a man who in his innermost soul is a Russian. Only Rachmaninoff could have composed this!’

“The Mariinsky's strongest suit is probably its distinctly Russian tone...Alas, the dramatic engagement one might have expected from an opera chorus is here virtually nonexistent...The Bells itself is beautifully played, but with rather literal fidelity to the score. This approach works well enough in the funereal final movement with its echoes of Isle of the Dead. Noseda's avoidance of rubato, though, rather misses the poetry of the golden bells.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ***

“Noseda handles [The Bells] skilfully, with sensitivity to the contrasted moods and to the orchestral detail as well as the balance with the chorus and soloists...and the grim finale is kept at a firm and solemn pace...[in 'Spring'] Tanovitsky broods impressively as the peasant, phrasing sensitively, and Noseda does well to make formal sense of the piece.” International Record Review, November 2011

“The big moments in this live Proms recording - like the all-choral third movement, evoking supernatural 'alarm bells' - thrill the ear, with a professional Russian chorus to add extra quality, and there's fine solo singing in the other three movements.” Classic FM Magazine, February 2012 ****

“Noseda shapes both ['Spring' and the Three Russian Songs] works sympathetically but inevitably responds more vividly to the more expansive canvas of The Bells; all the performances have the benefit of the Russian soloists and the wonderful chorus of the Mariinsky Opera.” The Guardian, 19th January 2012

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Kissin plays Russian Music

Kissin plays Russian Music


Bach, J S:

Siciliano in G minor from Flute Sonata No. 2, BWV1031

Prokofiev:

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

Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82

Dance, Op. 32 No. 1

Visions fugitives, Op. 22 (extracts)

Rachmaninov:

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

Prelude Op. 23 No. 1 in F sharp minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 8 in A minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 10 in G flat major

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

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

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

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

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 6 in A minor

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

Schumann:

Arabeske in C major, Op. 18

Shostakovich:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35

Tchaikovsky:

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


Few classical artists have made so spectacular an initial impact upon public – even global – consciousness as the pianist Yevgeny Kissin, when in 1984 at the age of 12 he gave both piano concertos by Chopin in a single concert at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. His fame was assured, and from there on his reputation preceded him as a young, sublimely gifted virtuoso possessed of the most brilliant technique, seemingly natural musical touch and preternatural confidence.

All those assets can be heard to advantage in some popular – and more formidable works by his countrymen, from the glittering display vehicles written by Shostakovich and Prokofiev to the powerful sweep of Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular First Concerto. Of course Kissin has gone on to perform and indeed record these works – he is now 40, a British citizen for the last nine years, mirabile dictu – several times since, but the early recordings retain a bravado and unselfconscious vigour that infects every performance with appealing zest and sometimes astonishing assurance.

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The Decca Sound

The Decca Sound


Annibale:

O Paese d' 'o sole

Recorded on 7th July 1990

Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo (tenors)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Bach, J S:

Magnificat in D major, BWV243

Hanneke van Bork, Elly Ameling (sopranos), Helen Watts (contralto), Werner Krenn (tenor), Tom Krause (baritone)

Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Karl Münchinger

Cantata BWV10 'Meine Seel erhebt den Herren'

Elly Ameling (soprano), Werner Krenn (tenor), Marius Rintzler (bass)

Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Karl Münchinger

Cantata BWV140 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme'

Gabriele Fontana (soprano), Gösta Wimbergh (tenor), Tom Krause (baritone)

Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Wiener Akademie-Chor Hymnuschor Stuttgart, Karl Münchinger

Goldberg Variations, BWV988

András Schiff (piano)

Barber, S:

Violin Concerto, Op. 14

Recorded in 1996

Joshua Bell (violin)

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman

Bartók:

Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127, Sz. 119

Julius Katchen (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Beethoven:

Ecco quel fiero istante! (La partenza WoO.124)

Che fa il mio ben? (L'amante impaziente, Op. 82 No. 3)

Che fa il mio ben? (L'amante impaziente, Op. 82 No. 4)

T'intendo, si, mio cor (Liebes Klage, Op. 82 No. 2)

Dimmi, ben mio (Hoffnung, Op. 82 No. 1)

In questa tomba oscura, WoO.133

Recorded in 1992

Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo), Andras Schiff (piano)

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Recorded in 2009

Janine Jansen (violin)

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Paavo Järvi

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

Recorded in 1972

Radu Lupu (piano)

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

Recorded in 1972

Radu Lupu (piano)

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

Recorded in 1972

Radu Lupu (piano)

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

Recorded in 1970

Radu Lupu (piano)

String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95 'Serioso'

Recorded 2003/2004

Takács Quartet

String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130

Recorded 2003/2004

Takács Quartet

Grosse Fuge in B flat major, Op. 133

Recorded 2003/2004

Takács Quartet

Septet in E flat major, Op. 20

Recorded in 1959

Members of the Wiener Oktett

Bellini:

Adalgisa! … Oh! Rimembranza! (from Norma)

Recorded at the Lincoln Centre in 1981

Ma di’ … Oh non tremare (from Norma)

Recorded at the Lincoln Centre in 1981

Joan Sutherland (soprano), Marilyn Horne (mezzo)

New York City Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Angiol di pace (from Beatrice di Tenda)

Recorded at the Lincoln Centre in 1981

Joan Sutherland (soprano), Marilyn Horne (mezzo), Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

New York City Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Berg:

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

Recorded in 1973

Anja Silja (soprano)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Christoph von Dohnányi

Bernstein:

Maria (from West Side Story)

Recorded on 7th July 1990

Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras (tenors)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Tonight (from West Side Story)

Recorded on 7th July 1990

Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras (tenors)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Bizet:

Jeux d'enfants (Petite Suite), Op. 22

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Jean Martinon

Bloch, E:

Nigun (Baal Shem No. 2)

Recorded in 1996

Joshua Bell (violin)

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman

Borodin:

Symphony No. 2 in B minor

London Symphony Orchestra, Jean Martinon

Prince Igor Overture

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

Brahms:

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

Recorded in 2006

Nelson Freire (piano)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly

Britten:

War Requiem, Op. 66

Recorded in 1963

Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano), Peter Pears (tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Simon Preston (organ)

London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra Chorus, The Bach Choir, Highgate School Choir, Melos Ensemble, Benjamin Britten

Embroidery in childhood (from Peter Grimes)

Recorded in 1996

Renée Fleming (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 15

Recorded in 2009

Janine Jansen (violin)

London Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi

Bruch:

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

Recorded in 1972

Kyung Wha Chung (violin)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Rudolf Kempe

Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46

Recorded in 1972

Kyung Wha Chung (violin)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Rudolf Kempe

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Recorded in 1973

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Capua:

O sole mio

Recorded on 7th July 1990

Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras (tenors)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Cardillo:

Core 'ngrato

Recorded on 7th July 1990

José Carreras (tenor)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Chabrier:

España

Recorded 1957

London Symphony Orchestra, Ataúlfo Argenta

Cilea:

È la solita storia 'Lamento di Federico' (from L'Arlesiana)

Recorded on 7th July 1990

José Carreras (tenor)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Crescenzo:

Rondine al nido

Recorded on 7th July 1990

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Curtis, E:

Torna a Surriento

Recorded on 7th July 1990

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Debussy:

Images for orchestra

Recorded 1961

L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Dvorak:

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Recorded in 1996

Renée Fleming (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Recorded in 1961

Wiener Philharmoniker, István Kertész

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Recorded in 1963

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Elgar:

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

Falla:

El sombrero de tres picos

Recorded 1961

Teresa Berganza (mezzo)

L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Noches en los jardines de Espana

Recorded in 1983

Alicia de Larrocha (piano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos

Giordano, U:

Un dì, all' azzurro spazio (from Andrea Chénier)

Recorded on 7th July 1990

José Carreras (tenor)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Glinka:

Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

Goldschmidt, B:

Der Verflossene

Granados:

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 5 'Andaluza'

Recorded 1957

London Symphony Orchestra, Ataúlfo Argenta

Goyescas (opera)

Recorded in 1976

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos

El Pelele

Recorded in 1976

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos

Grieg:

Holberg Suite, Op. 40

Recorded in 1970

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner

Guglielmi:

La vie en rose

Recorded on 7th July 1990

Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras (tenors)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Haydn:

Arianna a Naxos, cantata, Hob.XXVIb/2

Recorded in 1992

Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo), Andras Schiff (piano)

Mass, Hob. XXII:11 in D minor 'Nelsonmesse'

Recorded in 1962

Sylvia Stahlman (soprano), Helen Watts (contralto), Wilfred Brown (tenor), Tom Krause (baritone), Simon Preston (organ)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir David Willcocks

Mass, Hob. XXII: 9 in C major 'Paukenmesse'

Recorded in 1969

April Cantelo (soprano), Robert Tear (tenor), Barry McDaniel (baritone), Stephen Cleobury (organ)

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, George Guest

Holländer:

Ich tanze um die Welt mit Dir

Zieh Dich aus, Petronella!

Raus mit den Männern!

Es kommt jeder dran

Stürme der Liedenschaft

Phaea

Wir wollen alle wieder Kinder sein!!

Münchhausen

Holst:

The Planets, Op. 32

Recorded in 1961

Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Herbert von Karajan

The Perfect Fool, Op. 39/H 150: Ballet Music

Recorded in 1961

Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Egdon Heath, a homage to Thomas Hardy, Op.47

Recorded in 1961

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

Ibert:

Divertissement

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Jean Martinon

Ives, C:

Symphony No. 2

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Janacek:

Sinfonietta

Recorded in 1980

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Charles Mackerras

The Cunning Little Vixen - Suite

Recorded in 1979

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Charles Mackerras

Taras Bulba

Recorded in 1980

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Charles Mackerras

LaCalle:

Amapola

Recorded on 7th July 1990

Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras (tenors)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Lara, Augustin:

Granada

Recorded on 7th July 1990

José Carreras (tenor)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Lehár:

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (from Das Land des Lächelns)

Recorded on 7th July 1990

Plácido Domingo (tenor)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Leoncavallo:

Mattinata - 'L'aurora di bianco vestita'

Recorded on 7th July 1990

Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras (tenors)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Lloyd Webber, A:

Memory (from Cats)

Recorded on 7th July 1990

Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras (tenors)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Mahler:

Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Recorded in 1971

Heather Harper, Lucia Popp, Arleen Auger (sopranos), Yvonne Minton (mezzo), Helen Watts (contralto), Rene Kollo (tenor), John Shirley-Quirk (baritone), Martti Talvela (bass)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Sängerknaben, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Sir Georg Solti

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Recorded in 1981

Kyung Wha Chung (violin)

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit

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

Recorded in 1960

London Symphony Orchestra, Peter Maag

A Midsummer Night's Dream - incidental music, Op. 61

Recorded in 1957

Jennifer Vyvyan, Marion Lowe (sopranos)

London Symphony Orchestra, Peter Maag

Octet in E flat major, Op. 20

Recorded in 1972

Members of the Wiener Oktett

Mendoza y Cortés:

Cielito Lindo

Recorded on 7th July 1990

Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras (tenors)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Messiaen:

Turangalîla Symphony

Recorded in 1992

Takashi Harada (ondes martenot), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

Meyerbeer:

Ô Paradis (from L'Africaine)

Recorded on 7th July 1990

Plácido Domingo (tenor)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Moszkowski:

Danse espagnoles, Op. 12

Recorded 1957

London Symphony Orchestra, Ataúlfo Argenta

Mozart:

Ridente la calma, K152

Recorded in 1992

Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo), Andras Schiff (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

Recorded in 1970

Clifford Curzon (piano)

English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

Recorded in 1970

Clifford Curzon (piano)

English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Porgi amor (from Le nozze di Figaro)

Recorded in 1996

Renée Fleming (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

E Susanna non vien! … Dove sono i bei momenti (from Le nozze di Figaro)

Recorded in 1996

Renée Fleming (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

Recorded 1982; orch. Vladimir Ashkenazy

Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Khovanshchina: Prelude

Compl. & orch. Rimsky-Korsakov

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

A Night on the Bare Mountain

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

Nelson, Rudolf:

Das spricht Bände

Mir ist so nach Tamerlan!

Parry:

I was glad

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Choir of Winchester Cathedral, Waynflete Singers, David Hill

Blest Pair of Sirens

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Choir of Winchester Cathedral, Waynflete Singers, David Hill

Jerusalem

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Choir of Winchester Cathedral, Waynflete Singers, David Hill

Pergolesi:

Stabat Mater

Barbara Bonney (soprano), Andreas Scholl (countertenor)

Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset

Salve Regina in F minor

Barbara Bonney (soprano), Andreas Scholl (countertenor)

Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset

Salve Regina in A minor

Barbara Bonney (soprano), Andreas Scholl (countertenor)

Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset

Ponchielli:

Ecco la barca … addio (from La Gioconda)

Recorded at the Lincoln Centre in 1981

Joan Sutherland (soprano), Marilyn Horne (mezzo), Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

New York City Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Prokofiev:

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

Julius Katchen (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Puccini:

Turandot (highlights)

Recorded in 1972

Joan Sutherland (Turandot), Luciano Pavarotti (Calaf), Montserrat Caballé (Liù), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Timur),

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

La fanciulla del West (excerpts)

Recorded in 1958

Renata Tebaldi (Minnie), Mario del Monaco (Dick Johnson), Cornell MacNeil (Jack Rance), Giorgio Tozzi (Jake Wallace)

Orchestra e coro dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia Roma, Franco Capuana

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Recorded at the Lincoln Centre in 1981

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

New York City Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Recondita armonia (from Tosca)

Recorded on 7th July 1990

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

Recorded on 7th July 1990

Plácido Domingo (tenor)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Purcell:

Dido and Aeneas

Recorded in 1992

Catherine Bott (Dido), Emma Kirkby (Belinda), John Mark Ainsley (Aeneas), David Thomas (Sorceress), Elizabeth Priday (First Witch), Sara Stowe (Second Witch), Julianne Baird (Second Woman), Daniel Lochmann (First Sailor), Michael Chance (Spirit)

Chorus and Orchestra of The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood

Rachmaninov:

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

Recorded 1963

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Anatole Fistoulari

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

Recorded 1977

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Ravel:

Ma Mère l'Oye

Recorded in 1983

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit

Pavane pour une infante défunte

Recorded in 1983

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit

Le Tombeau de Couperin

Recorded in 1983

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit

Valses nobles et sentimentales

Recorded in 1983

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit

Boléro

Recorded in 1981

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit

Piano Concerto in G major

Julius Katchen (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Daphnis et Chloé

London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

Respighi:

Roman Festivals

Recorded in 1976

The Cleveland Orchestra, Lorin Maazel

Pines of Rome

Recorded in 1976

The Cleveland Orchestra, Lorin Maazel

Rimsky Korsakov:

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

Recorded 1957

London Symphony Orchestra, Ataúlfo Argenta

Le Coq d'Or Suite

Recorded in 1979

The Cleveland Orchestra, Lorin Maazel

Rossini:

Mura felici (from La donna del lago)

Recorded at the Lincoln Centre in 1981

Marilyn Horne (mezzo)

New York City Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Saint-Saëns:

Danse macabre, Op. 40

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Jean Martinon

Le Rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Jean Martinon

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

Pascal Rogé (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

Piano Concerto No. 4 in C minor, Op. 44

Pascal Rogé (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major, Op. 103 'Egyptian'

Pascal Rogé (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

Schoenberg:

Erwartung, Op. 17

Recorded in 1979

Anja Silja (soprano)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Christoph von Dohnányi

Schubert:

Vedi quanto adoro ancora ingrato!, D510

Im Haine, D738

Sung in Italian

Io vuo'cantar di Cadmo (Alla cetra, D737)

La pastorella, D528

Non t'accostar all'urna, D688 No. 1

Guarda, che bianca luna, D688 No. 2

Da quel sembiante appresi, D688 No. 3

Mio ben ricordati D688 No. 4

Pensa, che questo istante, D76

Willkommen und Abschied, D767

Sung in Italian; recorded in 1992

Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo), Andras Schiff (piano)

Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

Recorded in 2002

Nelson Freire (piano)

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Recorded in 1983

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70

Recorded in 1980

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

Sibelius:

Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39

Recorded 1984

Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Siecynski:

Wien, Wien nur du Allein (Vienna, City of My Dreams)

Recorded on 7th July 1990

Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras (tenors)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Sorozábal:

La Taberna del Puerto – ‘No puede ser’

Recorded on 7th July 1990

Plácido Domingo (tenor)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Spoliansky:

Alles Schwindel

Das Gesellschaftslied

Meine beste Freundin

100 meter Glück

L'heure bleue

Das Lila Lied

Maskulinum-Femininum

Recorded in 1966

Ute Lemper

Matrix Ensemble, Robert Ziegler

Strauss, E:

Ohne Bremse Op. 238 Polka schnell

Strauss, J, I:

Loreley-Rhein-Klänge, Walzer, Op. 154

Radetsky March, Op. 228

New Year’s Concert, 1979

Wiener Philharmoniker, Willi Boskovsky

Strauss, J, II:

Wein, Weib und Gesang, Op. 333

Bitte Schon, Polka, Op. 372

Bei uns z´Haus Waltz, Op. 361

Tik-Tak Polka, Op. 365

Pizzicato Polka

Auf der Jagd, Op. 373

Leichtes Blut, polka schnell, Op. 319

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

Strauss, Josef:

Die Emanzipierte

Moulinet-Polka

Rudolfsheimer-polka

Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Recorded in 1989

San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Recorded in 1989

San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt

Ich komme, grünen Brüder (from Daphne)

Recorded in 1996

Renée Fleming (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

Stravinsky:

The Firebird

Recorded in 1981

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati

The Rite of Spring

Recorded in 1982

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati

Suppe:

Die schöne Galathée Overture

Leichte Kavallerie Overture

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti

Dichter und Bauer Overture

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti

Ein Morgen, ein Mittag, ein Abend in Wien Overture

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti

Pique Dame Overture

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti

Susato:

Danserye

New London Consort, Philip Pickett

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Recorded 1956

Alfredo Campoli (violin)

London Symphony Orchestra, Ataúlfo Argenta

Puskay pogibnu ya 'Tatiana's Letter Scene' (from Eugene Onegin)

Recorded in 1996

Renée Fleming (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48

Recorded in 1968

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner

Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

Recorded in 1968

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner

trad.:

Ochi tchorniye

Recorded on 7th July 1990

Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras (tenors)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

Varèse:

Arcana

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Intégrales

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Ionisation

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Verdi:

Era più calmo? (from Otello)

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Mia madre aveva...Piangea cantando...Ave Maria (from Otello)

Recorded in 1996

Renée Fleming (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

Solingo, errante e misero (from Ernani)

Recorded at the Lincoln Centre in 1981

Joan Sutherland (soprano), Marilyn Horne (mezzo), Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

New York City Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Tu del mio Carlo (from I masnadieri)

Recorded at the Lincoln Centre in 1981

Joan Sutherland (soprano)

New York City Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Giá nella notte densa (from Otello)

Recorded at the Lincoln Centre in 1981

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor), Joan Sutherland (soprano)

New York City Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Madre, non dormi? (from Il trovatore)

Recorded at the Lincoln Centre in 1981

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor), Joan Sutherland (soprano), Marilyn Horne (mezzo)

New York City Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Wagner:

Der Ring des Nibelungen (excerpts)

Recorded 1958 - 1960

Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde), Wolfgang Windgassen (Siegfried), Hans Hotter (Wotan), Gerhard Stolze (Mime)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti

Walton:

Violin Concerto

Recorded in 1996

Joshua Bell (violin)

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman

Belshazzar's Feast

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Choir of Winchester Cathedral, Waynflete Singers, David Hill

Coronation Te Deum

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Choir of Winchester Cathedral, Waynflete Singers, David Hill

Webern:

Im sommerwind (Idyl for large orchestra) (1904)

Recorded in 1991

Anja Silja (soprano)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Christoph von Dohnányi

Ziehrer:

Herreinspaziert, Op. 518


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Classic-status pioneering stereo recordings from the past 55 years and starring a galaxy of internationally-acclaimed artistic talent.

Each CD is presented in a sleeve with original cover art.

Where an original release may have been of short duration due to limitations of the LP a bonus work featuring the same artists has been added.

A 200-page booklet documents the development of stereo recording as it developed in the 1950s through to modern digital recordings; there is an article on Decca artists and repertory with particular reference to the artists featured in the set.

Full recording information on each disc is included and there are numerous photographs.

“In opera and elsewhere Decca really did lead the way through much of the second half of the twentieth century and this new box set celebrates and demonstrates that through a tremendous range of terrific recordings.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 17th October 2011

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Fantasies for Bassoon

Fantasies for Bassoon


Elgar:

Salut d'amour, Op. 12

arranged for bassoon & piano

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

arranged for bassoon & piano

Schreck:

Sonata in E flat major, Op. 9

Schubert:

Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione', D821

arranged for bassoon & piano

Schumann:

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

arranged for bassoon & piano

Spohr:

Adagio in F major for cello and piano, op. 151

arranged for bassoon & piano


Karen Geoghegan (bassoon) & Philip Edward Fisher (piano)

Chandos signed Karen Geoghegan as an exclusive artist in 2007 following her appearance on BBC TV’s Classical Star programme. This is her fifth recording with the label, and the expressive maturity and sensitivity of her playing have quickly cemented her status as a rising star, Gramophone writing: ‘Name five internationally famous bassoon soloists. Archie Camden, Gwydion Brooke and, er, that’s it. Except I think we shall soon be adding the name of Karen Geoghegan to the roll call.’

On this disc, she is accompanied by Philip Edward Fisher in works by some of the greatest composers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: Schubert, Schumann, Spohr, Rachmaninoff, and Elgar. Yet, with a single exception, namely the Sonata in E flat by Gustav Schreck, none of the works recorded here were originally composed for the bassoon.

One of Rachmaninoff’s best-loved short pieces, the Vocalise was written for wordless voice and piano. Demonstrating the capacities of the voice as a pure instrument, this work is a prime example of the power of melody without the need for words. In this arrangement, the bassoon takes on the role of ‘wordless voice’, which shows off the instrument’s great lyrical qualities to perfection, as does Elgar’s Salut d’amour.

Schumann’s Fantasiestücke was originally composed for clarinet and piano, its three pieces played without a break, with each subsequent piece taking up and developing melodic ideas from the preceding one. The Sonata in A minor, D 821 by Schubert, which remained unpublished and unperformed for decades after his death, is an emotionally complex work, its moods moving from deep melancholy to excited ebullience.

“Geoghegan is probably the best advocate the instrument could have: even though parts of the 'Arpeggione' Sonata (usually heard on cello or viola) don't quite work on the bassoon, as the ear adjusts her exemplary musicianship comes through and triumphs...There's a wonderfully natural quality to Geoghegan's phrasing and expression - especially in the Schumann - and she is partnered adeptly at all times by Philip Edward Fisher.” Classic FM Magazine, December 2011 ****

“the most substantial music comes in the transcription of Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata...It would be foolish to expect the bassoon to offer the emotional depth and richness of tone that can be accommodated on a string instrument, but Karen Geoghegan certainly convinces with the melancholic hue of the first movement.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2012 ****

“There is no clowning here. If anything, the bassoon lends a pleasant dolefulness to the music played on this CD...Even the cello...is not as consistently mellow as a bassoon, when it is played by a musician on Geoghegan's level.” International Record Review, January 2012

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Europa Konzert 2011 from Madrid

Europa Konzert 2011 from Madrid

Recorded live at Teatro Real, Madrid, 1 May 2011


Chabrier:

España

Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Rodrigo:

Concierto de Aranjuez

Cañizares (guitar)


For over 20 years, the Berliner Philharmoniker have celebrated their foundation on May 1st with the annual EUROPA KONZERT - this year’s event takes place at the magnificent Teatro Real in Madrid.

The renowned orchestra, under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, performs Joaquín Rodrigo's beloved Concierto de Aranjuez, Emmanuel Chabrier's exuberant España, and Sergey Rachmaninov's dramatic Second Symphony.

It is joined for the Concierto by the famous flamenco guitarist Cañizares, whose virtuosity and sensitivity are given full opportunity to shine in this multi-faceted and subtle work.

Bonus: Interview with Sir Simon Rattle

Picture format: 1080i Full HD 16:9

Sounds formats: PCM 2.0, DTS-HD Master Audio Surround

Region code: All (worldwide)

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 105 mins (97 mins Concert, 8 mins Interview)

German FSK: 0

“Flamenco star Cañizares brings nonchalant authority to the Concierto de Aranjuez in a concert fizzing with energy, from a playful Espana to the sweeps of Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

“for all the luxury of the performance, Rattle never milks it; and for all the attention to the music's larger paragraphs, he never scants the particulars of the moment...From first note to last, there's not a moment of questionable ensemble, not a moment of strain. Is this, however, an unmitigated virtue?...This is a first-rate release, made all the more welcome by the excellent engineering and by the tactful camerawork” International Record Review, January 2012

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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2


Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

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

Aleko - Intermezzo & Women's Dance


Building a Library

First Choice - February 2012

Building a Library

First Choice - June 2012

EMI Masters - 0852892

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William Steinberg: The Disciplined Master Conductor

William Steinberg: The Disciplined Master Conductor


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Rudolf Firkusny (piano)

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

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

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Nathan Milstein (violin)

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Bloch, E:

Concerto Grosso No. 1, for string orchestra & piano

Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Nathan Milstein (violin)

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

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

Rudolf Firkusny (piano)

Bruch:

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

Nathan Milstein (violin)

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Nathan Milstein (violin)

Elgar:

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Glazunov:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82

Godfrey Layefsky (violin)

Glinka:

Kamarinskaya

Handel:

Water Music Suite

Haydn:

Symphony No. 94 in G Major 'Surprise'

Hindemith:

Symphony 'Mathis der Maler'

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Nathan Milstein (violin)

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

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

Mozart:

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Prokofiev:

The Love for Three Oranges: March

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

Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Ravel:

Pavane pour une infante défunte

La Valse

Boléro

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Le Coq d'Or Suite

Schubert:

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125

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

Strauss, J, II:

Accelerationen, Op. 234

Strauss, R:

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Don Juan, Op. 20

Der Rosenkavalier - Suite

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Tchaikovsky:

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

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

Marche slave, Op. 31

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Nathan Milstein (violin)

Toch:

Symphony No. 3, Op. 75

Vaughan Williams:

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Five Tudor Portraits

Wagner:

Siegfried Idyll

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 3

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey and Funeral March

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Wolf, H:

Italian Serenade in G major


There were occasions during the three decades when the LP record ruled supreme – from the 1950s to the 1970s – when the chemistry between an orchestra, its conductor and their record company combined to work a magic that the commitment of long-term recording contracts quite often made possible. Karajan and the Philharmonia; Ansermet and the Suisse Romande; Dorati and the Minneapolis; Münch and the Boston Symphony, Cluytens and the Paris Conservatoire and Previn and the London Symphony are all prime examples of such collaborations. All of these produced recorded performances that are as fine today as they ever were and are all well-represented in the current CD catalogues. Until now there has been one successful recording collaboration that seems almost to have slipped under the radar: the Pittsburgh Symphony, William Steinberg and the Capitol Records producer, Richard C. Jones.

This set of 20 CDs presents virtually everything that was recorded by Steinberg during the seven years that he recorded for Capitol: from the Schubert Second Symphony, recorded on 9 February 1952, to the Italian Serenade by Wolf, from 16 April 1959. There are some exceedingly good performances in this set and the recordings show that Capitol Records were at the technical forefront when it came to sound quality and production values.

The earlier recordings were, of course, made in mono and come up surprisingly well on CD. From 1956 onwards the recordings were made in stereo. There are a selection of recordings, both mono and stereo, that are here being released on CD for the first time.

Also included are the recordings of Strauss that Steinberg and Jones made with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, in June 1957.

Getting to know these wonderful 1950s recordings from a conductor who, perhaps, didn't always get the critical acclaim that was his due, will be an exciting and rewarding experience for any prospective purchaser.

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Vladimir Horowitz plays Great Sonatas

Vladimir Horowitz plays Great Sonatas


Barber, S:

Piano Sonata, Op. 26

Beethoven:

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

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

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

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

Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3

Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101

Chopin:

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

Clementi:

Sonata in C Major, Op. 33 No. 3

Sonata in B flat Major, Op. 25 No. 3

II Rondo. Vivace

Sonata in A major Op. 50 No. 1

II Adagio sostenuto e patetico

Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 12 No. 2

III Rondo. Allegro assai

Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 59 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:49

Piano Sonata No. 38 in F major, Hob.XVI:23

Piano Sonata No. 58 in C major, Hob.XVI:48

Kabalevsky:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in F major, Op. 46

Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K331 'Alla Turca'

Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K332

Prokofiev:

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

Rachmaninov:

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

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K33 in D Major

Keyboard Sonata K54 in A minor

Keyboard Sonata K525 in F major

Keyboard Sonata K466 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K146 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K96 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K162 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K474 in E flat major

Keyboard Sonata K198 in E minor

Keyboard Sonata K491 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K481 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K39 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K547 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K197 in B minor

Keyboard Sonata K25 in F sharp minor

Keyboard Sonata K52 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K201 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K303 in C minor

Keyboard Sonata K319 in F sharp major

Keyboard Sonata K260 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K55 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K531 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K322 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K455 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K127 in A flat major

Keyboard Sonata K101 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K184 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K87 in B minor

Keyboard Sonata K135 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K46 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K20 in E major

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

Schumann:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 14 'Concerto Without Orchestra'

Scriabin:

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

Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 68 'Black Mass'

Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 70

Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor, Op. 23


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The Art of Oda Slobodskaya

The Art of Oda Slobodskaya

The Decca & Rymington van Wyck recordings


Balakirev:

Hebrew Melody (Yevreyskaya Melodiya) 1859 (Lermontov/Byron)

Blanter:

In the Forest by the Front Line

Katyusha

Borodin:

From my tears sprang flowers

Morskaya tsaryevna (The Princess Of the Sea)

Cui:

The Fountain Statue at Tsarskoye Selo, Op. 57 No. 17

Grechaninov:

Lullaby, Op. 108

The Dreary Steppe

Like an angel

My country

Kabalevsky:

Nursery Rhymes (7)

Prokofiev:

Dunyushka, Op. 104

Rachmaninov:

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7

To my children, Op.26, No. 7

Small island, Op. 14 No. 2

The Soldier’s Wife, Op. 8, No. 4

Rimsky Korsakov:

Three Folksongs

arr. Ippolitov-Ivanov

Shostakovich:

Six Spanish Songs Op. 100

Stravinsky:

Stories for Children (3)

Taneyev:

Nocturne

Dreams

My Heart is Beating

In the Silence of the Night

Tchaikovsky:

Was I not a blade of grass?, Op. 47 No. 7

Zabït tak skoro (So soon forgotten)

If only I had known, Op.47, No.1

Na nivi zhyoltiye (On the golden cornfields), Op. 57 No.2

Puskay pogibnu ya 'Tatiana's Letter Scene' (from Eugene Onegin)

London Symphony Orchestra, Anatole Fistoulari

Child’s Song

Tcherepnin:

I would have kissed you


Oda Slobodskaya (soprano) & Ivor Newton (piano)

Born in 1888, the Russian soprano Oda Slobodskaya won a scholarship for secondary education but, having completed her schooling, to her displeasure, found herself working with her parents in a second hand clothes shop. Despite having no formal musical training, she travelled, at the age of eighteen, from her hometown of Vilno (then part of the Russian Empire) some 300 miles to St. Petersburg, to audition. She was successful. During the Russian revolution she was ordered to join other singers on obligatory tours to factories and farms to entertain the workers. At the invitation of Diaghilev she starred in the premiere of Stravinsky’s opera Mavra. The impresario Rabinoff organised for her to tour America as star soloist with The Ukranian Chorus and while there she made a successful solo debut at Carnegie Hall in New York. But, as a displaced Russian living abroad when appreciation of the Russian repertoire was minimal, Slobodskaya had difficulty finding a good manager. It was at this point that her career took a most unexpected turn. She was persuaded that as a stop-gap measure to earn some much-needed cash she might utilise her talents in the Variety Theatre rather than the opera house, and so under the assumed name of Odali Careno she made her variety debut in Baltimore in 1928. Dressed in a stunning eau-de-nile gown, she was a sensation, singing a mixture of familiar opera arias, ballads and popular songs.

Slobodskaya’s recordings are few and far between. A handful of Medtner songs with the composer at the piano were recorded early in the 20th century for HMV. In 1938 she recorded eight sides of Russian songs for a limited edition set of four 78s issued by the Rimington van Wyck record shop in Leicester Square. Slobodskaya had been heard on the radio by Mr. Frederick T. Smith, owner of RvW, and he was so overwhelmed by her voice that he paid for the records to be recorded by Decca. They were issued in May 1942 in a limited edition of 2000 in an attractive brown and gold album. Decca recorded her again in 1945 and 1946, and then in 1961.

The recordings are of cult status, much sought after by collectors of great vocal treasures, and this is their first issue on Decca CD. Andrew Dalton has compiled the collection and provided the liner notes, and the booklet is illustrated with all the album jackets as well as illustrations from program booklets, making this a real collector’s item.

This release marks the launch of an Eloquence series of notable recitals of songs and opera arias by some of the great voices of Decca and Deutsche Grammophon.

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Rachmaninov: Piano Music

Rachmaninov: Piano Music


Rachmaninov:

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

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42

Moments Musicaux, Op. 16


John Lill (piano)

Critically acclaimed performances, given by one of the UK’s most highly regarded pianists.

‘Lill at his finest’ Classical CD of Piano Sonata No. 2

“a hotline to Rachmaninov's dark poetry. The Variations and Moments Musicaux are vividly characterised, the Sonata majestic.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2012 ****

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