Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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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:

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 2

Treasures of Chamber Music 2


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Britten:

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

Gubaidulina:

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

Haydn:

Four London Trios

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

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

Mozart:

Divertimento in D major, K136

Divertimento in B flat major, K137

Divertimento in F major, K138

Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581

Prokofiev:

Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119

Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Schubert:

String Quintet in C major, D956

Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'

Shostakovich:

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

Sibelius:

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

Strauss, R:

Cello Sonata in F major, Op. 6

Verdi:

String Quartet in E minor


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Hush

Hush


Bach, J S:

Anna Magdalene's Notebook: Musette

Barrière, J:

Sonata for 2 cellos, No 10 in G major: Allegro prestissimo

Gounod:

Ave Maria

McFerrin:

Grace

Stars

Coyote

Hoedown!

Good-bye!

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Rimsky Korsakov:

Flight of the Bumble Bee

trad.:

Little Baby

Vivaldi:

Concerto for 2 Mandolins in G major, RV 532: 2nd movement, Andante


Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Bobby McFerrin (vocalist)

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Organ Extravaganza!

Organ Extravaganza!


Alford:

Colonel Bogey March

Bossi, M E:

Étude Symphonique Op. 78

Coates, E:

Dam Busters March

arr. Edward Marsh

Cocker:

Tuba Tune

Elgar:

Chanson de Matin, Op. 15 No. 2

arr. A. Herbert Brewer

Gounod:

Funeral March of a Marionette

arr. W.T. Best

Jessel:

Parade of the Tin Soldiers

Jongen:

Toccata for organ in D flat major, Op. 104

Ketèlbey:

In a Persian Market

arr. Matthews

Marsh, E:

Toccata La Vallee Verte, sur le Theme 'Pat le Facteur'

Nicholas, J:

Toccata Giubiloso

Ogden, N:

Penguins' Playtime

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

arr. Vierne

Saint-Saëns:

Danse macabre, Op. 40

arr. E.H.Lemare

Scotson Clark:

Marche aux Flambeaux

ed. Edward Marsh

Sousa:

The Stars and Stripes Forever

arr. Edward Marsh

Strachey:

In Party Mood

arr. George Blackmore

Williams, Charles:

The Devil's Galop

arr. Blackmore


Kevin Bowyer (organ)

“Mostly for fans of fairground music, but there is no denying Bowyer has flair.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2013 **

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Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2011

Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2011


Beethoven:

Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 No. 3

Renaud Capucon (violin), Martha Argerich (piano)

Haydn:

Piano Trio No. 43 in C Major, Hob.XV:27

Alissa Margulis (violin), Julian Steckel (cello)

Liszt:

Concerto pathétique in E minor for two pianos, S258

Martha Argerich (piano), Lilya Zilberstein (piano)

Mozart:

Sonata for Piano duet in F major, K497

Cristina Marton (piano), Martha Argerich (piano)

Rachmaninov:

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

Denis Kozhukhin (piano), Renaud Capucon (violin), Yan Levionnois (cello)

Ravel:

La Valse (for 2 pianos)

Martha Argerich (piano), Sergio Tiempo (piano)

Piano Concerto in G major

Martha Argerich (piano)

Orchestral della Svizzera Italiana, Jacek Kaspszyk

Schumann:

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

Gautier Capucon (cello), Martha Argerich (piano)

Shostakovich:

Moscow-Cheryomushki, Op. 105

arr. by Andrew Cornall and transcribed for 3 pianos by C.M. Griguoli

Giorgia Tomassi (piano), Carlo Maria Griguoli (piano), Alessandro Stella (piano)

Zarebski:

Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 34

Martha Argerich (piano), Dora Schwarzberg (violin), Lucia Hall (violin), Lida Chen (viola), Gautier Capucon (cello)


EMI Classics is pleased to release the latest instalment of highlights from the Martha Argerich Project at the Lugano Festival. This is the ninth annual 3-CD set celebrating the musical fruits of a project in which young artists join seasoned performers, including Martha Argerich herself, to explore wide-ranging chamber music and orchestral repertoire, both well known and rarely heard.

The CDs, recorded in the summer of 2011, are being released in anticipation of the Festival’s 2012 season in June. As a chamber music event which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011, this series has become a laboratory that gives guest artists a chance to prove themselves not only in well-known masterpieces but also in rarely performed repertoire.

This is the second instalment released in slim-line clamshell packaging, which better represents the prestige of this release and makes it of suitable size for newspaper/magazine promotions.

As in previous years, the piano stands at the centre of the programming,

This 3CD set welcomes back mainly familiar names from the previous Live from the Lugano Festival releases including pianists Lilya Zilberstein, Sergio Tiempo and Polina Leschenko as well as Virgin Classics’ inimitable violin- and cello-soloist brothers, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon and violinists Lucia Hall and Lida Chen.

Few artists have nurtured and promoted emerging young musicians with the level of personal commitment shown by Martha Argerich. In the process, she has created inspired and inspirational chamber music partnerships mixing established and up-and-coming artists. A legend in her own lifetime for her technical mastery and passionate artistry, Argerich possesses an infectious spirit that has fired her own performances and partnerships as well as those of her colleagues and protégés.

“a sense of the musicians’ infectious enjoyment, even when their musicality is of the most serious kind, emanates from this entire programme. Argerich’s presence and ever-youthful spirit conspire to inspire performances of untold pleasure.” The Telegraph, 17th May 2012

“This 2011 instalment is exceptionally interesting, with rarities including the big-boned, folksy piano quintet by the Polish composer Juliusz Zarębski...The highlight is an absolutely titanic account of Liszt's flamboyant Concerto pathétique with Lilya Zilberstein: breathtaking.” The Observer, 3rd June 2012

“The Liszt Concerto pathetique...is the best thing on these discs, responding well to the typically wild, dramatic Martha Argerich treatment. Elsewhere in these recitals...she communicates to both audience and her fellow artists an abundance of energy that is, sadly, not always well directed.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2012 ***

“These may or may not be likely to become library choices for this repertoire but to invite comparisons is hardly the point: what is palpable in these Lugano CD grab-bags is the festival atmosphere and the intensity of chamber music-making at such a high level.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2012

Building a Library

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Daniil Shafran: cello

Daniil Shafran: cello


Bach, J S:

Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV1008

Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV1010

Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV1012

Boccherini:

Cello Concerto No. 9 in B flat major, G 482

Orchestra of the Leningrad State Philharmonic Society

Brahms:

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

Felix Gotlib (piano)

Chopin:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65

Anton Ginsburg (piano)

Haydn:

Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob. VIIb:2 (Op. 101)

USSR State Symphony Orchestra

Prokofiev:

Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119

Anton Ginsburg (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Anton Ginsburg (piano)

Shostakovich:

Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40

Dmitri Shostakovich (piano)

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow State Philharmonic Society


Daniil Borisovich Shafran had a creative career of more than 60 years and music journalist Artyom Vagraftik described him as “…a man who was literally chained to his cello and who imagined no life without constant communication with music.”

In this 5 CD collection, he performs works by Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Brahms, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Boccherini, Haydn and Tchaikovsky.

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Jimmy: James Rhodes Live in Brighton

Jimmy: James Rhodes Live in Brighton


Bach, J S:

Adagio from Concerto in D minor BWV974

Marcello/Bach

Beethoven:

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

Busoni:

Transcription of Bach's Partita BWV 1004: Chaconne

Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11: Romance

trans. Balakirev

Grieg:

In the Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt)

trans. Ginzburg

Liszt:

Widmung S566 after Schumann (Liebeslied)

Moszkowski:

Etude in F major, Op. 72 No. 6

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor


James Rhodes (piano)

In 2008/09 James Rhodes saw his profile go from complete unknown to rising star, attracting celebrity followers including Stephen Fry and Sir David Tang. He swiftly went on to headline London's historical Roundhouse, where he was the first classical pianist to perform since its re-opening.

In 2010 he made his television debut in the BBC Four documentary Chopin: The Women Behind the Music and in 2011. James went on to present and perform in his very own television series James Rhodes: Piano Man on Sky Arts.

This new disc – recorded live at The Old Market theatre in Brighton – captures the energy of Rhodes in concert as he performs and entertainingly discusses works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov and more in this 85-minute programme.

“he brings his natural dynamism and considerable talent to bear. Particularly impressive is his signature opener, the limpid Adagio from Marcello's Concerto No 3.” The Independent, 19th May 2012

“Both the Rachmaninov C sharp minor Prelude and Schumann/Liszt 'Widmung' feature lovely interweaving between melody and accompaniment...Rhodes obviously has it in him to be a persuasive Beethoven interpreter. Whatever persona Rhodes chooses to cultivate in terms of presentation, he certainly is a serious musician.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2012

“He's at his best when the music is most abstract. In the Bach-Busoni Chaconne he grips the polyphony with a probing intensity, a manner revisted in miniature in the grave, brittle dance of the Marcello-Bach Adagio...Rachmaninov's C sharp minor Prelude is convincingly shaped as a crescendo in anguish, while the Schumann-Liszt Widmung becomes rapture personified.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2012 ***

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Tine Thing Helseth: Storyteller

Tine Thing Helseth: Storyteller


Cano, J M:

Luna: Epílogo

Canteloube:

La pastoura als camps

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

Delibes:

Chanson Espagnole

Dvorak:

Songs My Mother Taught Me, Op. 55 No. 4

Grieg:

Haugtussa, Op. 67

Korngold:

Glück, das mir verbleib 'Marietta's Lied' (from Die Tote Stadt)

Mahler:

Wer hat dies' Liedlein Erdacht? (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Rachmaninov:

How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7

Saint-Saëns:

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Sibelius:

Var det en dröm? Op. 37 No. 4 (J.J. Wecksell)

Soluppgång, Op. 37 No. 3 (Text: Tor Hedberg)

Våren flyktar hastigt, Op. 13 No. 4 (Text: Runeberg)

Strauss, R:

Wiegenlied, Op. 41 No. 1

Weill, K:

Je ne t'aime pas (text: Maurice Magre)


An innovative debut recording from EMI’s new signing, Tine Thing Helseth, in which Tine takes on the mantle of story teller through her interpretation and repertoire curation.

This collection of songs transcribed for trumpet includes music by Strauss, Sibelius, Ravel, Canteloube and Weill, and is anchored by Grieg’s Haugtussa song-cycle. The recording is with orchestra and piano accompaniment.

Tine is 23 with a refreshingly focused and straightforward approach to making music. She is a unique artist with several facets - classical soloist, ensemble leader and jazz musician – and equally at home with each.

Tine Thing Helseth, born in 1987, started to play trumpet at the age of 7, and is already one of the leading trumpet soloists of her generation. Already in her solo career, Helseth has appeared with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Philharmonie Baden-Baden, all the major Norwegian orchestras and further afield with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, amongst others.

“Tine Thing Helseth is blessed with a combination of great wind-playing attributes: a soulful - dare one say brooding, Nordic - approach to phrasing, quite astonishingly outstanding intonation and a sound which is open and honest, even and focused in all registers...Helseth can do the ultimate in good trumpet-playing: smith a tune with seeming effortlessness.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2012

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Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances


Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Stravinsky:

Symphony in 3 movements


Following his acclaimed LSO Live recording of Rachmaninov’s Symphony No 2, a Gramophone Editor’s Choice, Valery Gergiev conducts a thrilling performance of the composer’s 'Symphonic Dances', coupled with fellow emigré Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements.

An orchestral suite in three sections, the 'Symphonic Dances' were the last works Rachmaninov completed and proved to be some of his most popular. Although rarely sentimental, they draw on folk idioms and the composer’s reminiscences of Russia, from where he emigrated in 1917.

Stravinsky’s 'Symphony in Three Movements' was written between 1942-45 and was the first work Stravinsky completed after his arrival in the USA. Although he claimed it was a ‘War Symphony’, his true inspiration was typically vague.

Following an extensive tour of the Far East with the LSO in February and March, Valery Gergiev conducts concerts throughout Europe in with the Mariinsky Orchestra, including performances in the UK.

“Gergiev’s reading is a satisfying one and the LSO are on superlative form… Punchy, powerful stuff, in close-up, vivid sound.” The Arts Desk, 5th May 2012

“[Gergiev] elicits a fair amount of instrumental detail from Rachmaninov's luminous scoring [in the Symphonic Dances] but it is at the cost of cohesive overall structure...[the Symphony in Three Movements] is a big-boned performance, its syncopations crisply articulated by the LSO, its powerful rhythmic impetus kept on a tight rein, its palette of timbres well delineated.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012

“these are thoughtful, well-considered performances, excellently played and recorded...Gergiev's rather deliberate tempo in the first movement of the Rachmaninov seems to stress the 'symphonic', rather than the 'dance' aspect of this work...Much the same might be said of the Stravinsky: overall the emotional temperature seems a bit low, despite some highly exciting passages and refined solo playing in the more lyrical moments.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2012 ***

“Gergiev gives us a bold, exciting account of Stravinsky's wartime cracker: wild and rough at the edges in the outer movements; unsentimental, even brusque in the 'soft centre'.” Classical Music, 7th April 2012 ****

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Rachmaninov: Works for Cello and Piano

Rachmaninov: Works for Cello and Piano


Rachmaninov:

Pieces (2) for cello & piano (Prelude & Oriental Dance), Op. 2

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Prelude Op. 23 No. 4 in D major

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Melody, Op. 21 No. 9

Spring torrents, Op. 14 No.11

To my children, Op.26, No. 7


Li-wei Qin (cello), Albert Tiu (piano)

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