Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Witold Malcuzynski

Witold Malcuzynski

The Polish Master Pianist


includes

Bach, J S:

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Beethoven:

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

Brahms:

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

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

Chopin:

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

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

Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31

Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39

Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15 No. 2

Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Rhapsodie espagnole, S254

Prokofiev:

The Love for Three Oranges: March

Rachmaninov:

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

Prelude Op. 32 No. 5 in G major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Tchaikovsky:

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


Witold Malcuzynski (piano)

Born 1914 in Warsaw, Witold Malcuzynski can be regarded as one the greatest heirs of the Polish piano tradition inherited from Paderewski; he was also one of the greatest Chopin specialists, which is reflected in his discography and therefore in this ICON set. These recordings dedicated to the Romantic repertoire have been unavailable for decades.

Though the legacy of Paderewski looms large, Malcuzynski's own contribution to the Polish piano tradition was a significant one: his sparing approach to rubato and the precision of his phrasing have influenced the current generation of Polish pianists, such as Krystian Zimerman.

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Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances & The Bells

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances & The Bells


Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

The Bells, Op. 35

Luba Orgonášová (soprano), Dmitro Popov (tenor) & Mikhail Petrenko (bass)

with Rundfunkchor Berlin


EMI Classics releases an exciting new recording of Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances and The Bells. These two Rachmaninov masterpieces, performed by one of the world’s most renowned orchestras under their celebrated principal conductor Sir Simon Rattle. This is a rare chance to hear Sir Simon’s interpretations of these great works. Towards the end of his life, the composer himself said of The Bells “I worked on this composition with feverish ardour; and it remains of all my works the one I love the most”. Of the Symphonic Dances, written shortly before his death, he said “I don’t know how it happened, it must have been my last spark”.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“[The Bells'] vivid palette of orchestral colours suits him and the Berlin Philharmonic, while careful engineering eases the problems of balance...Rattle doesn't always give the music its head in a way that a Russian conductor might, but the performance is carefully calibrated and full of brilliantly focussed detail.” The Guardian, 15th August 2013 ****

“the choral singing [in The Bells] combines agility and heft – the third movement terrifies. Good soloists too – notably bass Mikhail Petrenko. Rattle’s characteristic ear for detail rarely derails the forward momentum...Rattle’s new Symphonic Dances take a while to work their magic...But you’re slowly won over” The Arts Desk, 24th August 2013

“Rattle keeps luxuriating, basking in the long-legged melodies, idling lovingly over phrases, wrapped in a full and warm recording. The more brittle elements in rhythm, gesture and orchestration have a hard time getting heard. This isn’t a problem with the later recording of the companion work, the choral symphony The Bells” The Times, 24th August 2013 ***

“[The Bells] was an astonishing first for the orchestra, which is perhaps why it sounds so fresh-minted here...The Symphonic Dances get sonic luxury from the Berliners. It’s hard to imagine the slow movement’s famous alto-sax solo more hauntingly played.” Sunday Times, 1st September 2013

“Rattle’s account of The Bells is very impressive: he has three excellent soloists and the choral and orchestral contributions are first class...I’m equally taken with his reading of the Symphonic Dances...the Berlin playing is simply fabulous...These are two of Rachmaninov’s greatest works and Simon Rattle has done them proud with this exciting disc.” MusicWeb International, 22nd September 2013

“Lucid detail, refined shaping, polished instrumental solos and a shrewd way with texture and rhythmic ebb and flow contribute to an interpretation as astutely conceived as it is vital in execution.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2013

“this Bells may be unsurpassable...The three soloists are superb, even if Dmytro Popov is a more heroic tenor than usual and Luba Orgonasova plays firm matriarch at the wedding rather than young bride. Mikhail Petrenko's bass is another quality voice, prefaced and mirrored by the most human cor anglais solo I've ever heard....a remarkable achievement.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2013 *****

“I always think Rattle is at his interpretative best when he's conducting music that is full of interesting orchestral colours, and this is certainly the case here...What I like about Rattle's interpretation is the amount of space he allows...this is easily one of my favourite recordings of the year so far.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 26th August 2013

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26th August 2013

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Russian Songs

Russian Songs


Glazunov:

Vostochny romans (V krovi gorit ogon' zhelanya), Op. 27 No. 2

Spanish Serenade, Op. 20 No. 2

Glière:

Slyozy lyudskie, Op. 6 No. 2

O esli b grust' moya, Op. 28 No. 3

Noch' idiot, Op. 50 No. 1

Toska lyubvi, Op. 46 No. 3

Grechaninov:

Vostochnaya pesnya (Oriental Melody)

Snowflakes, 10 songs from childhood, Op. 47

Rachmaninov:

How fleeting is delight in love, Op.14 No. 3

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

Night is sorrowful, Op. 26 No.12

My child, your beauty is that of a flower, Op. 8 No. 2

A dream, Op. 8 No. 5

The flower died

Taneyev:

Lyudi spyat, Op. 17 No. 10

Stalaktity, Op. 26 No. 6

Fontany, Op. 26 No. 7

Tchaikovsky:

Merknet slaby svet svechi, Op. 73 No. 2

None but the lonely heart, Op. 6 No. 6

Na son gryadushchiy (Before sleep), Op. 27 No. 1

Na zemlyu sumrak upal (Dusk fell on the earth), Op. 47 No. 3

The Cuckoo, Op. 54 No. 8

Usni, Op. 57 No. 4

The lights were being dimmed, Op. 63, No. 5

Lish ty odin, Op. 57 No. 6


Ekaterina Sementchuk (mezzo-soprano) & Larissa Gergieva (piano)

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Rachmaninov: Preludes and Transcriptions

Rachmaninov: Preludes and Transcriptions


Bizet:

L'Arlésienne Suite No. 1: II. Minuet

trans. Rachmaninov

Kreisler:

Liebesleid

trans. Rachmaninov

Mussorgsky:

Sorochintsy Fair: Gopak

trans. Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 23 No. 1 in F sharp minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 2 in B flat major

Prelude Op. 23 No. 4 in D major

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 6 in E flat major

Prelude Op. 23 No. 9 in E flat minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 10 in G flat major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 1 in C major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 3 in E major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 4 in E minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 5 in G major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 10 in B minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 13 in D flat major

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

Rimsky Korsakov:

Flight of the Bumble Bee

trans. Rachmaninov

Schubert:

Wohin? (No. 2 from Die schöne Müllerin, D795)

trans. Rachmaninov

Tchaikovsky:

Child’s Song

trans. Rachmaninov


Colin Horsley (piano)

“All these performances are graced with a fleet and unforced quality that tell a superior story to other more blistering and aggressive accounts. His pianistic ease and facility allow him many subtle and surprising inflections that quietly illuminate a whole Prelude.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2014

“Horsley was an excellent technician and had good instincts for the music. In the core repertoire, it was probably Rachmaninov with whom he was most linked.” MusicWeb International, 2nd October 2013

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Maxim Vengerov - 5 Classic Albums

Maxim Vengerov - 5 Classic Albums


Bazzini:

La Ronde des lutins, Op. 25

Beethoven:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

London Symphony Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich

Romances Nos. 1 & 2 for violin and orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich

Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Hungarian Dance No. 5

Hungarian Dance No. 7

Britten:

Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 15

revised version

London Symphony Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich

Dvorak:

Humoresque in G flat major, Op. 101 No. 7

Khachaturian:

Sabre Dance from Gayane

Kreisler:

Liebesleid

Liebesfreud

Lalo:

Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21

Philharmonia Orchestra, Antonio Pappano

Massenet:

Meditation (from Thaïs)

Monti, V:

Csárdás

Novácek, O:

Perpetuum mobile - Concert Caprice Op. 5 No. 4

Paganini:

Cantabile for violin & piano/guitar in D major, Op. 17, MS 109

Ponce, M:

Estrellita

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Variation 18

arr. Kreisler

Ravel:

Tzigane

Philharmonia Orchestra, Antonio Pappano

Saint-Saëns:

Caprice d'après l'Etude en forme de valse

Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61

Philharmonia Orchestra, Antonio Pappano

Sarasate:

Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43

Schubert:

Ave Maria, D839

Tchaikovsky:

Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42

Walton:

Viola Concerto

1961 version

London Symphony Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich

Wieniawski:

Variations on an Original Theme in A major, Op. 15

Polonaise brilliante No. 1 in D major, Op. 4

Polonaise brilliante No. 2 in A major, Op. 21

Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16

Williams, John:

Schindler's List: Theme

Set contains the following albums:

0724355716422 Vengerov & Virtuosi

0724355751027 Britten & Walton

0724355791627 Encores

0724355759320 Lalo & Saint-Saens

0094633640320 Beethoven


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Russian Piano Concertos

Russian Piano Concertos


Rachmaninov:

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

recorded in 1959

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislaw Wislocki

Tchaikovsky:

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

recorded in 1962

Wiener Symphoniker, Herbert von Karajan


Richter performs two of the greatest Russian piano concertos, Tchaikovsky's first and Rachmaninov's second. Highly acclaimed performances at super budget price.

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Conrad Tao: Voyages

Conrad Tao: Voyages


Monk, M:

Railroad (Travel Song)

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 32 No. 5 in G major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 7 in C minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 10 in B minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 2 in B flat major

Ravel:

Gaspard de la Nuit

Tao:

Vestiges

Iridescence, for piano and iPad


Conrad Tao (piano)

The premiere disc from this remarkable young Chinese-American pianist and composer. Features music by Rachmaninov and Ravel, as well as compositions by Conrad himself, including an inspired work for iPad and piano. Also a work by New York born composer, Meredith Monk.

Conrad describes this album as being “about iridescence, about color, shifting, Perception, hallucinatory shapes”.

“He is exceptionally gifted, and an 18 year old teenager of the digital era. Quite a catch for the future.” Jean Philippe Rolland, President of A&R, EMI Classics

“Tao brings a fresh vitality and terrific momentum to [Gaspard]...this is a thoroughly enjoyable and consistently impressive recording from Tao, blending old with new, conventional with less conventional...There is more than sufficient variety to hold the interest and I must say Tao's compositions are really growing on me” International Record Review, September 2013

“All of these pieces, in different ways, evoke images and people through music...Though his account of “Pictures at an Exhibition” is sometimes a little percussive for my taste, he plays it with enormous imagination, color and command.” New York Times, 25th November 2015

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Shostakovich & Rachmaninov: Cello Sonatas

Shostakovich & Rachmaninov: Cello Sonatas


Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

arr. L. Rose

Shostakovich:

Viola Sonata, Op. 147

arr. D. Shafran


Leonard Elschenbroich (cello) & Alexei Grynyuk (piano)

The young German cellist Leonard Elschenbroich has rapidly made a name for himself as one of the most exciting and gifted cellists of his generation. Leonard Elschenbroich’s many awards include: the Leonard Bernstein Award, Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Eugene Istomin Prize, Pro Europa prize, Landgraf von Hessen price of the Kronberg Academy, Nordmetall Prize of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festiva and the Firmenich Prize of the Verbier Festival.

From 2004–2008 he was supported by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, performing with her on a number of occasions, including a European tour. He is also part of the BBC New Generation Artists programme, and appeared at the 2012 Proms season together with his chamber music partners Nicola Benedetti and Alexei Grynyuk. Together with Benedetti and Grynyuk he embarks on a major chamber music tour of Scotland in March. Rachmaninov’s cello sonata was composed at the same time as the Second Piano Concerto. Although as one would expect from such a great pianist-composer, the piano part is demanding, it never threatens to overwhelm the cello, and the result is a beautifully balanced and passionate work.

Shostakovich’s viola sonata was his last composition, finished on his deathbed. Sketches show that the composer was also considering a second cello sonata for his old friend Rostropovich – then living outside the USSR. The arrangement on this CD for cello was made by Daniil Shafran with the dying composer's blessing. In the Viola Sonata, as in his Fifteenth Symphony, Shostakovich alludes to several of his previous works, from the Suite for two pianos Op.6 to the opening movement (De Profundis) from his Fourteenth Symphony. He also quotes from other composers’ works, Berg’s Violin Concerto and, most obviously, throughout the final Adagio, from the first movement of Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata, which he uses as the basis for a kind of free meditation.

“a performance of tremendous assurance and power. You could argue that the cello's warmth adds a touch of lyricism that detracts from the sparseness of the original. But there's no mistaking the intensity and commitment that Elschenbroich and pianist Alexei Grynyuk bring to it...Exceptional.” The Guardian, 9th May 2013 *****

“His striking reading of Daniil Shafran’s adaptation announces [Leonard Elschenbroich] a major new talent… This is one of the most articulate and highly characterised accounts I’ve heard on the cello… The Shostakovich reveals Alexei Grynyuk to be a remarkable musician with a commanding sense of architecture” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013

“There is a romantic soul of warmth and virile energy to this interpretation [of the Rachmaninov] that makes it very special indeed...there is an intensely inward, deeply communicative quality to this performance [of the Shostakovich] that draws you right to its tragic, pensive core.” The Telegraph, 15th August 2013 *****

“This is a quite exceptional performance of Rachmaninov's Cello Sonata...you immediately sense that they are going to have something of uncommon interest to impart in their interpretation...In the entirely different realms of late Shostakovich, Elschenbroich and Grynyuk are no less persuasive.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

“Very much a sonata for cello and piano, rather than merely a cello sonata with piano accompaniment, the Op. 19 has a formidably demanding piano part which at the same time must never be allowed to overwhelm the lyrical voice of the cello. Alexei Grynyuk and the young cellist Leonard Elschenbroich strike the perfect balance in this recording.” David Smith, Presto Classical

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Byron Janis plays Liszt, Rachmaninov & Schumann

Byron Janis plays Liszt, Rachmaninov & Schumann


Liszt:

Totentanz, S126 for piano & orchestra

Rachmaninov:

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

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


Byron Janis began his extraordinary career as Horowitz’s star pupil.

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Julian Steckel plays Rachmaninoff & Prokofiev

Julian Steckel plays Rachmaninoff & Prokofiev


Prokofiev:

Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119

Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

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

Lied (Romance) in F minor


Julian Steckel (cello) & Paul Rivinius (piano)

Julian Steckel won first prize at the international ARD competition in 2010 where he also won the audience prize.

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