Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Boris Berezovsky: The Teldec Recordings

Boris Berezovsky: The Teldec Recordings


Balakirev:

Islamey - Oriental Fantasy

Chopin:

Études (12), Op. 10

Études (12), Op. 25

Trois Nouvelles Études

Étude Op. 10 No. 1 in C major

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

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

Étude Op. 10 No. 4 in C sharp minor

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

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

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

Étude Op. 25 No. 5 in E minor

Godowsky:

Études

Hindemith:

Ludus tonalis

Suite '1922' for piano, Op. 26

Khachaturian:

Piano Concerto in D flat major

Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitri Liss

Liadov:

Prelude Op. 57/1

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

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

Liszt:

Transcendental Studies, S139 Nos. 1-12

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Philharmonia Orchestra, Hugh Wolff

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Philharmonia Orchestra, Hugh Wolff

Totentanz, S126 for piano & orchestra

Philharmonia Orchestra, Hugh Wolff

Medtner:

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

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

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

Romantic Sketches for the Young Op. 54: Tale

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

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain (piano version)

Arr Rimsky Korsakov

Rachmaninov:

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

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

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

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

Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22

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

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

Philharmonia Orchestra, Eliahu Inbal

Prelude Op. 23 No. 6 in E flat major

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 10 in G flat major

Prelude Op. 23 No. 9 in E flat minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 2 in B flat major

Schumann:

Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6

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

Toccata in C major, Op. 7

Tchaikovsky:

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

Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitri Liss


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

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

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

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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 & Caprice Bohemien

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 & Caprice Bohemien


Rachmaninov:

Caprice Bohémien, Op. 12

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

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Treasures of Russia

Treasures of Russia


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Brigitte Engerer (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Vespers, Op. 37

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Paul Hillier

Tchaikovsky:

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

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniele Gatti


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

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Mariusz Kwiecien: Slavic Heroes

Mariusz Kwiecien: Slavic Heroes


Borodin:

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

Dvorak:

Prince's aria (from Selma sedláck)

Moniuszko:

Pewna, jak wiatr wzdycha (from Halka)

Kto z mych dziewek serce ktorej (from Straszny Dwor)

Nakaz niech ozywcze slonko (from Verbum Nobile)

Rachmaninov:

Ves tabor spit (from Aleko)

Rimsky Korsakov:

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

Smetana:

Jen Jediana (from Certova stena)

Szymanowski:

Hymn to Apollo (from Król Roger)

Tchaikovsky:

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

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

O Mariya, Mariya! (from Mazeppa)

Uzhel ta samaya Tatyana (from Eugene Onegin)


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

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Arthur Rubinstein: The Complete Album Collection

Arthur Rubinstein: The Complete Album Collection


includes:

Beethoven:

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

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

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

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

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

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Toscanini

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

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

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Beecham

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Symphony Of The Air, Krips

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

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

Brahms:

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

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

Chopin:

Nocturnes Nos. 1-19

Mazurkas Nos. 1-51

Waltzes Nos. 1-14

Bolero, Op. 19

Impromptus Nos. 1-4

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Tarantella in A flat major, Op. 43

Scherzi Nos. 1-4

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

New Symphony Orchestra of London, Stanisław Skrowaczewski

Trois Nouvelles Études

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

Symphony of the Air, Alfred Wallenstein

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

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

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

Falla:

Noches en los jardines de Espana

Fauré:

Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor Op. 15

Members Of The Paganini Quartet

Franck, C:

Violin Sonata in A major

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Mendelssohn:

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

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

Rachmaninov:

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

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Ravel:

Piano Trio in A minor

Saint-Saëns:

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

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3

Impromptu in A flat major, D899 No. 4

Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, D898

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Steinberg

Fantasiestücke, Op. 12

Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44

Paganini Quartet

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

Strauss, R:

Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 18

Tchaikovsky:

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

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Mitropoulos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CD 23 SCHUMANN – PIANO QUINTET ~ RUBINSTEIN • PAGANINI QUARTET

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CD 32 PIANO ENCORES BY ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN

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

CD 34-35 CHOPIN – THE COMPLETE NOCTURNES ~ RUBINSTEIN

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

CD 37 BRAHMS – PIANO SONATA NO. 3 ~ RUBINSTEIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CD 47 BRAHMS – INTERMEZZI • CAPRICCIO • RHAPSODIES ~ RUBINSTEIN

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

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

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

CD 51 RUBINSTEIN PLAYS GRIEG

CD 52 CHOPIN – WALTZES ~ RUBINSTEIN

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

CD 54 RUBINSTEIN PLAYS LISZT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CD 64 RUBINSTEIN PLAYS CHOPIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CD 78 HIGHLIGHTS FROM RUBINSTEIN AT CARNEGIE HALL

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

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

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

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

CD 83 SCHUMANN – CARNAVAL • FANTASIESTÜCKE ~ RUBINSTEIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CD 91-92 CHOPIN – POLONAISES & IMPROMPTUS ~ RUBINSTEIN

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

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

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

CD 96-98 CHOPIN – THE COMPLETE MAZURKAS ~ RUBINSTEIN

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

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

CD 101-102 CHOPIN – THE COMPLETE NOCTURNES ~ RUBINSTEIN

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

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

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

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

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

CD 110 SCHUBERT – PIANO SONATA NO. 21 ~ RUBINSTEIN

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

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

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

CD 114 THE BRAHMS I LOVE ~ RUBINSTEIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DVD 1 THE BENEFIT RECITAL FOR ISRAEL 1975 ~ RUBINSTEIN

DVD 2 RUBINSTEIN REMEMBERED – A DOCUMENTARY


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

142-CD plus 2-DVD limited edition

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

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

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

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

First-ever release of a whole Chopin Collection

More than 3 ½ hours of previously unreleased music

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

New liner notes by Rubinstein biographer Harvey Sachs

Essay by John Rubinstein

Photos shot and selected by Eva Rubinstein

Essay on Rubinstein’s 1961 Carnegie Hall recitals

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

Track listings with complete discographical notes

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


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Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy: Russian Fantasy

Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy: Russian Fantasy


Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

arranged by Vovka Ashkenazy

Glinka:

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

arranged for two pianos by Vovka Ashkenazy

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain (piano version)

arranged by Vovka Ashkenazy

Rachmaninov:

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

Scriabin:

Fantasy in A minor Op. post.


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

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

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

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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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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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