Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov


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Arnold van Mill sings Favourite Opera Arias

Arnold van Mill sings Favourite Opera Arias

Decca Most Wanted Recitals Vol. 30


Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben (from Fidelio)

Arnold van Mill (bass)

Robert Wagner


O wüssest Du, Verehrter...Bin Akademier (from Der Barbier von Bagdad)

Arnold van Mill (bass)

Robert Wagner

Ergreift den Alten...Heil diesem Haus (from Der Barbier von Bagdad)

Arnold van Mill (bass)

Robert Wagner


Doubt (Somneniye)

Raphael Arié (bass), Wilfred Parry (piano)

The Midnight Review

Raphael Arié (bass), Wilfred Parry (piano)


La Mort, Op. 48 No. 5

sung in Russian

Raphael Arié (bass), Wilfred Parry (piano)


When the King Went Forth To War, Op. 7 No. 6

Raphael Arié (bass), Wilfred Parry (piano)


She laughed

Raphael Arié (bass), Wilfred Parry (piano)


O sancta justitia (from Zar und Zimmermann)

Arnold van Mill (bass)

Robert Wagner

Den hohen Herrscher würdig zu empfangen (from Zar und Zimmermann)

Arnold van Mill (bass)

Robert Wagner

Der Windschütz: Fünftausend Taler

Arnold van Mill (bass)

Robert Wagner

Auch ich war ein Jüngling (from Der Waffenschmied)

Arnold van Mill (bass)

Robert Wagner


Mephistopheles' Song of the Flea

Raphael Arié (bass), Wilfred Parry (piano)

The Seminarist

Raphael Arié (bass), Wilfred Parry (piano)

Nicolai, C O:

Als Büblein klein (from Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor)

Arnold van Mill (bass)

Robert Wagner


Fate, Op. 21 No. 1

Raphael Arié (bass), Wilfred Parry (piano)

Rimsky Korsakov:

The Prophet, Op. 49 No. 2

Raphael Arié (bass), Wilfred Parry (piano)


Song of the Volga Boatmen

Raphael Arié (bass), Wilfred Parry (piano)


Hier im ird'schen Jammertal (from Der Freischütz)

Arnold van Mill (bass)

Robert Wagner

Schweig, schweig (from Der Freischütz)

Arnold van Mill (bass)

Robert Wagner

Robert Wagner

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Rachmaninov: Songs

Rachmaninov: Songs


Songs (6), Op. 4

Songs (6), Op. 8

Songs (12), Op. 14

Were you hiccoughing, Natasha?

Songs (12), Op. 21

Songs (15), Op. 26

Letter to K.S. Stanislavsky

Songs (14), Op. 34

6 Songs, Op. 38

Evelina Dobraceva, Ekaterina Siurina (sopranos), Justina Gringyte (mezzo-soprano), Daniil Shtoda (tenor), Andrei Bondarenko, Rodion Pogossov (baritones), Alexander Vinogradov (bass) & Iain Burnside (piano)

This is the first complete recording for 20 years of Rachmaninov’s published song output. With the addition of two delightfully comic occasional pieces, it lays two further claims to importance: Delphian's seven singers – hand-picked by renowned pianist Iain Burnside – are all native Russian speakers, and every song is performed in the key in which Rachmaninov wrote it, respecting both the specificity of vocal colour and the carefully designed tonal and expressive trajectory within each opus.

For the first 25 years of his career Rachmaninov regularly expressed himself in song, from Tchaikovskian beginnings to the very personal range of vocal and pianistic utterance in his final two collections. Almost a century after exile brought down the curtain on this period of his creative output, Burnside and his singers bring these works to shimmering, gushing, crackling, magnificent life.

“This is a richly rewarding and fascinating set...[Vinogradov] sings these epics with a marvellously fluent legato...But the star of the show is undoubtedly Burnside, playing throughout with unfailing intensity and sensitivity: voice and piano are truly equal partners here, and the results are electrifying.” The Telegraph, 27th February 2014 *****

“Burnside’s brilliant playing...allures the ear at every turn...The stars are Andrei Bondarenko and Alexander Vinogradov, both young but mature interpreters...Ekaterina Siurina’s sweet soprano comes into its own in the Op 38 set, while she and Vinogradov make something special of Two Farewells...Mixed results, but the best is superb.” Sunday Times, 23rd March 2014

“I was quickly won over by Andrei Bondarenko's burnished baritone sound and sensitivity...The two sopranos are top-note perfect...At times, the heavier-weight voices of mezzo Justina Gringyte and bass, Alexander Vinogradov, are too closely recorded for comfort...but Burnside remains a firm, clear companion throughout.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2014 *****

“there are distinct pluses to this new Delphian set. One of them is unquestionably the pianism of Iain Burnside, who recognises the integral expressive role of the piano in these songs...Practically everything...rings true in this set, sung gloriously with palpable heart and soul.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2014

“Bondarenko, who won the song prize at Cardiff Singer of the World in 2011, is a delight with his honeyed, even tone and faultless phrasing. Burnside accompanies with his usual tact and intelligence. As a whole, the set is a very distinguished piece of work.” The Guardian, 24th April 2014 ****

“[Vinogradov's] beautiful rich dark tone and musicality single him out with distinction. ...Burnside, throughout, displays great sensitivity in his accompaniments. Technically accomplished, he meets the virtuosic challenges that Rachmaninov sets the performer...This set would be hard to beat by any standards – a deeply rewarding and truly stimulating musical experience.” MusicWeb International

“The famous Vocalise - popularised in innumerable variants for solo instrument and orchestra - was in fact originally a song from Rachmaninov's Op. 34. Here, Iain Burnside accompanies seven native Russian-speakers in a complete set of Rachmaninov's vocal music, which contains some of his most personal and intimate writing.” David Smith, Presto Classical

Presto Discs of 2014


Presto Favourites

Recommended Recording

GGramophone Awards 2014

Shortlisted - Solo Vocal

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - May 2014

BBC Music Magazine

Choral & Song Choice - May 2014

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AMERICA! Volume 1: A Land of Refuge

AMERICA! Volume 1: A Land of Refuge

From Independence to the Civil War


Contrasts for violin, clarinet & piano, BB 116, Sz. 111


String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 'American'

Jerusalem Quartet


Hollywood Liederbuch


Symphonic Dances, Op. 45



Joel Frederiksen, Alexandre Tharaud, Frederic Chiu, Brigitte Engerer, Oleg Maisenberg, Matthias Goerne, Philippe Bernold

RIAS Kammerchor, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra & Ensemble Walter Boeykens, Daniel Reuss

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Arensky: Piano Trios

Arensky: Piano Trios


Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32

Piano Trio No. 2 in F minor, Op. 73


Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

arr. Julius Conus

Leonore Piano Trio: Tim Horton (piano), Benjamin Nabarro (violin) & Gemma Rosefield (cello)

Arensky’s Piano Trios represent a fine example of the Russian romantic piano trio, a form ‘invented’ by Tchaikovsky, Arensky’s close friend and influence.

Piano Trio No 1 is the more popular of the two, dedicated to the cellist Karl Davidoff. Davidoff is regarded as the founder of the Russian school of cello-playing, and Arensky’s dedication accounts for the fact that the cello plays such a prominent role, having most of the principal themes and often seeming to eclipse the violin in importance. Piano Trio No 2 is one composer’s last works, and marks a considerable advance in Arensky’s compositional techniques.

Hyperion is delighted to present the Leonore Piano Trio (Tim Horton, Benjamin Nabarro and Gemma Rosefield, who features as soloist on Hyperion’s Romantic Cello Concerto series Volume 3: Stanford Cello Concertos) in its debut recording.

“here is music for all those who weary of grappling with the complexities of contemporary works to rejoice in an all-Russian fountain of melodic charm...The Leonores play with truly glorious affection and security, and it is hard to imagine playing of a greater empathy.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2014

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Kiri Te Kanawa - The Classic Albums

Kiri Te Kanawa - The Classic Albums

Bach, J S:

Bist du bei mir, BWV508

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben': Jesu, bleibet meine Freude


Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante (from Carmen)


Songs of the Auvergne

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus


Repentir (O Divine Redeemer)

St Cecilia Mass: Sanctus

Ah! Je ris de me voir (from Faust)


Goyescas: Quejas ó La Maja y el Ruiseñor


Samson: Let the bright seraphim

Samson: Let their celestial concerts all unite


Die Lorelei

Comment, disaient-ils (Hugo), S276

O quand je dors (Hugo), S282

Sonetto 104 del Petrarca 'Pace non trovo', S270 No. 1


Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op. 34 No. 2


Porgi amor (from Le nozze di Figaro)

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

Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben (from Zaïde)

Ah del pianto, dal singhlozzo (from La finta giardiniera)

S'altro che lacrime (from La clemenza di Tito)

Ei parte...Per pietà (from Così fan tutte)

L'amerò, sarò costante (from Il re pastore)

Pupille amate (from Lucio Silla)

Se il padre perdei (from Idomeneo)

Bella mia fiamma, addio... Resta, oh cara, K528

Ach, ich fühl's (from Die Zauberflöte, K620)

Bester Jüngling (from Der Schauspieldirektor)

Nehmt meinen Dank, ihr holden Gönner!, concert aria K383

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339: Laudate Dominum

Ave verum corpus, K618


Canciones clásicas españolas


In quelle trine morbide (from Manon Lescaut)

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Mario! Mario! Mario! ...Son qui! ... Mia gelosa! (from Tosca)

Non la sospiri, la nostra casetta (from Tosca)


Trumpet Tune "The Cebell"

Tell me, some pitying angel (The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation), Z196


Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14


Cinq mélodies populaires grecques


Ave Maria, D839

Strauss, J, II:

Klänge der Heimat (from Die Fledermaus)

Strauss, R:

Vier letzte Lieder

Malven, AV 304

Hat gesagt - bleibt's nicht dabei, Op. 36 No. 3

Muttertändelei, Op. 43 No. 2

Madrigal, Op.15, No. 1

Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2

Schlechtes Wetter, Op. 69 No. 5

Allerseelen, Op. 10 No. 8

Die Nacht, Op. 10 No. 3

Cäcilie, Op. 27 No. 2

All mein Gedanken ... Op. 21 No. 1

Begegnung (Meeting), AV 72

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Er ist der Richtige nicht für mich … Aber der Richtige, wenn's einen gibt für mich (from Arabella)


Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (from La Traviata)

Follie! Follie! Delirio vano è questo…Sempre libera (from La traviata)

Teneste la promessa...Addio, del passato (from La Traviata)

Come in quest'ora bruna (from Simon Boccanegra)

Giá nella notte densa (from Otello)

Era più calmo? (from Otello)

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

Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)

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Rachmaninov: Elegiac Piano Trios

Rachmaninov: Elegiac Piano Trios


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

Trio élégiaque No. 2 in D minor, Op. 9

Elegie, Op. 3 No. 1

Trio Portici

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The Sacred Spirit of Russia

The Sacred Spirit of Russia


Hymn to the Mother of God for the Nativity (Znamenny Chant)


Come, let us worship, Op. 8 No. 2

Chant des Chérubins

Praise the Lord from the Heavens, Op. 42 No. 9

Do not cast me off in my old age, Op. 40 No. 5


Slava I Edirodnii (Glory To The Only Begotten Son)

The Creed

Our Father

Now the Powers of Heaven, Op. 58 No. 6 "Nïne silï nebesnïya"

Preserve, O Lord, for many years, Op. 79


We should choose to love silence (Concerto for the Nativity of Christ)


Bless the Lord, O my Soul, Op. 37 No. 2


The Great Doxology, Op. 57 No. 2

Today the Virgin Gives Birth

As many have been baptized

Milost' mira (For the Mercy of Peace)


Otche nash (Our Father)


The Beatitudes


Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Let our mouths be filled

Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Blessed be the name of the Lord


Christmas Troparion (Inexpressible Wonder)

A wondrous birth, No. 7


Priidite, poklonimsya 'Come, let us worship'

Glen Miller (basso profundo)

Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson

To understand and partake of the 'Sacred Spirit of Russia' requires one, first and foremost, to experience the beauty and splendour of the Russian Orthodox liturgy, which has been an integral part of the Eastern Slav identity for over 1000 years.

The sacred music of the New Russian Choral School features sublime settings of the liturgy that draw on a rich history of Orthodox chants and native traditions, creating music of unprecedented colour and textural richness. Following the lead of Tchaikovsky, composers such as Kastalsky, Gretchaninov, Chesnokov, Rachmaninov and a host of others have left us a treasure-trove of musical delights.

Craig Hella Johnson and the 35-strong Conspirare (featuring the astounding basso profundo Glenn Miller) present a glorious sampling of some of the finest works in this genre including Martynov's mesmerising 'Beatitudes' for three sopranos and choir and Kedrov's setting of the Lord's Prayer. Conspirare's esteemed language coach is the editor of Musica Russica, Vladimir Morosan who has also written the booklet notes. The only 'inauthentic' part of this SACD recording for hm USA is the spot-on intonation.

“Russian Orthodox church music seems to sit as unmovable as the architecture in which it was first sung. But that is not to say that every piece sounds the same, as the American choral group Conspirare’s fine recital shows.” Sunday Times, 26th January 2014

“From the outset Conspirare sing with thrilling weight and accuracy; also, the acoustic of this Texas church provides a near-ideal performing space for the feast of antiphons, hymns and prayers that follows...Conspirare breathe new life into this repertoire; a joy from start to finish.” MusicWeb International, 26th February 2014

“Everything is rooted in the bass, as it should be, and the forward brightness of the upper voices creates thrilling friction against their darker tones. This music has waited a long time for a champion, and Conspirare do it proud.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

“Conspirare’s reading of these pieces is passionate without being perfumed. A lovely recording, in immaculate sound.” Choir & Organ, March/April 2014

“All of the music performed here is heart-stoppingly, soul-transfixingly and spirit-piercingly beautiful...Glen Miller's ability to reach the lowest notes is almost freakishly delightful, if one can use such frivolous words in connection with such serious music...The ethereally beautiful sound on this SACD preserves a happy nimbus of reverberant space around the singers.” International Record Review, May 2014

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2014

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3


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

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

Prelude Op. 23 No. 6 in E flat major

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

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Rachmaninov & Prokofiev: Piano Concertos

Rachmaninov & Prokofiev: Piano Concertos


Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16


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

Twenty-four year old Chinese pianist Yuja Wang is widely recognized for playing that combines the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. Regularly lauded for her controlled, prodigious technique, Yuja’s command of the piano has been described as “astounding” and “superhuman,” and she has been praised for her authority over the most complex technical demands of the repertoire, the depth of her musical insight, as well as her fresh interpretations and graceful, charismatic stage presence. Following her San Francisco recital debut The San Francisco Chronicle wrote “The arrival of Chinese-born pianist Yuja Wang on the musical scene is an exhilarating and unnerving development. To listen to her in action is to re-examine whatever assumptions you may have had about how well the piano can actually be played,” and The Washington Post called Yuja’s Kennedy Center recital debut “jaw-dropping.”

“Making her virtuoso credentials clear throughout, Wang dismisses every difficulty with nonchalant ease...this is a talent with a vengeance, the youthful partnership with Dudamel is ideal and both performances, recorded in Caracas, are understandably greeted with storms of applause.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2014

“It’s a virtue rather than a shortcoming that Wang and Dudamel never push the music too hard or too fast...Where oomph is required, all concerned on DG can and do apply it.” MusicWeb International, 5th March 2014

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Editor's Choice - February 2014

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Rachmaninov: Complete Works for Piano

Rachmaninov: Complete Works for Piano


Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

Suite Nos. 1 & 2 for two pianos

with André Previn (piano)

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Preludes Op. 23 Nos. 1-10 (complete)

Preludes Op. 32 Nos. 1-13 (complete)

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42

1985 recording

Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39

Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22

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

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

Études-Tableaux, Op. 33

Russian Rhapsody for two pianos, Op. post.

with André Previn (piano)

Romance in G major for piano duet

first release

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

with Vovka Ashkenazy (piano)

Moments Musicaux, Op. 16

Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3


Prelude in D minor Op. post. (1917)

How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7

transcribed for piano

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

rs. Kocsis

Six Pieces, Op. 11

Pieces (2) in A major for piano 6 hands - Waltz & Romance

with Vovka Ashkenazy, Dody Ashkenazy (piano)

Polka italienne

with Vovka Ashkenazy (piano), Alastair Mackie (trumpet)

Piano Piece in A flat major

Morceaux de Salon, Op. 10

Three Nocturnes

Four Pieces (?1888)

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42

1973 recording

Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39

1973 recording

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

1963 recording

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

1963 recording

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

1963 recording

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

trscr. Rachmaninov

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

trscr. Rachmaninov


Arrangements and transcriptions of works by Bach, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Bizet, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Behr, Kreisler and Rachmaninov.

Assorted rarities

Vladimir Ashkenazy is the pre-eminent interpreter of Rachmaninov’s music, having championed it since the outset of his career. Ashkenazy is the only musician to record all of the composer’s piano works. This collection includes all Rachmaninov’s piano music, from his earliest compositions to the final masterpieces.

In 2013, Ashkenazy celebrated his 50th anniversary as an exclusive Decca recording artist, celebrated appropriately by Decca Classics with a 50-CD Original Jackets Collection

The Piano Concertos and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini are here in versions with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Bernard Haitink: “The combined virtues of soloists, conductor, orchestras and recording on the new Decca are really rather remarkable” Gramophone on Piano Concerto No. 1

When Ashkenazy marked his 75th birthday (6 July 2012), he recorded a final album of Rachmaninov’s music, called ‘Rachmaninov Rarities’. This album includes the Seven Pieces (Moments Musicaux) Op.10, three Nocturnes, and ten shorter early works, including an unpublished 'Song without Words'.

While the vast majority of the recording in this set are of digital-era provenance, the 11th CD includes earlier (analogue) versions of works included elsewhere in the set, including Ashkenazy’s earlier thoughts on the Corelli Variations and the Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39.

“Perhaps the 1980s digital cycle of the concertos, with Bernard Haitink conducting, is not as instinctively sharp in its musical responses as Ashkenazy's earlier cycle with Previn, but his performances of the other major works would be hard to match among modern recordings for their stylishness and grace, unflashy virtuosity and innate understanding of what made Rachmaninov tick.” The Guardian, 27th March 2014 *****

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