Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Shura Cherkassky

Shura Cherkassky


Chabrier:

Bourrée Fantasque

Prokofiev:

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

Saal 2, Funkhaus, Cologne, 21 January 1951

Rachmaninov:

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 17 April 1970

Kolner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Zdenek Macal

Polka de V.R.

Rameau:

Tambourin

(arr. Godowsky)

Stravinsky:

Three Movements from Petrushka

Saal 2, Funkhaus, Cologne, 21 January 1951


Shura Cherkassky (1909–1995) was one of the greatest piano virtuosos of his time having studied under the legendary Josef Hofmann.

This WDR studio broadcast sourced from the original master tapes has Cherkassky playing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini from 1970 in superb stereo. He recorded the Rhapsody only once in 1953 for EMI in mono but it has never been issued on CD so this taping is exceptionally important and adds a major work to Cherkassky’s large discography.

Prokofiev’s wartime Piano Sonata No.7 was never recorded commercially by Cherkassky so this is another addition to his discography sourced from WDR’s original master tapes. It was recorded in 1951 when Cherkassky was fast becoming a star in Germany.

The three scenes from Stravinsky’s Petruschka was a favourite virtuoso work for Cherkassky and this 1951 recording shows him at his most brilliant, sourced from WDR’s original master tapes. Three encores have been added from 1951 and 1953 (not sourced from WDR) which again showcase Cherkassky’s incredible technique during the early period of his career in Germany. Note that Cherkassky never recorded Chabrier’s Bourrée Fantasque commercially.

“the pianist’s irrepressible spirit shines through in Prokofiev’s Seventh Sonata and the Stravinsky pieces.” The Telegraph, 12th May 2011 ***

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Van Cliburn plays Great Piano Concertos

Van Cliburn plays Great Piano Concertos


Beethoven:

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

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

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

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

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

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Brahms:

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

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Chopin:

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

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

MacDowell:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor Op. 23

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Walter Hendl

Rachmaninov:

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

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

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

Symphony of the Air, Kyrill Kondrashin

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Tchaikovsky:

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

RCA Symphony Orchestra, Kyrill Kondrashin


Van Cliburn (piano)

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini


Rachmaninov:

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

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


Wang, Gramophone’s “Young Artist of the Year” in 2009 joins the legendary maestro, Claudio Abbado on her first orchestral album and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

To the challenging Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no. 2, she adds the daunting Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

“Whereas many pianists try to dominate this set of variations, she worked with it. This approach simply gave more punch to the places in which the piano should jump out of the texture” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

“She tackles the popular "Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2" with an ease that betrays her deep familiarity with the material; but it's the confident way she deals with the challenging "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini"...that most impresses here...It's all hand-led with industrious grace by Wang.” The Independent, 11th March 2011

“lots of filigree play and brilliantly clear articulation” The Times, 2nd April 2011 ***

“The partnership of Yuja Wang and Claudio Abbado produces thoughtful and often imaginative Rachmaninov on this new disc. These performances may be as flamboyant or as theatrical as some, but there are impressive moments, and there's a fluency and lack of the mannerism inthe playing that is certainly attractive.” International Record Review, April 2011

“She makes us hear this hoariest of Romantic war-horses afresh, as if with cleaned ears: the work emerges as almost classical, Mozartian even, in its poise and architecture. There isn't an iota of indulgence of gratuitious emotion, yet neither is there any lack of force or genuine passion wherever required.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2011 *****

“This petite 24-year-old turns out to be a powerhouse! Undaunted by the challenges of this repertoire, her articulate and precise style brings a freshness and wit to these pieces without compromising the emotional breadth of Rachmaninov's music. Her intelligent crafting of the variations turns the Rhapsody into a bonus concerto, but it's her superb skill and artistry which shines through.” Classic FM Magazine, June 2011 ****

GGramophone Awards 2011

Shortlisted - Concerto

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Rachmaninov: Symphonies 1 -3 & Orchestral Works

Rachmaninov: Symphonies 1 -3 & Orchestral Works


Rachmaninov:

The Isle of the Dead - Symphonic Poem, Op. 29

Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (complete)

The Rock - Fantasy for Orchestra, Op. 7

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

The Bells, Op. 35

Marina Mescheriakova (soprano), Sergei Larin (tenor) & Vladimir Chernov (baritone)

with The Moscow State Chamber Choir

Taneyev:

Cantata: Ioann Damaskin (John of Damascus), Op. 1

with The Moscow State Chamber Choir


“In the First Symphony Mikhail Pletnev produces a range of sonority and clarity of articulation that we recognize from his keyboard playing, and there is a poetic vision alongside a splendid command of architecture. The symphony is quite outstanding in his hands, and so is The Isle of the Dead...Again, The Bells comes in a performance that shows the music in an entirely new light. Pletnev has his finger on the composer's pulse and always has special insights to bring to his music.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos

Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos


Rachmaninov:

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Tchaikovsky:

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


Mikhail Rudy (piano)

St. Petersberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariss Jansons

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Echoes of Time

Echoes of Time


Kancheli:

V & V for violin and taped voice with string orchestra

Pärt:

Spiegel im Spiegel

with Hélène Grimaud (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

with Hélène Grimaud (piano)

Shostakovich:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99

Lyric Waltz (from Dances of the Dolls)


Lisa Batiashvili’s debut album for DG, ‘Echoes of Time’, is a matter of the heart - Lisa focuses her program on composers whose lives and work have been heavily influenced by the political happenings in former Soviet Union. Inspired by personal experience, Lisa, herself, went into German exile with her family during the political upheaval in Georgia in 1991.

The program spans the whole of the 20th century, classics by Shostakovich ‘Waltz from the Doll’s Dances’ and Rachmaninov’s ever popular ‘Vocalise’, are combined with Georgian composer, Giya Kancheli’s ‘V and V’, and Estonian, Arvo Pärt’s ‘Spiegel im Spiegel’. ‘Spiegel im Spiegel’ was written shortly before the composer went into exile.

For Pärt’s ‘Spiegel im Spiegel’ and Rachmaninov’s ‘Vocalise’ Lisa teams up with one of our DG’s most distinctive pianists, Hélène Grimaud. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Symphonie orchester des bayerischen.

“[the Shostakovich] receives a deeply considered interpretation, its emotional narrative vividly etched by both soloist and conductor...Batiashvili begins the Cadenza in deep contemplation but quickly ratchets up the tension driving us irresistably towards the 'Burlesque', dispatched here with venom and rhythmic drive.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 *****

“few if any [recordings of the Shostakovich] are finer than this one...Batiashvili's reflective, almost weightless approach in the opening Nocturne...is rendered more distinctive by the resonant acoustic of the empty Herkulessaal...the passacaglia is exceptionally poised and the cadenza more sheerly musical than usual. The finale whizzes to its end without undue triumphalism.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

“It's a marvellous performance [of the Shostakovich], suitably crepuscular in the opening "Nocturne", before a Gypsy flamboyance takes over for "Scherzo". Salonen proves the perfect accomplice in realising the album's theme of works reflective of the Soviet era, the programme including pieces by Soviet emigrés Arvo Pärt and Giya Kancheli” The Independent, 11th February 2011 ****

“[Shostakovich's] No. 1, Op 77 is the chief work, played with majesty and poetry on this soulful, mixed repertoire recital disc...This DG debut disc confirms Batiashvili as a powerful musical voice with an exciting future.” The Observer, 20th February 2011

“Batiashvili is matched in emotional intensity by the Bavarian orchestra and Salonen, as she is in the inspirational way that Shostakovich’s palette of colours is so purposefully deployed.” The Telegraph, 11th March 2011 *****

“I will risk accusations of heresy by saying that this new recording of the Shostakovich Concerto make a btter case for the work than its premiere recording...Batiashvili's playing strikes me as more personal than Oistrakh's, and she seems more willing to dive into its bleakness, its black humour and its frayed nerves. She plays like a protagonist. At the same time, Batiashvili conveys these emotional states without sacrificing an iota of her gorgeous tone.” International Record Review, April 2011

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - March 2011

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Rachmaninov: Music for Cello & Piano

Rachmaninov: Music for Cello & Piano


Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

transc. Anatoli Brandukov

Romance/Ballade Op. 1, No. 5 in A major

Elegie, Op. 3 No. 1

Prelude Op. 23 No. 10 in G flat major

Tchaikovsky:

Nocturne for cello & small orchestra (or cello & piano), Op. 19 No. 4

transc.Wilhelm Fitzenhagen

Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62 for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano)


Marina Tarasova (cello) & Alexander Polezhaev (piano)

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Épiphanies

Épiphanies


Liszt:

Legendes (2) for piano, S. 175

Rachmaninov:

The Isle of the Dead - Symphonic Poem, Op. 29

Radulescu, H:

Epiphaniai


Lydia Sourial (organ)

The compositions on this CD were inspired by pictorial or literary works and were originally for orchestra and then transcribed. Lydia Sourial performs these works on the recently restored Kern organ of Saint Pothin in Lyons. The richness of timbres and wide range of stops give it remarkable evocative power.

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3


Rachmaninov:

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

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


Jorge Luis Prats (piano)

Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra, Enrique Batiz

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Classical Music: 25 Legendary Albums

Classical Music: 25 Legendary Albums


Bach, J S:

Goldberg Variations, BWV988

Glenn Gould (piano)

St Matthew Passion, BWV244

Tölzer Knabenchor & La Petite Bande, Gustav Leonhardt

Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Yo-Yo Ma (cello)

Bartók:

Romanian Dances

Laurent Korcia (violin) & Georges Pludermacher (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 1, BB 84, Sz. 75

Laurent Korcia (violin) & Georges Pludermacher (piano)

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

Bloch, E:

Nigun (Baal Shem No. 2)

Laurent Korcia (violin) & Georges Pludermacher (piano)

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Jascha Heifetz (violin)

Fritz Reiner

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Bruno Walter

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Bruno Walter

Chopin:

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

Jean-Marc Luisada (piano)

Debussy:

La Mer

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Printemps, suite for piano 4 hands or orchestra, L. 61

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Estampes (3) (Complete)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Dvorak:

Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81

Jean-Marc Luisada (piano)

Talich Quartet

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

The Cleveland Orchestra, Georges Szell

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

The Cleveland Orchestra, Georges Szell

Enescu:

Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 25 'dans le caractère populaire roumain'

Laurent Korcia (violin) & Georges Pludermacher (piano)

Hildegard:

Canticles Of Ecstasy

Mendelssohn:

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

Isaac Stern (violin), Leonard Rose (cello) & Eugene Istomin (piano)

Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66

Isaac Stern (violin), Leonard Rose (cello) & Eugene Istomin (piano)

Mozart:

Requiem in D minor, K626

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543

The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell

Orff:

Carmina Burana

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

Rachmaninov:

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

Vladimir Horowitz (piano)

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

Vladimir Horowitz (piano)

Ravel:

Ma Mère l'Oye

New York Philharmonic, Pierre Boulez

Rapsodie Espagnole

New York Philharmonic, Pierre Boulez

Tzigane

Laurent Korcia (violin) & Georges Pludermacher (piano)

Rodrigo:

Concierto de Aranjuez

John Williams (guitar)

English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

Fantasia para un Gentilhombre

English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

Schubert:

Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'

Berlin Philharmonic, Günter Wand

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Jascha Heifetz (violin)

Fritz Reiner

Villa-Lobos:

Guitar Concerto

John Williams (guitar)

English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons

Venice Baroque Orchestra

plus:

Hildegard von Bingen: Canticle of Ectasy

Antonio Vivaldi: 3 Violin Concertos

Frédéric Chopin: Waltzes

Gioachino Rossini: Arias & Duets

Gioacchino Rossini: Overtures

Caballé sings Bellini & Donizetti

Johann Strauss & Joseph Strauss: New Year’s Concert


This series of recordings brings together great works from the repertory played by renowned performers. From Bach to Debussy, Vivaldi to Rachmaninoff, as well as more specific areas such as the Medieval mysticism of the Songs of Ecstasy by Hildegard von Bingen (12th century) and the heady rhythms of the waltzes and polkas from the New Year’s Concert, each work is paired with an exceptional artist who left a lasting musical mark on the interpretation of each masterpiece.

Glenn Gould unveils the astonishing cantabile emerging out of the stolid contrapuntal lines of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, in a personal and enthusiastic interpretation, Arthur Rubinstein, peerless in the elegant and unadorned fluidity of Chopin’s Waltzes, renews interpretation of Chopin’s music without sentimentality and mannerism that were previously Chopin’s bedfellows. Charles Munch shows his passion for 20th-century French music through his readings imbued with classical transparency and Pierre Boulez brings a painstakingly refined interpretation of Ravel’s unfalteringly rigorous works to the fore.

The German symphonic repertory features prominently in this record collection, as in all classical collections, represented by several of the most important works in this area. Beethoven’s Fifth and Seventh Symphonies conducted by the energetic Leonard Bernstein. Schubert is also included with his Ninth Symphony “the Great,” conducted with lyricism and sensitivity by Günter Wand, as is Brahms whose First and Third Symphonies are enlivened by Bruno Walter’s very human touch. George Szell breathes life into three of the most significant Mozart symphonies (nos. 35, 39 and 40), bringing out marvellous internal balance with precise phrasing

Among the other benchmark recordings may be cited the eminently dramatic version of the Mozart Requiem by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the tragic and restrained power of Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion by Gustav Leonhardt, the dynamic thrust of Carmina Burana under Seiji Ozawa or, in a different register, the flamboyant virtuosity of Horowitz in Rachmaninoff, the violin lyricism of Isaac Stern, the fiery temperament of Laurent Korcia or the integrity of Yo-Yo Ma in the Suites for cello by Bach. All these recordings enable the listener to enter on sure footing into the highly personal world of each of the composers, guided by musicians of great integrity and unparalleled artistry.

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