Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1


Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13

Prince Rostislav


The important third release completing this series of Rachmaninov’s symphonies, and highlighting the Russian music of conductor Vasily Petrenko's heritage.

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and their acclaimed young Russian music director conclude their Rachmaninov cycle with a rarely heard symphonic poem on the heroic subject of a prince who sacrifices himself to save his family. The composer himself was sacrificed on the altar of public opinion after the disastrous premiere of his First Symphony, which has won deserved if belated recognition as fully characteristic of his free-flowing, yearning lyrical style.

“Petrenko veers towards the Ashkenazy end of the dramatic spectrum, with a big, brawny start that’s certainly arresting. Trouble is, that’s pretty much where it stays thereafter.” MusicWeb International, 28th October 2013

“by treating its melodies with the freedom and flexibility they need, Petrenko and his orchestra tune into its emotional pulse: this is a thrilling performance of an underestimated symphony.” Financial Times, 2nd November 2013 *****

“Petrenko’s tempo [in the first movement] is perhaps a shade faster than Rachmaninov envisaged, but it gives the movement a momentum that never lets up. The RLPO’s playing is world-class here and in the succeeding movements, where Petrenko coaxes sounds of the utmost transparency in the scherzo...Unmissable.” Sunday Times, 24th November 2013

“there is far more to this performance than high-voltage aggression, for Petrenko's fluid interpretation perfectly encapsulates the romantic yearning and exoticism of the second idea in the first movement...The RLPO confirms its position as one of Europe's finest orchestras with playing of great warmth and stunning virtuosity.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 *****

“[a] characteristically articulate and highly charged account of the epic First, magnificently played by an orchestra currently at the very top of its game...undeniably strong temperament, architectural grip and considerable clout.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2014

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month - January 2014

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Decca Sound Vol. 2 - The Analogue Years

Decca Sound Vol. 2 - The Analogue Years


includes

Bartók:

Suite No. 1, Op. 3, BB. 39, Sz. 31

Antal Dorati

Suite No. 2, Op. 4, BB. 40, Sz. 34

Antal Dorati

Two Pictures, (Op.10) Sz. 46

Antal Dorati

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Berwald:

Grand Septet in B flat major

Bloch, E:

Schelomo

Voice in the Wilderness

Borodin:

Piano Quintet in C minor

Brahms:

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

Clifford Curzon (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, George Szell

Britten:

Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68

Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 6 in A major

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Chopin:

Études (12), Op. 10

Études (12), Op. 25

Copland:

Appalachian Spring

Lincoln Portrait

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1 (12, complete)

Pascal Roge (piano)

Children's Corner

Pascal Roge (piano)

Violin Sonata in G minor

Dvorak:

The Water Goblin, Op. 107 (B195)

My Home Overture, Op. 62

The Noon Witch, Op. 108 (B196)

Hussite Overture, Op. 67

The Golden Spinning Wheel, Op. 109

Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

Enescu:

Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

Fauré:

Fantaisie for piano & orchestra, Op. 111

Franck, C:

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Gershwin:

An American in Paris, tone poem

Glazunov:

Stenka Razin

Decca’s first stereo recordings

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Gounod:

Faust - Ballet Music

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, John Lanchbery

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Haydn:

Symphony No. 94 in G Major 'Surprise'

Symphony No. 100 in G major 'Military'

Symphony No. 104 in D major 'London'

Hérold:

La Fille mal gardée (highlights)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, John Lanchbery

Hindemith:

Violin Concerto

Holst:

The Planets, Op. 32

Honegger:

Symphony No. 2 in D for strings and trumpet

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Kodály:

Háry János Suite

Dances of Galanta

The Peacock

Variations on a Hungarian Folksong 'The Peacock'

Kraft, William:

Contextures

Lecocq:

Mam'zelle Angot - ballet

Anatole Fistoulari

Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Martin, F:

Studies for String Orchestra

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Concerto for 7 wind instruments, timpani, percussion & string orchestra

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Massenet:

Le Cid - Ballet music

Mendelssohn:

Piano Sextet Op. 110

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Ruggiero Ricci (violin)

London Symphony Orchestra, Pierino Gamba

Montsalvatge:

Concerto Breve for Piano & Orchestra

Mozart:

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Serenade No. 10 in B flat major, K361 'Gran Partita'

Serenade No. 12 in C minor, K388

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

Clifford Curzon (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, George Szell

Offenbach:

Le Papillon

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Weller

The Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op. 33a

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Weller

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

Puccini:

La Bohème

Carlo Bergonzi (Rodolfo), Renata Tebaldi (Mimi), Ettore Bastianini (Marcello), Gianna D' Angelo (Musetta), Renato Cesari (Schaunard), Cesare Siepi (Colline), Fernando Corena (Benoit/Alcindoro), Piero De Palma (Parpignol), Attilio D' Orazi (Sergente dei doganieri), Giorgio Onesti (Un doganiere)

Santa Cecilia Orchestra & Chorus, Tullio Serafin

Rachmaninov:

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

Julius Katchen (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Ravel:

Violin Sonata in G major

Introduction & Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet

Boléro

Ma Mère l'Oye

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Rimsky Korsakov:

Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

Symphony No. 2, Op. 9 'Antar'

Decca’s first stereo recordings

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Saint-Saëns:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 17

Philadelphia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 'Organ Symphony'

Schoenberg:

Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31

Schubert:

Incidental music to Rosamunde, D797

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

London Symphony Orchestra, Josef Krips

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

London Symphony Orchestra, Josef Krips

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Scenes from Goethe's Faust, WoO 3

Scriabin:

Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20

Prometheus (The Poem of Fire), Op. 60

Symphony No. 4 - 'Le Poème de l'extase', Op. 54

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

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

String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110

String Quartet No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 117

Sibelius:

Pelléas and Mélisande Suite, Op. 46

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Horst Stein

The Tempest, Op. 109

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Horst Stein

Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39

Karelia Suite, Op. 11

Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43

London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

Strauss, J, II:

Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325

Wiener Philharmoniker, Willi Boskovsky

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Violin Concerto in D

Surinach:

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1973)

Tchaikovsky:

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

Valse-scherzo in C major for violin & orchestra (or violin & piano), Op. 34

Swan Lake, Op. 20 (excerpts)

Anatole Fistoulari

1812 Overture, Op. 49

London Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Alwyn

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

London Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Alwyn

Marche slave, Op. 31

London Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Alwyn

Verdi:

Requiem

Otello

Mario Del Monaco (Otello), Renata Tebaldi (Desdemona), Aldo Protti (Iago), Nello Romanato (Cassio), Athos Cesarini (Rodrigo), Fernando Corena (Lodovico), Tom Krause (Montano), Ana Raquel Satra (Emilia)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Kinderchor, Herbert von Karajan

Walton:

Violin Concerto

Wolf-Ferrari:

Il segreto di Susanna


In the late 1940s, the pioneering Decca recording engineers perfected a new set of microphone techniques that allowed the full range of frequencies to be fully heard by listeners for the first time, and the term ‘full frequency range recording’ was launched. It was a major revolution in sound quality, and the beginnings of high fidelity.

Perfected with the birth of stereo in the mid-1950s, Decca’s ‘Full Frequency Stereophonic Sound’ became a worldwide hallmark of sonic excellence and a golden age of classical recorded music was born. THE ANALOGUE YEARS presents a 50-Album overview across 53 CDs, in original jackets, of the celebrated international recordings that emerged from the London-based record label in that pre-digital era.

Decca - 4785437

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A Tale Of Two Cellos

A Tale Of Two Cellos

Arrangements by Julian Lloyd Webber


Barnby:

Sweet and low

Dvorak:

The Harvesters (No. 3 from Four Duets, Op. 38)

Die Bescheidene, Op. 32 No. 8

Autumn Lament (No. 4 from Four Duets, Op. 38)

Hahn, R:

Si mes vers avaient des ailes

Holst:

Hymn to the Dawn

Lloyd Webber, J:

Moon Silver

Monteverdi:

Interrotte speranze

Nevin, E W:

O that we two were maying

Pärt:

Estonian Lullaby for female choir and string orchestra

Pergolesi:

Dolorosa

Piazzólla:

The Little Beggar Boy

arr. Lenehan

Purcell:

Lost is my quiet for ever, Z502

Quilter:

My Lady (Greensleeves)

Summer Sunset

Rachmaninov:

The Waves are Dreaming

Rubinstein:

The Angel

Saint-Saëns:

Ave Maria

Schumann:

Sommerruh WoO7

Der Abendstern, Op. 79 No. 1

Shostakovich:

The Gadfly: Prelude


Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (cellos), John Lenehan (piano), Catrin Finch (harp), Guy Johnston (cello) & Laura van der Heijden (cello)

Good original music for two cellos is quite rare to find and over the years arrangements have greatly enriched the classical repertoire. In this recording internationally celebrated cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has taken music from Monteverdi to Arvo Pärt – much of it originally written for two voices – and adapted it to the medium of two cellos and accompanying piano, sometimes including other instrumentation. These unique arrangements, which he performs with his wife Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, allow their cello voices to blend together as they explore music of lyricism, quiet melancholy and tuneful energy.

“The most worthwhile tracks surround the cellists' effusions with space, air and Catrin Finch's harp...Throughout, John Lenehan's piano gives helpful support.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2013 ***

“This is expressly a CD for those who enjoy a pair of cellos, beautifully played and lended together in slow lyrical tunes, with a stylish piano accompaniment.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2013

“The programme is undeniably attractive, if somewhat unvaried in manner.” MusicWeb International, 25th March 2014

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Renée Fleming: Guilty Pleasures

Renée Fleming: Guilty Pleasures


Berlioz:

Villanelle (from Les nuits d'été, Op. 7)

Canteloube:

La Delaïssado (2nd series, no.4) from Chants d’Auvergne

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

Corigliano, J:

Once there was a golden bird (from The Ghosts of Versailles)

Delibes:

Les filles de Cadix

Sous le dôme épais (from Lakmé)

Susan Graham (mezzo)

Duparc:

Phidylé

Dvorak:

Za tihlou Gazelou (from Armida)

Falla:

Nana (No. 5 from Siete canciones populares españolas)

Canción (No. 6 from Siete canciones populares españolas)

Rachmaninov:

Twilight, Op.21 No. 3

Refice:

Ombra di Nube

Smetana:

Vendulka"s Lullaby (from The Kiss)

Strauss, J, II:

Frag mich oft (Walzer aus Wien)

Tchaikovsky:

Undina's Aria (from Undina)

trad.:

Londonderry Air

Wagner:

Träume (No. 5 from Wesendonck-Lieder)


Renée Fleming (soprano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Sebastian Lang-Lessing

A sequel to the album - Beautiful Voice - that sold 187,000 copies and won Fleming a Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Performance. Fleming was seen by millions singing at the Jubilee celebrations for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

‘Guilty Pleasures’ is an album of sheer indulgence: the beautiful voice of Renée Fleming in a new and very personal selection of songs and arias featuring a feast of music, much of which we might never hear her sing on stage. For our pleasure she has chosen to record many famous arias from roles which are not normally associated with her repertoire: romantic highlights from operas by Dvorak, Smetana and Tchaikovsky among many others.

Two twentieth-century American composers offer the chance for Fleming to sing in her native tongue –the Irish folksong Danny Boy and John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles.

Susan Graham joins Renée for the celebrated Flower Duet from Lakmé.

Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in a programme that ranges from Berlioz via Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Smetana, Wagner and Rachmaninov to Canteloube, Delibes and Massenet.

Renée Fleming will be awarded the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal by the President of the USA on July 10th. The recognition is for her contributions to American music. Known to many as “the people’s diva,” Ms Fleming has captivated audiences around the world with an adventurous repertoire spanning opera and the classical tradition to jazz and contemporary pop.

“The American soprano takes us on a whistle-stop tour of Europe on this offbeat and enjoyable album...The diva is in peachy voice throughout.” Sunday Times, 19th January 2014

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Teldec

Teldec


includes

Bartók:

Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 3 (complete)

Andras Schiff (piano)

Ivan Fischer

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 'Rasumovsky No. 2'

Vermeer Quartet

String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59 No. 3 'Rasumovsky No. 3'

Vermeer Quartet

Bellini:

Lieto del dolce incarco…Se Romeo t'uccise un figlio (from I Capuleti e i Montecchi)

Birtwistle:

Pulse Shadows

Claron McFadden (soprano)

Arditti Quartet, Nash Ensemble, Reinbert de Leeuw

Brahms:

Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Margaret Price (soprano), Samuel Ramey (bass-baritone)

Andre Previn

Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101

Trio Fontenay

Piano Trio No. 4 in A major, Anh. 4/5 (spurious?)

Trio Fontenay

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Christoph von Dohnanyi

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Thomas Zehetmair (violin)

Christoph von Dohnanyi

Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Maxim Vengerov (violin)

Kurt Masur

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Frankfurt, Eliahu Inbal

Copland:

Billy the Kid: highlights

Hugh Wolff

Donizetti:

Il segreto per esser felici (from Lucrezia Borgia)

E sgombro il loco...Un bacio ancora (from Anna Bolena)

Dvorak:

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

Royal Concertgebouw, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

The Water Goblin, Op. 107 (B195)

Royal Concertgebouw, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Elgar:

In the South (Alassio), Op. 50

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis

Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 63

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis

Gluck:

Che faro' senza Euridice? (from Orfeo ed Euridice)

Gounod:

Faites- lui mes aveux (from Faust)

Depuis hier je cherche en vain mon maître...Que fais-tu, blanche tourterelle (from Roméo et Juliette)

Haydn:

Symphony No. 103 in E flat major 'Drum Roll'

Royal Concertgebouw, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Symphony No. 104 in D major 'London'

Royal Concertgebouw, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Fantasia (Capriccio) in C major, Hob. XVII:4

Andras Schiff (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 59 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:49

Piano Sonata No. 60 in C major, Hob.XVI:50

Piano Sonata No. 61 in D major, Hob.XVI:51

Piano Sonata No. 62 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:52

Ligeti:

Lontano

Atmosphères

Apparitions

San Francisco Polyphony

Romanian Concerto

Liszt:

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 (Choral) (S657 /R376)

Cyprien Katsaris (piano)

Transcendental Studies, S139 (selection)

Boris Berezovsky (piano)

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Maxim Vengerov (violin)

Kurt Masur

Selected songs

Barbara Bonney (soprano), Thomas Hampson baritone)

A Midsummer Night's Dream - incidental music, Op. 61

Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Kurt Masur

Messiaen:

Turangalîla Symphony

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

Kent Nagano

Meyerbeer:

Nobles seigneurs, salut! (from Les Huguenots)

Mozart:

Favorite Arias

Rondo for Piano & Orchestra in D major, K382

Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat major, K456

Daniel Barenboim (piano/director)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K459

Daniel Barenboim (piano/director)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio (from Le nozze di Figaro)

Orff:

Carmina Burana

London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Paganini:

Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1 Nos. 1-24 (complete)

Thomas Zehetmair (violin)

Poulenc:

Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos & Orchestra

Guher Pekinel, Suher Pekinel (piano duet)

Prokofiev:

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

Vladimir Krainev (piano)

Dmitri Kitaenko

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Vladimir Krainev (piano)

Dmitri Kitaenko

Rachmaninov:

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

Martha Argerich, Alexandre Rabinovitch (piano duet)

Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17

Martha Argerich, Alexandre Rabinovitch (piano duet)

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Martha Argerich, Alexandre Rabinovitch (piano duet)

Ravel:

Pavane pour une infante défunte

Guher Pekinel, Suher Pekinel (piano duet)

Rossini:

O patria...Di tanti palpiti (from Tancredi)

Mura felici (from La donna del lago)

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux

Guher Pekinel, Suher Pekinel (piano duet)

Marek Janowski

Schubert:

Winterreise D911

Dietrich Henschel (baritone), Irwin Gage (piano)

String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D804 'Rosamunde'

Alban Berg Quartet

String Quartet No. 9 in G minor, D173

Alban Berg Quartet

Schumann:

Dichterliebe, Op. 48

Peter Schreier (tenor), Christoph Eschenbach (piano)

Liederkreis, Op. 24

Peter Schreier (tenor), Christoph Eschenbach (piano)

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Martha Argerich (piano)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23

Gidon Kremer (violin)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93

London Symphony Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich

Strauss, J, II:

Die Fledermaus (highlights)

Edita Gruberova, Josef Protschka, Werner Hollweg

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Ich lade gern mir Gäste ein (from Die Fledermaus)

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Symphony in 3 movements

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Tchaikovsky:

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

Borodin Quartet

Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

Borodin Quartet

Adieu, forêts (from Jeanne d'Arc)

Jennifer Larmore (mezzo)

Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Carlo Rizzi

Vaughan Williams:

Symphony No. 6 in E minor

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis

The Lark Ascending

Tasmin Little (violin)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis

Verdi:

La Traviata (highlights)

Edita Gruberova, Neil Shicoff, Giorgio Zancanaro

John Eliot Gardiner

Wagner:

Die Walküre: excerpts

Bayreuther Festspiele, Daniel Barenboim

Tristan und Isolde (highlights)

Siegfried Jerusalem, Waltraud Meier

Daniel Barenboim

Weber:

Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73

Sharon Kamm (clarinet)

Kurt Masur

Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat Major, Op. 74

Sharon Kamm (clarinet)

Kurt Masur

Grand Duo Concertant for clarinet and piano, Op. 48

Sharon Kamm (clarinet), Itamar Golan (piano)

Kurt Masur

Weill, K:

The Threepenny Opera (abridged)

Lotte Lenya, Kurt Gerron, Theo Mackeben


This 50-CD set offers a small sampling of Teldec’s rich catalogue, with recordings by some of the world’s great artists, including conductors Andrew Davis, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Mstislav Rostropovich and Giuseppe Sinopoli, pianists Martha Argerich, Boris Berezovsky, Cyprien Katsaris, András Schiff, Güher and Süher Pekinel, violinist Maxim Vengerov and clarinettist Sharon Kam, singers Barbara Bonney, Thomas Hampson, Dawn Upshaw, Edita Gruberova, Peter Schreier, Jennifer Larmore, and Chanticleer, the all-male, San Francisco-based “orchestra of voices”.

Daniel Barenboim recorded exclusively and extensively for Teldec as both conductor and pianist. His acclaimed Wagner opera recordings are represented by highlights from Die Walküre and Tristan und Isolde, while he can also be heard at the piano in Mozart Piano Concertos and playing tangos in his native Argentina with bandoneónist Rodolfo Mederos and bass player Héctor Console.

As an exclusive Teldec recording artist for nearly forty years, Nikolaus Harnoncourt enjoyed one of the longest relationships with a single record company, making several hundred recordings of music spanning several centuries.

A particular highlight of the set is the premiere recording (1930) of Kurt Weill’s Dreigroschenoper with the young Lotte Lenya, whilst the label’s many contemporary music recordings are represented by Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony; Lontano, Atmosphères and Apparitions by Ligeti; and one of Harrison Birtwistle’s most significant works, Pulse Shadows.

Teldec - 2564643851

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Piers Lane goes to town

Piers Lane goes to town


Bach, J S:

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

arr. Dame Myra Hess

Benjamin, A:

Jamaican Rumba

Confrey:

Dizzy Fingers

Delibes:

Naila: Waltz

arr. Ernö Dohnányi

Doheny:

Toccata for Piers Lane

Grainger:

Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'

Hopkins, Antony:

Variations on a well-known theme

Ireland:

Ballerina

Karg-Elert:

Arabesque No. 1 in G flat major 'Filigran', Op. 5

Keane, R:

The Tiger Tango (Movement 3 of Save the Animals Suite)

Lane, A:

Toccata (Movement 4 of Suite)

Mayerl:

Marigold

Moore, Dudley:

Beethoven Parody 'And the same to you'

Parker, K:

Down Longford Way

Poulenc:

Nocturne No. 4 in C minor 'Bal fantôme'

Rachmaninov:

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

Saya:

Barcarolles

Sherwin, M:

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

arr. Regis Danillon

Templeton:

Bach goes to Town


Piers Lane (piano)

Piers Lane gambols delightfully through the twentieth century in this album of encores, party pieces and a few pianophile rarities, ranging from Dame Myra Hess’s unforgettable arrangement of Bach’s Jesu, joy of man’s desiring to Dudley Moore’s equally unforgettable Beethoven pastiche.

This album includes first recordings of, among others, John Ireland’s Ballerina and Mark Saya’s Offenbach/Chopin conflation Barcarolles. A number of these pieces are by Australian composers who wrote for Piers himself. His unbounded virtuosity and joy in the music is clearly an inspiration, and is evident throughout the recording.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“Lane’s joie de vivre is infectious in the more flamboyant pieces. He loves these pieces, and isn’t coy about telling us that we can, and should, love them too. Flamboyance and poetry are nicely balanced, and Lane attacks the cheesier numbers with such relish that resistance is futile.” The Arts Desk, 12th October 2013

“Although some works are serious, some are dark, and some are very silly, they hang together by dint of the pianist’s personality...Like the disc itself, the notes are amiable, approachable, witty and a pleasure to loaf around with.” MusicWeb International, 1st November 2013

“Lane in wonderful debonair mode here, sparkling through a personal encore selection from Jamaican Rumba to a Toccata by his own father, and from Myra Hess to Dudley Moore.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2013 *****

“A pot pourri of pianistic palate-cleansers and party pieces...there was just the right balance between the flashy pieces and the slower, more contemplative numbers to keep me entertained all the way through...There’s certainly no shortage of impressive virtuosity, including perhaps the best-known item on the disc, Arthur Benjamin’s Jamaican Rumba, which is despatched with great aplomb and panache.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 2nd September 2013

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Veni Emmanuel

Veni Emmanuel

Music for Advent


Bach, J S:

Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV436

Byrd:

Vigilate (from Cantiones sacrae 1589)

Howells:

The fear of the Lord

Magnificat (Gloucester, 1946)

Mendelssohn:

Say, where is he born, the King of Judaea

Praetorius, M:

Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

Rachmaninov:

Vespers, Op. 37: Bogoroditse Devo (Rejoice, O Virgin)

Ross, Graham:

I sing of a maiden

world première recording

Ross, Guy:

O Come, O come, Emmanuel

world première recording

Rutter:

Hymn to the Creator of Light

Sheppard, J:

Audivi vocem de caelo

Tavener:

God is With Us (A Christmas Proclamation)

Warlock:

Bethlehem Down

Williams, Roderick:

O Adonai

Antiphon I: O Sapientia

Antiphon II: O Adonaï

Antiphon III: O Radix Jesse

Antiphon IV: O Clavis David

Antiphon V: O Oriens

Antiphon VI: O Rex Gentium

Antiphon VII: O Emmanuel

Antiphon VIII: O Virgo virginum


The familiar hymn 'Veni Emmanuel' is emblematic of the Advent season – a period of reflection upon the meaning of Christ’s coming. Framing this programme, the hymn paraphrases the great ‘O’ Antiphons: plainchant settings traditionally sung on the days leading up to Christmas; complemented here by later works echoing their rich imagery and symbolism.

Founded in 1971, the Choir of Clare College has gained an international reputation as one of the leading university choral groups in the world. Beyond its primary function of leading services three times a week in the College Chapel in Cambridge, the Choir maintains an active schedule recording, broadcasting and performing worldwide.

In addition to live performances the Choir has produced an impressive discography. The Choir’s CD of John Rutter’s 'Requiem', also produced by the composer as is this disc, was awarded Editor’s Choice by Gramophone, amongst other accolades. The Choir’s partnership with harmonia mundi includes recordings of Handel’s 'Messiah', Blow’s 'Venus and Adonis', with René Jacobs, and, most recently, world première recordings of choral works by Imogen Holst, hailed for "impeccable ensemble" and "thrilling performances".

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“Tavener’s flair for drama is here; so are the influence of the Russian Orthodox liturgy and his gift for writing melodies and harmonies that are hard to shake off. The rest of the programme is attractive enough, but among the Howells, the Rutter and Rachmaninov, Tavener’s five minutes act like a bolt of lightning...Here is music with the power to transform your life.” The Times, 22nd November 2013 ****

“This is a marvellous programme of Music for Advent and it is executed superbly by the Clare College Choir. It’s obvious that the standard built up during Timothy Brown’s long leadership, especially, has been fully maintained by Graham Ross.” MusicWeb International, November 2013

“it’s an eclectic collection, and on paper it did look as if some of the stylistic juxtapositions might be a little jarring. I stand corrected: woven into a seamless whole with connecting plainchant, the entire sequence seems to develop organically...the Clare choir do pianissimo to perfection, and indeed the singing throughout is superb.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 9th December 2013

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Witold Malcuzynski

Witold Malcuzynski

The Polish Master Pianist


includes

Bach, J S:

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Beethoven:

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

Brahms:

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

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

Chopin:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Rhapsodie espagnole, S254

Prokofiev:

The Love for Three Oranges: March

Rachmaninov:

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

Prelude Op. 32 No. 5 in G major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Tchaikovsky:

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


Witold Malcuzynski (piano)

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

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

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Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances & The Bells

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances & The Bells


Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

The Bells, Op. 35

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

with Rundfunkchor Berlin


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

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Russian Songs

Russian Songs


Glazunov:

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

Spanish Serenade, Op. 20 No. 2

Glière:

Slyozy lyudskie, Op. 6 No. 2

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

Noch' idiot, Op. 50 No. 1

Toska lyubvi, Op. 46 No. 3

Grechaninov:

Vostochnaya pesnya (Oriental Melody)

Snowflakes, 10 songs from childhood, Op. 47

Rachmaninov:

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

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

Night is sorrowful, Op. 26 No.12

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

A dream, Op. 8 No. 5

The flower died

Taneyev, S:

Lyudi spyat, Op. 17 No. 10

Stalaktity, Op. 26 No. 6

Fontany, Op. 26 No. 7

Tchaikovsky:

Merknet slaby svet svechi, Op. 73 No. 2

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

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

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

The Cuckoo, Op. 54 No. 8

Usni, Op. 57 No. 4

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

Lish ty odin, Op. 57 No. 6


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

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