Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Absolute Heaven

Absolute Heaven

Essential Choral Masterpieces


1. Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue, Prologue [excerpt]

2. Francis Poulenc: Mass in G major for chorus, FP 89, Agnus Dei

3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mass No. 17 in C minor (fragment, Great Mass), K. 427 (K. 417a), Kyrie

4. Ludwig van Beethoven: Christus am Ölberge, oratorio, Op. 85, Hallelujah

5. Sergey Rachmaninov: Vespers (All-Night Vigil), Op. 37, Bless the Lord, O My Soul

6. Maurice Duruflé: Requiem, Op. 9 (3 versions), Sanctus

7. Antonin Dvorák: Te Deum, B. 176 (Op. 103) (once listed as Opp. 93 & 98), Te Deum Laudamus [excerpt]

8. Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria in D major, RV

9. Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14), Suscepit Israel

10. Gabriel Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48, Pie Jesu

11. Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem Mass (Manzoni Requiem), Libera me [excerpt]

12. Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act, Regina coeli

13. Franz Schubert: Mass in G major, D. 167, Benedictus

14. Hector Berlioz: Requiem (Grande Messe des morts), H. 75 (Op. 5), Rex tremendae

15. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major (Symphony of a Thousand), Finale


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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus & Robert Shaw Festival Singers, Robert Shaw

This collection features conductor Robert Shaw, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers performing sacred choral classics from some of the albums they recorded for Telarc between 1979 and 1993.

In consistently excellent sound, Shaw’s unrivalled mastery of this repertoire shines through in every selection on the disc, from the final pages of the "Prologue in Heaven" from Boito’s Mefistofele, to the towering conclusion of Mahler's Symphony No. 8.

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Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37

Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37


Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Kļava

This new release of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil follows several acclaimed releases from the Latvian Radio Choir under its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Sigvards Kļava.

Rachmaninov’s Liturgy of St John Chrysostom (ODE11515) and the All-Night Vigil are two supreme examples of choral writing in the Russian Orthodox tradition, featuring music of uplifting spiritual strength.

The All-Night Vigil is composed for unaccompanied voices but Rachmaninov created a work of such richness that it can be described as “choral orchestration”, demanding a wide vocal range from the singers.

The Latvian Radio Choir is regarded as one of the top professional chamber choirs in Europe. Their repertoire extends from the Renaissance to the present day, but always focussing on exploring the capabilities of the voice and seeking to push its limits.

Sigvards Kļava, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Latvian Radio Choir since 1992, is one of Latvia’s most prolific choral conductors. He has conducted many premières of new choral works by Latvian composers.

“Under the masterly direction of Sigvards Klava, the Latvians display the barrel-chested Slavonic tonal resources Rachmaninov would have expected — sepulchral basses, soft-grained but strong sopranos, tenors who soar without strain — but also a precision alien to Russian choirs” The Times, 17th November 2012 *****

“You would need to go far to hear a richer, more rounded alto section than this. They are supported by a wonderfully firm bass line...you want to single out each section for particular praise: the gloriously clear-toned and vital sopranos an the ardent, sweet-voiced tenor section.” International Record Review, December 2012

“Klava's interpretation doesn't give the sensation of dragging...He carefully draws out every dramatic nuance from this choral feast. His two dozen singers produce a well-nourished tutti and sound like a much larger group...There is a wonderfully kaleidoscopic (though carefully graded) palette of vocal colours throughout...The Latvians' unanimity of attack is well-nigh perfect...This is a sublimely beautiful yet rapturous recording.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2013

“the Rachmaninov of Latvia's outstanding professional choir presents a golden mean between the uniquely open-throated but not always pitch-perfect Glinka Choir of the hallowed St Petersburg tradition, and the more reserved tones of English choral contenders...this performance is a remarkable achievement” BBC Music Magazine, March 2013 ****

“Often hailed as the crowning musical achievement of Russian Orthodox Christianity, Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil has certainly become a firm favourite among choirs in both East and West. Based on various forms of chant that were in use in Russia at that time, it uses these as the building-blocks of a unique and powerfully Romantic harmonic language. The Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Kļava give a performance that is the equal of any by Russian choirs!” David Smith, Presto Classical

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GGramophone Awards 2013

Finalist - Choral

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - February 2013

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Leif Ove Andsnes – 5 Classic Albums

Leif Ove Andsnes – 5 Classic Albums


Brahms:

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

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mariss Jansons

Haydn:

Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in G major, Hob.XVIII:4

Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Keyboard Concerto No. 3 in F major with French horns and strings, Hob.XVIII:3

Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Keyboard Concerto No. 11 in D major, HobXVIII:11

Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453

Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Rachmaninov:

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

Berliner Philharmoniker, Antonio Pappano

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

Berliner Philharmoniker, Antonio Pappano

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mariss Jansons


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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4


Rachmaninov:

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

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislav Wislocki

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Ettore Gracis


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Heifetz in Performance

Heifetz in Performance


Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne

Bruch:

Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46

Gershwin:

It Ain't Necessarily So (from Porgy and Bess)

Mozart:

Serenade No. 7 in D major, K250 'Haffner' - Rondo

Prokofiev:

The Love for Three Oranges: March

Rachmaninov:

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3


Narration in English with optional German and French subtitles

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Classical 2013

Classical 2013


includes

Beethoven:

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

Otto Klemperer

Bizet:

Carmen: Prelude to Act I

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

Les tringles des sistres tintaient (from Carmen)

Magdalena Kozena (mezzo)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (from Carmen)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

Delibes:

Les filles de Cadix

Tine Thing Helseth (trumpet)

Fauré:

Sicilienne, Op. 78

Gautier Capucon (cello)

Gluck:

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

Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)

Divinités du Styx (from Alceste)

Maria Callas (soprano)

Handel:

Atalanta: Overture

Alison Balsom (trumpet)

English Concert, Trevor Pinnock

Heggie:

This journey...This journey to Christ (from Dead Man Walking)

Joyce DiDonato (mezzo)

Leoncavallo:

Qual fiamma avea nel guardo!.... Hui! Stridono lassù (from I Pagliacci)

Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)

Leontovich:

Carol of the Bells

Libera

Liszt:

Bist du!, S277

Diana Damrau (soprano)

Puccini:

Donde lieta usci (from La Bohème)

Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)

Purcell:

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335

Alison Balsom (trumpet)

English Concert, Trevor Pinnock

Rachmaninov:

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

Vasily Petrenko

Rodgers, R:

The King And I: Overture

The John Wilson Orchestra, John Wilson

Verdi:

Ingemisco (from Requiem)

Rolando Villazon (tenor)

Vivaldi:

Vedro con mio diletto (from Giustino)

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor)


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Sol Gabetta plays Shostakovich and Rachmaninov

Sol Gabetta plays Shostakovich and Rachmaninov


Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Olga Kern (piano)

Shostakovich:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107

Munchner Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel


Sol Gabetta (cello)

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Eugene Ormandy conducts 20th Century Classics

Eugene Ormandy conducts 20th Century Classics


Alfvén:

Swedish Rhapsody No. 2, Op. 24 'Uppsalarapsodi'

Barber:

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Berg:

Lulu-Suite (Five Symphonic Pieces) for soprano and orchestra

Britten:

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

Copland:

Appalachian Spring

Debussy:

La Mer

Elgar:

Land of Hope and Glory

Enescu:

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

Falla:

Noches en los jardines de Espana

Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

Hindemith:

Symphony 'Mathis der Maler'

Holst:

The Planets, Op. 32

Ives, C:

Orchestral Set No. 1 'Three Places in New England'

Symphony No. 2

Kabalevsky:

Galop from The Comedians, Op. 26

Kodály:

Háry János Suite

Mahler:

Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde (from Das Lied von der Erde)

Der Trunkene im Frühling (Das Lied von der Erde)

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

Orff:

Carmina Burana

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63

Rachmaninov:

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

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Ravel:

Daphnis et Chloé

Rapsodie Espagnole

Rimsky Korsakov:

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

Rodrigo:

Concierto de Aranjuez

Scriabin:

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

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Sibelius:

Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1

Finlandia, Op. 26

Strauss, R:

Der Rosenkavalier - Suite

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Petrushka - suite

Webern:

Im sommerwind (Idyl for large orchestra) (1904)

and Dances by Khachaturian


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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4 (complete)


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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 & Dances from Aleko

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 & Dances from Aleko


Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Aleko - Intermezzo & Women's Dance

Aleko: Men's Dance


The second in this series of releases highlighting the Russian music of our conductor’s heritage. Vasily Petrenko conducts the RLPO for Rachmaninov’s much loved and best known symphony - No.2 in E minor. Also included are the Dances from Rachmaninov’s one act opera, “Aleko”, the work which effectively launched the young composer’s professional career.

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 considered Premier League.

“What a clever idea it was to launch this CD with the super-subtle Liverpool woodwind in the spotlight, lilting in the 'Women's Dance' [from Aleko]...there's a dash of bitters [in the Symphony] to leaven the sweetness and reveal what a lavish feast of counterpoint this epic work has to offer.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012 *****

“Petrenko captures the full romantic flavour of this glorious symphony” Financial Times, 13th October 2012

“Petrenko has instilled a sound that makes [the RLPO] a persuasive voice for the Russian Romantics. It is good to hear him devote so much interpretative attention to the Aleko extracts...But the chief attraction is the compelling interpretation of the Second Symphony...a performance that has a true feel for the organic manner in which the symphony is conceived.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2012

“Petrenko, generally speaking, appears to have the measure of this great work, but time and again he betrays his lack of control over the vast structure with a seeming inability to let the music move forward...[The Dances from Aleko are] far less demanding than the challenges of the Symphony, and Petrenko and the RLPO respond with delight to this rarely heard but eminently fresh and attractive music.” International Record Review, December 2012

“Petrenko’s reading of the Symphony is slowly but firmly paced and controlled. It unravels exquisitely, the lovely Adagio especially affecting. It never becomes mawkish but is full of tender nostalgia...The RLPO is on top form and the recording is extremely well engineered.” MusicWeb International, 8th November 2013

“The RLPO can rarely have played with such rhythmic elan and tonal glamour than they do in this repertoire for their young Russian maestro, a Rachmaninovian to rank with the finest on disc...The scherzo and finale are played with exhilarating panache. Outstanding.” Sunday Times, 4th November 2012

“much to enjoy – the sonorous tuba entry a few minutes into the first movement’s Largo introduction, and the hair-raising climax in the Allegro moderato...Petrenko’s dynamic last movement is a success, though I would have welcomed a bit more indulgence in the closing minutes.” The Arts Desk, 24th November 2012

“essential listening. Beginning modestly, melodies sweet and relaxed, the first movement then erupts into volcanic fury. The Allegro molto has biting precision, with crisp strings also relishing the passages of silky lyricism...The gypsy-inspired dances from Aleko provide a voluptuous companion piece.” The Observer, 14th October 2012

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice

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