Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Vladimir Horowitz plays Great Sonatas

Vladimir Horowitz plays Great Sonatas


Barber, S:

Piano Sonata, Op. 26

Beethoven:

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

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

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

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

Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3

Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101

Chopin:

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

Clementi:

Sonata in C Major, Op. 33 No. 3

Sonata in B flat Major, Op. 25 No. 3

II Rondo. Vivace

Sonata in A major Op. 50 No. 1

II Adagio sostenuto e patetico

Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 12 No. 2

III Rondo. Allegro assai

Haydn:

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

Piano Sonata No. 38 in F major, Hob.XVI:23

Piano Sonata No. 58 in C major, Hob.XVI:48

Kabalevsky:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in F major, Op. 46

Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K331 'Alla Turca'

Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K332

Prokofiev:

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

Rachmaninov:

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

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K33 in D Major

Keyboard Sonata K54 in A minor

Keyboard Sonata K525 in F major

Keyboard Sonata K466 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K146 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K96 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K162 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K474 in E flat major

Keyboard Sonata K198 in E minor

Keyboard Sonata K491 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K481 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K39 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K547 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K197 in B minor

Keyboard Sonata K25 in F sharp minor

Keyboard Sonata K52 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K201 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K303 in C minor

Keyboard Sonata K319 in F sharp major

Keyboard Sonata K260 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K55 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K531 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K322 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K455 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K127 in A flat major

Keyboard Sonata K101 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K184 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K87 in B minor

Keyboard Sonata K135 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K46 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K20 in E major

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

Schumann:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 14 'Concerto Without Orchestra'

Scriabin:

Piano Sonata No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53

Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 68 'Black Mass'

Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 70

Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor, Op. 23


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The Art of Oda Slobodskaya

The Art of Oda Slobodskaya

The Decca & Rymington van Wyck recordings


Balakirev:

Hebrew Melody (Yevreyskaya Melodiya) 1859 (Lermontov/Byron)

Blanter:

In the Forest by the Front Line

Katyusha

Borodin:

From my tears sprang flowers

Morskaya tsaryevna (The Princess Of the Sea)

Cui:

The Fountain Statue at Tsarskoye Selo, Op. 57 No. 17

Grechaninov:

Lullaby, Op. 108

The Dreary Steppe

Like an angel

My country

Kabalevsky:

Nursery Rhymes (7)

Prokofiev:

Dunyushka, Op. 104

Rachmaninov:

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7

To my children, Op.26, No. 7

Small island, Op. 14 No. 2

The Soldier’s Wife, Op. 8, No. 4

Rimsky Korsakov:

Three Folksongs

arr. Ippolitov-Ivanov

Shostakovich:

Six Spanish Songs Op. 100

Stravinsky:

Stories for Children (3)

Taneyev:

Nocturne

Dreams

My Heart is Beating

In the Silence of the Night

Tchaikovsky:

Was I not a blade of grass?, Op. 47 No. 7

Zabït tak skoro (So soon forgotten)

If only I had known, Op.47, No.1

Na nivi zhyoltiye (On the golden cornfields), Op. 57 No.2

Puskay pogibnu ya 'Tatiana's Letter Scene' (from Eugene Onegin)

London Symphony Orchestra, Anatole Fistoulari

Child’s Song

Tcherepnin:

I would have kissed you


Oda Slobodskaya (soprano) & Ivor Newton (piano)

Born in 1888, the Russian soprano Oda Slobodskaya won a scholarship for secondary education but, having completed her schooling, to her displeasure, found herself working with her parents in a second hand clothes shop. Despite having no formal musical training, she travelled, at the age of eighteen, from her hometown of Vilno (then part of the Russian Empire) some 300 miles to St. Petersburg, to audition. She was successful. During the Russian revolution she was ordered to join other singers on obligatory tours to factories and farms to entertain the workers. At the invitation of Diaghilev she starred in the premiere of Stravinsky’s opera Mavra. The impresario Rabinoff organised for her to tour America as star soloist with The Ukranian Chorus and while there she made a successful solo debut at Carnegie Hall in New York. But, as a displaced Russian living abroad when appreciation of the Russian repertoire was minimal, Slobodskaya had difficulty finding a good manager. It was at this point that her career took a most unexpected turn. She was persuaded that as a stop-gap measure to earn some much-needed cash she might utilise her talents in the Variety Theatre rather than the opera house, and so under the assumed name of Odali Careno she made her variety debut in Baltimore in 1928. Dressed in a stunning eau-de-nile gown, she was a sensation, singing a mixture of familiar opera arias, ballads and popular songs.

Slobodskaya’s recordings are few and far between. A handful of Medtner songs with the composer at the piano were recorded early in the 20th century for HMV. In 1938 she recorded eight sides of Russian songs for a limited edition set of four 78s issued by the Rimington van Wyck record shop in Leicester Square. Slobodskaya had been heard on the radio by Mr. Frederick T. Smith, owner of RvW, and he was so overwhelmed by her voice that he paid for the records to be recorded by Decca. They were issued in May 1942 in a limited edition of 2000 in an attractive brown and gold album. Decca recorded her again in 1945 and 1946, and then in 1961.

The recordings are of cult status, much sought after by collectors of great vocal treasures, and this is their first issue on Decca CD. Andrew Dalton has compiled the collection and provided the liner notes, and the booklet is illustrated with all the album jackets as well as illustrations from program booklets, making this a real collector’s item.

This release marks the launch of an Eloquence series of notable recitals of songs and opera arias by some of the great voices of Decca and Deutsche Grammophon.

Australian Eloquence Vocal Recitals - ELQ4803524

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Rachmaninov: Piano Music

Rachmaninov: Piano Music


Rachmaninov:

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

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42

Moments Musicaux, Op. 16


John Lill (piano)

Critically acclaimed performances, given by one of the UK’s most highly regarded pianists.

‘Lill at his finest’ Classical CD of Piano Sonata No. 2

“a hotline to Rachmaninov's dark poetry. The Variations and Moments Musicaux are vividly characterised, the Sonata majestic.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2012 ****

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4 & Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4 & Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini


Rachmaninov:

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

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

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43


Simon Simon Trpceski’s recording of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 was one of the most acclaimed and best-selling classical releases of 2010. His frequent collaborations with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra are justly celebrated. Together they complete the Rachmaninov canon with this highly-anticipated follow up of Concertos Nos. 1 and 4, and the Paganini Rhapsody.

Rachmaninov Concertos 2 and 3 made the Top 10 of Billboard’s Classical Chart and won a Diapason d’or de l’année. Simon Trpceski will support the sequel with extensive touring and CD signings at which he regularly attracts hundreds of fans.

“Simon Trpceski, Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO bring understanding and instinct to their performances, and take to heart the different temperaments that each of the three works on this recording manifests...the judicious variety of touch and colour, and ability to reveal important details of the music, combine with an expressive maturity to make these performances utterly compelling.” The Telegraph, 16th June 2011 *****

“The virtuosi Macedonian Simon Trpčeski and St Petersburg-born Vasily Petrenko combine in taut, poetic performances with notably coruscating brass playing from an RLPO on impressive and expressive form.” The Observer, 26th June 2011

“Trpceski captures the music’s protean mood switches to perfection, his mercurial fingers dashing off the vivace flourishes of the outer movements and the most brilliant Paganini variations with insouciant bravura and brio...These performances are a meeting of dazzling musical minds, offering an untraditional approach that never sounds wilful, attention-seeking or eccentric.” Sunday Times, 3rd July 2011 *****

“Trpceski relishes Rachmaninov, thrilling his audience with virtuosic passages which easily demonstrate why these pieces in particular were important vehicles for Rachmaninov the exiled pianist. Petrenko maintains timing and tension, whilst never allowing lush lyricism to become stodgy or overwhelming...this is a musical combination which works superbly.” Classic FM Magazine, August 2011 *****

“[Nos 1 & 4] have never been such sure-fire crowd-pleasers, but Trpceski certainly plays them with fire and passion. No. 1 emerges as big-boned and compelling, while he plays up the leanly modernist aspects of No. 4...Trpceski is aided throughout by the unanimity of feeling produced by Vassily Petrenko's direction of the orchestra, conductor and pianist working hand in glove.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ****

“Expectations are fully realised in performances of the highest order...Trpceski was put on this earth to play this music and Petrenko to conduct it...This is a riveting disc, another major landmark for Trpceski and one on which Rachmaninov finds interpreters thoroughly attuned to his emotional world.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2011

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - September 2011

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Phénoménal Vengerov!

Phénoménal Vengerov!


includes:

Beethoven:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Romances Nos. 1 & 2 for violin and orchestra

Kreisler:

Liebesfreud

Liebesleid

Lalo:

Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Ravel:

Tzigane

Saint-Saëns:

Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61

Wieniawski:

Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16


This 3CD set offers an incredible value for the price of one mid album, with a great panorama of his art. On CD1, the Beethoven Concerto and two Romances, and Kreisler’s favorite encore ‘Liebesleid’ and ‘Liebesfreud’. The second CD contains the French most famous violin concertos: Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, a piece of bravura with the 3rd violin concerto by Camille Saint-Saëns, and Ravel’s great ‘Tzigane’. Last but not least the 3rd CD celebrates best loved and virtuoso violin works: Meditation de Thaïs, Ave Maria, Hungarian Dances, Vocalise…

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Raluca Stirbat plays Enescu, Silvestri, Constantinescu, Rachmaninov & Kreisler

Raluca Stirbat plays Enescu, Silvestri, Constantinescu, Rachmaninov & Kreisler


Constantinescu:

Toccata-Joc dobrogean

Enescu:

Suite for Piano No. 2 in D major, Op. 10

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 24/1

Rachmaninov:

Liebesleid (after Kreisler)

Liebesfreud (after Kreisler)

Silvestri, C:

Konzertstück, Op. 25 No. 3

Baccanale


Raluca Stirbat (piano)

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Martha Argerich Edition: Solo & Duo Piano

Martha Argerich Edition: Solo & Duo Piano


Brahms:

Sonata for 2 pianos in F minor, Op. 34b

Variations on a theme by Haydn for two pianos, Op. 56b 'St Anthony Variations'

Chopin:

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

Mazurkas Op. 59 Nos. 1-3

Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15 No. 1

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

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'

Liszt:

Orgel-Fantasie und Fuge in g-moll von J. S. Bach, S463i

Réminiscences de Don Juan (W.A. Mozart) for two pianos, S. 656

Concerto pathétique in E minor for two pianos, S258

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Op. 21

Messiaen:

Visions de l'Amen for 2 pianos

Mozart:

Andante and Variations in G for Piano Duet, K501

Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major, K545 'Facile'

Piazzólla:

Tres Minutos con la Realidad

Oblivion

Libertango

Prokofiev:

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

for two pianos

Rachmaninov:

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

Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17

Six Pieces, Op. 11

Ravel:

Ma Mère l'Oye

Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15

Andante and Variation for two pianos Op. 46

Shostakovich:

Concertino for two pianos, Op. 94

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

for two pianos


Martha Argerich was born on 5th June 1941 in Buenos Aires. Her interest in the piano showed itself when she was three. Vincenzo Scaramuzza, her teacher, impressed on her the importance of feeling and the singing lyrical line – a facet of her playing which remains immediately recognisable. At the age of eight she made her debut concert playing Beethoven’s first concerto and the following year she gave Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 and Bach’s French Suite in G, BWV 816.

In 1955 her family moved to Europe so that Martha could study with Friedrich Gulda in Austria; in this she was supported by the Argentine government who gave her parents diplomatic posts in their Embassy in Vienna. She won both the Geneva Music and Ferruccio Busoni International Competitions in 1957, but it was her winning the seventh Chopin Piano competition in Warsaw that confirmed her as a major talent at the age of 24.

Her formidable technique has often been compared to that of Horowitz. She is reputed to have learnt Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit in three days having been told it was extremely difficult. Her solo career lasted for a quarter of a century during which her talent for interpreting the romantic classics, notably Chopin and Liszt, were matched by her brilliance in the 20th century masters Ravel, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Messiaen. Her decision to limit her performances to chamber music and concerto was taken, as she admitted in interviews, to her feeling of loneliness on stage alone. This has been her career path for the last 30 years and she retains the aura of one of the most brilliant of all pianists of modern generations.

She has been particularly generous in supporting the next generation of artists.

She appears regularly as a jury member at important competitions and her friends and protégées captivate audiences with exquisite performances of chamber music at her festival at Lugano. Now at the age of 70 we can salute her as the phenomenon she undoubtedly is and wish her continued success in all aspects of her life.

“It's breathtaking Chopin playing” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011

EMI Martha Argerich Edition - 0940442

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From Russia with Music

From Russia with Music


Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Three Russian Songs, Op. 41

Chor der V.S. Popov Academy of Choral Arts

Rimsky Korsakov:

The Tale of Tsar Saltan: March

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


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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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