Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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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)

RCA Classical Masters - 88697742852

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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

DG - 4779299

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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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