Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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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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Recommended Recording

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


EMI 5 Classic Albums - 9729202

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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


Alto - ALC1175

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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

DVD Video

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RCA - 88691998469

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Rachmaninov - Solo Piano Recordings Volume 3

Rachmaninov - Solo Piano Recordings Volume 3

Victor Recordings 1925-1942


Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV1006: suite (Gigue, Gavotte & Preludio)

arr. Rachmaninov

Kreisler:

Liebesfreud

arr. Rachmaninov

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

arr. Rachmaninov

Mussorgsky:

Sorochintsy Fair: Gopak

arr. Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov:

Étude-Tableau, Op. 33 No. 2 in C major

Étude-Tableau, Op. 33 No. 7 in E flat major (published as No. 4)

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 6 in A minor

Moment musical No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 16 No. 2

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Melodie in E Major, Op. 3 No. 3

Serenade, Op. 3 No. 5

Humoresque in G major, Op. 10 No. 5

Oriental Sketch (1917)

Polka de V.R.

Prelude Op. 23 No. 10 in G flat major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 3 in E major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 6 in F minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 7 in F major

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

arr. for solo piano

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

Rimsky Korsakov:

Flight of the Bumble Bee

arr. Rachmaninov

Schubert:

Das Wandern (No. 1 from Die schöne Müllerin, D795)

arr. Rachmaninov

Tchaikovsky:

Lullaby, Op. 16 No. 1


This third volume of Rachmaninov’s Victor recordings contains discs he made of his own solo compositions and arrangements from the introduction of electrical recording in 1925 to a year before his death.

The works recorded were those most in demand by the public, each piece subject to Rachmaninov’s perfectionism and the version released always the best of a number of takes (for example, the recording of his famous Prelude in C sharp minor is Take 23).

Whether it be in the 1925 recording of his transcription of Kreisler’s Liebesfreud or the February 1942 recording of the same work (in which he displays a cast iron technique only a year before his death), the sheer virtuosity, utter clarity and supreme musicianship of Rachmaninov’s playing style are undiminished.

The first two releases in this series have been acclaimed for their superb remastering.

Ward Marston, producer and audio restoration engineer

“Wonders galore in Rachmaninov's playing, beyond its obvious historical importance. Cast-iron technique, proper old-school sense of line and tone colour, and an incomparable rubato.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 *****

“No composer or pianist has ever sounded more indelibly Russian, and never more so than in his own music...What clear relish and delight in the playful rather than melancholic capers of the Polka, what vitality and aplomb in the festive E major Prelude...this, the thrid volume of Naxos's 'Great Pianists' Rachmaninov, gives us playing beyond price.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

Naxos Historical Great Pianists - 8111397

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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)

Sony - 88725435752

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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)


Decca - Double Decca - 4784597

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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.

“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

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

“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

“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 *****

“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

“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

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice

Warner Classics - 9154732

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Rachmaninov: Complete Piano Concertos

Rachmaninov: Complete Piano Concertos


Rachmaninov:

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

Berliner Philharmoniker

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

Berliner Philharmoniker

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

London Symphony Orchestra

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

London Symphony Orchestra


Leif Ove Andsnes has long been renowned for his powerfully emotive and disciplined performances of Rachmaninov: attributes prized by the supreme composer-pianist himself. This set brings together for the first time the complete cycle of acclaimed concerto recordings, including the perennially loved Second in an award-winning live performance, acclaimed by Gramophone as ‘a Rolls-Royce reading.’

Warner Classics - 3193852

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