Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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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

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Rachmaninov: Œuvres pour piano seul et concertant

Rachmaninov: Œuvres pour piano seul et concertant


Rachmaninov:

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Orchestre national du capitole de Toulouse, Michel Plasson

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42

Études-Tableaux, Op. 33

Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Moment musical No. 3 in B minor, Op. 16 No. 3

Prelude Op. 23 No. 1 in F sharp minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 2 in B flat major

Prelude Op. 23 No. 4 in D major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19


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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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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3


Rachmaninov:

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

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


Jorge Luis Prats (piano)

Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra, Enrique Batiz

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Classical Music: 25 Legendary Albums

Classical Music: 25 Legendary Albums


Bach, J S:

Goldberg Variations, BWV988

Glenn Gould (piano)

St Matthew Passion, BWV244

Tölzer Knabenchor & La Petite Bande, Gustav Leonhardt

Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Yo-Yo Ma (cello)

Bartók:

Romanian Dances

Laurent Korcia (violin) & Georges Pludermacher (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 1, BB 84, Sz. 75

Laurent Korcia (violin) & Georges Pludermacher (piano)

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

Bloch, E:

Nigun (Baal Shem No. 2)

Laurent Korcia (violin) & Georges Pludermacher (piano)

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Jascha Heifetz (violin)

Fritz Reiner

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Bruno Walter

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Bruno Walter

Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Jean-Marc Luisada (piano)

Debussy:

La Mer

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Printemps, suite for piano 4 hands or orchestra, L. 61

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Estampes (3) (Complete)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Dvorak:

Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81

Jean-Marc Luisada (piano)

Talich Quartet

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

The Cleveland Orchestra, Georges Szell

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

The Cleveland Orchestra, Georges Szell

Enescu:

Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 25 'dans le caractère populaire roumain'

Laurent Korcia (violin) & Georges Pludermacher (piano)

Hildegard:

Canticles Of Ecstasy

Mendelssohn:

Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49

Isaac Stern (violin), Leonard Rose (cello) & Eugene Istomin (piano)

Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66

Isaac Stern (violin), Leonard Rose (cello) & Eugene Istomin (piano)

Mozart:

Requiem in D minor, K626

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543

The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell

Orff:

Carmina Burana

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

Rachmaninov:

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

Vladimir Horowitz (piano)

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

Vladimir Horowitz (piano)

Ravel:

Ma Mère l'Oye

New York Philharmonic, Pierre Boulez

Rapsodie Espagnole

New York Philharmonic, Pierre Boulez

Tzigane

Laurent Korcia (violin) & Georges Pludermacher (piano)

Rodrigo:

Concierto de Aranjuez

John Williams (guitar)

English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

Fantasia para un Gentilhombre

English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

Schubert:

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

Berlin Philharmonic, Günter Wand

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Jascha Heifetz (violin)

Fritz Reiner

Villa-Lobos:

Guitar Concerto

John Williams (guitar)

English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons

Venice Baroque Orchestra

plus:

Hildegard von Bingen: Canticle of Ectasy

Antonio Vivaldi: 3 Violin Concertos

Frédéric Chopin: Waltzes

Gioachino Rossini: Arias & Duets

Gioacchino Rossini: Overtures

Caballé sings Bellini & Donizetti

Johann Strauss & Joseph Strauss: New Year’s Concert


This series of recordings brings together great works from the repertory played by renowned performers. From Bach to Debussy, Vivaldi to Rachmaninoff, as well as more specific areas such as the Medieval mysticism of the Songs of Ecstasy by Hildegard von Bingen (12th century) and the heady rhythms of the waltzes and polkas from the New Year’s Concert, each work is paired with an exceptional artist who left a lasting musical mark on the interpretation of each masterpiece.

Glenn Gould unveils the astonishing cantabile emerging out of the stolid contrapuntal lines of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, in a personal and enthusiastic interpretation, Arthur Rubinstein, peerless in the elegant and unadorned fluidity of Chopin’s Waltzes, renews interpretation of Chopin’s music without sentimentality and mannerism that were previously Chopin’s bedfellows. Charles Munch shows his passion for 20th-century French music through his readings imbued with classical transparency and Pierre Boulez brings a painstakingly refined interpretation of Ravel’s unfalteringly rigorous works to the fore.

The German symphonic repertory features prominently in this record collection, as in all classical collections, represented by several of the most important works in this area. Beethoven’s Fifth and Seventh Symphonies conducted by the energetic Leonard Bernstein. Schubert is also included with his Ninth Symphony “the Great,” conducted with lyricism and sensitivity by Günter Wand, as is Brahms whose First and Third Symphonies are enlivened by Bruno Walter’s very human touch. George Szell breathes life into three of the most significant Mozart symphonies (nos. 35, 39 and 40), bringing out marvellous internal balance with precise phrasing

Among the other benchmark recordings may be cited the eminently dramatic version of the Mozart Requiem by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the tragic and restrained power of Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion by Gustav Leonhardt, the dynamic thrust of Carmina Burana under Seiji Ozawa or, in a different register, the flamboyant virtuosity of Horowitz in Rachmaninoff, the violin lyricism of Isaac Stern, the fiery temperament of Laurent Korcia or the integrity of Yo-Yo Ma in the Suites for cello by Bach. All these recordings enable the listener to enter on sure footing into the highly personal world of each of the composers, guided by musicians of great integrity and unparalleled artistry.

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Piano Concertos

Piano Concertos


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Wilfried Boettcher

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper, Heinz Wallberg

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Heinz Wallberg

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Heinz Wallberg

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Karin Lechner (piano)

Berlin Symphoniker, Eduardo Marturet

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119

Karin Lechner (piano)

Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Paolo Giacometti (piano)

Rotterdam Young Philharmonic, Arie van Beek

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Paolo Giacometti (piano)

Rotterdam Young Philharmonic, Arie van Beek

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Nelson Freire (piano)

Dresdner Philharmonie, Michel Plasson

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Nelson Freire (piano)

Dresdner Philharmonie, Michel Plasson

Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, S125a, Op. post.

Stephen Mayer (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Tamás Vásáry

Totentanz, S126 for piano & orchestra

Nelson Freire (piano)

Dresdner Philharmonie, Michel Plasson

Mendelssohn:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

Derek Han (piano)

Israel Chamber Orchestra, Stephen Gunzenhauser

Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40

Derek Han (piano)

Israel Chamber Orchestra, Stephen Gunzenhauser

Capriccio Brillant in B minor Op. 22

Derek Han (piano)

Israel Chamber Orchestra, Stephen Gunzenhauser

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 15 in B flat major, K450

Derek Han (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Paul Freeman

Piano Concerto No. 11 in F major, K413

Derek Han (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Paul Freeman

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

Derek Han (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Paul Freeman

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'

Derek Han (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Paul Freeman

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F major, K37

Derek Han (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Paul Freeman

Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K503

Derek Han (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Paul Freeman

Rachmaninov:

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

Klára Würtz (piano)

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Vladimir Sirenko

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Klára Würtz (piano)

Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Arie van Beek

Tchaikovsky:

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

Derek Han (piano)

St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Freeman

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44

Derek Han (piano)

St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Freeman


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Hear My Words: Choral Classics from St John’s

Hear My Words: Choral Classics from St John’s


Allegri:

Miserere mei, Deus

Fauré:

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

Timothy Ravalde (organ) & Graham Walker (cello)

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

Grieg:

Ave Maris Stella

MacMillan:

A New Song

Timothy Ravalde (organ)

Palestrina:

Exsultate Deo

Timothy Ravalde (organ)

Parry:

Hear my words, ye people

Timothy Ravalde (organ)

Parsons, R:

Ave Maria

Pärt:

Bogoróditse Djévo

Rachmaninov:

Bogorodice Devo

Rutter:

O Lord, thou hast searched me out

Timothy Ravalde (organ) & Helen Scarbrough (cor anglais)

Stanford:

Jubilate

Tallis:

Agnus Dei (Missa Salve intemerata)

Vaughan Williams:

O Taste and See


Choir of St John’s College, Andrew Nethsingha

As exclusive Chandos artists, the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge here presents its second release. The first CD, of choral music by Howells (CHAN10587), was released to rave reviews in March this year. Choir and Organ wrote: ‘There is musicianship here of a rare and moving kind.’ This new release of popular choral classics should meet with a similar reception while at the same time appealing to a wider audience.

Established in the 1670s, the Choir of St John’s has a distinguished tradition of performing religious music. Its main duty is singing the daily services in the College Chapel during the University Term. During the University vacation the Choir carries out engagements in the UK and overseas, as well as undertaking a busy recording schedule. This particular release was recorded in the College Chapel in full surround-sound. The disc not only sounds spectacular, but recreates to an uncanny degree the experience of listening to the Choir perform in the chapel.

The music itself represents a time span of nearly 500 years of choral music. The earliest piece dates from the first half of the sixteenth century, and the newest was composed as recently as 2007. The styles and genres are varied, but there are clear links between the works throughout. For example, several are based on texts from the psalms, and the works by Pärt, Parsons, and Rachmaninoff offer three radically different interpretations of the Ave Maria. Some of the works also add a solo instrument to the familiar mix of voices and organ. But perhaps most importantly, all the pieces recorded here sit comfortably under the heading of ‘Popular Choral Classics’.

Allegri’s Miserere is counted among the great classics of church music. Part of its mystique stems from its origins; for many years the work was performed only in the Sistine Chapel, and as with other works tied to a single place it became an object for pilgrimage. In this case the pilgrims included Mendelssohn, as well as Mozart who famously noted down the work from memory after leaving the Vatican, thereby risking excommunication by the Catholic Church. This new release also features Stanford’s Jubilate, which was written for Trinity College, Cambridge. Intended as part of the service of Morning Prayer, it has long been one of the most popular canticles in the Anglican repertoire. In keeping with the text, Psalm 100, the tone is festive throughout.

“The boy treble voices bring lustre and freshness to the sonority, and the singing throughout is stirring and polished.” The Telegraph, 29th October 2010 ****

“the poised, sentient performance of Allegri's famous Miserere opening the disc bespeaks dedicated preparation, both technical and spiritual. I like the spatial variegations drawn by [Andrew Nethsinga]...and the unobtrusively pregnant phrasing of the tenor plainsong interjections...John's are a choir in fulsome health” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2010 ****

“eclectic repertoire expertly sung” The Observer, 5th December 2010

“A word of reassurance to those who fear that this may be a "lovely" programme of hallowed pot-boilers...If these are indeed, as the title proclaims, "choral classics", that term must have been stretched to include all that is old and good...There are also pieces of modernity...The famous choir appear to thrive under Andrew Nethsinga's management.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2011

“It is with Allegri's impressive Miserere that the disc begins. One must congratulate those boys who rise well above their fellows...an admirable choir and a nicely varied programme.” International Record Review, December 2010

“St John's has a wonderful acoustic, neither too spacious nor too intimate, and in Andrew Nethsinga it has a director who knows how to fill every corner with grace and clarity...the choir sings suavely and radiantly without resorting to cathedral prissiness; the recorded sound is superb. A joy all round.” Classic FM Magazine, February 2011 ****

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Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37

Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37


“Rich and atmospheric, a blissfully unhurried reading” BBC Music Magazine

“Outstanding. A performance that is at once perceptive, sympathetic and finely sung” Gramophone Magazine

“An outstanding version—the finest of all” International Record Review

“A most beautiful performance, very well sung and recorded” Penguin Guide

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