Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov


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Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy: Russian Fantasy

Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy: Russian Fantasy


Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

arranged by Vovka Ashkenazy


Valse-Fantaisie in B minor for piano, G. vi193

arranged for two pianos by Vovka Ashkenazy


A Night on the Bare Mountain (piano version)

arranged by Vovka Ashkenazy


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


Fantasy in A minor Op. post.

Following their album of French music for two pianos, father and son Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy revel in their musical heritage with this dazzling programme by the great composers of Russia. Three of the works have been arranged by Vovka Ashkenazy himself, including Mussorgsky's Night On The Bald Mountain and the album's virtuosic finale, Borodin's Polovtsian Dances from his opera Prince Igor. His two-piano arrangement of Glinka's lilting Valse-fantaisie is itself based on Sergei Lyapunov's arrangement for four hands.

“full of taut and virtuosic double pianism.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2012 ****

“It's terrific to hear Ashkenazy playing Russian Romantic repertoire again. The performance of the Rachmaninov Suite is more reflective and mellow than Ashkenazy's version with Previn - there seems to be greater expansiveness and flexibility in the phrasing...The result is a delightful and entertaining disc, and one that's sumptuously recorded too” International Record Review, February 2012

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Sergio Fiorentino Edition 1

Sergio Fiorentino Edition 1

The Berlin Recordings 1994-97

Bach, J S:

Prelude & Fugue in D major, BWV532

Busoni arr. Fiorentino

French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV816

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

Transcribed Rachmaninoff

Prelude & Fugue in E flat major, BWV552 'St Anne'

Transcribed Busoni, arr. Fiorentino

Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV825

Sonata for solo violin No. 1 in G minor, BWV1001

Transcribed Fiorentino

Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV828


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


Suite Bergamasque

Franck, C:

Prélude, Fugue et Variation Op. 18

arr. Bauer

Prélude, Choral et Fugue, M21

Prelude, Aria et Final M23 (1886/7)


Ballade No. 1 in D flat major S170 ('Le chant du croisé')

Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S171/R16

Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 7)

La leggierezza - Étude de concert No. 2, S144

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Waldesrauschen, S145 No. 1


Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84


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

1931 version

Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28


Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D664

4 Impromptus, D899

Piano Sonata No. 4 in A minor, D537

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960


Fantasie in C major, Op. 17


Piano Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 'Sonata Fantasy'

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 6

plus works by:

Scarlatti, Moszkowski, Fauré (Arr. Fiorentino) Schumann & Liszt

This 10-CD set presents the recordings Fiorentino made between 1994 and 1997 in the Siemenvilla in Berlin, a testimony of a great musical mind and technical command, of works by Schumann, Liszt, Chopin, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Scriabin and Bach.

“This 10-disc box is Piano Classics' most ambitious project to date...Wherever you turn you will encounter a human breadth and richness far removed from the often chilly aristocracy or froideur of Michelangeli and Pollini, his more celebrated compatriots...the sheer ease of his Chopin B minor Sonata leaves you lost in wonder.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012

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Rachmaninov: The Bells, Spring & Three Russian Songs

Rachmaninov: The Bells, Spring & Three Russian Songs


The Bells, Op. 35

Spring, Op. 20

Three Russian Songs, Op. 41

Svetla Vassileva (soprano), Misha Didyk (tenor) & Alexei Tanovitski (bass)

Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre & BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda

This is the seventh and final volume in our acclaimed Rachmaninoff series, which has been performed by the BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda. They are joined in this recording by the Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre and the soloists Svetla Vassileva, Misha Didyk, and Alexei Tanovitski. The disc was recorded live at this year’s Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Rachmaninoff composed his ‘choral symphony’ The Bells in 1913. It takes its inspiration from poems by Edgar Allan Poe in a Russian translation by the poet Konstantin Balmont. The first movement, evoking the chimes of silver bells on a winter sleigh ride, is unusually cheerful for both the composer and author, while ‘Wedding Bells’ blends the yearning of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde with a darker and more ominous undercurrent that carries through to the end. Of this Proms performance, The Guardian wrote: ‘The soloists soared, the choir bloomed, and Noseda powered the orchestra through thrilling climaxes to the funereal closing bars.’

In the brooding cantata Spring of 1902, the restlessness and lively use of percussion reflect the composer’s mindset at the time: He was hungry to write music once again after suffering from a three-year bout of writer’s block and depression. The work is based on a poem by Nikolay Nekrasov and describes the return of the Zelyoniy shum, or ‘green rustle’. The poem tells of a husband who, fraught with murderous thoughts towards his unfaithful wife during the winter season, is freed from his frustrations by the return of spring.

The Three Russian Songs are poignant, gem-like time capsules of a Russia now irretrievably lost. They were written in 1926 when Rachmaninoff was living and exhaustively touring as a pianist in America. Vladimir Wilshaw, Rachmaninoff’s old friend from student days, said of this work: ‘Only a man who loves his country could compose this way. Only a man who in his innermost soul is a Russian. Only Rachmaninoff could have composed this!’

“The Mariinsky's strongest suit is probably its distinctly Russian tone...Alas, the dramatic engagement one might have expected from an opera chorus is here virtually nonexistent...The Bells itself is beautifully played, but with rather literal fidelity to the score. This approach works well enough in the funereal final movement with its echoes of Isle of the Dead. Noseda's avoidance of rubato, though, rather misses the poetry of the golden bells.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ***

“Noseda handles [The Bells] skilfully, with sensitivity to the contrasted moods and to the orchestral detail as well as the balance with the chorus and soloists...and the grim finale is kept at a firm and solemn pace...[in 'Spring'] Tanovitsky broods impressively as the peasant, phrasing sensitively, and Noseda does well to make formal sense of the piece.” International Record Review, November 2011

“The big moments in this live Proms recording - like the all-choral third movement, evoking supernatural 'alarm bells' - thrill the ear, with a professional Russian chorus to add extra quality, and there's fine solo singing in the other three movements.” Classic FM Magazine, February 2012 ****

“Noseda shapes both ['Spring' and the Three Russian Songs] works sympathetically but inevitably responds more vividly to the more expansive canvas of The Bells; all the performances have the benefit of the Russian soloists and the wonderful chorus of the Mariinsky Opera.” The Guardian, 19th January 2012

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Choral Classics from Cambridge

Choral Classics from Cambridge


Miserere mei, Deus


Hark! A Herald voice is calling

Attwood, T:

Psalm 50


Lord, thou hast been our refuge


Chichester Psalms

Boyle, M C:

Thou, O God, art praised


How lovely are Thy dwellings


Locus iste, WAB 23


Civitas Sancti Tui

Ave verum Corpus


Salve Regina


La Déploration de Johannes Ockeghem

Absalon Fili Mi


Requiem, Op. 9: Pie Jesu


Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in D


Ave verum corpus, Op. 2 No. 1


Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus


O Vos Omnes

Gregorian Chant:

Vespers for the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Ave Maris Stella

Harris, W:

Bring us, O Lord God

Hassler, H L:

Ave Maris Stella, hymn


Insanae et vanae curae


Voluntary - Psalm Prelude in D


Vox in Rama




Elijah: Denn er hat seinem Engeln


Ave verum corpus, K618


Stabat mater

Super flumina Babylonis

Parsons, R:

Ave Maria


Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise

Litanies à la Vierge noire

Exultate Deo

Salve Regina


My beloved spake, Z28

Te Deum & Jubilate Deo in D, Z232

O Lord, thou art my God Z41

Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z25

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695: Funeral Sentences


Hymn of the Cherubim




Ramsey, R:

How are the mighty fallen


O salutaris hostia




O for a closer walk with God, Op. 113 No. 6


Lamentations of Jeremiah I


When David Heard


O vos omnes


Magnificat octavi toni


When David Heard

Wesley, S S:

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace

5 CD + CD ROM of booklet notes and sung texts

CD 1: Lamentation

CD 2: Henry Purcell

CD 3: Evensong & Vespers at King's - Vespers for the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Evenson for Advent

CD 4: Sacred Choral Favourites

CD 5: Works by Rutter, Bernstein & Poulenc

Brilliant Classics Choral Classics - 9234

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Kissin plays Russian Music

Kissin plays Russian Music

Bach, J S:

Siciliano in G minor from Flute Sonata No. 2, BWV1031


Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82

Dance, Op. 32 No. 1

Visions fugitives, Op. 22 (extracts)


Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

Prelude Op. 23 No. 1 in F sharp minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 8 in A minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 10 in G flat major

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 1 in C minor

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 4 in B minor

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 2 in A minor

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 5 in E flat minor

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

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 9 in D major


Arabeske in C major, Op. 18


Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35


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

Few classical artists have made so spectacular an initial impact upon public – even global – consciousness as the pianist Yevgeny Kissin, when in 1984 at the age of 12 he gave both piano concertos by Chopin in a single concert at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. His fame was assured, and from there on his reputation preceded him as a young, sublimely gifted virtuoso possessed of the most brilliant technique, seemingly natural musical touch and preternatural confidence.

All those assets can be heard to advantage in some popular – and more formidable works by his countrymen, from the glittering display vehicles written by Shostakovich and Prokofiev to the powerful sweep of Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular First Concerto. Of course Kissin has gone on to perform and indeed record these works – he is now 40, a British citizen for the last nine years, mirabile dictu – several times since, but the early recordings retain a bravado and unselfconscious vigour that infects every performance with appealing zest and sometimes astonishing assurance.

Brilliant Classics Historic Russian Archive Edition - 9243

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Russian Music for Oboe

Russian Music for Oboe


Characteristic Pieces (24), Op. 36: Nocturne

Le Coucou, Op. 34 No. 2


Petite Suite: Intermezzo


Orientale, Op. 50 No. 9

Causerie (Etude), Op. 40 No. 6


Valse Mélancolique


Mazurka in C minor


Berceuse (from Noure and Anitra)

Kalinnikov, Vasily:



Mazurka in B flat minor


Menuet a la Mozart, Op. 22 No. 5




Prelude in B minor, Op. 11, No. 1


Sorochintsy Fair: Gopak

Impromptu passionné


Serenade, Op. 3 No. 5


Idyll, Op. 17 No. 2

Nereid, Op. 15 No. 4

Rimsky Korsakov:

Song of the Hindu Guest (from Sadko)


Romance in E flat major, Op. 44 No. 1 'The Night'


Mazurka in F sharp minor, Op. 3 No. 2


The Seasons, Op. 37b: October ('Autumn Song')

David Nuttall (oboe) & Larry Sitsky (piano)

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Fantasies for Bassoon

Fantasies for Bassoon


Salut d'amour, Op. 12

arranged for bassoon & piano


Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

arranged for bassoon & piano


Sonata in E flat major, Op. 9


Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione', D821

arranged for bassoon & piano


Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

arranged for bassoon & piano


Adagio in F major for cello and piano, op. 151

arranged for bassoon & piano

Karen Geoghegan (bassoon) & Philip Edward Fisher (piano)

Chandos signed Karen Geoghegan as an exclusive artist in 2007 following her appearance on BBC TV’s Classical Star programme. This is her fifth recording with the label, and the expressive maturity and sensitivity of her playing have quickly cemented her status as a rising star, Gramophone writing: ‘Name five internationally famous bassoon soloists. Archie Camden, Gwydion Brooke and, er, that’s it. Except I think we shall soon be adding the name of Karen Geoghegan to the roll call.’

On this disc, she is accompanied by Philip Edward Fisher in works by some of the greatest composers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: Schubert, Schumann, Spohr, Rachmaninoff, and Elgar. Yet, with a single exception, namely the Sonata in E flat by Gustav Schreck, none of the works recorded here were originally composed for the bassoon.

One of Rachmaninoff’s best-loved short pieces, the Vocalise was written for wordless voice and piano. Demonstrating the capacities of the voice as a pure instrument, this work is a prime example of the power of melody without the need for words. In this arrangement, the bassoon takes on the role of ‘wordless voice’, which shows off the instrument’s great lyrical qualities to perfection, as does Elgar’s Salut d’amour.

Schumann’s Fantasiestücke was originally composed for clarinet and piano, its three pieces played without a break, with each subsequent piece taking up and developing melodic ideas from the preceding one. The Sonata in A minor, D 821 by Schubert, which remained unpublished and unperformed for decades after his death, is an emotionally complex work, its moods moving from deep melancholy to excited ebullience.

“Geoghegan is probably the best advocate the instrument could have: even though parts of the 'Arpeggione' Sonata (usually heard on cello or viola) don't quite work on the bassoon, as the ear adjusts her exemplary musicianship comes through and triumphs...There's a wonderfully natural quality to Geoghegan's phrasing and expression - especially in the Schumann - and she is partnered adeptly at all times by Philip Edward Fisher.” Classic FM Magazine, December 2011 ****

“the most substantial music comes in the transcription of Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata...It would be foolish to expect the bassoon to offer the emotional depth and richness of tone that can be accommodated on a string instrument, but Karen Geoghegan certainly convinces with the melancholic hue of the first movement.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2012 ****

“There is no clowning here. If anything, the bassoon lends a pleasant dolefulness to the music played on this CD...Even the not as consistently mellow as a bassoon, when it is played by a musician on Geoghegan's level.” International Record Review, January 2012

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Europa Konzert 2011 from Madrid

Europa Konzert 2011 from Madrid

Recorded live at Teatro Real, Madrid, 1 May 2011




Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27


Concierto de Aranjuez

Cañizares (guitar)

For over 20 years, the Berliner Philharmoniker have celebrated their foundation on May 1st with the annual EUROPA KONZERT - this year’s event takes place at the magnificent Teatro Real in Madrid.

The renowned orchestra, under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, performs Joaquín Rodrigo's beloved Concierto de Aranjuez, Emmanuel Chabrier's exuberant España, and Sergey Rachmaninov's dramatic Second Symphony.

It is joined for the Concierto by the famous flamenco guitarist Cañizares, whose virtuosity and sensitivity are given full opportunity to shine in this multi-faceted and subtle work.

Bonus: Interview with Sir Simon Rattle

Picture format: 1080i Full HD 16:9

Sounds formats: PCM 2.0, DTS-HD Master Audio Surround

Region code: All (worldwide)

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 105 mins (97 mins Concert, 8 mins Interview)

German FSK: 0

“Flamenco star Cañizares brings nonchalant authority to the Concierto de Aranjuez in a concert fizzing with energy, from a playful Espana to the sweeps of Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

“for all the luxury of the performance, Rattle never milks it; and for all the attention to the music's larger paragraphs, he never scants the particulars of the moment...From first note to last, there's not a moment of questionable ensemble, not a moment of strain. Is this, however, an unmitigated virtue?...This is a first-rate release, made all the more welcome by the excellent engineering and by the tactful camerawork” International Record Review, January 2012

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Region: all

EuroArts Europakonzert - 2058394



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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2


Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

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

Aleko - Intermezzo & Women's Dance

Building a Library

First Choice - February 2012

Building a Library

First Choice - June 2012

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William Steinberg: The Disciplined Master Conductor

William Steinberg: The Disciplined Master Conductor


Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Rudolf Firkusny (piano)

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Nathan Milstein (violin)

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Bloch, E:

Concerto Grosso No. 1, for string orchestra & piano


Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances


Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Nathan Milstein (violin)

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

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

Rudolf Firkusny (piano)


Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Nathan Milstein (violin)


Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'


Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Nathan Milstein (violin)


Enigma Variations, Op. 36


Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82

Godfrey Layefsky (violin)




Water Music Suite


Symphony No. 94 in G Major 'Surprise'


Symphony 'Mathis der Maler'


Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'


Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Nathan Milstein (violin)

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'


Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'


A Night on the Bare Mountain


The Love for Three Oranges: March

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


Symphonic Dances, Op. 45


Pavane pour une infante défunte

La Valse


Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Le Coq d'Or Suite


Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

Strauss, J, II:

Accelerationen, Op. 234

Strauss, R:

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Don Juan, Op. 20

Der Rosenkavalier - Suite


The Rite of Spring


Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

Marche slave, Op. 31

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Nathan Milstein (violin)


Symphony No. 3, Op. 75

Vaughan Williams:

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Five Tudor Portraits


Siegfried Idyll

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 3

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey and Funeral March

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Wolf, H:

Italian Serenade in G major

There were occasions during the three decades when the LP record ruled supreme – from the 1950s to the 1970s – when the chemistry between an orchestra, its conductor and their record company combined to work a magic that the commitment of long-term recording contracts quite often made possible. Karajan and the Philharmonia; Ansermet and the Suisse Romande; Dorati and the Minneapolis; Münch and the Boston Symphony, Cluytens and the Paris Conservatoire and Previn and the London Symphony are all prime examples of such collaborations. All of these produced recorded performances that are as fine today as they ever were and are all well-represented in the current CD catalogues. Until now there has been one successful recording collaboration that seems almost to have slipped under the radar: the Pittsburgh Symphony, William Steinberg and the Capitol Records producer, Richard C. Jones.

This set of 20 CDs presents virtually everything that was recorded by Steinberg during the seven years that he recorded for Capitol: from the Schubert Second Symphony, recorded on 9 February 1952, to the Italian Serenade by Wolf, from 16 April 1959. There are some exceedingly good performances in this set and the recordings show that Capitol Records were at the technical forefront when it came to sound quality and production values.

The earlier recordings were, of course, made in mono and come up surprisingly well on CD. From 1956 onwards the recordings were made in stereo. There are a selection of recordings, both mono and stereo, that are here being released on CD for the first time.

Also included are the recordings of Strauss that Steinberg and Jones made with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, in June 1957.

Getting to know these wonderful 1950s recordings from a conductor who, perhaps, didn't always get the critical acclaim that was his due, will be an exciting and rewarding experience for any prospective purchaser.

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