Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky & Grechaninov: Vespers

Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky & Grechaninov: Vespers


Grechaninov:

All-Night Vigil, Op. 59 "Vsenoshchnoye bdeniye"

Rachmaninov:

Vespers, Op. 37

Olga Borusene (soprano), Yuri Korinnyk (tenor) & Mykhaylo Tyshchenko (tenor)

The National Academic Choir of Ukraine ‘Dumka’, Yevhen Savchuk

Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31

The Russian State Symphony Capella, Valery Polyansky

Tchaikovsky:

Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 41

The National Academic Choir of Ukraine ‘Dumka’, Yevhen Savchuk


Here’s a fine conspectus of the Russian choral tradition; its ancient hymns and offices, given new and rich harmonic robes by great Russian composers, and sung by ensembles who have this music in their blood, as indeed they must if its peculiar timbres are to make their haunting effect upon the listener. Clouds of incense swirl around our listening room as we are transported back centuries – whether two or ten – to a style of worship in which beauty is offered to God as an end in itself.

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Rachmaninov: The Bells, Spring & Three Russian Songs

Rachmaninov: The Bells, Spring & Three Russian Songs


Rachmaninov:

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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William Primrose Recital Volume 1

William Primrose Recital Volume 1

Recorded 1927-1947


Bach, C P E:

Solfeggio in C minor, Wq. 117/2 (H220)

arr. Primrose

Joseph Kahn (piano)

Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E, BWV1006: Gavotte

arr. Kreisler

Benjamin, A:

Jamaican Rumba

Vladimir Sokoloff (piano)

Mattie Rag

Cookie

From San Domingo

Vladimir Sokoloff (piano)

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

arr. Sarasate

Dvorak:

Songs My Mother Taught Me, Op. 55 No. 4

arr. Kreisler

Franz Rupp (piano)

Negro Spiritual Melody (arr. from Symphony No. 9)

arr. Kreisler

Franz Rupp (piano)

Humoresque in G flat major, Op. 101 No. 7

orch. E. de Luca

Victor Symphony Orchestra, Charles O'Connell

Kreisler:

Allegretto (in the style of Boccherini)

Joseph Kahn (piano)

Liebesfreud

Henry Isaacs (piano)

Liebesleid

David Stimer (piano)

Praeludium and Allegro (in the style of Pugnani)

Franz Rupp (piano)

Massenet:

Elégie

Marian Anderson (contralto), Franz Rupp (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Sing not, O lovely one (Ne poi, krasavitsa, pri mne), Op. 4 No. 4

Franz Rupp (piano)

Rameau:

Tambourin

arr. Kreisler

Joseph Kahn (piano)

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne

David Stimer (piano)

Schubert:

Ave Maria, D839

arr. Wilhelmj

Sidonie Goossens (harp)

Tchaikovsky:

Andante Cantabile (from String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 11)

arr. Kreisler

David Stimer (piano)

None but the lonely heart, Op. 6 No. 6

arr. Primrose

Henry Isaacs (piano)

trad.:

Londonderry Air

arr. P. Hughes

Sidonie Goossens (harp)


The great Scottish violist William Primrose revolutionised the playing of his instrument through both his virtuosity and the myriad colours he could evoke. Fully the equal of his colleagues Heifetz and Feuermann, he recorded a number of concertos and sonatas. However he also committed a substantial number of shorter pieces to disc, from Chopin and Dvořák to Kreisler and Arthur Benjamin. They reveal his lustrous, vibrant sound in some of the most beautiful pieces in the repertory. Two feature the great singer Marian Anderson. There are also two pieces from 1927 in which Primrose plays his first instrument, the violin. This is the first of two volumes.

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Heifetz: Encores

Heifetz: Encores


Debussy:

Golliwog's Cakewalk (from Children's Corner)

La fille aux cheveux de lin (Leconte de Lisle)

Falla:

Nana (No. 5 from Siete canciones populares españolas)

Jota (No. 4 from Siete canciones populares españolas)

Gershwin:

Bess, you is my woman now (from Porgy and Bess)

It Ain't Necessarily So (from Porgy and Bess)

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

A woman is a sometime thing (from Porgy and Bess)

Korngold:

Garden scene

Mozart:

Serenade No. 7 in D major, K250 'Haffner' - Rondo

Poulenc:

Trois Mouvements perpétuels

Prokofiev:

The Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op. 33a: March

Rachmaninov:

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne

Tchaikovsky:

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48: II. Waltz

Wieniawski:

Capriccio Valse in E major, Op. 7


Jascha Heifetz (violin), Brooks Smith (piano)

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Heifetz: Encores

Heifetz: Encores


Achron, J:

Hebrew Melody, Op. 33

Emanuel Bay (piano)

Debussy:

La plus que lente

Emanuel Bay (piano)

Dinicu:

Hora Staccato

Emanuel Bay (piano)

Drigo:

Valse Bluette for Viola & Piano

Emanuel Bay (piano)

Godowsky:

Triakontameron No. 11 'Alt Wien'

Emanuel Bay (piano)

Khachaturian:

Sabre Dance from Gayane

Brooks Smith (piano)

Kroll:

Banjo and Fiddle

Emanuel Bay (piano)

Mendelssohn:

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op. 34 No. 2

Emanuel Bay (piano)

Ponce, M:

Estrellita

Emanuel Bay (piano)

Poulenc:

Presto in B flat major

Emanuel Bay (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Emanuel Bay (piano)

Sarasate:

Danza Española No. 6: Zapateado, Op. 23, No. 2

Emanuel Bay (piano)

Schubert:

Ave Maria, D839

Emanuel Bay (piano)

Wieniawski:

Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16

Emanuel Bay (piano)


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Chausson, Debussy & Rachmaninov: Piano Trios

Chausson, Debussy & Rachmaninov: Piano Trios


Chausson:

Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 3

Debussy:

Piano Trio in G major

Rachmaninov:

Trio élégiaque No. 2 in D minor, Op. 9


Wiener Schubert Trio

The three piano trios in this programme are all early, and not entirely characteristic, works by three composers who came to be celebrated for their music in quite other genres. Yet they are highly enjoyable works in their own right which hardly deserve their comparative obscurity.

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Piano Encores

Piano Encores


Bach, J S:

Goldberg Variations, BWV988: Aria

Andrei Gavrilov (piano)

Beethoven:

Für Elise (Bagatelle in A minor, WoO59)

Anatol Ugorski (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathétique': Adagio cantabile

Emil Gilels (piano)

Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 17 in F sharp minor

Aloys Kontarsky (piano), Alfons Kontarsky (piano)

Capriccio in D minor, Op. 116 No. 1

Yevgeny Kissin (piano)

Chopin:

Étude Op. 10 No. 3 in E major 'Tristesse'

Tamás Vásáry (piano)

Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 'Minute Waltz'

Jean-Marc Luisada (piano)

Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D flat major ‘Raindrop'

Martha Argerich (piano)

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

Lazar Berman (piano)

Debussy:

Golliwog's Cakewalk (from Children's Corner)

Alexis Weissenberg (piano)

Liszt:

Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major)

Anatol Ugorski (piano)

Mozart:

Rondo alla Turca from Piano Sonata No. 11, K331

Christoph Eschenbach (piano)

Mussorgsky:

Promenade

Anatol Ugorski (piano)

Pictures at an Exhibition: The Gnome

Anatol Ugorski (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Lazar Berman (piano)

Schubert:

Impromptu in A flat major, D899 No. 4

Andrei Gavrilov (piano)

Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 3 in F minor

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Von fremden Ländern und Menschen

Martha Argerich (piano)

Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Traümerei

Martha Argerich (piano)

Der Abschied, Op. 82, No. 9

Christoph Eschenbach (piano)

Weber:

Perpetuum Mobile (Rondo from Piano Sonata in C major, Op. 24)

Anatol Ugorski (piano)


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Sviatoslav Richter: The Russian Piano Concertos

Sviatoslav Richter: The Russian Piano Concertos


Glazunov:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 92

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10

Piano Concerto No. 5 in G major, Op. 55

Rachmaninov:

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

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

Rimsky Korsakov:

Piano Concerto in C sharp minor, Op. 30

Tchaikovsky:

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


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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini


Rachmaninov:

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

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Rafael Orozco (piano)

Edo de Waart

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Sergei Rachmaninov plays Rachmaninov

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Rachmaninov:

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

Recorded 04.12.1939 & 24.02.1940

Eugene Ormandy

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

Recorded 20.12.1941

Eugene Ormandy

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Recorded 24.12.1934

Leopold Stokowski


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