Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Rachmaninov & Grieg - Cello Sonatas

Rachmaninov & Grieg - Cello Sonatas


Grieg:

Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36

Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19


Jamie Walton (cello) & Daniel Grimwood (piano)

An exhilarating disc that showcases the talents of two of the UK's finest instrumentalists, cellist Jamie Walton and pianist Daniel Grimwood join forces to perform two masterful chamber-music works by Rachmaninov and Grieg.

“…what I love about both these performances is their spontaneity, flow and warmth, their natural ease with the idiom of both composers. Walton achieves a fabulous legato in the Rachmaninov's Sonata, so that one feels it is really being sung… Grieg's Sonata is a more challenging work to negotiate. Walton can produce a special purity of tone, heard to great effect in a searching slow movement, but he also lets the air into his bowing in a highly articulate Allegro agitato. ...towards the end of the taxing finale... both players create a blazing climax, in which we taste the extent of their charismatic daring.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2010 *****

“the musical give-and-take of these players is excellent: they seize upon the music with enthusiasm, energy and sensitivity – one can almost sense that they are keen to show us just how fine this music is … strongly recommended. It is good to see these young artists taking up these works with such conspicuous success.” International Record Review

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Rachmaninov, Prokofiev & Medtner - Piano Sonatas

Rachmaninov, Prokofiev & Medtner - Piano Sonatas


Gubaidulina:

Chaconne

Medtner:

Sonata reminiscenza in A minor, Op. 38 No. 1

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83

Rachmaninov:

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


New signing and exclusive Naïve Classique artist, Anna Vinnitskaya makes her much anticipated debut album on the Ambroisie label featuring an all-Russian programme of piano sonatas by Rachmaninov, Medtner and Prokofiev and a piece by Gubaidulina.

This is Anna Vinnitskaya’s first ever recording and, unsurprisingly, it has already been met with high critical acclaim. Since its release in France, it was awarded the “Diapason d´Or” (within the “Discoveries” category) and most recently, the “Choc du mois” by Classica Magazine. After going through a period of pronounced disfavour in the second half of the 19th century, the piano sonata enjoyed a veritable renaissance from the start of the twentieth which was due in large measure to Russian composers. Vinnitskaya here explores the way in which the great Russian virtuoso pianist-composers (Medtner, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov) paid homage in their different ways to a genre that was already more than two centuries old. Also included is Chaconne, written by well-known Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina. At only 26, Anna Vinnitskaya has already established a flourishing international career, both in recital and orchestral performances. In 2007, she won first prize in the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels becoming only the second woman in the history of the competition for piano to do so, after Ekaterina Novitskaya in 1968.

“There's little doubt that she has the measure of each work, demonstrating not only formidable technical control but also a truly remarkable range of tonal colouring...there's no denying the sheer beauty and richness of her sound, the central movement presented in a particularly haunting manner.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2010 *****

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A Russian Night

A Russian Night


Rachmaninov:

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

Hélène Grimaud (piano)

Stravinsky:

The Firebird

Tchaikovsky:

The Tempest, Op. 18


This is the first-ever concert DVD of Hélène Grimaud capturing her appearance with Claudio Abbado in a fascinating all-Russian concert programme recorded at Lucerne Festival in 2008. Claudio Abbado has invited Hélène for a variety of programmes since they first performed together in the early 90s and this is the first document of their collaboration, about which the Neue Züricher Zeitung wrote: “Grimaud played with naturalness and chamber-musical spirit….a phenomenal orchestra inspired by its charismatic conductor.”

The repertoire of the DVD throws light on various facets of Russian life and music. Two works – Tchaikovsky’s symphonic fantasia inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Stravinsky’s concert suite from the fairytale ballet The Firebird – depict the dramatic struggle between the forces of good and evil and the ultimate triumph of the former. And Hélène Grimaud is the soloist in a performance of one of the beloved classics of the late Romantic repertoire, Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. For Hélène Grimaud, to perform the concerto with Claudio Abbado was “a dream”.

This DVD features behind-the-scenes material shows Hélène Grimaud in conversation and in rehearsal.

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Igor Kamenz in Recital

Igor Kamenz in Recital


Liszt:

Soirées de Vienne: valse-caprice No. 6 (after Schubert), D427 No. 6

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 10 'Appassionata'

Rhapsodie espagnole, S254

Rachmaninov:

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

Tausig:

Man lebt nur einmal. No. 2 from 'Walzer-Capricen nach J. Strauss'

Weber:

Rondo brillant in D flat major J260


Igor Kamenz (piano)

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Sa Chen plays Rachmaninov & Mussorgsky

Sa Chen plays Rachmaninov & Mussorgsky


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

A Night on the Bare Mountain (piano version)

arr. K. Chernov for piano

Rachmaninov:

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

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

Étude-Tableau, Op. 33 No. 8 in G minor (published as No. 5)

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

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

Étude-Tableau, Op. 33 No. 6 in E flat minor (published as No. 3)


Sa Chen (piano)

Sa Chen’s previous CD of the Chopin Piano Concertos on PentaTone got excellent reviews: “Sa Chen has that rare unteachable ability to tug at the heart-strings.” Classic FM Magazine. Here she plays Pictures in their original piano version and Night in Rimsky-Korsakov’s version but transcribed for piano by Konstantin N. Chernov.

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Nicola Benedetti - Fantasie

Nicola Benedetti - Fantasie


Fauré:

Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1

Alexei Grynyuk (piano)

Massenet:

Méditation (from Thaïs)

London Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding

Pärt:

Spiegel im Spiegel

Alexei Grynyuk (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Alexei Grynyuk (piano)

Ravel:

Tzigane

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

Saint-Saëns:

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

Sarasate:

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

Vaughan Williams:

The Lark Ascending

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton


British violinist Nicola Benedetti presents her fourth album, Fantasie, a selection of well-loved violin pieces that form a stunning violin showcase. The repertoire is varied, ultimately all popular pieces and greatly different to the repertoire on her most recent discs. The combination of virtuosic, gipsy-influenced show stoppers with introspective meditations and songs represents the two aspects of violin-playing that particularly interest Benedetti, as well as showing her musical and technical development.

Upon winning the prestigious BBC Young Musician of the Year competition at the age of 16, Benedetti signed to Deutsche Grammophon and recorded the winning Szymanowski Concerto no. 1, gaining critical acclaim. The albums that followed contained world premiere works written especially for Benedetti by the pre-eminent British composers, James MacMillan and Sir John Tavener. She has established a fantastic career performing with major orchestras across the UK, US and Japan, garnering praise for her bold interpretations of concertos such as Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Glazunov and Szymanowski.

For Fantasie Benedetti has put aside the concerti to explore some of the recital greats, including Vaughan Williams’ ‘The Lark Ascending’, one of the greatest works for violin which, for the last three years, has been voted Classic FM’s favourite piece of classical music in their Hall of Fame.

“The Lark Ascending is beautifully played, with pure, unforced tone, and in the unmeasured passages Benedetti imaginatively suggests the bird's unfettered, unpredictable flight. By contrast, she produces an alluring, vibrant tone for the Méditation from Thaïs, and a similarly passionate approach animates several of the newly recorded tracks-the Rachmaninov and Fauré, particularly.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2009

“Benedetti has the technique, passion and energy to compete with the best” The Observer, 6th September 2009

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Chants d'Est (Songs from Slavic Lands)

Chants d'Est (Songs from Slavic Lands)


Dohnányi:

Andante Rubato alla Zingaresca

Song in remembrance of Schubert (Jewish Traditional)

Krawczyk:

Jeux d’enfants, after janácek’s moravian folksongs 2007 (Nos. 1-7)

Mahler:

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

Dance (Jewish Traditional)

Martinu:

Variations on a Slovak folksong for Cello & Piano, H. 378

Prokofiev:

Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78: The Field of the Dead

Rachmaninov:

Nunc Dimittis

Tcherepnin:

Tatar Dance


Sonia Wieder-Atherton (cello)

Sinfonia Varsovia, Christophe Mangou

Naïve’s astonishing new signing, cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton, releases her debut album on the label featuring a collection of ancient folk melodies played on solo lyrical cello with string orchestra.

New signing Sonia Wieder-Atherton releases her fascinating debut album for Naïve entitled ‘Chants d’est’ – Songs from Slavic Lands’. Cultures born out of the vast, oppressive Austro-Hungarian Empire fought to retain their own language and identity. Music was the voice of resistance. Wieder-Atherton, through the music of composers such as Rachmaninov, Mahler and Prokofiev, goes on a musical journey of discovery into the way music, in this dark period of history, gave a voice to those who did not have the right to speak. The cellist is accompanied by Sinfonia Varsovia under Christophe Mangou.

As an interpreter of a very broad repertoire reflecting her imaginative world, a designer of projects, and a musician sought after by many contemporary composers, Sonia Wieder-Atherton occupies a special place on today’s musical scene. Her statu s as one of today’s most potent musical personalities was acknowledged when she was awarded the Grand Prix Del Duca in 1999 by the French Académie des Beaux-Arts.

“Wieder-Atherton's sonorous tone always lies at the heart, her romantic flourishes taming an imagined gypsy wildness, slowing its expression down to an introverted hover. These songs might not feature any actual vocals, but the cello takes on a suitably singing role throughout.” Martin Longley, bbc.co.uk, 12th October 2009

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Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight, Op. 24

Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight, Op. 24


Ildar Abdrazakov (bass), Misha Didyk (tenor), Sergey Murzaev (baritone), Peter Bronder (tenor) & Gennadi Bezzubenkov (bass)

BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda

Following their acclaimed recording of Francesca da Rimini, the BBC Philharmonic and its Chief Conductor Gianandrea Noseda continue their exploration of Rachmaninoff’s three one-act operas.

The Miserly Knight is the finest of Rachmaninoff’s operas. If circumstances had been more favourable he would have composed far more of the stage, but the three short operas he did complete show that he had all the makings of a great opera composer.

It is quite possible that The Miserly Knight was inspired by Rachmaninoff’s spendthrift father who frittered away the family’s fortune and, following his sister’s death from diphtheria, separated from Sergei’s mother. The financial incompetence of Rachmaninoff’s father may have drawn the composer to Pushkin’s ‘little tragedy’ The Miserly Knight, that Pushkin wrote in the autumn of 1830 in which the rich Baron’s destitute son is forced to consider murdering his father in order to access his inheritance. Pushkin’s drama makes an excellent opera text, full of striking phrases and images, and almost ideal for musical setting in its sequence of episodes and ideas.

Opera is one of Gianandrea Noseda’s great musical passions and it is a genre he has explored to stunning effect with the BBC Philharmonic. In September he became Music Director at Teatro Regio in Turin, one of Europe’s leading opera houses, and he also appeared with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and La Scala, Turin.

This enthralling recording features amongst the soloists, the talented young bass Ildar Abdrazakov and tenor Misha Didyk. This Summer Abrazakov had his debut at the Salzburg Festival and 2010 will see him in a new production of Attila at the Metropolitan Opera, while Didyk has, during the past three seasons, emerged as one of opera’s most exciting young lyric tenors.

“..Gianandrea Noseda, masterly at pacing and responsive to orchestral colour… Ildar Abdrazakov, certainly the finest bass voice to emerge from Russia in decades. …the performance exerts a fierce, unrelenting grip. This disc comes strongly recommended.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2009 ****

“…the Miserly Knight… sung with commanding presence and rich, malleable tone by Ildar Abdrazakov as he drools over his wealth and the cruel ways in which it has been amassed. He is well matched by, and contrasted with, the passionate tenor of Misha Didyk as his resentful son, Albert, and by the sly, ingratiating characterisation of the Moneylender by tenor Peter Bronder. Orchestral atmosphere, backed by a spectrum of colour comparable to that of the Second Symphony, is compellingly established by Noseda, whose theatrical instincts also reflect and enhance the opera's dramatic thrust.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2009

“Noseda conducts with his trademark mixture of intensity and ­intelligence, and there are some fine ­insights into the way Rachmaninov ­creates a mood of oppressive malignancy...The great ­performance comes from Misha Didyk as his son, Albert – a man as selfish as his father” The Guardian, 9th October 2009 ***

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A Musical Journey

A Musical Journey


Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV645 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme'

Chorale Prelude BWV659 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'

Chorale Prelude BWV734 'Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein'

Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'

Liszt:

Polish Songs S480 No. 5 'Mein Freuden' (Moja pieszczotka, My Joys)' (after Chopin)

Widmung S566 after Schumann (Liebeslied)

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Rachmaninov:

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


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Rachmaninov: 6 Etudes-tableaux & Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Rachmaninov: 6 Etudes-tableaux & Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition


Liadov:

Prelude in D minor, Op. 40, No. 2

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain (piano version)

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Rachmaninov:

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

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

Étude-Tableau, Op. 33 No. 8 in G minor (published as No. 5)

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

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

Étude-Tableau, Op. 33 No. 6 in E flat minor (published as No. 3)


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