Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2


Rachmaninov:

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

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jesus Lopez-Cobos

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

Études-Tableaux, Op. 33

Prelude Op. 32 No. 2 in B flat minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor


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Carlo Colombara: The Art of the Bass

Carlo Colombara: The Art of the Bass


Bizet:

Votre toast je peux vous le rendre 'Toreador Song' (from Carmen)

Boito:

Ecco il mondo, vuoto e tondo (from Mefistofele)

Gounod:

Vous qui faîtes l'endormie (from Faust)

Mussorgsky:

Proshchay, moy syn (from Boris Godunov)

Rachmaninov:

Ves tabor spit (from Aleko)

Rossini:

La calunnia è un venticello (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Verdi:

Ella giammai m'amò (from Don Carlo)

A te l'estremo addio ... Il lacerato spirito (from Simon Boccanegra)

Vieni, o Levita! … Tu sul labbro dei veggenti (from Nabucco)

Mentre gonfiarsi l’anima parea (from Attila)


Carlo Colombara (bass)

Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Bulgarian National Symphony Orchestra & Prague Tchaikovsky Orchestra, György G. Ráth, Vladimir Ghiaurov & Fabrizio Milani

Described as “the great Verdian bass” (Le Figaro) and a “Mefistofele who stood out over all the others” (Der Neue Merker), Carlo Colombara brings some of the most famous bass rôles to life in this wide-ranging programme. Emotions range from the pride of Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, through the terrors of Verdi’s Attila, to the tender recollections of Rachmaninov’s Aleko. Mephistopheles strides powerfully through both Gounod and Boito’s operas, and Rossini’s comic wit contrasts with the darkness of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov.

In 1986 he won the prize for the best Italian singer in the G. B. Viotti Competition and the following year he won the As.Li.Co competition before making his début at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome in Ernani. His subsequent career has brought appearances in the most important theatres of the world, in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Vienna, Milan, New York, Zurich, Barcelona, where he now lives, Verona and elsewhere.

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Prokofiev & Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos

Prokofiev & Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos


Mendelssohn:

Song without Words, Op. 62 No. 1 in G major 'May Breezes'

Pinto, O:

Cenas Infantis

Prokofiev:

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

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

Toccata in D minor, Op. 11

Rachmaninov:

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

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

Schumann:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 14: Quasi variazoni


Byron Janis (piano)

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Grigory Sokolov Complete Recordings

Grigory Sokolov Complete Recordings


Bach, J S:

The Art of Fugue, BWV1080

Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV826

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7

Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101

Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

Rondo in C major, Op. 51 No. 1

Rondo in G major, Op. 51 No. 2

Rondo a capriccio in G major, Op. 129 ‘Rage over a lost penny'

Brahms:

Ballades (4), Op. 10

Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5

Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'

Études (12), Op. 25

Prokofiev:

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

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 23 No. 3 in D minor

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

Scriabin:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor, Op. 23

Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 68 'Black Mass'


The complete recordings on Naïve of legendary Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov have now been collected into this specially-priced 10CD set. Included are critically acclaimed recordings of music by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Chopin, Prokofiev, Scriabin, and Rachmaninov.

“You'll be left wondering why you haven't heard more about the extraordinary Sokolov...The Op. 25 Etudes? Effortless brilliance, precision, delicacy, and a volcanic eruption at the end which has you hoping the piano had the rest of the week to recover.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2012

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Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1 & Chopin Variations

Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1 & Chopin Variations


Rachmaninov:

Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22

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


The combination of Vladimir Ashkenazy and the music of Rachmaninov is one of the iconic partnerships of recorded music, with the piano concertos alone selling millions of copies. In recent years the great Russian pianist and conductor has turned his attention to recording the solo piano music, in recordings that draw on a lifetime of experience as a Rachmaninov interpreter.

“this great musician here returns to something like top form. These may be his first recordings of these works but they sound as though they have been in his fingers for a long time...Ashkenazy's playing of [Variation 16] is quite bewitching, yet in Var 20 he shows that he can still scamper around the keyboard with the best of them...This is his most successful disc for some time, a notable adjunct to the renowned Rachmaninov recordings of his youth” Gramophone Magazine, March 2012

“Ashkenazy approaches the works with the generosity and dramatic sweep that has always characterised his piano playing, and his tone is as luminous as ever. But there is nevertheless something effortful about the performances, a sense that this is no longer music Ashkenazy can technically take in his stride.” The Guardian, 2nd February 2012 ***

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2012

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Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy: Russian Fantasy

Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy: Russian Fantasy


Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

arranged by Vovka Ashkenazy

Glinka:

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

arranged for two pianos by Vovka Ashkenazy

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain (piano version)

arranged by Vovka Ashkenazy

Rachmaninov:

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

Scriabin:

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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Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31

Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31


Moscow Chamber Choir, Vladimir Minin

Rachmaninov loved church music and in his liturgy extensively used intonations of popular vocal music and plain chant, continuing the traditions of his predecessors. This work was first performed in 1910. This performance was recorded at Smolensk Cathedral in 1988.

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Duo Chanot

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Brahms:

Sonatensatz (Scherzo from the F.A.E. sonata), WoO 2

Ewazen:

Divinities at Dawn

Franck, C:

Violin Sonata in A major

Gottschalk, L:

Souvenir de Porto Rico, marche des Gibaros, Op. 31

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14


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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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