Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini


Delius:

Irmelin Prelude

Franck, C:

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Rachmaninov:

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43


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Decca Masterpieces: Rachmaninov Piano Concertos

Decca Masterpieces: Rachmaninov Piano Concertos


Rachmaninov:

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43


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Valentina Levko: Star of the Bolshoi

Valentina Levko: Star of the Bolshoi


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Albéniz:

Tango

Bach, J S:

St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Erbarme dich

St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Buss und Reu

Christmas Oratorio, BWV248: Bereite dich, Zion

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Agnus Dei

Bizet:

Si vous aimez!

Vasco da Gama: Ouvre ton coeur

L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

Bononcini, G B:

Vado ben spesso

Borodin:

Merknet svyet dnevnoy (from Prince Igor)

Ty li, Vladimir moy? (from Prince Igor)

Brahms:

Two songs for contralto with viola obbligato, Op. 91

Champagne, T:

Song of the Rose

Shepherd Boy

Falconieri:

Bella rosa

Falla:

Siete Canciones populares españolas

Glinka:

Vanya's Aria (from Ivan Susanin/A Life for the Tsar)

I zhar, i znoi smenila nochi ten (from Ruslan and Lyudmila)

Ratmir's Romance (from Ruslan and Lyudmila)

Granados:

Tonadillas: Oh, muerte cruel!

Ay majo de mi vida!: No. 1, La maja dolorosa

Tonadillas: No. 3, La maja dolorosa: III 'De aquel majo amante'

Handel:

Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

Te Deum in D major 'Dettingen', HWV283: Dignare, Domine

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Deggio morire, o stelle (from Siroe)

Mahler:

Symphony No. 3 in D minor: O Mensch, gib acht

sung in Russian

Marcello, B:

Quella fiamma che m'accende

Martini, J P:

Plaisir d'amour

Massenet:

Elégie

Mozart:

Ombra felice!...Io ti lascio, K255

Mussorgsky:

Khovanshchina - Marfa's Song (edited by Rimsky-Korsakov)

Marfa's Prophecy (from Khovanshchina)

Parisotti:

Se tu m'ami

Ponchielli:

Voce di donna o d'angelo (from La Gioconda)

Prokofiev:

Incantation of Water and Fire (No. 1 from Fünf Gedichte von Kontantin Bal'mont, Op. 36)

Purcell:

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Rachmaninov:

Selected songs

Respighi:

E se un giorno tornasse, P. 96

sung in Russian

Echo

sung in Russian

Rimsky Korsakov:

Lel's Third Song (from The Snow Maiden)

Lioubasha's aria (from The Tsar's Bride)

Rossini:

Ah! quel giorno ognor rammento (from Semiramide)

Saint-Saëns:

Printemps qui commence (from Samson et Dalila)

Amour, viens aider ma faiblesse (Samson et Dalila)

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Schubert:

Aufenthalt D957 No. 5

Die Forelle, D550

Erlkönig, D328

Gretchen am Spinnrade, D118

Im Frühling, D882

Ave Maria, D839

Serov:

Varangian Ballad (from Rogneda)

Stradella:

Pieta, Signore

Tchaikovsky:

Countess's Scene (from Pique Dame)

Selected songs

Verdi:

Stride la vampa (from Il Trovatore)

Vinci, Leonardo:

Confusa, smarrita (from Catone in Utica)

and traditional Russian songs


Valentina Levko (contralto)

A true discovery for many western ears: Valentina Levko, star contralto of the Bolshoi!

“In a career of 50 years, I have rarely encountered such a voice, rounded, youthful, with an uncommon timbre and astonishing warmth” , thus said the legendary Sol Hurok, one of the most famous American Impresarios, who introduced Valentina Levko in the New York Met.

Although she frequently toured the world, her real home was Russia, where she reigned for more than 40 years, and 25 years as the star contralto of the Bolshoi Theatre.

This set features Levko in a wide variety of repertoire, ranging from moving Baroque arias by Bach and Handel, through the art songs of Schubert and Brahms, towards great opera scenes from Prince Igor, Ruslan & Ludmilla, Ivan Susanin, Queen of Spades, Rossini, Verdi, the songs of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, and a superb collection of Russian folk songs.

An unrivalled breadth of recordings.

Valentina Levko was another in the glorious line of Russian 20th‐century contraltos who in some ways defined the sound of Russian opera for ears, both Eastern and Western, which were often discovering the rich tradition of Russian opera for the first time through recordings. Levko's name, however, unlike compatriots such as Elena Obratzova, never travelled as far or as well. Committed to her contract at the Bolshoi, she spurned several opportunities to make a name for herself in the West, with the lucrative recording contracts that would surely have followed.

And yet hers was, as this important set reveals, a voice and dramatic presence firmly in the mould of greats of the past such as Zara Dolukhanova. The set is carefully curated by themes, thereby revealing Levko's remarkable versatility. Arias from Bolshoi classics by Glinka, Rimsky‐Korsakov and Tchaikovsky sit alongside Western operas by Ponchielli, Verdi and others; her ability to scale her voice to an intimate environment results in warmly idiomatic recordings of art song by Schubert, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. The pleasure she took in the popular song of her own country also resulted in many recordings with the Ossipov Folk Orchestra, but her facility extended to folk songs of many languages, as the last CD reveals. Perhaps most remarkably of all, the first CD reveals a natural interpreter of Bach and Handel. An extensive booklet note discusses her life and career; for anyone interested in Russian voices, this set will be essential.

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Romantic Piano

Romantic Piano

Antonio Pompa-Baldi Live in Cleveland


Czerny:

Variations ‘La Ricordanza'

Liszt:

Vallée d'Obermann (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 6)

Au bord d'une source (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 4)

Orage (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 5)

Les cloches de Genève (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 9)

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

Rachmaninov:

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42


Antonio Pompa-Baldi (piano)

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Sergei Rachmaninov conducts Rachmaninov

Sergei Rachmaninov conducts Rachmaninov


Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44

recorded 11th December 1939

The Isle of the Dead - Symphonic Poem, Op. 29

recorded 20th April 1929

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

recorded 20th April 1929


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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

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43


Robert DeGaetano (piano)

Slovak Radio Orchestra, Kirk Trevor

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Cello Encores

Cello Encores


anon.:

Catalan Folksong

arr. Pablo Casals

Bach, J S:

Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV1007: Prelude

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')

arranged by Mischa Maisky for violoncello and piano

with Daria Hovora (piano)

Boccherini:

String Quintet Op. 13 No. 5 in A major, G281: Menuet

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Brahms:

Wiegenlied, Op. 49 No. 4 (Lullaby)

arr. Mischa Maisky

with Pavel Gililov (piano)

Bruch:

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Orchestre de Paris, Semyon Bychkov

Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Transcr.: A. Roelens - Arr.: Mischa Maisky

with Daria Hovora (piano)

Fauré:

Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1

arr. for Cello and Piano by Mischa Maisky

with Pavel Gililov (piano)

Gounod:

Ave Maria

arr. Mischa Maisky

with Pavel Gililov (piano)

Mendelssohn:

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op. 34 No. 2

transcription for Cello and Piano by Mischa Maisky

with Sergio Tiempo (piano)

Poulenc:

Les chemins de l'amour

with Daria Hovora (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Version for Cello and Piano

with Pavel Gililov (piano)

Ravel:

Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera

with Daria Hovora (piano)

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne

Orchestre de Paris, Semyon Bychkov

Schubert:

Ave Maria, D839

with Pavel Gililov (piano)

Tchaikovsky:

Nocturne for cello & small orchestra (or cello & piano), Op. 19 No. 4


“A radiant programme that finds Maisky at his most poetically responsive in a series of classic melodies...Perfect late-evening listening.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2013 *****

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Julian Steckel plays Rachmaninoff & Prokofiev

Julian Steckel plays Rachmaninoff & Prokofiev


Prokofiev:

Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119

Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Pieces (2) for cello & piano (Prelude & Oriental Dance), Op. 2

Lied (Romance) in F minor


Julian Steckel (cello) & Paul Rivinius (piano)

Julian Steckel won first prize at the international ARD competition in 2010 where he also won the audience prize.

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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 & Symphonic Dances

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 & Symphonic Dances


Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44


Completed in 1936, two years after the hugely popular Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Rachmaninov’s Third Symphony was considered by the composer to be one of his finest works. Both this and the Symphonic Dances, his last work, offer a summation of his late style in blending intense rhythmic energy with rich romanticism. Leonard Slatkin and the DSO’s recording of the Second Symphony (8572458) was hailed by BBC Music Magazine as “a performance warmed by musicians who clearly love this symphony”.

The Third Symphony and the Symphonic Dances are late Rachmaninov and go together very well. Both illustrate Rachmaninov taking new directions in his compositions, sparer in the Symphony and rhythmically charged in the Dances.

“Slatkin can certainly manage the freedom of Rachmaninov's frequent marking tempo rubato...On the minus side, the notoriously hard-to-co-ordinate finale of the Third feels unhelpfully lumpy...Not a bad bargain” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 ***

“Structurally and from the point of view of identifying shifting moods, Slatkin has a secure grasp in both pieces, finding sublime, yearning wistfulness at the centre of the finale of the Symphonic Dances but harnessing vigour and bite for a thrilling conclusion” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

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Lukáš Vondráček plays Haydn, Rachmaninoff & Prokofiev

Lukáš Vondráček plays Haydn, Rachmaninoff & Prokofiev


Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 60 in C major, Hob.XVI:50

Prokofiev:

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

Rachmaninov:

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42


Lukáš Vondráček (piano)

TwoPianists Records is delighted to introduce Lukáš in his first major solo disc that features the Haydn C major Sonata (Hob. XVI:50), Rachmaninoff Corelli Variations and the Prokofiev Sonata no.7. Admittedly, these are standard repertoire, but the playing is absolutely unique. What appealed to us about his playing is Lukáš’ immense musical personality – untamed, fresh, individual and above all, effortless. In an industry filled with talent, Lukáš Vondráček is most certainly a name to watch!

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