Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Great Pianists: Volume 1

Great Pianists: Volume 1

Backhaus, Kraus & Rubinstein


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Wilhelm Backhouse (piano)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Guido Cantelli

Rachmaninov:

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Victor de Sabata

Weber:

Konzertstück in F minor, Op. 79 for piano & orchestra

Lili Kraus (piano)

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Pierre Monteux


Three great pianists of the 20th-century are brought together on this unique CD, which features live performances from 1939 and the immediate post-war years. Wilhelm Backhaus gives a superlative account of Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto in New York with the lamented Guido Cantelli offering magnificent orchestral support. Pierre Monteux and the Concertgebouw Orchestra partner the wonderful Hungarian pianist Lili Kraus in Weber’s beautiful Konzertstück – a rare recording, indeed – and Arthur Rubinstein is at his scintillating best in Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody, with the legendary Victor de Sabata and the New York Philharmonic on top form.

Live recordings 1939-1956

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The Most Beautiful Classical Melodies - Volume 1

The Most Beautiful Classical Melodies - Volume 1


Bach, J S:

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

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight': Adagio sostenuto

Chopin:

Waltz No. 1 in E flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 18

Grieg:

Peer Gynt: Morning

Handel:

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351: Overture

Haydn:

Symphony No. 94 in G Major 'Surprise': Menuet. Allegro molto

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Wedding March

Mozart:

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

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 1 - Moderato

Tchaikovsky:

Swan Lake, Op. 20 (excerpts)

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons: Spring, RV269 (Allegro)


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Medtner & Rachmaninov - Music for Two Pianos

Medtner & Rachmaninov - Music for Two Pianos


Medtner:

Two Pieces Op. 58

Rachmaninov:

Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17

Russian Rhapsody for two pianos, Op. post.

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45


“Phenomenal … transcendental” BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide

“I would happily recommend all Russophiles buy this disc for the stunning Medtner performances alone” CD Review

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Homelands - Music for Violin and Piano

Homelands - Music for Violin and Piano


Dvorak:

Sonatina for violin and piano in G major, Op. 100

Grieg:

Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45

Piazzólla:

Milonga en ré

tango

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Sarasate:

Danza Española No. 3: Romanza Andaluza, Op. 22, No. 1


Rudens Turku (violin) & Oliver Schnyder (piano)

Albanian violinist Rudens Turku brings together works by Dvorák , Grieg, Rachmaninov, Piazolla and Sarasate, who each created unique musical homages to their respective homelands.

Albanian violinist Rudens Turku returns for his third recording for Avie, with ‘Homelands’. Rudens brings together composers who each created unique musical evocations of their native countries. All were world travellers who found through their compositions the means to produce striking homages to their respective lands, from iconic Sonatas by Dvorák and Grieg to Rachmaninov’s exquisite Vocalise to lesser known works by a young Astor Piazzolla and the Spanish virtuoso Pablo Sarasate.

“Turku and his stylish partner Oliver Schnyder displays a fiery zeal, seriousness of purpose and clear-headed intelligence eminently well suited to the darkest and most broodingly passionate of Grieg's three sonatas…” Gramophone Magazine, January 2010

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Encores

Encores


Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F major

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Bruch:

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Dinicu:

Hora Staccato

(arr. Heifetz)

Fauré:

Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1

Gluck:

Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Euridice): Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Godowsky:

Triakontameron No. 11 'Alt Wien'

(arr. Heifetz)

Heuberger:

Midnight Bells (from Der Opernball)

(arr. Kreisler)

Kreisler:

Liebesleid

Liebesfreud

Schön Rosmarin

Viennese Melody by Gartner

Massenet:

Meditation (from Thaïs)

Paganini:

La Campanella

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Weber:

Andante & Rondo Ungarese, Op. 35

Wieniawski:

Étude-caprice, Op. 18 No. 4 in A minor


Rivka Golani (viola), Michele Levin (piano)

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Rachmaninov - Works for Cello and Piano

Rachmaninov - Works for Cello and Piano


Rachmaninov:

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

Melodie in E Major, Op. 3 No. 3

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Lied (Romance) in F minor

In the silence of the secret night, Op. 4 No. 3

Morning, Op. 4 No. 2

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

Spring torrents, Op. 14 No.11

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7

On the death of a siskin, Op.21, No. 8


David Geringas (cello) & Ian Fountain (piano)

David Geringas studied at the Moscow Conservatoire with Rostropovich and has received a number of awards for his recordings. He has had several contemporary works dedicated to him including the Cello Concerto by Peteris Vasks.

“…Fountain's idiomatic nuancing and the grainy texture of Geringas's cello are certainly distinctive. But it is in the magnificent Sonata in G minor that the duo dig deepest. There's nothing ethereal about the achingly beautiful Andante, which is seized with passion, building to a thunderous climax. The finale surges restlessly, as I feel it should. The sound is edgy and virile, not always purely resonant, but overall their tremendous sweep and sense of shape convinced me.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2009 ****

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Rachmaninov - Piano Works

Rachmaninov - Piano Works


Rachmaninov:

Preludes Op. 32 Nos. 1-13 (complete)

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42

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

(trans. G Kirkor for solo piano)


Carlo Grante (piano)

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Abbie de Quant & Elizabeth van Malde - Music In Motion

Abbie de Quant & Elizabeth van Malde - Music In Motion


Bois:

Bewegingen (Movements)

Gubaidulina:

Sounds of the Forest (1978)

Allegro Rustico

Prokofiev:

Flute Sonata in D major, Op. 94

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Taktakishvili:

Sonata for Flute and Piano

Zuidam:

Four Movements


Abbie de Quant (flute) & Elizabeth van Malde (piano)

Renowned flautist Abbie de Quant and pianist Elizabeth van Malde have put together an attractive collection of pieces for flute and piano that in different ways convey a strong sense of movement.

This can be due to dance and folk music influences as in the second sonata by Prokofiev, the sonata by Taktakishvili, and the two pieces, “Sounds of the Forest” and “Allegro Rustico” by Gubaildulina, or, as in the case of “Bewegingen” by Rob du Bois and the “Four Movements” of Robert Zuidam, two Dutch composers, a more abstract approach to motion inherent in the music itself. On a different level, the lyrical quality of Rachmaninov’s “Vocalise” represents flowing, stirring movement which strongly reflects the song-like nature of the piece.

In 1970 Abbie de Quant graduated “summa cum laude” with a soloist’s degree. Over the next years she won many national and international competitions and in 1973 was awarded the Prix d’Excellence. Elizabeth van Malde has performed as soloist with various orchestras and also forged an excellent reputation in the world of chamber music as both a player and coach of young musicians. She also works regularly as an accompanist at international music competitions and festivals.

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Rachmaninov for Violin and Piano

Rachmaninov for Violin and Piano


Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Romance in A minor, Op. Posth

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Oriental Dance, Op. 2 No. 2

World Premiere

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

La Foire, Op. 33, No. 7

Prelude Op. 32 No. 5 in G major

Melody, Op. 21 No. 9

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

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Oriental Sketch (1917)

Danse Hongroise, Op. 6 No. 2


Hideko Udagawa (violin) & Konstantin Lifschitz (piano)

The renowned Japanese violinist Hideko Udagawa collects together and performs transcriptions of Rachmaninov's works for violin and piano by Mikhailovsky, Heifetz, Kreisler, Press and Dushkin (including a never-before heard arrangement of the Sonata in G minor), accompanied by Russian pianist Konstantin Lifschitz.

“A pupil of Nathan Milstein, Hideko Udagawa retains the Master's nobility and warmth throughout a programme of Rachmaninov transcriptions centred on Mikhailovsky's skilful adaptation of the Cello Sonata.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2010 ****

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Cyprien Katsaris Archives Volume 21: Live at International Tchaikovsky Competition

Cyprien Katsaris Archives Volume 21: Live at International Tchaikovsky Competition

Moscow 1970


Bach, J S:

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 4 in C sharp minor, BWV849

Chopin:

Étude Op. 25 No. 10 in B minor

Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 48 in C major, Hob.XVI:35

Liszt:

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 5 'Feux Follets'

Rääts:

Toccata

Rachmaninov:

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

Shostakovich:

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 24 in D minor

Tchaikovsky:

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

Dumka (Russian Rustic Scene), Op. 59


The next on Cyprien’s own label, Piano 21, this time featuring his performances from the International Piano Competition in Moscow from 1970.

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