Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Héléne Grimaud - The Collection

Héléne Grimaud - The Collection


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 58 (Andante con moto)

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New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur

Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 58 (Rondo: Vivace)

Live recording

New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 (Adagio)

Live recording

Staatskaelle Berlin, Kurt Sanderling

Capriccio for Piano in D minor, Op. 116 No. 7

Intermezzo in C sharp minor, Op. 117 No. 3

Ballade in G minor, Op. 118, No. 3

Intermezzo in C major, Op. 119 No. 3

Gershwin:

Piano Concerto in F major: Allegro agitato

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman

Rachmaninov:

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

Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, David Zinman


Blessed with an almost frightening talent, Hélène Grimaud is a woman of strong ideals, immense energy and exceptional tenacity. As a pianist she often divides her audience, for hers Is no usual approach to the piano repertoire. Grimaud plays from the gut, with scant regard for convention, rules or reverence. Listening to her can often make one question one’s preconceptions about a work, since she has a unique way of approaching even the most familiar pieces from an unexpected, personal perspective. Whether or not the critics approve, the process is constantly creative and the results are always compelling at a deep, psychological level, attracting a cult following worldwide. The present collection represents a retrospective survey of some of her finest earlier recordings, made between 1995 and 2000.

“Grimaud has never quite fulfilled the blazing promise of her early career, but her fiery personality ensures there is not a dull moment in concertos by Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Schumann and Ravel.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2009 ***

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A Treasury of Russian Romantic Piano

A Treasury of Russian Romantic Piano


Bortkiewicz:

Sonata No. 2 in C Sharp Minor Op. 60

Kreisler:

Liebesleid

Liebesfreud

Liadov:

Prelude Op. 57/1

Prelude in B minor, Op. 11, No. 1

Lyapunov:

Étude d'exécution transcendente, Op. 11 No. 10 'Lesghinka'

Medtner:

Meditation, Op. 39 No. 1

Fairy Tale in c minor, op. 8 No. 2

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Rebikov:

Christmas tree : Waltz

Musical Snuff Box

Scriabin:

Fantasy in B minor, Op. 28


Nadejda Vlaeva (piano)

In the early years of the 20th century Bartók, Stravinsky, and Schoenberg were venturing out in their own modernistic directions. Yet, at the same time, there were a number of composers in Russia who continued to compose in a Romantic manner. With so much attention being paid to the modernists, many of these Romantic composers were largely ignored and have fallen into unjust neglect. Of the seven composers presented in this recital, only Rachmaninoff has become a household name. Scriabin has gained considerable respect (though in great part for his late works, which are quite modern in style) and Medtner is only just starting to be appreciated by a wider public. Bortkiewicz, Liadov, Liapunov, and Rebikov wrote attractive, emotionally appealing music, but they have yet to receive the recognition they deserve. The majority of their works are hardly known. This collection hopes to introduce solo piano works of some of these unjustly neglected Russian composers.

Bulgarian-born Nadejda Vlaeva's playing has been acclaimed wherever she has appeared. Lazar Berman called her talent "God-given"; Maestro Hans Graf observed that "her musicality and the depth of her interpretation amazed me." Arnold Steinhardt, leader of the Guarneri String Quartet, praised her as "one of those people of extraordinary ability whom we hope for but rarely see." She has performed internationally, giving solo recitals in Bulgaria, Russia, Slovakia, Hungary, The Netherlands, Germany, England, Spain, Canada and the United States, where she now makes her home.

“This is an enterprising and enticing programme of Russian piano music, from the rare to the familiar. It is played with consummate style and flair by Nadejda Vlaeva, whose previous recordings of Liszt and Chopin I have greatly admired. She is at her best in the lyrical miniatures... where she is able to sing melodic lines with gorgeous transparency and tonal nuance.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2009 ****

“Inspired playing of this superb collection of Russian bonbons” Gramophone Magazine, October 2009

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Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Volume 5 - (1980-1990)

Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Volume 5 - (1980-1990)

The Live Radio Recordings


Beethoven:

Mass in C major, Op. 86

Choir of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

Martha Argerich (piano)

Neeme Järvi

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Berg:

3 Wozzeck-Fragments

Gerd Albrecht

Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Carlo Maria Giulini

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 6 in A major

Eugen Jochum

Dallapiccola:

Commiato

Dorothy Dorow (soprano)

Lucas Vis

Debussy:

Images for orchestra

Antál Doráti

Diepenbrock:

Lydian Night

Hans Vonk

Escher:

Largo from Sinfonia i.m. Maurice Ravel

Lucas Vis

Univers de Rimbaud

Lode Devos (tenor)

Lucas Vis

Hartmann, K:

Concerto Funèbre for violin & string orchestra

Theo Olof (violin)

Kurt Sanderling

Hindemith:

Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra

George Pieterson (clarinet)

Bernard Haitink

Keuris:

Catena

Edo de Waart

Refrains and variations

Edo de Waart

Kodály:

Dances of Galanta

Werner Herbers (oboe)

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Leonard Bernstein

Martinu:

Symphony No. 6 'Fantaises symphoniques'

Wolfgang Sawallisch

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Bernard Haitink

Don Giovanni, K527: Overture

Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K495

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Nielsen:

Symphony No. 5, Op. 50 (FS97)

Kirill Kondrashin

Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Kirill Kondrashin

Ravel:

Valses nobles et sentimentales

Bernard Haitink

L'enfant et les sortilèges

Charles Dutoit

Rossini:

Le Siège de Corinthe Overture

Riccardo Chailly

Roussel:

Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42

Hans Vonk

Schat:

Thema, Op. 21

Werner Herbers (oboe)

Schoenberg:

Pelleas und Melisande, Op. 5

Christoph von Dohnányi

Schreker:

Prelude to a Drama

Friedrich Cerha

Schubert:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Leonard Bernstein

Schumann:

Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 'Spring'

Bernard Haitink

Scriabin:

Symphony No. 4 - 'Le Poème de l'extase', Op. 54

Antál Doráti

Sibelius:

Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104

Sir Colin Davis

Strauss, R:

Symphonic Fantasy on Die Frau ohne Schatten, TrV234a

Erich Leinsdorf

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Iván Fischer

Stravinsky:

Symphony of Psalms

Sir Colin Davis

Le Chant du Rossignol

Riccardo Chailly

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

Antál Doráti

Varèse:

Hyperprism

Hans Vonk

Webern:

Five Pieces for Orchestra Op. 10

Carlo Maria Giulini

Im sommerwind (Idyl for large orchestra) (1904)

Riccardo Chailly


The Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is a transcription in sound of the concert-giving history of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, based upon radio recordings from the archives of Dutch Radio and Radio Netherlands World Service. Six decades of the 20th century are put under the spotlight in six boxes, each containing 14 CDs. We have chosen not only legendary performances under chief conductors of the KCO but also concerts led by countless guest conductors of both greater and lesser renown. Famous soloists make their debuts with the orchestra alongside world premieres of works that have since become classics of the repertoire. This fifth volume of the Anthology features the radio recordings made by the orchestra in the 1980s, presenting an overview on 14 CDs of the orchestra's artistic development under various conductors during that period.

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Rachmaninov - Russian Easter Vesper Mass and Liturgy

Rachmaninov - Russian Easter Vesper Mass and Liturgy


Rachmaninov:

Vespers, Op. 37

Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31


Bulgarian and Sofia National Choirs, Georgi Robev & Miroslav Posavov

These famous choral works are performed with a distinctly Russian feel and the Bulgarian National Choir, along with the Sofia Orthodox Choir, give us the most authentic sound you can hope to hear in Rachmaninov’s masterpieces. This 3 CD set comes with a bonus DVD entitled “Mystery of the East,” a documentary about Russian Monasteries and Churches. Presented at a special price.

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Rachmaninov: Trios Elégiaques Nos. 1 & 2

Rachmaninov: Trios Elégiaques Nos. 1 & 2


Rachmaninov:

Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor, Op. post.

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


Régis Pasquier (violin), Roland Pidoux (cello), Jean-Claude Pennetier (piano)

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Rachmaninov - Symphony No .2

Rachmaninov - Symphony No .2


Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

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


The second Symphony contains the very best of Rachmaninov: deliberately paced and rhythmically flexible it is propelled by that wonderful sense of melodic expansion of which he was such a master.

It is this monumental work that Lan Shui and his Singapore Symphony Orchestra have chosen to record as a celebration of the orchestra’s 30th anniversary. Founded in 1979 the SSO has become an important musical force in Asia, but is also gaining international recognition from its high-profile tours and its releases on BIS.

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Ewa Podles & Garrick Ohlsson

Ewa Podles & Garrick Ohlsson


Chopin:

Gdzie lubi (What She Likes), Op. 74 No. 5

Pierscien (The Ring), Op. 74 No. 14

Wojak (The Warrior), Op. 74 No. 10

Piosnka litewska (Lithuanian Song), Op. 74 No. 16

Sliczny chlopiec (Handsome Lad), Op. 74 No. 8

Mussorgsky:

Songs and Dances of Death

Rachmaninov:

Christ is risen, Op.26 No. 6

How fleeting is delight in love, Op.14 No. 3

She is as beautiful as midday, Op.14 No. 9

Prokhodit vse, Op.26 No.15

encore

Szymanowski:

Masques (3), Op. 34

Tchaikovsky:

Was I not a blade of grass?, Op. 47 No. 7

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

Pesn' Zemfiri (Zemfira's song)

plus songs by Chopin, Rachmaninov & Tchaikovsky


Ewa Podles (contralto) & Garrick Ohlsson (piano)

“I want my singing to have drama, to send a message, sometimes people cry when they hear me-this is what's important. I want people to love me or hate me because of the emotion of my singing” Ewa Podles

Wigmore Hall Live proudly presents an all-Russian and Polish recital by the enigmatic Ewa Podles, widely regarded as the world’s leading contralto and one of the true great singers of our time.

Recorded live at Wigmore Hall on 23 January 2008, this release marked Ewa Podles´ return to the Wigmore Hall stage after an absence of sixteen years.

With her unique, dramatic voice of staggering range, agility and amplitude, Ewa Podles gives the kind of towering performance that has come to be expected of an artist who has acquired cult status and a near-fanatical following within the operatic world.

In addition to her rigorous operatic calendar, which notably includes her highly-publicised return this year to the Metropolitan Opera Stage after twenty-four years, Podles´ is one of the most acclaimed recital and concert performers in the world.

Accompanying Podles´ is the distinguished Garrick Ohlsson, whose solo performance of Szymanowski’s Masques “was a mastery display of sustained and imaginative virtuosity, matching the singer’s” Opera Now

“The Polish-born American singer Ewa Podles is something of a cult figure, a true contralto of a quality rare nowadays. …she makes 'None but the lonely heart' remarkably touching and unhackneyed, and is a fearsomely defiant gypsy in 'Zemfira's song' - no wonder the audience erupts. Altogether, a healthy reminder that power and passion still have their part in memorable Lieder performances.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2009 ****

“What comes over loud and clear is Podles's astonishing, bronze-toned lower registers and her remarkable, if slightly grand manner, and powers of declamation. The centrepiece is an unnerving performance of Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death, though the tracks you will want to return to are songs by Rachmaninov in orientalist mode, which she delivers in ways that are simply overpowering.” The Guardian, 13th March 2009 ****

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Rachmaninov & Bernstein: Symphonic Dances

Rachmaninov & Bernstein: Symphonic Dances


Bernstein:

West Side Story: Symphonic Dances

Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45


Great Hall Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Botnari

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Song Recital

Song Recital


Beethoven:

Adelaide, Op. 46

Chopin:

Piosnka litewska (Lithuanian Song), Op. 74 No. 16

Precz z moich oczu (Out of My Sight!), op. 74 No. 6

Karlowicz:

Po szerokim morzu (Over the wide sea), Op. 3 No. 9

Mów do mnie jeszcze Op. 3 No. 1

Spi w blaskach nocy Op. 3 No. 4

Mozart:

Abendempfindung an Laura, K523

Komm, liebe Zither, K351

An Chloë, K524

Obradors:

El Vito (from Canciones clásicas españolas)

Del cabello más sutil

Coplas de curro dulce

Rachmaninov:

A dream, Op. 8 No. 5

Rimsky Korsakov:

Not the wind blowing from the heights, Op.43, No.2

Schubert:

Der Tod und das Mädchen, D531

Litanei auf das Fest Allerseelen, D343

An die Musik D547

Strauss, R:

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Tchaikovsky:

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

Wichrowski:

Liscie


Dariusz Paradowski (male soprano), Jeff Cohen (piano)

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The Welte Mignon Mystery Volume 11

The Welte Mignon Mystery Volume 11


Busoni:

Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major (Bach BWV 564)

Präludium und Fuge D-Dur (Bach)

Chopin:

Mazurka No. 21 in C sharp minor, Op. 30 No. 4

Mazurka No. 40 in F minor, Op. 63 No. 2

Mazurka No. 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3

Étude Op. 10 No. 8 in F major

Étude Op. 10 No. 5 in G flat major 'Black Key'

Horovitz:

Moment Exotique

Horowitz, V:

Variations on a Theme from Bizet's Carmen

Liszt:

Liebesbotschaft (No. 10 from Schwanengesang, S560, after Schubert)

Valse oubliée No. 1, S.215/1

Fantasy on Themes from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, S697

arranged Busoni

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 5 in G major


In 1986 Vladimir Horowitz was asked if his 1926 recordings made for the Welte-Mignon piano could be released. Having no faith in the technique he refused but some personal friends persuaded the great man to listen to the remarkable sound quality of the recordings and when he had done so, he immediately gave his consent. This release is of Horowitz playing those 1926 recordings.

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