Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov


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Glinka: Waltz, Night in Madrid & Rachmaninoff: The Rock etc.

Glinka: Waltz, Night in Madrid & Rachmaninoff: The Rock etc.


Concert Waltz No. 1 in D, Op. 47


Valse-Fantaisie in B minor for orchestra, G. ii213

Spanish Overture No. 2 'Summer Night in Madrid'


The Rock - Fantasy for Orchestra, Op. 7


Valse Caprice in E flat major

USSR State Maly Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Simonov

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Rachmaninov: Aleko

Rachmaninov: Aleko

Sergey Murzaev (Aleko), Evgeny Akimov (Young Gypsy), Gennady Bezzubenkov (Old Man), Svetla Vassileva (Zemfira)

BBC Philharmonic & Coro del Teatro Regio di Torino, Gianandrea Noseda

Opera is one of the great musical passions of Gianandrea Noseda, who has explored it to stunning effect with the BBC Philharmonic. In September 2009 he became Music Director at Teatro Regio in Turin, one of Europe’s leading opera houses. Here he presents Aleko, recorded following a highly acclaimed performance at the Stresa Festival with the Coro del Teatro Regio di Torino and the BBC Philharmonic. The ‘all-Russian’ cast of soloists are Sergey Murzaev (soloist with the Bolshoy Theatre), Evgeny Akimov and Nadezhda Vasilieva (both soloists with the Mariinsky Theatre Company), Gennady Bezzubenkov and the world-renowned soprano Svetla Vassileva. Chandos has previously released The Miserly Knight and Francesca da Rimini.

Sometimes referred to as Rachmaninoff’s answer to Carmen, Aleko (adapted from The Gypsies by Alexander Pushkin) was written in 1892 as a graduation work at the Moscow Conservatory and won the highest prizes from the judges that year. The rhapsodic Orientalism and effortless melodies in particular appeal. As a companion to his two later operas, Aleko illustrates Rachmaninoff early finding his own individual style.

“Gennady Bezzubenkov declaims powerfully as the Old Gypsy, and Evgeny Akimov is elegant in his short cavatina. The chorus, from Turin's Teatro Regio, supplies suitably languid tone.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2010 ***

“Noseda’s no shrinking violet, and this studio recording with the BBC Philharmonic, five impassioned Russian voices, and the choir of Turin’s Teatro Regio pulsates with passion...Sergey Murzaev barrels forth as the outsider hero Aleko; Svetlana Vassileva is succulent as the Gypsy with two lovers.” The Times, 17th April 2010 ***

“[Noseda] conducts with his usual mix of passion and intellectual rigour, and there's some startlingly effective playing.” The Guardian, 13th May 2010 ***

“Noseda’s skill here is to maintain control of pacing and to keep the drama both tense and fluid...Turin’s Teatro Regio chorus adeptly assumes its role as a band of Bessarabian gipsies and the BBC Philharmonic plays superbly.” The Telegraph, 14th May 2010 ****

“Aleko is sometimes described as Russia's answer to Carmen - the tale of a Russian living among gypsies whose much younger wife takes a new lover, with predictably grim consequences, certainly bears a resemblance to the Iberian passions of Bizet's opera. But Aleko is a smaller affair, at just over an hour long, and perhaps for this reason has never really entered the operatic repertoire. This is a shame, since as this recording with Sergey Murzaev and Svetla Vassileva demonstrates, it's a melodious and captivating work.” David Smith, Presto Classical

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Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31

Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31

Karlis Rutentals (tenor solo/celebrant) & Gundars Dzilums (bass solo/deacon)

Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava

This new recording features Rachmaninov’s 1910 setting of the Eastern Orthodox Church’s Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

This a capella choral music was judged by contemporary church officials as “…absolutely wonderful, even too beautiful… it is not church music”; still today, this work is regarded as one of the great cornerstones of 20th-century sacred music.

One of the foremost choruses in the world, the Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Klava delivers a sonically highly authentic performance; this may become the new reference recording of this work.

Audiophiles owning a SACD player will be stunned by the surround effect of this Hybrid SACD recording.

“Normally you’d run a mile from music recorded in the reverberant acoustics of a cathedral. But not in this case...the music – reverent, restrained and slow-moving –suits this fine performance in Riga’s Dome Cathedral.” The Telegraph, 23rd April 2010 ***

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Le Secret – Love Songs and Arias

Le Secret – Love Songs and Arias


Vaga luna che inargenti


I am the lily of the valley


White Night


Nell, Op. 18 No. 1

Le secret Op. 23 No. 3


Ah! Je veux vivre dans ce rêve (from Roméo et Juliette)


Semele: Endless Pleasure


Great waves


Ach, ich fühl's (from Die Zauberflöte, K620)


Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (from La Rondine)



How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7

U moyego okna

Kak mne bolno

Strauss, R:

Amor, Op. 68 No. 5

Ich wollt ein Sträusslein binden, Op. 68 No. 2

Säusle, Liebe Myrte, Op. 68 No. 3



Ilona Domnich (soprano) & Marc Verter (piano)

A stunning debut album from an up and coming young opera singer, Ilona Domnich. This diverse album covers a range of styles, as Ilona says …”some of the songs are very difficult. For instance some parts of the Strauss songs are very acrobatic, on the other hand the lyrical Italian songs, while ostensibly less technically demanding, call for intense musicality and sensitivity”

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Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 & The Rock

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 & The Rock


Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

The Rock - Fantasy for Orchestra, Op. 7

Under Gianandrea Noseda, the BBC Philharmonic’s epic Rachmaninoff series continues with a recording of Symphony No.2, coupled with The Rock.

Unlikely his First Symphony, Symphony No.2 is standard orchestral repertoire. A recent concert at the Bridgewater Hall, elicited the review, ‘Noseda showed his remarkable affinity with Rachmaninoff’s style. He combines an ability to sustain the long structures of its emotional climaxes with a vocalistic approach to phrasing which lifts the tunes out of the texture and lefts them sing. It’s almost operatic in its vividness.’ City Life.

The challenge of making his mark with that ultimate big statement, a symphony, still faced Rachmaninoff as he headed into his mid-thirties. Posterity now accepts that he had probably cracked a tough nut with his First Symphony (CHAN 10475). Yet the 1897 premiere, poorly conducted under disputed circumstances by Glazunov, was so unfavourably received that it forced Rachmaninoff into creative silence for the next three years. Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony was drafted alongside an equally ambitious Second Piano Sonata in a charming garden villa in Dresden, where the whole family had settled in late 1906. The finished product turned out to be one of the longest of all Russian symphonies. Breadth, though, is of the essence of the Second Symphony’s wealth of lovingly wrought and subtly interlinked thematic material. As one critic observed at the 1908 St Petersburg premiere, conducted with his usual first-rate flexibility by Rachmaninoff, ‘the new E minor Symphony… may be slightly over long for the general audience, but how fresh, how beautiful it is’.

The accomplished fantasia of 1893, The Rock offers an excellent example of Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestration as acknowledged by Rachmaninoff’s original dedication.

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3


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

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Pianist Simon Trpceski makes his Avie label debut with his first concerto recording, Rachmaninov’s Second and Third, potently partnered by Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

30-year-old Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski is one of the most remarkable musicians of his generation. Here he performs technically flawless and superbly rendered versions of Rachmaninov’s notoriously challenging Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3. He partners with frequent collaborator Vasily Petrenko who, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, extend their fruitful Avie association with this, the first of two recordings with Trpceski surveying Rachmaninov’s complete concertante works for piano and orchestra.

Trpceski has performed extensively in the UK and has a loyal following amongst audiences of the London Symphony, Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, the Wigmore Hall and Southbank, and others. Winner of the London International Piano Competition in 2000, he was a member of the BBC New Generation scheme and winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist Award in 2003. A Gramophone Award-winning artist, his first concerto recording will be eagerly sought out.

Since becoming Principal Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006, Petrenko has had a galvanising effect on Classic FM’s Orchestra in the Northwest. Multiple Gramophone Awards and unanimous critical acclaim have further spread their magical brand of music-making.

“Petrenko's Rachmaninov is passionate yet strikingly unsentimental. This approach fits well with that of his soloist Simon Trpceski, whose playing of this most difficult of concertos combined impish nonchalance with great muscularity. Much of it was dazzling…Trpceski dispatched the first-movement cadenza with breathtaking panache.” The Guardian

“Both musicians are bursting with fire and seem joined at the hip in these accounts of Rachmaninov’s second and third piano concertos. Rhythmic momentum, glittering flourishes and plaintive musings: all the right boxes are ticked.” The Times, 6th March 2010 ***

“There is nothing overstated in these performances, and yet there is nothing that goes unnoticed either: the interpretative balance is precise and inspired, the thrill of experiencing the concertos played in this way immeasurable. Trpceski was born to perform this music, and Petrenko to conduct it.” The Telegraph, 5th March 2010 *****

“Both performances show an exemplary clarity and taste, a recreation, as it were, of musical utterances rather than virtuoso warhorses...The Second Concerto's opening is naturally paced, neither perversely fast nor affectedly slow” Gramophone Magazine, April 2010

“A performance of integrity and imagination, and one that reveals unexpected subtleties in music that too often seems simply to tumble from climax to climax.” The Independent on Sunday, 18th April 2010

“Simon Trpceski and Vasily Petrenko present a completely integrated conception of each work...[they] know exactly when to push the musical argument forward and where it requires a bit more poise and reflection. The results are invariably compelling” BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 *****

“Trpceski's playing combines dazzling brilliance with warmly natural phrasing with the natural ebb and flow so characteristic of the composer's richly romantic melodic lines. Petrenko's tempos are not dissimilar to Previn's and his partnership with his soloist is all-embracing...Both works close thrillingly and the listener is left thoroughly satisfied.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Garrick Ohlsson plays Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky & Prokofiev

Garrick Ohlsson plays Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky & Prokofiev


Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)


Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14


Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42

Garrick Ohlsson's latest recording for Bridge combines new studio recordings of major compositions by Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff with one of the great American pianist's own favorite “live” performances- a 1974 reading of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, given in Prague.

“Ohlsson demonstrates strong credentials as an interpreter of Russian music in this impressive recital. He brings a tremendous variety of colour to Rachmaninov's Corelli Variations, drawing out different strands of the polyphonic texture and controlling the works' overall architecture with impeccable pacing” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 *****

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Deep In My Soul

Deep In My Soul


Somewhere (from West Side Story)

arr. Lisa Friend


Deep in My Soul



Morricone, E:


arr. Lisa Friend


Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14


Airs de ballet d'Ascanio: Adagio & Variations

Romance in D flat major, Op. 37


Romances (3), Op. 94



Lisa Friend (flute), Mark Kincaid (piano), Rodney Friend (violin), Martin Radford (cello)

A bright new talent in the classical world, the flautist Lisa Friend presents a new disc of romantic works, accompanied by piano, cello and violin. Lisa’s compositions and performances have drawn great praise from both professional musicians and concert-goers alike. Also featured on disc, performing with Lisa, is her father Rodney Friend, one of the most respected and celebrated English-born violinists of the last 45 years. Lisa Friend started playing the flute aged five. At 16 she studied in New York with flautist Renee Siebert of the New York Philharmonic. She was then awarded a flute Scholarship to study with Julius Baker in Connecticut. At 17 Lisa won a Scholarship to the Royal College of Music. Twice winner of the Martin Music Scholarship this enabled her to study at the Paris Conservatoire with Alain Marion and Ida Ribera. As soloist, Lisa has appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic, Liverpool Philharmonic and toured throughout the UK, France, Germany, Japan, China and the USA. Other solo appearances include BBC ChildLine, a concert for Royal Family at Buckingham Palace as soloist with the late Yehudi Menuhin, the Britten theatre with the late Sir George Solti and for Steven Spielberg after writing and performing a track for his foundation SHOAH. Lisa has given live recitals for Classic FM and Radio 3. Live television has included Brandenburg 5th Concerto in Spain with her father.

“A bright temperament and a fluid technique distinguish this debut recital by the young British flautist Lisa Friend.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2012

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Rachmaninov & Blumenfeld - Piano Sonatas

Rachmaninov & Blumenfeld - Piano Sonatas


Sonata-Fantasie Op. 46, Op. 38


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

SFZ MUSIC, the independent label for His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, are pleased to announce their latest release, a welcome return to the label for the exciting young British pianist Daniel Grimwood. Daniel plays a programme of virtuoso Russian romantic music, including first recordings of music by Felix Blumenfeld, and a titanic rendition of Rachmaninov’s dramatic and rarely performed first sonata in D minor. Blumenfeld was Rachmaninov's contemporary and well known as a virtuoso performer and respected teacher as well as a fine composer: his works are unjustly neglected today and Daniel has made it his mission to promote this excellent music, in turn lyrical and virtuosic. Daniel’s previous recording on SFZ music, of Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage was met with widespread acclaim, being awarded five stars in BBC Music Magazine, Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and a Daily Telegraph CD of the week.

“Daniel Grimwood marshals the torrent of notes that characterise the frenzied writing of the opening movement and the Finale with impressive bravura.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 ***

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Rachmaninov: Morceaux de fantaisie & 10 Preludes

Rachmaninov: Morceaux de fantaisie & 10 Preludes


Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3

Melodie in E Major, Op. 3 No. 3

Serenade, Op. 3 No. 5

Preludes Op. 23 Nos. 1-10 (complete)

Alexander Vaulin (piano)

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