Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Helene Grimaud: Chopin & Rachmaninov

Helene Grimaud: Chopin & Rachmaninov


Chopin:

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

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Rachmaninov:

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


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Rachmaninov: Trio élégiaque No. 2 in D minor, Op. 9, etc.

Rachmaninov:

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

Shostakovich:

Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67


Dmitri Makhtin (violin), Boris Berezovsky (piano) & Alexander Kniazev (cello)

“Rachmaninov's only substantial piano trio remains a relative rarity in the catalogue. It's not hard to see why, for this is more of an Ugly Sister than a Cinderella. True, there are many passages of beauty and poignancy, but overall it's an oddly structured piece, with two substantial movements followed by an almost throwaway finale.
This new reading comes closer than most to concealing the work's flaws. The opening movement is wonderfully realised, a single sweep of grief mingled with love and regret (it was written on the death of Tchaikovsky). And the second couldn't be more musically played. It's a highly piano-centric work, but you never feel that Berezovsky is hogging the limelight, superbly matched as he is by his compatriots. By contrast, the finale, despite its portentous, Brahmsian opening, is over all too soon, as if Rachmaninov simply ran out of steam.
It's tantalising that Rachmaninov left no recording of his own. But in the case of Shostakovich's Second Trio, we've had the composer at the keyboard on two occasions (various labels). Comparison is salutary: most modern interpretations seem sluggish by comparison (though admittedly Shostakovich plays fast and loose with his own tempo indications), particularly in the finale. Berezovsky, Makhtin and Kniazev are even more satisfying than the very good performance from the Wanderer Trio; their take on the following Passacaglia ideally balances profundity with unaffectedness.
Their restraint is much more potent than the tacky exaggerations of Argerich, Kremer and Maisky, in a live performance from 1998.
Only a couple of niggles: the string players apparently ignore the con sordino instruction in the finale, and at one point in the Passacaglia there's a very prominent exhalation from one of them – bothersome enough to make one wonder why it was left in. The recording is warm and convincingly balanced and complements the superb performances.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - April 2005

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Zara Nelsova: The Decca Recordings 1950-1956

Zara Nelsova: The Decca Recordings 1950-1956


Bach, J S:

Suite for solo cello No. 3, BWV1009 - Bourrées I & II

Barber, S:

Cello Concerto, Op. 22

Beethoven:

Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Variations (12) on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66

Variations (12) on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45

Bloch, E:

From Jewish Life

Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Kodály:

Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 8

Lalo:

Cello Concerto in D minor

Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Reger:

Cello Suite No 2 in D minor, Op 131c No 2

Saint-Saëns:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33


Zara Nelsova (cello) & Artur Balsam (piano)

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Moura Lympany: Decca Recordings 1951-1952: Rachmaninov & Khachaturian

Moura Lympany: Decca Recordings 1951-1952: Rachmaninov & Khachaturian


Khachaturian:

Piano Concerto in D flat major

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

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

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

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


“Moura Lympany plays, in my view, superbly; she gives us the music with the pianistic conviction of the person who has written it.” Gramophone July 1951 (Preludes)

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In Memory of ...

In Memory of ...

Classics for funerals


Bach, J S:

Komm süsser Tod, BWV478

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043: Largo ma non tanto

St John Passion, BWV245: Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben': Jesu, bleibet meine Freude

Barber, S:

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 ‘Eroica' - Marcia funebre

Chopin:

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

Elgar:

Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)

Sursum corda, Op. 11

Fauré:

Requiem: Pie Jesu

Pavane, Op. 50

Requiem: Agnus Dei

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

Grainger:

Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'

Grieg:

Peer Gynt: Ase's Death

Handel:

Messiah: I know that my Redeemer liveth

Dead March from Saul

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Adagietto

Massenet:

Méditation (from Thaïs)

La Vierge: Le Dernier Sommeil de la vierge (Légende sacrée)

Mozart:

Introitus from Requiem

Pärt:

Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten

Purcell:

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

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Ravel:

Pavane pour une infante défunte

Verdi:

Agnus Dei (from Requiem)

Walton:

Henry V: Touch her soft lips and part


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Walter Gieseking

Walter Gieseking


Bach, J S:

Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV829

Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

Bagatelle in E flat major, Op. 33 No. 1

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

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

Brahms:

Intermezzi, Op. 118

Debussy:

Rêverie

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Lyric Pieces Op. 68: No. 5 - At the cradle

Serenade Op. 52 Op. 3

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major, K545 'Facile'

Rachmaninov:

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

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

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Strauss, R:

Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2


Recorded 1934-49

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Russian Opera Arias

Russian Opera Arias


Arensky:

Strastiyu I negoyu sertse trepeshchet (Her heart is trembling with passion and languor) (from Rafael, Op. 37)

Borodin:

Medlenno den ugasal (Slowly the day has faded) (from Prince Igor)

Dargomïzhsky:

Nevol'no k etim grustnyim beregam (Unwittingly, I'm drawn to these sad shores) (from Rusalka)

Grechaninov:

Rascvetali v pole cvetiki (Flowers were blooming afield) (from Dobrinya Nikitich, Op. 22)

Khrennikov:

Iz-za lesa svestitsya (The half-moon shines) (from V buryu (Into the Storm), Op. 8)

Spi, Natasha, spi, rodnaya (Sleep, Natasha, sleep, my darling) (from V buryu (Into the Storm), Op. 8)

Sam ne znayu pochemu (For some unknown reason) (from Mat (Mother), Op. 13)

Nápravník:

I tak, vse koncheno, sud'boy neumolimoy (So, everything, is over) (from Dubrovsky, Op. 58)

Rachmaninov:

Vzgliani: pod otdalionnym svodom (Young Gypsy's Romance from Aleko)

Rimsky Korsakov:

Solynshko nizko, vecher uzh blisko (The sun is low, the evening is approaching) (from May Night)

Kak tikho, kak prokhladno tut! (How peaceful, how fresh it is here!) (from May Night)

Gey, khlopci! Ya uveshcheval vas idti spat (Hey, lads! I urged you to go to sleep) (from May Night)

Polna, polna chudes moguchaya priroda (Mighty nature is full, is full of marvels) (from The Snow Maiden)

Veseloe gulyan'e! (What a merry feast) (from The Snow Maiden)

Neuzheli Duniasha! (Can it really be Duniasha?) (from The Tsar's Bride)

Inoe vse, i lyudi, i zemlya (All is different - both people and the land) (from The Tsar's Bride)

Song of the Hindu Guest (from Sadko)

Spadavecchia:

Ya prosipayus' po utram i zhdu (Every morning, while waking up) (from The Gadfly)

Tchaikovsky:

Ya lyublyu vas (I love you) (from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24)

Kuda, Kuda 'Lensky's Aria' (from Eugene Onegin)

Net! Chary lask krasyi myatezhnoj (No, the charming caress of a passionate beauty) (from Iolanta, Op. 69)

Slishit ki, devitsa, serdce tvoyo (Does your heart, o maid) (from Cherevichki)


Daniil Shtoda (tenor)

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Rachmaninov: Morceaux de Salon

Rachmaninov: Morceaux de Salon


Rachmaninov:

Morceaux de Salon, Op. 10

Moments Musicaux, Op. 16


Mikhail Voskresensky (piano)

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Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 2

Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 2


Rachmaninov:

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

Elegie, Op. 3 No. 1

Polichinelle, Op. 3, No. 4

Melodie in E Major, Op. 3 No. 3

Moment musical No. 4 in E minor, Op. 16 No. 4

Prelude Op. 23 No. 1 in F sharp minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 2 in B flat major

Prelude Op. 23 No. 6 in E flat major

Prelude Op. 23 No. 7 in C minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 5 in G major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

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

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 5 in E flat minor


Polina Fedotova (piano)

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Piazzolla: Works for Cello

Piazzolla: Works for Cello


Bach, J S:

Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV1012: Courante

Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV1012: Gavotte

Falla:

El pano moruna (No. 1 from Siete canciones populares españolas)

Edison Quintana (piano)

Asturiana (No. 3 from Siete canciones populares españolas)

Edison Quintana (piano)

Polo (No. 7 from Siete canciones populares españolas )

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Halvorsen:

Passacaglia for Violin & Cello/Viola (after Handel)

Studio violinist

Heras:

Cancion en el puerto

Edison Quintana (piano)

Piazzólla:

Michelangelo 70

Edison Quintana (piano)

Le Grand Tango

Edison Quintana (piano)

Milonga en ré

Edison Quintana (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Shostakovich:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107: I. Allegretto

Xalapa Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky:

Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62 for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano)

Edison Quintana (piano)

Zyman:

Suite for 2 Cellos: II. Quasi allegro

Jesus Castro-Balbi (cello)

Suite for 2 Cellos: III. Danzando

Jesus Castro-Balbi (cello)


Carlos Miguel Prieto (cello)

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