Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Russian Soul

Russian Soul


 

Melody, paraphrased from Rachmaninov's Op. 21 & Op. 26

Kapustin:

Cello Sonata No. 2, Op. 84

Burlesque, Op. 97

Elegy, Op. 96

Nearly Waltz, Op. 98

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19


Eckart Runge (cello), Jacques Ammon (piano)

Eckart Runge and Jacques Ammon, otherwise known as “cello project” set out on a voyage to the Wild East, performing Russian repertoire. Their tango CD released in 2008 on GENUIN (GEN 88126) was a sensational success. This CD includes music by the intense, funny and tragic Nikolai Kapustin and is the world premiere of his outstanding second cello sonata.

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My Gift to You

My Gift to You

A Treasury of Favourite Piano Encores


Beethoven:

Für Elise (Bagatelle in A minor, WoO59)

Minuets WoO 10 - No. 2 in G major

Chopin:

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

Étude Op. 10 No. 3 in E major 'Tristesse'

Impromptu No. 4 in C sharp minor, Op. 66 'Fantaisie-Impromptu'

Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Préludes - Book 1: No. 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin

Godowsky:

Tango, Op. 165 No. 2 (after Albeniz)

Grieg:

Lyric Pieces Op. 43: No. 1 - Butterfly

Notturno from Lyric Suite, Op. 54

Liszt:

Un Sospiro from 3 Concert Studies, S144 No. 3

Ständchen - Horch, horch! die Lerch (No. 9 from Zwölf Lieder von Franz Schubert, S558)

Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major)

Mendelssohn:

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op. 34 No. 2

trans. Paderewski

Prokofiev:

The Love for Three Oranges: March

The Love for Three Oranges - Scherzo

Rachmaninov:

Morceaux de fantaisie Op. 3 No. 2

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne

trans. Godowsky


Antonin Kubalek (piano)

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Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini & Piano Concerto 3

Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini & Piano Concerto 3

DSD recording, Mariinsky Concert Hall, February 2009


Rachmaninov:

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

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


Notes in Russian (cyrillic), english, french, german

The Mariinsky label’s fourth release features acclaimed Russian pianist, and Gergiev protegee, Denis Matsuev joining the Mariinsky Orchestra for recordings of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 3 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Since winning the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998 Denis Matsuev has established a reputation as one of Russia’s greatest and most dynamic pianists. Over recent years he has begun to perform regularly on the international scene and recorded for BMG Russia. He has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras and gave his first recital at Carnegie Hall in 2007. During 2010 he will perform the LSO, New York Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonics as well as touring with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Gergiev in the US and Canada. He will also give further recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris. Matsuev is particular renowned for his interpretations of music by Russian composers and has collaborated with the Sergei Rachmaninoff Foundation to perform and record unknown pieces on the composer’s own piano at the Rachmaninov house Villa Senar in Lucerne.

“Here, for once, is the level of artistry that the work needs...for all his seemingly endless reserves of technical power [Matsuev] never makes an ugly sound...Gergiev and his Marinsky Orchestra, too, contribute here on a level so far beyond routine that you would think none of them had played the work before” BBC Music Magazine, April 2010 *****

“...Matsuev holds that most titanic of piano concertos in a passionate embrace, lavish with his rubato, devastatingly certain in his articulation, sensitive to colour and balance, aware of how to pace and thus make coherent the architecture of this massive work.” Sunday Times, 17th January 2010 ****

“As one might expect from someone hailed as Horowitz’s successor, Matsuev holds that most titanic of piano concertos in a passionate embrace, Importantly, for all his physical power and energy, he never makes a hard sound. There’s commensurately sympathetic playing from the Mariinsky, who also match Matsuev’s deft, vibrant musicianship in the brittler Rhapsody.” The Times

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Eugene Ormandy conducts Stravinsky & Rachmaninov

Eugene Ormandy conducts Stravinsky & Rachmaninov


Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

Version 1919


Recorded live at the Academy of Music, Philadelphia, 1977 (Stravinsky), 1979 (Rachmaninov)

Directed by Kirk Browning • Produced by Christopher Sarson

Eugene Ormandy’s unbroken 44-year association with the Philadelphia Orchestra was unique in history. Famous for its rich and powerful ‘Philadelphia Sound’, the orchestra was described by Rachmaninov as “the greatest virtuoso orchestra in the world”. Ormandy was a close friend of Rachmaninov, and it was on the occasion of the conductor’s 80th birthday that they performed Rachmaninov’s magnificent and powerful Second Symphony, a performance whose authenticity would be difficult to beat.

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“Fine performances...illuminated by Ormandy's personal recollections of the composer” BBC Music Magazine, April 2010 ****

“This Rachmaninov Second wipes the floor with any competition: the rich, sumptuous string sonority, the wonderful, expressive wind and brass, and the total unanimity of attack that is still a source of amazement...[Ormandy] is amazingly youthful and ardent, and the Stravinsky is no less dazzling.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Rachmaninov - Symphonic Dances, Isle of the Dead & The Rock

Rachmaninov - Symphonic Dances, Isle of the Dead & The Rock


Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

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

The Rock - Fantasy for Orchestra, Op. 7


Avie’s tenth release with the RLPO and third with their music director Vasily Petrenko, is the first in a series of orchestral works and concertos by Rachmaninov. It features the Symphonic Dances, and the symphonic poems Isle of the Dead and The Rock.

Avie’s fruitful association with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra yields its tenth release, and the third with Vasily Petrenko, the youngest Music Director in the RLPO’s illustrious history and winner of the Classic FM/Gramophone Young Artist of the Year award in 2007. A native of St. Petersburg, Petrenko appropriately continues his exploration of Russian repertoire with the first in a series of orchestral works and concertos by Sergei Rachmaninov.

“The Liverpudlians could easily be mistaken for a crack Russian orchestra – the key ingredient is the commitment of the playing, the sense of an orchestra at its peak.” Financial Times

“Everybody wants Vasily Petrenko, the blond, galvanising young Russian who, in two years as principal conductor, has transformed the artistic profile of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Feel that crackle of electricity...the orchestra’s ensemble spirit is so tight that you could cut yourself on the music’s edges.” The Times

“Petrenko and the RLPO bring freshness to all three [works], responding sensitively and shrewdly to the romantic and dark-hued undertows of the earlier works and to the piquancy of the later one. Petrenko instinctively conveys the essential quality of soul that the interpretation of Rachmaninoff requires.” The Telegraph, 18th February 2010 *****

“Petrenko’s galvanising effect on the Royal Philapudlians continues to be documented rewardingly on disc...He achieves a wonderfully integrated blend of orchestral sound, yet his attention to details of instrumentation and dynamic is achieved without artificial highlighting.” Sunday Times, 21st February 2010 ****

“Petrenko master… of encouraging expressive phrasing in counterpoint; the woodwind rockings around the heartaching saxophone melody at the centre of the first dance are as important as the main event, and the flurries which accompany a very slowly kindled reprise of the second-movement Valse triste... make the hair stand on end.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2010

“Vasily Petrenko conducts the RPO on tremendous form in a precise and dramatic performance of both pieces, plus the tone poem "The Isle of the Dead". Worth it for the woodwind alone.” The Independent on Sunday, 28th March 2010

“The Symphonic Dances, The Isle of the Dead and The Rock all have a distinctive Rachmaninov stamp, for which Petrenko has a sure ear, coupled with a stylistic acuity that enables him to point out the differences between the later and the earlier music” Gramophone Magazine, May 2010

“the arresting performances by Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra provide a truly unforgettable triptych, marvellously played and given full-blooded, demonstration-quality recording...The Liverpool performance is tremendously compelling, and this is one of the finest non-concertante Rachmaninov CDs in the catalogue.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Gala Concert: 300 Years of St. Petersburg

Gala Concert: 300 Years of St. Petersburg

Recorded live at the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Grand Hall, 1 June 2003


Bruch:

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Donizetti:

Regnava nel silenzio...Quando rapito in estasi (from Lucia di Lammermoor)

Leoncavallo:

Nedda! Silvio! A quest'ora che imprudenza (from I Pagliacci)

Puccini:

Quando me'n vo (from La Bohème)

Rachmaninov:

Fanfare

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

Respighi:

Adagio con variazioni for cello and orchestra

Saint-Saëns:

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Shostakovich:

Festive Overture, Op. 96

Tchaikovsky:

Ya vas lyublyu 'Yeletsky’s aria' (from Pique Dame)

Polonaise (from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24)

Verdi:

Son io, mio Carlo... Io morro (from Don Carlo)


Anna Netrebko (soprano), Dimitri Hvorostovsky (baritone), Mischa Maisky (cello), Eliso Virsaladze (piano) & Viktor Tretjakov (violin)

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov & Nikolai Alekseev

This festive gala concert was held to mark the city’s 300th anniversary, bringing together some of the greatest Russian artists: young soprano Anna Netrebko, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, such great instrumentalists as cellist Mischa Maisky and violinist Viktor Tretyakov.

World-famous St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov in a repertoire of fascinating variety.

An extraordinary evening with a lot of highlights from the most loved classical masterpieces.

Re-release of our very successful DVD and Blu-ray.

“Anna Netrebko has become one of the most admired of young lyric sopranos the world over" The Gramophone Magazine

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Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

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Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 112 mins

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Chocolate-Lounge

Chocolate-Lounge


Braga:

Angel's Serenade

Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D flat major

Dvorak:

Slavonic Dance No. 2 in E minor, Op. 46 No. 2

Haydn:

Piano Trio No. 39 in G major, Hob.XV:25: Finale 'Rondo all'ongarese'

Kreisler:

Marche miniature viennoise

Caprice Viennois, Op. 2

Alter Refrain

Mussorgsky:

Sorochintsy Fair: Gopak

Pergolesi:

Nina

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Raff:

Cavatina for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 85 No. 3

Toselli:

Serenata Op. 6


Andreas Trio New York

This CD is a tribute to the cafés and salons of the belle époque.

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Easy Listening Piano Classics: Romantic Expressions

Easy Listening Piano Classics: Romantic Expressions

Elgar, Sibelius, Granados, Rachmaninov, Hummel, Rubinstein & Cui


CD 1:

ELGAR Sonatina in G major, Enfants d’un Rêve (Dream Children) op 43

SIBELIUS 13 Pieces op 76, Impromptu op 5 no 6, 5 Pieces for Piano op 85 ‘Flowers’, Characteristic Impression no 3

GRANADOS Valses sentimentales nos 2, 6 & 7, Estudio expresivo no 4 Pastoral, Bocetos no 2 El hada y el niño, Exquise...! Vals tzigane, Minuetto

CD1 playing time 62 minutes

CD 2:

RACHMANINOV Vocalise op 34 no 14

HUMMEL Bagatelle op 107 no 3 ‘La contemplazione’

ELGAR May Song

RUBINSTEIN Soirée Musicale op 109 no 3 Nocturne

GRANADOS Escenas románticas

SIBELIUS Bagatelles op 34 nos 1, 2, 4 & 5

CUI Preludes nos 16 & 17

GRANADOS Poetic Waltzes – Brilliant & Butterfl y Waltzes, Apparition

ELGAR Piece op 4 no 1 Idylle, Carissima, Douce pensée ‘Rosemary’

CD 2 playing time 65 minutes


Ashley Wass (piano), Douglas Riva (piano), Havard Gimse (piano), Jeffrey Biegel (piano), Joseph Banowetz (piano), Madoka Inui (piano), Peter Nagy (piano) & Risto Lauriala (piano)

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 & other piano works

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 & other piano works


Rachmaninov:

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

The Philharmonia Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

The Philharmonia Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin


Evelyn Chen (piano)

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

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


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