Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Bach, J S: Fantasia & Fugue in A minor, BWV561, etc.

Bach, J S:

Fantasia & Fugue in A minor, BWV561

Liszt:

Schwanengesang (Schubert), S 560 No 3 - Aufenthalt

Erlkönig, S558 No. 4 (after Schubert D328)

Der Wanderer (No. 11 from Zwölf Lieder von Franz Schubert, S558)

Auf dem Wasser zu singen, S558 No. 2 (from Schubert D774)

Rachmaninov:

Moments Musicaux, Op. 16

Scriabin:

Nocturne in F sharp minor Op. 5 No. 1

Tchaikovsky:

Méditation Op. 72 No. 5


Timur Sergeyenia (piano)

Timur Sergeyenia was born in Minsk, Belarus, in 1969. His musical education began when he was three years old at a special school for talented children at the National Conservatory Minsk. His teacher was Prof. Vladimir Kuzmenko. Sergeyenia has studied with Irina Tswetajewa and has performed more than 1500 hundred concerts throughout Europe.

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Rachmaninov - Music for Two Pianos

Rachmaninov - Music for Two Pianos


Rachmaninov:

Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17

Suite No. 1 (Fantaisie-tableaux), Op. 5

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45


“Who would have guessed, when Naxos entered the CD market with buckets of budget-priced recordings by no-name instrumentalists and provincial Eastern-European orchestras, that 20 years later they would be offering the likes of this disc, featuring two of Britain's most distinguished and widely recorded pianists in the major two-piano works of Rachmaninov? The result is an hour and a quarter of first-rate music-making, and probably the finest single-disc version of the suites that I have heard.” Fanfare

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Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31

Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31


Flemish Radio Choir, Kaspars Putninsh

Recorded at Jezuïetenkerk, Heverlee, Belgium, in March 2006

An endlessly fascinating disc, this. Rachmaninov’s Liturgy – in a deeply atmospheric rendition by the Flemish Radio Choir – plunges you right into the heart of an ancient Russian church tradition. It breaths devotion, mystique and faint menace. It’s one of those seldom-recorded works that not only grabs the interest; it’s actually extremely hard to stop listening to it. - Gramophone Magazine

“Rachmaninov's Liturgy is less well known than his Vigil ('Vespers'), but has nevertheless gained in popularity with western choirs as a concert item in recent years, though the double-choir setting of the Lord's Prayer has always enjoyed a certain renown, often being sung in an English paraphrase. It is far more than a mere sketch for the more famous work, too, though the links are clear – anyone hearing the opening psalm, 'Blagoslovi, dushe moya', for the first time will immediately make the connection.
The Flemish Radio Choir's rendition is very fine indeed, reverent, well paced and at the same time electrically atmospheric (and also including sufficient of the celebrant's petitions that it comes across neither as an artificial celebration nor a concert suite) and the magnificent SACD sound is just what such a riveting performance merits. The only criticism is of their very light 'l' sound, which truly gives them away as non-Russians.
There is strong competition but, curiously, none is Russian; indeed, the King's College recording is as unrepentantly and beautifully English as you could wish for. In an ideal world one would have to have all of them, and if you have room on your shelves for one more, do add this new recording to your collection. There is one aspect in which the other three score, however – they include full texts and translations, while for the new disc they must be downloaded.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2007

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Rachmaninov - Etudes tableaux, Op. 33 & Op. 39

Rachmaninov - Etudes tableaux, Op. 33 & Op. 39


Rachmaninov:

Études-Tableaux, Op. 33

Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39


“These are meticulously prepared and observed readings – if Rachmaninov asks for ppp legatissimo or sharply contrasted dynamics from one bar to the next, then Hayroudinoff takes the composer at his word, a courtesy to Rachmaninov not granted by every pianist.
But Hayroudinoff goes much further than mere accuracy. If he cannot quite equal the composer's breathtaking nonchalance in the three he recorded (Op 33 Nos 2 and 7 in 1940, and Op 39 No 6 in 1925), he comes close. His rich tone and beefy attack serve him well in such passages as the ecstatic climax to the Op 39 E flat minor study (superbly paced and structured) and the pealing bells of Op 39 No 9; he sings with a touching simplicity in the C major and first of the A minor Op 39 studies.
Temperamentally he is right inside the music.
This is powerful Rachmaninov playing that transcends the artificial constraints of the recording studio.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

Building a Library

First Choice - July 2008

BBC Music Magazine

Instrumental Choice - January 2007

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2008

Instrumental Finalist

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Rachmaninov - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4

Rachmaninov - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4


Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43


Boris Berezovsky (piano)

Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitri Liss

“thrills and enthrals from first note to last…These delights are magnified by the demonstration-quality recording, an ideal piano-orchestra balance and a spectacular dynamic range…unmissable.” International Piano

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Romantic Transcriptions for Viola and Piano

Romantic Transcriptions for Viola and Piano


Brahms:

Sonatensatz (Scherzo from the F.A.E. sonata), WoO 2

Lerchengesang Op. 70 No. 2

arr. Ettore Causa

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

arr. Watson Forbes

Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F major

arr. Watson Forbes

Chopin:

Étude Op. 25 No. 7 in C sharp minor

arr. Alexander Glazunov & Ettore Causa

Étude Op. 10 No. 6 in E flat minor 'Lacrimosa'

arr. Glazunov/Ettore Causa

Debussy:

Romance

arr. Milton Katims

Fauré:

Les berceaux, Op. 23 No. 1

arr. Ettore Causa

Granados:

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 2 'Orientale'

arr. Milton Katims

Mendelssohn:

Song without Words for Cello & Piano, Op. 109

arr. Milton Katims

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet: Dance of the Knights

arr. Wadim Borissovsky

Rachmaninov:

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

arr. Jasha Heifetz & Ettore Causa

Saint-Saëns:

Allegro Appassionato in B minor Op. 43

arr. Ettore Causa

Schumann:

Abendlied, Op. 85 No. 12

arr. Ettore Causa

Scriabin:

Prelude, Op. 9 No. 1 in C sharp minor for the left hand

arr. Wadim Borissovsky

Tchaikovsky:

Valse sentimentale, Op. 51 No. 6

arr. Alan Arnold

Chanson triste, Op. 40 No. 2

arr. Johann Palaschko

Ysaye:

Rêve d'enfant, Op. 14

arr. Ettore Causa


Ettore Causa (viola) Ulrich Staerk (piano)

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Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28, etc.

Rachmaninov:

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

Tchaikovsky:

The Seasons, Op. 37b


“…Mustonen creates a savage case for an unduly neglected sonata. …he creates a searing emotional turbulence, whirling us through the vortex of the first movement development with heart-stopping brilliance and making the chains of ecstatic trills concluding the central Lento flash like so many shooting stars. Mustonen is no less remarkable in Tchaikovsky's Seasons, scorning their gentler, more domestic virtues. August is allegro vivace with a vengeance, every cross-rhythm caught and underlined with razor-sharp aplomb, while December, normally a gently alluring waltz, is made elfin, piquant and scintillating at each of its many turns.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2006

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Allegri - Miserere

Allegri - Miserere


Allegri:

Miserere mei, Deus

Britten:

Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27

Harris, W:

Faire is the Heaven

Holst:

Psalm 148

Lord who has made us for Thine own

Ireland:

Ex ore innocentium (It is a Thing Most Wonderful)

Kodály:

Esti dal

Lotti:

Crucifixus in 8 parts

Lukaszewski:

Ave Maria

Rachmaninov:

Hymn of the Cherubim

Sheremetiev, A:

Now ye heavenly powers

Tavener:

Song for Athene

The Lamb

trad.:

The Dying Soldier

(arr. Nigel Short)


“I really think we're in a choral golden age at the moment. I was inspired by Tenebrae when I heard them in a concert at St. Jude's in Hampstead and just had to get their new 'Allegri Miserere' CD. It's beautifully sung, a wonderful disc that has introduced me to some pieces that I didn't know.” Emma Kirkby

“The programme is a potpourri, and one from which emanates the refined scent of the collegiate choir, à la King's or Trinity. The tuning is impeccable, the blend unimpeachable. Director Nigel Short was a member of the King's Singers for seven years, and their signature soft fuzziness of tone plays a part in the Tenebrae sound.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2006 *****

BBC Music Magazine

Choral & Song Choice - November 2006

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Lighten Our Darkness

Lighten Our Darkness

Music for the Close of Day including the Office of Compline


 

The Office of Compline

Office of Compline, sung in English with its traditional chants, has been included in its entirety on a bonus CD

Bourgeois, T-L:

O gladsome light

Byrd:

Fantasia III a 4 (In manus tuas from Gradualia I)

O Christ who art the light and day

Visita, quaesumus Domine

Guerrero:

Ave Maria

Handl:

Pater Noster

Lasso:

Justorum Animae

Mundy, W:

O Lord, the maker of all things

Rachmaninov:

Bogorodice Devo

Rheinberger:

Abendlied, Op. 69 No. 3

Sheppard, J:

In pace in idipsum

Libera nos, salva nos

Tallis:

Te lucis ante terminum

Victoria:

Alma Redemptoris Mater

Ave Regina caelorum for eight voices

Regina caeli laetare a 8

Salve Regina


“The Reinberger and Rachmaninov pieces hold up extremely well in this illustrious company, even against the radiant heart of the recital, Victoria's four Marian motets. As the whole choir sings beautifully throughout, perhaps I should resist singling out the brilliance of the sopranos in the Sheppard and Lassus pieces.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2006 ****

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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 'Babi Yar', etc.

Rachmaninov:

Three Russian Songs, Op. 41

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 'Babi Yar'


Gidon Saks (bass)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Gerard Schwarz

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra continues its highly successful collaboration with Avie with a searing live recording of the composer’s Thirteenth Symphony, “Babi Yar”. Gerard Schwarz conducts a performance of probing intensity, painting a vivid aural picture of Soviet life under Stalin and underlining Shostakovich’s trademark black humour and underlying pathos. Israeli bass Gidon Saks, who has excelled in Russian roles including Boris Godunov at Opera Ireland and English National Opera, conveys the overtly political poetry of Yevgeny Yevtushenko, adding immeasurably to the emotional impact of the music.

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