Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2009

Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2009


Bartók:

Violin Sonata No. 2, BB 85, Sz. 76

Renard Capuçon (violin, Khatia Buniatishvili (piano)

Bloch, E:

Piano Quintet No. 1

Lilya Zilberstein (piano), Alissa Margulis (violin), Lucia Hall (violin), Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg (viola), Mark Dobrinsky (cello)

Chopin:

Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C, Op. 3

Gautier Capuçon (cello), Martha Argerich (piano)

Falla:

Noches en los jardines de Espana

Martha Argerich (piano)

Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Alexander Vedernikov

Glinka:

Grand Sextet in E flat major for piano, string quartet & double bass

Polina Leschenko (piano), Alissa Margulis (violin), Geza Hosszu-Legocky (violin), Lida Chen (viola), Mark Drobinsky (cello), Enrico Fagone (double-bass)

Liszt:

Réminiscences de Don Juan (W.A. Mozart) for two pianos, S. 656

Martha Argerich, Mauricio Vallina (pianos)

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Op. 21

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

Martha Argerich, Cristina Marton (pianos)

Piano Sextet Op. 110

Khatia Buniatishvili (piano), Dora Schwarzberg (violin), Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg (viola), Lida Chen (viola), Jorge Bosso (cello), Enrico Fagone (double-bass)

Rachmaninov:

Pieces (2) in A major for piano 6 hands - Waltz & Romance

Daniel Gerzenberg, Anton Gerzenberg, Lilya Zilberstein (piano)

Russian Rhapsody for two pianos, Op. post.

Lilya Zilberstein, Alexander Mogilewsky (pianos)

Ravel:

Rapsodie Espagnole (for 2 pianos)

Sergio Tiempo, Karin Lechner (pianos)

Schumann:

Fantasiestücke in A minor for Piano Trio, Op. 88

Martha Argerich (piano), Renaud Capuçon (violin), Gautier Capuçon (cello)


EMI Classics is pleased to release the latest instalment of highlights from the Martha Argerich Project at the Lugano Festival. This is the seventh annual 3-CD set celebrating the musical fruits of a project in which young artists join seasoned performers, including Ms. Argerich, to explore wide-ranging chamber music and orchestral repertoire, both well known and rarely heard. The CDs, recorded in the summer of 2009, are being released in anticipation of the Festival’s 2010 season in June.

As a chamber music event, this series has become a laboratory that gives guest artists a chance to prove themselves not only in well-known masterpieces but also in rarely performed repertoire. The piano stands at the centre of the programming, not only with works originally written for it but also with transcriptions, which played an important historic role in the diffusion of music in remote areas and within family circles.

The eighth season of the Martha Argerich Project takes place in June 2010. Many of the artists on these CDs will take part again this year.

“...in all the performances, the players display a spontaneity and sense of enjoyment one hears too rarely in some of this repertoire.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 *****

“The latest instalment of Argerich’s annual offering is the usual cornucopia of delights. Predictably, when Argerich herself plays...the flavour is often fevered, although not so in her aromatic reading of Falla’s Noches en los jardines de Espana.” Sunday Times, 4th April 2010 ****

“Everything Martha Argerich touches turns to gold: not only her own piano playing but those around her whom she evidently inspires to new heights. These chamber music collaborations buzz with spontaneity...can there be any more exuberant four minutes on disc than her piano duet scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream?” The Observer, 2nd May 2010

“if we were permitted to attach more than five stars to a release, this would be one of those occasions when a whole constellation would erupt...The rapport, rhythmic élan and passionate sensibility are simply mesmerising, the entire set of discs an unbounded pleasure.” The Telegraph *****

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Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 & The Rock

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 & The Rock


Rachmaninov:

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


Rachmaninov:

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


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Prokofiev:

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

Rachmaninov:

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


Bernstein:

Somewhere (from West Side Story)

arr. Lisa Friend

Friend:

Deep in My Soul

German:

Romance

Morricone, E:

Medley

arr. Lisa Friend

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Saint-Saëns:

Airs de ballet d'Ascanio: Adagio & Variations

Romance in D flat major, Op. 37

Schumann:

Romances (3), Op. 94

Shostakovich:

Duo


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: Morceaux de fantaisie & 10 Preludes

Rachmaninov: Morceaux de fantaisie & 10 Preludes


Rachmaninov:

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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Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37

Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37


Lotte Hovman (alto), Poul Emborg (tenor)

Copenhagen Oratorio Choir, Torsten Mariegaard

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Creators - Composers Playing Their Own Works at the Piano, Vol. 6

Creators - Composers Playing Their Own Works at the Piano, Vol. 6


Lyapunov:

Elegy on the Death of Liszt, Op. 11

Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov (piano)

Medtner:

Danza festiva

Nicolas Medtner (piano)

Skazka (Fairy Tale), Op. 51 No. 5

Nicolas Medtner (piano)

Skazka (Fairy Tale), Op. 26 No. 3 in F minor

Nicolas Medtner (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Sergei Rachmaninov (piano)

Polka de V.R.

Sergei Rachmaninov (piano)

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Sergei Rachmaninov (piano)

Prelude Op. 32 No. 5 in G major

Sergei Rachmaninov (piano)

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Sergei Rachmaninov (piano)

Prelude Op. 23 No. 10 in G flat major

Sergei Rachmaninov (piano)

Prelude Op. 32 No. 3 in E major

Sergei Rachmaninov (piano)

Prelude Op. 32 No. 6 in F minor

Sergei Rachmaninov (piano)

Prelude Op. 32 No. 7 in F major

Sergei Rachmaninov (piano)

Moment musical No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 16 No. 2

Sergei Rachmaninov (piano)

Oriental Sketch (1917)

Sergei Rachmaninov (piano)

Scriabin:

Étude Op. 8 No. 12 in D sharp minor

Alexander Scriabin (piano)

Prelude, Op. 11 No. 1 in C major

Alexander Scriabin (piano)

Prelude, Op. 11 No. 2 in A minor

Alexander Scriabin (piano)

Prelude, Op. 11 No. 13 in G flat major

Alexander Scriabin (piano)

Prelude, Op. 11 No. 14 in E flat minor

Alexander Scriabin (piano)

Poème in F sharp major, Op. 32 No. 1

Alexander Scriabin (piano)

Mazurka in F sharp major, Op. 40 No. 2

Alexander Scriabin (piano)

Désir, Op. 57 No. 1

Alexander Scriabin (piano)


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Meisterkonzerte, Vol. 3 (1941, 1955)

Meisterkonzerte, Vol. 3 (1941, 1955)

Great Russian Piano Concertos


Rachmaninov:

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

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Vladimir Horowitz (piano)

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini


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Russian Miniatures

Russian Miniatures


Arensky:

Concert Valse

Elena Semishina (piano), Serguei Azizian (violin)

Frolov:

Divertissement

Elena Semishina (piano), Serguei Azizian (violin)

Glazunov:

Meditation, Op. 32

Elena Semishina (piano), Serguei Azizian (violin)

Glinka:

Nocturne in E flat major

Elena Semishina (piano)

Korchmar:

Fatal Tango

Alice Norregaard (piano)

Prokofiev:

The Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op. 33a: March

Elena Semishina (piano), Serguei Azizian (violin)

Rachmaninov:

Romance in D Minor, Op. 6 No. 1

Elena Semishina (piano), Serguei Azizian (violin)

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Elena Semishina (piano), Serguei Azizian (violin)

Scriabin:

Étude Op. 8 No. 10 in D flat major

Elena Semishina (piano), Serguei Azizian (violin)

Shchedrin:

Humoresque

Elena Semishina (piano), Serguei Azizian (violin)

Shostakovich:

Prelude for piano, Op. 34 No. 1 in C major

Elena Semishina (piano), Serguei Azizian (violin)

Prelude for piano, Op. 34 No. 10 in C sharp minor

Elena Semishina (piano), Serguei Azizian (violin)

Prelude for piano, Op. 34 No. 15 in D flat major

Elena Semishina (piano), Serguei Azizian (violin)

Prelude for piano, Op. 34 No. 16 in B flat minor

Elena Semishina (piano), Serguei Azizian (violin)

Prelude for piano, Op. 34 No. 24 in D minor

Elena Semishina (piano), Serguei Azizian (violin)

Tchaikovsky:

Valse-scherzo in C major for violin & orchestra (or violin & piano), Op. 34

Elena Semishina (piano), Serguei Azizian (violin)

Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: Scherzo in D minor

Elena Semishina (piano), Serguei Azizian (violin)


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