Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov: Piano Trios

Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov: Piano Trios


Rachmaninov:

Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor, Op. post.

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 'In Memory of a Great Artist'


The Gould Trio

A brand new recording of the outstanding Gould Trio (Lucy Gould - violin, Alice Neary - ʻcello, Benjamin Frith - piano) performing Tchaikovskyʼs Trio in A minor, Op.50 and Rachmaninovʼs Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor.

Tchaikovsky wrote comparatively little chamber music, yet his Piano Trio in A minor, op. 50, with its kaleidoscopic succession of moods, is probably the first important piano trio by a Russian composer This work is a big, ambitious piece in which the composer sets himself a multitude of challenges in what was for him a new medium.

The Trio did not take long to make its way into the repertoire, where it still stands as one of the supreme examples of the piano trio in the Romantic era.

Tchaikovskyʼs Trio, with its function as a memorial for Nikolai Rubinstein, seems to have initiated a Russian tradition of ʻelegiacʼ piano trios. The young Sergei Rachmaninov composed his first, the Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor, at white-hot speed between 18 and 21 January 1892. Not surprisingly, Rachmaninov assigns pride of place to the piano, making the Trio almost a miniature piano concerto.

It opens with murmuring, wind-blown string figures, creating an evocative background to the pianoʼs dolorous main theme, soon taken up by the strings. In similarity to the Tchaikovsky, the work concludes with an impressively gloomy funeral march.

“The Gould Trio rise to the challenge magnificently, with a particularly robust contribution from Benjamin Frith...The more extrovert Tchaikovsky, with all its bombastic and rhetorical episodes, is also very well handled, especially the central variations” Gramophone Magazine, February 2011

“It is all too easy for these two piano trios to get bogged down in sentiment and density of texture, but the Gould finds a way of keeping the fabric transparent and airy while maintaining the elegiac tone that governs both of them.” The Telegraph, 14th January 2011 *****

“[The Gould Trio's] players follow the composer's directions to the letter, bringing a natural flow to the various difficult changes in tempo in the first movement and mapping its emotional narrative most convincingly...In the final, Benjamin Frith impressively negotiates Tchaikovsky's full-blooded piano writing without coarsening it.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2011 *****

“the Gould Piano Trio embrace [the Rachmaninov's] sweeping lyricism, shaping the piece nicely from the expressive murmuring of the opening...Unafraid of exposing the underlying emotion, their approach remains balanced yet expressive, equalling some 'superstar' performances of these works.” Classic FM Magazine, February 2011 ****

BBC Music Magazine

Chamber Choice - February 2011

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Rachmaninov: Vespers

Rachmaninov: Vespers


Rachmaninov:

Vespers, Op. 37 (extracts)

Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 (extracts)


On this new recording of Rachmaninov’s two great a capella sacred works, the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, and Vespers, award winning choral group Accentus and its musical director Laurence Equilbey are joined by the chamber choir founded by her teacher and mentor Eric Ericson. When combined their forces make up an ensemble of 65 voices.

Founded by its current director Laurence Equilbey, Accentus is a professional chamber choir which appears in the leading concert halls and international festivals. The group collaborates regularly with prestigious conductors and orchestras (Pierre Boulez, Christoph Eschenbach, Orchestre de Paris, Ensemble intercontemporain, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen Haute Normandie, Concerto Köln, Akademie für Alte Musik). The group’s recordings have received numerous prizes from the musical press, notably ‘Transcription”, Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross, Fauré’s Requiem with members of the Orchestre National de France, and ‘Strauss a cappella’ with the Latvian Radio Choir. Accentus records exclusively for Naïve These two vast sacred compositions by Sergei Rachmaninov may be seen as a striking manifestation of the return to the roots of Russian music which was at its height in the early twentieth century. Their appearance marks the conclusion of a century-long era inaugurated by Glinka. Rachmaninoff achieved a synthesis of the school of St Petersburg (Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov) and that of Moscow, the ‘new school’ of church composers (Kastalsky, Chesnokov, Grechaninov). Rachmaninoff used original melodies for certain movements and copies of them for others.

“a disc of singular beauty and spiritual warmth, which bears out that beyond all the sumptuousness of vocal tone Rachmaninov's music embodies a genuine underlying religious passion...The superlative recording captures an enormous dynamic range, and a beauty of tone and perfection of ensemble that are very moving. Among the soloists, the bass Vladimir Miller stands out” BBC Music Magazine, February 2011 *****

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2


Rachmaninov:

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

USSR RTV Large Symphony Orchestra

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

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra


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Portrait: Works for cello & piano

Portrait: Works for cello & piano


Boccherini:

Cello Sonata in G major, G. 5

Brahms:

Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38

Fauré:

Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1

Ligeti:

Sonata for Cello solo

Popper:

Hungarian Rhapsody

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14


Stjepan Hauser (cello), Yoko Misumi (piano)

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Dvorak: Cello Concerto

Dvorak: Cello Concerto


Chopin:

Polonaise brillante Op. 3 for cello & piano

Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Schubert:

Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3


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Rachmaninov, Brahms & Schumann: Works for cello & piano

Rachmaninov, Brahms & Schumann: Works for cello & piano


Brahms:

Cello Sonata in D major Op. 78 (arr. from Violin Sonata)

Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Schumann:

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73


Janos Starker (cello), Shigeo Neriki (piano)

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Jussi Björling Live

Jussi Björling Live

Broadcast Concerts 1937-1960


Adam:

O Holy Night

Recorded 20th December 1954

Alfvén:

Skogen sover, Op. 28 No. 6

Recorded 11th April 1949

Jag längtar dig (Text: Ernest Thiel)

Recorded 5th August 1960

Althen:

Land, du välsignade (Thou Blessed Country)

Recorded 12th May 1946

Land, du välsignade (Thou Blessed Country)

Recorded 25th May 1952

Flotow:

M'appari (from Martha)

Recorded 19th November 1945

Foster, S:

I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

Recorded 19th November 1945

I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

Recorded 7th November 1949

Geehl:

For You Alone

Recorded 21st January 1946

For You Alone

Recorded 8th January 1951

Giordano, U:

Come un bel dì di maggio (from Andrea Chénier)

Recorded 23rd October 1950

Glover:

Rose of Tralee

Recorded 12th March 1951

Godard, B:

Cachès dans cet asile (Jocelyn)

Recorded 25th March 1946; sung in English

Cachès dans cet asile (Jocelyn)

Recorded 11th August 1949; sung in English

Gounod:

Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre… Salut! Demeure chaste et pure (from Faust)

Recorded 12th May 1946

Nuit d'hyménée from Roméo et Juliette

Recorded 23rd October 1949

Anna-Lisa Björling (soprano)

Nuit d'hyménée from Roméo et Juliette

Recorded 30th September 1951

Bidú Sayão (soprano)

Prison Scene (from Faust)

Recorded 5th December 1937; Björling sings in Swedish

Grieg:

Jeg Elsker Deg, Op. 41 No. 3

Recorded 25th March 1946

Hardelot:

Because

Recorded 25th March 1946

Herbert, V:

Neapolitan Love Song

Recorded 25th March 1946

Neapolitan Love Song

Recorded 4th April 1949

Leoncavallo:

Recitar!...Vesti la giubba (from I Pagliacci)

Recorded 16th February 1951

Mattinata - 'L'aurora di bianco vestita'

Recorded 15th March 1948

Recitar!...Vesti la giubba (from I Pagliacci)

Recorded 12th March 1951

Mascagni:

Addio alla madre (from Cavalleria Rusticana)

Recorded 4th April 1949

Massenet:

Instant charmant … En fermant les yeux (from Manon)

Recorded 19th November 1945

Je suis seul, seul enfin... Ah fuyez douce image (from Manon)

Recorded 23rd October 1949

Je suis seul, seul enfin... Ah fuyez douce image (from Manon)

Recorded 15th March 1948

Instant charmant … En fermant les yeux (from Manon)

Recorded 8th January 1951

Meyerbeer:

Pays merveilleux... Ô paradis (from L'Africaine)

Recorded 23rd October 1950

Pays merveilleux... Ô paradis (from L'Africaine)

Recorded 5th December 1937

Millöcker:

Ich hab' kein Geld, bin vogelfrei (from Der Bettelstudent)

Recorded 25th May 1952; sung in Swedish

Morgan, O:

Clorinda

Recorded 15th March 1948

Nordqvist:

Till havs (Towards the Sea)

Recorded 20th December 1954

Peterson-Berger:

Jungfrun under lind (Ernst von der Recke)

Recorded 12th May 1946

Jungfrun under lind (Ernst von der Recke)

Recorded 11th April 1949

Jungfrun under lind (Ernst von der Recke)

Recorded 8th January 1951

När jag för mig själv (When I Walk by Myself)

Recorded 20th December 1954

Ponchielli:

Cielo e mar! (from La Gioconda)

Recorded 30th September 1951

Puccini:

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Recorded 25th September 1949

Licia Albanese (soprano)

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Recorded 23rd October 1949

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Recorded 23rd October 1949

Anna-Lisa Björling (soprano)

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

Recorded 30th September 1951

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Recorded 7th November 1949

Donna non vidi mai (from Manon Lescaut)

Recorded 8th January 1951

O sventata, sventata (from La Bohème)

Recorded 30th January 1956

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Recorded 30th January 1956

Si, mi chiamano Mimi (from La Bohème)

Recorded 30th January 1956

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Recorded 30th January 1956

Renata Tebaldi (soprano)

Recondita armonia (from Tosca)

Recorded 5th December 1937

Rachmaninov:

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

Recorded 15th March 1948

V molchanii nochi taynoy, Op. 4 No. 3

Recorded 23rd October 1950

Rangström:

Tristans död

Recorded 11th April 1949

Romberg, S:

Will You Remember (from Maytime)

Recorded 21st January 1946

Schubert:

An Sylvia, D891

sung in English; recorded 19th November 1945

Ständchen 'Leise flehen meine Lieder', D957 No. 4

Recorded 4th April 1949

Sjögren:

I drömmen du är mig nära

Recorded 11th April 1949

Söderman:

Trollsjön

Recorded 11th April 1949

Trollsjön

Recorded 25th May 1952

Strauss, R:

Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2

Recorded 7th November 1949

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Recorded 23rd October 1950

Tchaikovsky:

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

Recorded 5th August 1960; sung in Swedish

Tosti:

L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra

Recorded 30th September 1951

L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra

Recorded 11th April 1949

Verdi:

Quel suon…Ah! Che la morte ognora (from Il Trovatore)

Recorded 21st January 1946

Eleanor Steber (soprano)

Solenne in quest'ora (from La Forza del Destino)

Recorded 5th December 1937

Se quel guerrier io fossi!…Celeste Aida (from Aida)

Recorded 12th March 1951

Celeste Aida (from Aida)

Recorded 12th March 1951

Wagner:

In fernem Land (from Lohengrin)

Recorded 20th December 1954

In fernem Land (from Lohengrin)

Recorded 5th August 1960; sung in Swedish


This month is an excellent one for Björling fans. This collection is a treasury of rare performances from the US and Sweden and includes previously unreleased material. There is commentary and interviews, as well as Art and popular songs, Arias and duets and there are many guest artists such as Licia Albanese, Anna Lisa Björling and Renata Tebaldi.

“Björling recorded [Lensky's aria] many times but never, I think, so poignantly as here. As a prologue to this year's centenary celebrations the album is a worthy offering and this track an especially moving example of the great tenor's art at its best.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

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Rachmaninov & Medtner: Duo-piano

Rachmaninov & Medtner: Duo-piano


Medtner:

TWO PIECES Op. 58

Rachmaninov:

Russian Rhapsody for two pianos, Op. post.

Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17


Saida Kafarova (piano), Desiree Paulsen Bakke (piano)

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111 Years of DG: The Collector’s Edition 1

111 Years of DG: The Collector’s Edition 1


Auber:

La muette de Portici: Overture

Orchestre Lamoureux, Paris, Igor Markevitch

Bach, J S:

The Art of Fugue, BWV1080

Emerson String Quartet

Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Pierre Fournier (cello)

Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV1067

Musica Antiqua Köln (on authentic instruments), Reinhard Goebel

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042

Hilary Hahn (violin)

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane

Concerto for Oboe & Violin in C minor, BWV1060

Hilary Hahn (violin) & Allan Vogel (oboe)

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043

Hilary Hahn (violin) & Margaret Batjer (violin II)

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041

Hilary Hahn (violin)

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane

Mass in B minor, BWV232

Maria Stader (soprano), Herta Töpper (contralto), Ernst Haefliger (tenor) & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (bass)

Münchener Bach-Chor & Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

Helmut Walcha (organ)

Trio Sonata No. 1 in E flat major, BWV525

Helmut Walcha (organ)

Chorale Partita BWV768 'Sei gegrusset, Jesu gütig'

Helmut Walcha (organ)

Prelude & Fugue in E flat major, BWV552 'St Anne'

Helmut Walcha (organ)

Chorale Preludes II, BWV645-650 'Schübler Chorales'

Helmut Walcha (organ)

Beethoven:

String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 No. 1 'Rasumovsky No. 1'

Amadeus Quartet

String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131

Amadeus Quartet

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

Emil Gilels (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'

Emil Gilels (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Emil Gilels (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest'

Hélène Grimaud (piano)

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

Live recording

Hélène Grimaud (piano)

Swedish Radio Choir & Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Gundula Janowitz (soprano), Hilde Rössel-Majdan (contralto), Waldemar Kmentt (tenor) & Walter Berry (bass)

Berliner Philharmoniker & Wiener Singverein, Herbert von Karajan

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

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

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Zärtliche Liebe 'Ich liebe dich', WoO 123

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Adelaide, Op. 46

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Resignation, WoO 149

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Der Kuss, Op. 128

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Orchestre Lamoureux, Paris, Igor Markevitch

Bernstein:

West Side Story

Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Tatiana Troyanos, Marilyn Horne & Kurt Ollmann

Leonard Bernstein

Brahms:

Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 Nos. 1-21 (complete)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin) & Antonio Meneses (cello)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Cherubini:

Anacréon Overture

Orchestre Lamoureux, Paris, Igor Markevitch

Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Martha Argerich (piano)

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

Martha Argerich (piano)

Prelude Op. 45 in C sharp minor (No. 25)

Martha Argerich (piano)

Prelude Op. posth. in A flat major (No. 26)

Martha Argerich (piano)

Nocturnes Nos. 1-21 (complete)

Maria João Pires (piano)

Études (12), Op. 10

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Études (12), Op. 25

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Corigliano, J:

Fantasia on an Ostinato

Hélène Grimaud (piano)

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1 (12, complete)

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Images pour piano - Books 1 & 2

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Handel:

Sonata in G major for two violins and strings, Op. 5 No. 4

Musica Antiqua Köln (on authentic instruments), Reinhard Goebel

Haydn:

Symphony No. 88 in G major

Berliner Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwängler

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

Totentanz, S126 for piano & orchestra

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5

Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel

Mendelssohn:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

Lang Lang (piano)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel

Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 'Reformation'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel

Monteverdi:

Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Ann Monoyios (soprano), Marinella Pennicchi (soprano), Michael Chance (countertenor), Mark Tucker (tenor), Nigel Robson (tenor), Sandro Naglia (tenor), Bryn Terfel (bass) & Alastair Miles (bass)

The English Baroque Soloists (on authentic instruments), His Majesties Sagbutts & Cornetts, The Monteverdi Choir & The London Oratory Junior Choir, John Eliot Gardiner

Mozart:

Requiem in D minor, K626

Edith Mathis, Hans Haselböck, Julia Hamari, Norbert Balatsch & Wieslaw Ochman

Konzertvereinigung, Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Philharmoniker,, Karl Böhm

Orff:

Carmina Burana

Gundula Janowitz (soprano), Gerhard Stolze (tenor) & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)

Schöneberger Sängerknaben & Chor und Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Eugen Jochum

Pachelbel:

Canon & Gigue

Musica Antiqua Köln (on authentic instruments), Reinhard Goebel

Pärt:

Credo

Live recording

Hélène Grimaud (piano)

Swedish Radio Choir & Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen

Praetorius, M:

Lutheran Mass for Christmas Morning

Gabrieli Consort & Players (on authentic instruments) & Boys’ Choir and Congregational Choir of Roskilde Cathedral, Paul Mccreesh

Rachmaninov:

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

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislaw Wislocki

Prelude Op. 32 No. 1 in C major

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Prelude Op. 32 No. 2 in B flat minor

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Prelude Op. 23 No. 2 in B flat major

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Prelude Op. 23 No. 4 in D major

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Prelude Op. 23 No. 7 in C minor

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Ravel:

Boléro

Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim

Pavane pour une infante défunte

with Myron Bloom (solo horn)

Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim

Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2

Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim

La Valse

Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim

Sarasate:

Navarra, Op. 33

David Oistrach (violin) & Igor Oistrach (violin)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Franz Konwitschny

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K20 in E major

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K135 in E major

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K9 in D minor

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K119 in D major

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K1 in D minor

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K87 in B minor

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K98 in E minor

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K13 in G major

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K8 in G minor

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K11 in C minor

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K450 in G minor

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K159 in C major 'La caccia'

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K487 in C major

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K529 in B flat major

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Schubert:

Winterreise D911

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) & Gerald Moore (piano)

An Sylvia, D891

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren D360 (Mayrhofer)

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Liebhaber in allen Gestalten, D558

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Der Einsame, D800

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Im Abendrot, D799

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Ständchen 'Leise flehen meine Lieder', D957 No. 4

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

An die Laute D905

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Der Musensohn, D764 (Goethe)

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

An die Musik D547

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Schumann:

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Berliner Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwängler

Dichterliebe, Op. 48

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

The Firebird

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Petrushka

The Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Tchaikovsky:

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

Lang Lang (piano)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

David Oistrach (violin)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Franz Konwitschny

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Verdi:

Requiem

Maria Stader (soprano), Marianna Radev (mezzo-soprano), Helmut Krebs (tenor) & Kim Borg (bass)

RIAS-Kammerchor, Chor der St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale & RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay

Vivaldi:

Concerto for Violin Strings and Harpsichord in G minor RV331

World Premiere Recording

Giuliano Carmignola (violin)

Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon

Concerto for Violin Strings and Harpsichord in C RV190

World Premiere Recording

Giuliano Carmignola (violin)

Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon

Concerto for Violin Strings and Harpsichord in G minor RV325

World Premiere Recording

Giuliano Carmignola (violin)

Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon

Concerto for Violin Strings and Harpsichord in D RV217

World Premiere Recording

Giuliano Carmignola (violin)

Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon

Concerto for Violin Strings and Harpsichord in G RV303.

World Premiere Recording

Giuliano Carmignola (violin)

Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon

Trio Sonata, Op. 1 No. 12 for Two Violins & Continuo in D minor, RV 63 'La Follia'

Musica Antiqua Köln (on authentic instruments), Reinhard Goebel

The Four Seasons

Simon Standage (violin)

The English Concert (on authentic instruments), Trevor Pinnock

Wieniawski:

Étude-caprice, Op. 18 No. 2 in E flat major

David Oistrach (violin) & Igor Oistrach (violin)

Étude-caprice, Op. 18 No. 5 in E major

David Oistrach (violin) & Igor Oistrach (violin)

Étude-caprice, Op. 18 No. 4 in A minor

David Oistrach (violin) & Igor Oistrach (violin)


Ever since Beethoven wrote his last piano sonata and called it opus 111, the number 111 has enjoyed certain kudos in musical circles – of which we are proud to take advantage, as Deutsche Grammophon celebrates its 111th anniversary in 2009. 111 years is a lot of history, and we have tried to squeeze into an array of products – both on CD (also available on download) and on DVD – the “flavour” of the label, and to give an idea of its culture over 11 decades, The philosophy has always been “The greatest recordings by the greatest artists in the world” – something clearly borne by the releases now on offer, both in terms of sound quality and artistic merit.

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4


Rachmaninov:

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

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


Internationally acclaimed pianist Leif Ove Andsnes teams up once again with conductor Antonio Pappano on his new recording of Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4. They are joined by the London Symphony Orchestra. Andsnes and Pappano first recorded collaboration was the 2004 EMI Classics release of Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, with the Berliner Philharmoniker, which received glorious, universal acclaim.

The London Symphony Orchestra, with Vladimir Horowitz, was the first to record Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3. It was released 70 years ago in 1930.

“If judicious sensuality is indeed on vital quality that manifests itself in [Andsnes's] new recording with the LSO and Pappano, another is the impressive physicality of the performance...He, Pappano and the orchestra breathe together...If Andsnes's playing is arresting for the quantity of relevant detail that he conveys, so too is the orchestra's.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2010

“...together with his lustrous tone and physical power he brings to the Third Concerto a compelling poetic sensibility. He and Pappano are entirely as one in finding the music’s pulse, its fluxes of pace and its blend of grandeur, mellowness and bravura...This is a disc of terrific stature.” The Telegraph, 5th October 2010 *****

“emotionally subtle music-making, light and beckoning one minute, steely with tension the next...the orchestra’s lyrical flow is the first thing you notice as the Third Concerto begins. Pappano might not be conducting opera here, but he can’t help bringing out the music’s song or revealing its heart.” The Times, 15th October 2010 ****

“There's no disputing the high standard of Leif Ove Andsnes's pianism in both these concertos, among the most technically demanding in the repertoire – nor the equal brilliance with which Antonio Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra partner his performances.” The Guardian, 21st October 2010 ****

“[Andsnes] manages to make the first movement sound more sinister and wayward than most of his rivals, yet he's in his element in etching the filigree and fioriture of the highly-decorated solo part in the slow movement” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 ****

“The passion burns from within in this incendiary account...The amplitude of his melodies, the rich scoring and the insistent Russian melancholy are most potent when kept under control. The poetic, muscular Andsnes, sensitively and glitteringly accompanied by Pappano and the LSO, does just that.” The Observer, 31st October 2010

“You don't really get indulgences and histrionics from Andsnes - he leaves much of that to conductor Antonio Pappano...What Pappano and Andsnes do so well together is pace both pieces and tell the musical stories...In few other recordings does the opening to the Fourth's Allegro sound so hypnotically tight and magical” Classic FM Magazine, December 2010 *****

“Technical challenges are shaken off like rainwater, subtler sections are given the requisite grace and poise, and everything else in between is a joyous blur.” Daniel Ross, bbc.co.uk, 2nd November 2010

“just as rippling and brilliant as his 1995 live recording with the Oslo Philharmonic but even more rhapsodic and searching.” New York Times, 26th November 2010

“From the start [of the Fourth Concerto], they pace things superbly: the opening piano theme...has a sweeping nobility that is hugely impressive, and the detail Pappano finds in the orchestral writing is no less remarkable. Best of all is the clear-sighted sense of direction that soloist and conductor project throughout this work - making a formidable case for it.” International Record Review, December 2010

GGramophone Awards 2011

Shortlisted - Concerto

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2010

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