Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Live on the Horowitz Steinway

Live on the Horowitz Steinway


Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Moszkowski:

Étincelles, Op. 36 No. 6

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 23 No. 4 in D major

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D935

Scriabin:

Piano Sonata No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53


Jura Margulis (piano)

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Rachmaninov: Music for Piano

Rachmaninov: Music for Piano


Rachmaninov:

Elegie, Op. 3 No. 1

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

What happiness, Op. 34 No.12

transcribed Francis Pott

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

transcribed Rachmaninov

Prelude Op. 23 No. 4 in D major

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 6 in E flat major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 6 in F minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 10 in B minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

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


Jeremy Filsell is one of very few performers to have established a virtuoso concert career as both a pianist and organist on the international stage. This recital disc explores Filsell’s lifelong love of Rachmaninov’s piano music, surveying selections from Preludes and Sonatas as well as two song transcriptions.

“The recital gets off to an impressive start with expressive accounts of the early Elegie Op. 3 and the ubiquitous Prelude in C sharp minor. In both works, Filsell creates a rich and tonally varied sound while at the same time demonstrating an instinctive feeling for rubato.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ***

“Filsell's playing, while ardent, thoughtful and well informed, never comes across as stuffy or self-conscious...The curtain-raiser to the Second Sonata certainly grabs you by the throat, just as it should...Filsell's finale is most definitely fit for purpose, with all kinds of attractive nuances tossed in for our pleasure (and his).” International Record Review, April 2011

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The Rachmaninov Experience

The Rachmaninov Experience


CD 1 78.27

01 Prélude in C sharp minor, op.3 no.2

02 Symphony No.2 Allegro molto

03 Moments musicaux No.4 in E minor

04 The Waterlily

05 Moments musicaux No.3 in B minor

06 Piano Concerto No.2 Adagio sostenuto

07 Spring Waters

08 Suite No.2 Valse

09 Symphony No.2 Adagio

10 The Lilacs

11 Piano Concerto No.3 Finale: Alla breve

CD 2 78.17

01 Symphonic Dances op.45 Non allegro

02 Prelude, op.23 no.2

03 Oh, do not sing to me, fair maiden

04 Prelude, op.23 no.5

05 Vocalise arr. Wallfisch

06 Prelude, op.23 no.10

07 Vespers Ave Maria

08 Prelude, op.23 no.1

09 The Isle of the Dead

10–13 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Variations XVI–XXIV


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Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2


Prokofiev:

Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63

Geneviève Laurenceau (violin)

Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45


Following two highly praised recordings of Russian orchestral music (V5068 and V5073), this is the third recording by the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Tugan Sokhiev for Naïve. The CD includes two more great Russian masterpieces, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto. The latter features the orchestra’s new leader, the talented soloist Geneviève Laurenceau.

Tugan Sokhiev became music director of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse in 2008, following three years as principal guest conductor and artistic adviser. During this collaboration he has conducted many critically acclaimed concerts across Europe and Asia, and their first two discs for Naïve received remarkable reviews. Tugan Sokhiev has just been named music director designate of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and will take up his role as music director from the 2012-13 season. He is a regular visitor to this country, conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Born in Strasbourg in 1977, Geneviève Laurenceau was awarded the Grand Prix of the Académie Maurice Ravel at Saint-Jean-de-Luz in September 2001, and later won the fifth ‘Violon de l’Adami’ award, She has performed as a soloist with the leading French and international orchestras under the direction of such conductors as Michel Plasson, Kees Bakels, Walter Weller and Tugan Sokhiev.

Both Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff left Russia following the Revolution of 1917, and both made careers abroad as composer-pianists. However, while Rachmaninoff resolved never to return to Russia so long as it was under Soviet rule, Prokofiev took a more pragmatic approach and, though cautious in his dealings with Soviet authorities, remained on good terms with the Soviet authorities.

“Laurenceau is a seductive envoy of Prokofiev's opening gambit, drawing the listener in with a poetic and rich-sounding introduction; furthermore she is as technically athletic and tonally acerbic as is required later on...She not only plays marvellously and fantastically but has a distinct and compelling view of the concerto, relishing its contrasts of mood and also its beauty” International Record Review, March 2011

“[Laurenceau] has the measure of the amalgam that goes to make up Prokofiev's mid-1930s style...Crucial to the overall effectiveness of the performance is Tugan Sokhiev's sharp-eared conducting of the Toulouse Capitole Orchestra, in which colour is deftly and discerningly applied, impetus strong and the shifts in the music's temperament seamlessly executed.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2011

“Laurenceau is commanding, ardent, colourful and intonation perfect. She makes some of the passages...sound like they've never done before; and the final begins with splendid swagger...The Toulouse Capitole Orchestra has its virtues, not least those bright, caressing woodwind who launch the central reverie of Rachmaninov's first symphonic dance.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2011 ***

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2


Liszt:

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

Mephisto Waltz No. 1

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Cadenza: Nobuyuki Tsujii

Rachmaninov:

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

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Yutaka Sado


Award-winning blind pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii makes his first recording for Challenge Classics with conductor Yutaka Sado and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin on a disc that includes Sergei Rachmaninov’s much-loved Piano Concerto No. 2 and three popular pieces for solo piano by Franz Liszt.

Blind since birth, 21-year-old Nobuyuki Tsujii was joint-winner of the Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009. Since winning the competition he has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, and the Ravinia Festival, and given recitals throughout the U.S.A. He has worked with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yutaka Sado and Vladimir Spivakov. Future plans include appearances with the BBC Philharmonic, Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and recitals in Berlin, Belgrade and Basel. Nobuyuki Tsujii has made a number of recordings for Avex Classics including an all- Chopin recital disc, and a live DVD recording of his 2008 solo recital at Suntory Hall.

After having spent three years of creative hardship without writing anything, the composition of the Second Piano Concerto restored Rachmaninov’s confidence in his creative abilities, and the first complete performance of the wiork in 1901 brought him great and lasting success. Franz Liszt was a multi-faceted musical genius, and the solo piano pieces featured here cover several aspects of this. The disc includes the celebrated Hungarian Rhapsody No.2, as well as Liebestraum No. 3 and the First Mephisto Waltz.

“The Mephisto Waltz in particular has treacherous leaps which most sighted pianists find challenging, so to hear Tsujii in one of the most thrilling account of [sic] disc seems nothing short of miraculous.” Classic FM Magazine, April 2011 ***

“what makes this release so outstanding is the quality of Tsujii's interpretative response to two very demanding, and very different composers. His powerful, yet unhurried manner and full, rather dark keyboard tone together draw out the riches of Rachmaninov's evergreen Concerto in a way that has it sounding wonderfully fresh...his playing is alert to every switchback of mood and pace.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2011 *****

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Essential Rachmaninov

Essential Rachmaninov


CD 1

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

Sir Simon Rattle

- Vocalise, Op.43/No.4

Michael Schønwandt

- Prelude in C sharp minor (Lento) Op.3 No.2

John Ogdon

- Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op.37 - 8. Khvalite imya Gospodne

Stephen Cleobury

- Moment Musical in B Minor Op.16 No.3 (Andante Cantabile)

Jean-Philippe Collard

- Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43 - Variation XVIII (Andante cantabile, a tempo vivace)

Sir Simon Rattle

- Cello Sonata in G minor Op.19 - III. Andante

Charles Owen

- Vesenniye vodi, Op.14,11 (Tyutchev)

Gerald Moore

- Zdes' khorosho, Op.21,7 (Galina)

Gerald Moore

- Vzglyani: pod otdalónnïm svódom (Lied des jungen Zigeuners), from: Aleko (Opera in 1 act)

Gerald Moore

- Symphony No.3 in A minor Op.44 - II. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro vivace - Tempo come prima

St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Leningrad)

CD 2

- Symphonic Dances Op.45: I. Non allegro

St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Leningrad)

- Piano Concerto No.4 in G minor Op.40: II. Largo

Augustin Anievas

- 9 Etudes-tableaux Op.39: No.9 in D major

Vladimir Ovchinikov

- Symphony No.2 in E minor Op.27: III. Adagio

André Previn

- Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op.37: 6. Bogoroditse Devo

City of London Sinfonia

- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.3 Op.30: I. Allegro ma non tanto

Leif Ove Andsnes

- 21 Songs - To the children Op.27 No.7 (words A Khomiakov)

Dimitri Kharitonov

- 24 Preludes: Prelude in G minor (Alla marcia) Op.23 No.5

Andrei Gavrilov (piano)

- Symphony No.1 in D minor, Op.13: 4th movement: Allegro con fuoco

St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Leningrad)


The Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov, considered by many to be the natural successor to Tchaikovsky, was responsible for some of the most powerful romantic works written in the first part of the 20th century. His first popular success came in 1892 with the Prelude in C sharp minor for solo piano, but it was his Second Piano Concerto (1901) that fully established him as a major composer. Its haunting themes are heard in the famous films Brief Encounter and The Seven Year Itch, and music from the Third Piano Concerto (1909) makes a profound impression in the film Shine. Extracts from these and Rachmaninov’s other main compositions are performed by leading artists including the pianists Leif Ove Andsnes, Vladimir Ovchinikov, Cécile Ousset and Andrei Gavrilov, the singers Natalie Dessay and Nicolai Gedda, and the conductors Sir Simon Rattle, André Previn, Mariss Jansons and Stephen Cleobury

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Yuri Temirkanov conducts Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov

Yuri Temirkanov conducts Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov


Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Tchaikovsky:

Swan Lake, Op. 20 Suite


Signum’s fourth disc with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra continues their survey of the core Russian repertoire in which they excel.

This recording follows their January 2010 releases of Verdi’s Requiem (SIGCD184), Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 'Leningrad' (SIGCD194) and Prokofiev’s ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Romeo & Juliet’ Orchestral Suites (SIGCD214).

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Rachmaninov & Saint-Saens: Piano Works

Rachmaninov & Saint-Saens: Piano Works


Rachmaninov:

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

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Moment musical No. 3 in B minor, Op. 16 No. 3

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

Saint-Saëns:

Allegro appassionato for piano & orchestra Op. 70

Etude pour l'independance des doigts (No. 2 from Six Études, Op. 52)

Toccata d'après le cinquième concerto (No. 6 from Six Études, Op. 111)

Album pour Piano, Op. 72: Toccata

Études (6) pour la main gauche seule, Op. 135: Bourrée

Six Études Op. 111 No. 1 - Tierces Majeures et mineures


David Bismuth (piano)

This young pianist uses his everyday encounters and experiences as much as his contact with the keyboard to nourish his music. He particularly enjoys chamber music and has worked with ensembles such as the Psophos Quartet. He has a taste for intimate venues, where a true exchange with the audience can take place. Here he brings his talents to his native French and Russian works.

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Bullets & Lullabies

Bullets & Lullabies


Alkan:

Grande Sonate 'Les Quatre Ages', Op. 33: Vingt ans

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 No. 3 'The Hunt': Scherzo

Blumenfeld:

Etude for the left hand, Op. 36

Brahms:

Intermezzo in E flat major, Op. 117 No. 1

Chopin:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 (Finale)

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11: Romance

Debussy:

La plus que lente

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Grieg:

In the Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt)

Lyric Pieces Op. 38: No. 1 - Berceuse

Moszkowski:

Etude in F major, Op. 72 No. 6

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 23 No. 10 in G flat major

Ravel:

Le Tombeau de Couperin: Toccata

Pavane pour une infante défunte


James Rhodes (piano)

“'Clair de Lune' emerges beautifully, and the Brahms intermezzo has noble grace. Only three stars on the conventional scale, then, but for Quixotic heroism he gets the full five.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2011 ***

“It's proper classical music, but in an overwhelmingly accessible package that screams mass market youth appeal...Balakirev's arrangement of the "Romanza" from Chopin's E minor Piano Concerto is a high point, playing to Rhodes' talents for making a melodic line sing, and for deftly defined ornamentation.” Charlotte Gardner, bbc.co.uk, 12th December 2010

“Despite the 'cool yoof' market presentation, this is a delightfully old-fashioned recital...[Rhodes] is an engaging communicator who bucks trends and aims high.” Classic FM Magazine, April 2011 ****

“James Rhodes' populist charm is given free rein in the sleevenotes to this double CD of contrasting approaches to the piano, with plenty of winking references to chemical stimulation.” The Independent, 7th January 2011 ****

“In the end, this pianist is a night-bird, most persuasive in the blue-mauve moods of Rachmaninov, Debussy and Chopin.” The Independent on Sunday, 16th January 2011

“James Rhodes is forging his own way in the classical world and breaking rules like the most stylish, gifted and daredevil boy in class...[he] plays with reckless high-wire energy, expression and panache.” The Observer, 26th December 2010

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Meditations

Meditations


Bloch, E:

From Jewish Life: No. 1, Prayer

Casals:

El Cant dels Ocells (Song of the birds)

Dvorak:

Légende

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

Fauré:

Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1

Offenbach:

Les Larmes de Jacqueline - Elégie

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Schumann:

Alte Laute, Op. 35, No. 12

In der Fremde (No. 1 from Liederkreis, Op. 39)

Auf einer Burg (No. 7 from Liederkreis, Op. 39)

Tchaikovsky:

Andante funebre e doloroso ma con moto, 3rd movement of String Quartet No. 3, Op. 30

Verdi:

Ella giammai m'amò (from Don Carlo)

Wagner:

O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)


Les Violoncelles Français: Emmanuelle Bertrand, Eric-Maria Couturier, Emmanuel Gaugué, Xavier Phillips, Raphaël Pidoux, Roland Pidoux, Nadine Pierre, François Salque (cellos)

Les Violoncelles Français first appeared in concert together in 2006: eight leading figures of the French school of cellists, they perform here as a consort in homage to violists of an earlier period. They play an entirely new set of transcriptions taken from mainstream repertoire in this, their first recording, arranged by Roland Pidoux.

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