Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27


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Petites fleurs

Petites fleurs

Musical jewels of the piano


Falla:

Ritual Fire Dance (from El amor brujo)

Janacek:

In the Mists: excerpts

Liszt:

Deux Mélodies russes 'Arabesques', S250 (1842): Die Nachtigall

Prokofiev:

Three Pieces Op. 96: Mephisto-Walzer aus 'Lermontov'

Ten Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: Juliet as a Young Girl

Ten Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: The Montagues and the Capulets

Rachmaninov:

Polka de V.R.

Schubert:

Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 2 in A flat

Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 3 in F minor

Shchedrin:

Balalaika

Smetana:

Am Seegestade - Eine Erinnerung

Tchaikovsky:

Dumka (Russian Rustic Scene), Op. 59

Lullaby, Op. 16 No. 1


Susanne Lang (piano)

Susanne Lang’s debut album includes musical miniatures from romantic, late romantic and 20th century composers. It ranges from two of Franz Schubert’s six Moments musicaux to Smetana, Liszt and de Falla and then to Prokofiev and Shchedrin. Many of these works are popular encores. Susanne Lang is an international performer and is on the jury for a number of piano competitions.

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José Serebrier live in Moscow

José Serebrier live in Moscow


Glazunov:

Chant du Ménestrel, Op. 71

Mussorgsky:

Entr'acte from the opera Khovanshchina

arr. Stokowski

Rachmaninov:

The Bells, Op. 35

Lyubov Petrova (soprano), Andrei Popov (tenor), Sergei Leiferkus (baritone) & Wen-Sinn Yang (cello)

with The Moscow State Chamber Choir

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 - arrangement for orchestra

arr. Serebrier

Shostakovich:

Festive Overture, Op. 96


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José Serebrier (b. December 1938) is a Uruguayan-born conductor and composer of European ancestry with an international reputation based in New York. He conducts orchestras all over the world in all continents, including South America, USA, Spain and Turkey and in the 2010-2011 season he will conduct no less than 3 series of concerts in mainland China. For Warner Classics José Serebrier has recorded all the Glazunov Symphonies with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to great critical acclaim, of which the most recent release is: Symphonies 1, 2, 3, 9 - 2564689042 (2CD)

In Moscow in April 2010, a live recording was made of maestro Serebrier conducting the closing concert of the 1st Rostropovich International Festival in the Tchaikovsky Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire of Music, featuring Rachmaninov’s great choral work ‘The Bells’.

The orchestra for this recording was the Russian National Orchestra (http://www.russianarts.org/rno/index.cfm), much recorded by Deutsche Grammophon, and regarded in a recent Gramophone poll (December 2008 : http://www.russianarts.org/rno/pressrelease.cfm?prid=081201.cfm) as one of the top symphony orchestras in the world alongside the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and London Symphony Orchestras.

“A dazzling curtain-raiser is the best reason for hearing this disc...Only a top-notch orchestral trainer would turn in a Shostakovich Festival Overture quite as articulate and handsome-sounding as this...the breezy galop...is as crisp and focused as you're ever likely to hear.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2010 ****

“This [performance of The Bells] enthralls from start to finish. José Serebrier This must be one of the finest performances of The Bells ever recorded, with top-flight singing [and] playing throughout. Highly recommended.” Classic FM Magazine, February 2011 *****

“It is a terrific performance, in which José Serebrier and the Russian National Orchestra identify those telling touches of instrumentation and detail that help make the score at once so poignant, so thrilling and so moving...The Moscow State Chamber Choir is similarly alert to Rachmaninov's expressive requirements” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2010

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Martha Argerich - Chamber Ensembles

Martha Argerich - Chamber Ensembles

The Collection Volume 3


Bartók:

Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion, BB 115, Sz. 110

Brahms:

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

Variations on a theme by Haydn for two pianos, Op. 56b 'St Anthony Variations'

Prokofiev:

Cinderella, Op. 87

Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Ravel:

Ma Mère l'Oye

Rapsodie Espagnole

La Valse (for 2 pianos)

Schubert:

Rondo for piano duet in A major, D951

Schumann:

Fantasiestücke in A minor for Piano Trio, Op. 88

Shostakovich:

Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

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


Martha Argerich (piano), Gidon Kremer (violin), Mischa Maisky (cello), Yuri Bashmet (viola), Nicolas Economou (piano), Mikhail Pletnev (piano), Nelson Freire (piano)

The final box of Argerich’s DG recordings, which brings together on 6 CDs all of the chamber ensemble recordings from 1983 to 2009. The set also includes her celebrated collaborations with Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky and Yuri Bashmet, the duo-piano partnerships with Nicolas Economou, Mikhail Pletnev and Nelson Freire, and the Bartók / Ravel CD with Nelson Freire and percussionist friends.

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Jorge Bolet: The Romantic Virtuouso

Jorge Bolet: The Romantic Virtuouso


Albéniz:

Tango (No. 2 from Espana, Op. 165)

arr.Godowsky

Brahms:

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

Chopin:

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D flat major ‘Raindrop'

Étude Op. 25 No. 1 in A flat major 'Aeolian Harp'

Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 'Minute Waltz'

Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 'Minute Waltz'

arr.Godowsky

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 2: No. 3, La Puerta del Vino

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

Préludes - Book 1: No. 12, Minstrels

Godowsky:

Studies on Chopin Etudes - No. 25 in A Flat

Studies on Chopin Etudes - No. 5 in D flat ('For the Left Hand Alone')

Concert paraphrase in E flat major

Elegy for the left hand alone

Kreisler:

Liebesfreud

arr. Rachmaninov

Liebesleid

arr. Rachmaninov

Liszt:

Totentanz, S126 for piano & orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra, Iván Fischer

Malédiction, S121 Op. 452

Fantasy on Hungarian Folk-tunes, S123

Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S.434 after Verdi's opera

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

Grand galop chromatique, S219

Mendelssohn:

Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14

Rachmaninov:

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

London Symphony Orchestra, Iván Fischer

Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Melodie in E Major, Op. 3 No. 3

Schlözer:

Etude in A flat major, Op. 1 No. 2

Schubert:

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

orch. Liszt

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D774

arr. Liszt

Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17


Jorge Bolet (piano)

This specially priced 4-CD set combines the romantic spirit and dignified musicality of Cuban-born pianist Jorge Bolet, who made many celebrated recordings as a Decca artist. He was to many a cult figure who brought a rare spontaneity and warmth to a broad range or repertoire, including popular favourites and dazzlingly virtuosic encores.

The art of Jorge Bolet is celebrated in this set which is released to mark the 20th anniversary of his death [16 October 1990].

Booklet includes an appreciation of Jorge Bolet by piano specialist Jeremy Siepmann

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Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45


Moscow Great Hall Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Botnari

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Russian Music for Cello & Piano

Russian Music for Cello & Piano


Miaskovsky:

Cello Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 81

Prokofiev:

Adagio for cello & piano (from Cinderella), Op. 97bis

Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Schnittke:

Musica nostalgica

Scriabin:

Étude Op. 8 No. 11 in B flat minor

Transcription by Gregor Piatigorsky


Wendy Warner (cello) & Irina Nuzova (piano)

The WarnerNuzova duo — cellist Wendy Warner and pianist Irina Nuzova — makes its recording debut with five late-Romantic Russian works on an album dedicated to the memory of one of Warner’s mentors, the illustrious Russian cellist, composer, and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich (1927–2007).

Fittingly, two of the pieces were originally written for Rostropovich: Nikolai Miaskovsky’s rarely heard Sonata No. 2 in A Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 81; and Alfred Schnittke’s Baroque-inspired Musica nostalgica, for violoncello and piano.

This is the first American recording of Miaskovsky’s mellifluous Sonata No. 2, a work that’s rarely performed outside of Russia. It will be a discovery for most listeners.

Alexander Scriabin’s Etude Op. 8, No. 11, is a beautiful encore piece brimming with chromatic harmonies; Sergei Prokofiev’s Adagio from Ten Pieces from Cinderella, Op. 97b, is based on a duet from his ballet; and Sergei Rachmaninov’s Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19, is a riveting four-movement work from the same period as his Second Piano Concerto.

“Warner is a warm, confident and lyrical player who allows the narrative of the music to unfold like a well-told story - a skill that can only come from having real insight into the architecture and soul of this music.” Classic FM Magazine, November 2010 ****

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Lydia Mordkovitch: Tribute to David Oistrakh

Lydia Mordkovitch: Tribute to David Oistrakh


Chausson:

Poème for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 25

(arr. for violin & piano)

Locatelli:

Caprice in D major Op. 3 No. 23 'Il labirinto armonico'

Sonata in F minor, Op. 6 No. 7 'Au tombeau'

(arr. Ysaÿe for violin & piano)

Rachmaninov:

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

Shostakovich:

Violin Sonata, Op. 134

Ysaÿe:

Sonata for solo violin in A minor, Op. 27 No. 2


Lydia Mordkovitch (violin), Nicholas Walker (piano), Marina Gusak-Grin (piano), Clifford Benson (piano) & Julian Milford (piano)

David Oistrakh (1908 – 1974), one of the most famous violin virtuosos of the last century, made many recordings and was the dedicatee of numerous works for violin. Among the many violin virtuosi of the younger generation whom he inspired is Lydia Mordkovitch, one of his star pupils. In this CD she pays tribute to her great teacher.

For Chandos Lydia Mordkovitch has recorded many works famously associated with Oistrakh, including violin concertos by Khachaturian and Shostakovich, all of which were written for him. Her recording of Shostakovich’s two concertos won a Gramophone Award in 1990. Indeed, her style of playing has many of the hall marks of Oistrakh’s: incredible virtuosity, rich colouring, and above all a passion which is totally Russian in spirit.

In this collection Lydia Mordkovitch brings together pieces with which Oistrakh was associated. The programme ranges widely, from newly recorded music by Pietro Locatelli to a classic version of Chausson’s gorgeous Poème. Of course, Shostakovich is represented – a composer very closely associated with Oistrakh – Lydia Mordkovitch giving his Violin Sonata a superbly nuanced performance, plumbing real depths of feeling without any sentimentality. Rachmaninov has to be included too and Daises is a particularly lovely piece of music. Oistrakh gave sparkling performances of the technically challenging music of Ysaÿe, and Lydia Mordkovitch here proves that she can meet the challenges with equal brilliance.

“There's an element of extravagance in the Chausson...but what's remarkable here is Mordkovitch's range of tone and the way she finds the right sound for each episode of this emotionally charged drama. Even more impressive is the way she disciplines her natural exuberance to the uncompromising demands of the Shostakovich” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

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Fröst & Friends: Encores

Fröst & Friends: Encores


Bach, J S:

Presto from Sonata for solo violin in G minor

Brahms:

Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Op. 105 No. 1

Chaplin, C:

Smile from 'Modern Times'

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

Fröst, G:

Brudvals för Karin och Martin

Fröst, M:

Improvisation (based on a theme by Malcolm Arnold)

Gounod:

Ave Maria

Henryson:

Off Pist

eden ahbez

Nature Boy

Hillborg:

The Peacock Moment

Kreisler:

Liebesleid

Messager:

Solo de concours

Monti, V:

Csárdás

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Rimsky Korsakov:

Flight of the Bumble Bee

Schumann:

Dein Angesicht, Op. 127 No. 2

Scriabin:

Prelude, Op. 11 No. 16 in B flat minor

trad.:

Let’s Be Happy


Martin Fröst (clarinet) with Roland Pöntinen (piano), Malena Ernman (mezzo-soprano), Torleif Thedéen (cello), Christian Svarfvar (violin), Åsa Thedéen (violin), Göran Fröst (viola), Svante Henryson (cello/double bass), Hermann Stefánsson (clarinet) & Sölve Kingstedt (clarinet)

A calendar filled with orchestral concerts and chamber recitals in many of the world’s most prestigious venues has given the clarinettist Martin Fröst ample opportunity to develop a wide range of encores, for every occasion. Known for the imaginatively themed concert programmes he devises with various musician friends, he has also explored a number of musical genres.

These aspects of his artistry are both demonstrated on this constantly engaging disc, which includes immortal gems such as Rachmaninov’s Vocalise and Kreisler’s Liebeslied as well as pieces rather less usual in a classical context: Charlie Chaplin’s Smile and the klezmer traditional Let’s Be Happy.

Throughout the programme Fröst receives the expert support of the pianist Roland Pöntinen, a chamber music partner of long standing who has also been involved in devising many of the imaginative arrangements, for instance of Vittorio Monti’s Csárdás. Three other musical companions of Fröst’s make cameo appearances, with mezzo-soprano Malena Ernman joining the clarinet in the head-long flight of not one, but two bumble-bees. Torleif Thedéen’s cello sings a heartfelt Ave Maria while Svante Henryson, also a cellist, plays in his own duo piece Off Pist.

“His virtuosity lies in his exceptional dexterity and agility…and in his daring control of the instrument’s dynamic and expressive extremes.” The Times

“Obviously a must for clarinettists; but other performers, and listeners too, will enjoy this demonstration of what can be achieved with impeccable technique, a fertile imagination and a light touch.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2010 *****

“This disc not only presents the brilliant Swedish clarinettist Martin Fröst in a dazzling range of encore pieces but, with the help of his own explanatory notes, also provides a charming potted autobiography...altogether a wonderful showcase for a superb artist.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2010

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Karita Mattila: Helsinki Recital

Karita Mattila: Helsinki Recital


Duparc:

L'Invitation au voyage

Romance de Mignon

Au pays ou se fait la guerre

Chanson triste

Phidylé

Dvorak:

Gypsy Melodies (7), Op. 55 (B104)

Rachmaninov:

Sing not, O lovely one (Ne poi, krasavitsa, pri mne), Op. 4 No. 4

Twilight, Op.21 No. 3

Fragment from A. Musset, Op. 21 No. 6

The Muse, Op. 34 No. 1

What happiness, Op. 34 No.12

Saariaho:

Quatre Instants

trad.:

Minun kultani kaunis on (Ah, How Fair My Sweetheart Is)

Finnish Traditional. Encore

Young, V:

Golden Earrings (from the motion picture)

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Lieder by Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Sibelius, Kuula, Melartin

Karita Mattila (soprano)

Ilmo Ranta (piano)


Karita Mattila (soprano) & Martin Katz (piano)

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This new release pays tribute to Finnish superstar Karita Mattila on the occasion of her 50th birthday in September 2010.

This DVD features a recital performance which Karita Mattila gave to a compatriot audience at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, in October 2006. International critics praised the recorded sell-out concerts: “Karita Mattila at her glorious peak… No wonder the Helsinki audience went berserk.” The Daily Telegraph

This is the much-awaited first-ever release of Helsinki Recital on DVD; it includes previously unreleased encore material. The original sound recording of Helsinki Recital, released as hybrid SACD in June 2007 garnered the highest accolades throughout the international press, including BBC Music Magazine ‘Song Choice’ and Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’.

This product includes a free bonus CD compilation featuring Karita Mattila and pianist Ilmo Ranta with German and Finnish standard repertoire Lied songs.

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“a thrilling crescendo of the performance art of one of the greatest living sopranos...She feasts on every language she takes on; and her fearless barefoot physicality in Dvorak's Gypsy Songs anticipates an encore in which she all but lap-dances...In summary, then, this is a real treasure trove of delights!” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2010 *****

“the Mattila of 2006, fearlessly engaged and with a collaborator rather than an accompanist in the diminutive Martin Katz, is quite simply a phenomenon” International Record Review, November 2010

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