Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Primakov in Concert, Volume 1

Primakov in Concert, Volume 1


Brahms:

Chorale Prelude Op. 122 No. 9 'Herzlich tut mich verlangen'

transcribed for piano by Busoni

Chorale Prelude Op. 122 No. 10 'Herzlich tut mich verlangen'

transcribed for piano by Busoni

Rachmaninov:

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

1931 version

Schubert:

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

Tchaikovsky:

Album for the Young, Op. 39


The international acclaim for Vassily Primakov's studio recordings during the past three years has been nothing short of phenomenal, with the pianist regularly compared to the great virtuosi of the past.

This new Primakov disc is the first in a series of live-concert recordings. The disc's oldest performance is from 2002-- Schubert's “Wanderer Fantasy”-- played when Primakov was 22. Primakov's performances of the great Russian composers have proven to be noteworthy, and this disc includes Tchaikovsky's rarely recorded Children's Album, Op. 39, as well as a powerful 2007 concert performance of Rachmaninoff's rarely recorded 1931 revision of his Second Sonata.

“This well-chosen anthology...is well up to standard, displaying not only keyboard brilliance but also deep understanding of the music in hand...Primakov's interpretation of Rachmaninov's Second Piano Sonata...[is] an utterly convincing account of a tricky piece...He characterises [the Tchaikovsky] incisively and with affection...A superbly enjoyable disc.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2011 *****

“Primakov's approach [to the Tchaikovsky] is suitably youthful, with impeccable articulation and lilt to the numerous dance movements while at all times avoiding the real depth of tone and richness of sonority with which he imbues the rest of the programme” International Record Review, January 2011

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Arax Davtian: Russian Romances

Arax Davtian: Russian Romances


Dargomïzhsky:

The Sierra Nevada was Swathed in Mists

The Garden (Vertograt)

Sixteen Years (Shesnatsat Lyet)

Yunosha I deva (A girl and a boy)

Glinka:

Alla cetra

Ya pomnyu chudnoye mgnoven’ye (I remember the wonderful moment)

The Blue Waves Are Asleep

How sweet it is for me to be with you

Tell me Why

The fair maiden is miserable (Gorko, gorko, maye)

Rachmaninov:

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

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

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

The Rat-Catcher, Op. 38 No. 4

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

Spring torrents, Op. 14 No.11

Tchaikovsky:

To bilo ranneyu vesnoy (It happened in the early spring), Op. 38 No. 2

Sred' shumnogo bala (Amid the din of the ball), Op. 38 No. 3

Ni slova, o drug moy (Not a word, O my friend), Op. 6 No. 2

Khotel bi v edinoye slovo (I should like in a single word)

Solitude ('Again, as before, alone'), Op. 73 No. 6


Arax Davtian (soprano), Vladimir Yurigin-Klevke (piano)

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Rachmaninov: Aleko

Rachmaninov: Aleko


Artur Eisen (Aleko), Lyudmila Sergienko (Zemfira), Gleb Nikolsky (Old Man), Gegam Grigoryan (Young Gypsy), Anna Volkova (Gypsy Woman), Vasily Lanovoy (narrator)

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This one-act opera was premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1893. Here we have the opportunity to experience Svetlanov’s unique interpretation, recorded in 1990. The introduction of a narrator’s part was a distinctive feature of this version and here is performed by a brilliant Russian actor Vasily Lanovoy. The part of Aleko is masterfully performed by Artur Eisen.

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Nicolai Gedda

Nicolai Gedda


Debussy:

Beau Soir

Mandoline (Verlaine)

Falconieri:

Vezzosette e care

Fauré:

Nell, Op. 18 No. 1

Fleur jetée, Op. 39 No. 2

Franck, C:

La Procession

Glinka:

Barcarolle

O du herziges trautes Magdelein

Mussorgsky:

Der Ziegenbock

Das Sternlein

Das Lied von der Armut, Op. 79, No. 7

Piccinni:

O nuit, Dèesse du mystère

Pratella:

La strada bianca

Rachmaninov:

How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7

Oh, my field, Op. 4 No. 5

Vzgliani: pod otdalionnym svodom (Young Gypsy's Romance from Aleko)

Respighi:

Notte, P. 97 No. 1

Bella porta di rubini

Stornellatrice

Rimsky Korsakov:

The Nymph Op. 56 No. 1

Die Tanne und die Palme, Op. 3, No. 1

Schubert:

Nacht und Träume, D827

Tchaikovsky:

He loved me so, Op. 28, No. 4

Serenada Don-Zhuana (Don Juan's Serenade), Op. 38 No. 1

trad.:

Einsam klingt das kleine Glockchen

Schneesturm


Nicolai Gedda (tenor) & Erik Werba (piano)

At his first Salzburg recital on 18th August 1959, the legendary Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda, accompanied by Erik Werba, triumphed in front of an enthusiastic audience. He endeared himself with his fluent command of four languages and with singing that was radiant in every register. The varied programme brought together compositions from Falconieri to Respighi and from Glinka to Shostakovich.

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Hear My Words: Choral Classics from St John’s

Hear My Words: Choral Classics from St John’s


Allegri:

Miserere mei, Deus

Fauré:

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

Timothy Ravalde (organ) & Graham Walker (cello)

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

Grieg:

Ave Maris Stella

MacMillan:

A New Song

Timothy Ravalde (organ)

Palestrina:

Exsultate Deo

Timothy Ravalde (organ)

Parry:

Hear my words, ye people

Timothy Ravalde (organ)

Parsons, R:

Ave Maria

Pärt:

Bogoróditse Djévo

Rachmaninov:

Vespers, Op. 37: Bogoroditse Devo (Rejoice, O Virgin)

Rutter:

O Lord, thou hast searched me out

Timothy Ravalde (organ) & Helen Scarbrough (cor anglais)

Stanford:

Jubilate

Tallis:

Agnus Dei (Missa Salve intemerata)

Vaughan Williams:

O Taste and See


Choir of St John’s College, Andrew Nethsingha

As exclusive Chandos artists, the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge here presents its second release. The first CD, of choral music by Howells (CHAN10587), was released to rave reviews in March this year. Choir and Organ wrote: ‘There is musicianship here of a rare and moving kind.’ This new release of popular choral classics should meet with a similar reception while at the same time appealing to a wider audience.

Established in the 1670s, the Choir of St John’s has a distinguished tradition of performing religious music. Its main duty is singing the daily services in the College Chapel during the University Term. During the University vacation the Choir carries out engagements in the UK and overseas, as well as undertaking a busy recording schedule. This particular release was recorded in the College Chapel in full surround-sound. The disc not only sounds spectacular, but recreates to an uncanny degree the experience of listening to the Choir perform in the chapel.

The music itself represents a time span of nearly 500 years of choral music. The earliest piece dates from the first half of the sixteenth century, and the newest was composed as recently as 2007. The styles and genres are varied, but there are clear links between the works throughout. For example, several are based on texts from the psalms, and the works by Pärt, Parsons, and Rachmaninoff offer three radically different interpretations of the Ave Maria. Some of the works also add a solo instrument to the familiar mix of voices and organ. But perhaps most importantly, all the pieces recorded here sit comfortably under the heading of ‘Popular Choral Classics’.

Allegri’s Miserere is counted among the great classics of church music. Part of its mystique stems from its origins; for many years the work was performed only in the Sistine Chapel, and as with other works tied to a single place it became an object for pilgrimage. In this case the pilgrims included Mendelssohn, as well as Mozart who famously noted down the work from memory after leaving the Vatican, thereby risking excommunication by the Catholic Church. This new release also features Stanford’s Jubilate, which was written for Trinity College, Cambridge. Intended as part of the service of Morning Prayer, it has long been one of the most popular canticles in the Anglican repertoire. In keeping with the text, Psalm 100, the tone is festive throughout.

“The boy treble voices bring lustre and freshness to the sonority, and the singing throughout is stirring and polished.” The Telegraph, 29th October 2010 ****

“the poised, sentient performance of Allegri's famous Miserere opening the disc bespeaks dedicated preparation, both technical and spiritual. I like the spatial variegations drawn by [Andrew Nethsinga]...and the unobtrusively pregnant phrasing of the tenor plainsong interjections...John's are a choir in fulsome health” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2010 ****

“eclectic repertoire expertly sung” The Observer, 5th December 2010

“A word of reassurance to those who fear that this may be a "lovely" programme of hallowed pot-boilers...If these are indeed, as the title proclaims, "choral classics", that term must have been stretched to include all that is old and good...There are also pieces of modernity...The famous choir appear to thrive under Andrew Nethsinga's management.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2011

“It is with Allegri's impressive Miserere that the disc begins. One must congratulate those boys who rise well above their fellows...an admirable choir and a nicely varied programme.” International Record Review, December 2010

“St John's has a wonderful acoustic, neither too spacious nor too intimate, and in Andrew Nethsinga it has a director who knows how to fill every corner with grace and clarity...the choir sings suavely and radiantly without resorting to cathedral prissiness; the recorded sound is superb. A joy all round.” Classic FM Magazine, 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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