Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Eugene Ormandy conducts Stravinsky & Rachmaninov

Eugene Ormandy conducts Stravinsky & Rachmaninov


Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

Version 1919


Recorded live at the Academy of Music, Philadelphia, 1977 (Stravinsky), 1979 (Rachmaninov)

Directed by Kirk Browning • Produced by Christopher Sarson

Eugene Ormandy’s unbroken 44-year association with the Philadelphia Orchestra was unique in history. Famous for its rich and powerful ‘Philadelphia Sound’, the orchestra was described by Rachmaninov as “the greatest virtuoso orchestra in the world”. Ormandy was a close friend of Rachmaninov, and it was on the occasion of the conductor’s 80th birthday that they performed Rachmaninov’s magnificent and powerful Second Symphony, a performance whose authenticity would be difficult to beat.

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“Fine performances...illuminated by Ormandy's personal recollections of the composer” BBC Music Magazine, April 2010 ****

“This Rachmaninov Second wipes the floor with any competition: the rich, sumptuous string sonority, the wonderful, expressive wind and brass, and the total unanimity of attack that is still a source of amazement...[Ormandy] is amazingly youthful and ardent, and the Stravinsky is no less dazzling.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Rachmaninov - Symphonic Dances, Isle of the Dead & The Rock

Rachmaninov - Symphonic Dances, Isle of the Dead & The Rock


Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

The Isle of the Dead - Symphonic Poem, Op. 29

The Rock - Fantasy for Orchestra, Op. 7


Avie’s tenth release with the RLPO and third with their music director Vasily Petrenko, is the first in a series of orchestral works and concertos by Rachmaninov. It features the Symphonic Dances, and the symphonic poems Isle of the Dead and The Rock.

Avie’s fruitful association with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra yields its tenth release, and the third with Vasily Petrenko, the youngest Music Director in the RLPO’s illustrious history and winner of the Classic FM/Gramophone Young Artist of the Year award in 2007. A native of St. Petersburg, Petrenko appropriately continues his exploration of Russian repertoire with the first in a series of orchestral works and concertos by Sergei Rachmaninov.

“The Liverpudlians could easily be mistaken for a crack Russian orchestra – the key ingredient is the commitment of the playing, the sense of an orchestra at its peak.” Financial Times

“Everybody wants Vasily Petrenko, the blond, galvanising young Russian who, in two years as principal conductor, has transformed the artistic profile of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Feel that crackle of electricity...the orchestra’s ensemble spirit is so tight that you could cut yourself on the music’s edges.” The Times

“Petrenko and the RLPO bring freshness to all three [works], responding sensitively and shrewdly to the romantic and dark-hued undertows of the earlier works and to the piquancy of the later one. Petrenko instinctively conveys the essential quality of soul that the interpretation of Rachmaninoff requires.” The Telegraph, 18th February 2010 *****

“Petrenko’s galvanising effect on the Royal Philapudlians continues to be documented rewardingly on disc...He achieves a wonderfully integrated blend of orchestral sound, yet his attention to details of instrumentation and dynamic is achieved without artificial highlighting.” Sunday Times, 21st February 2010 ****

“Petrenko master… of encouraging expressive phrasing in counterpoint; the woodwind rockings around the heartaching saxophone melody at the centre of the first dance are as important as the main event, and the flurries which accompany a very slowly kindled reprise of the second-movement Valse triste... make the hair stand on end.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2010

“Vasily Petrenko conducts the RPO on tremendous form in a precise and dramatic performance of both pieces, plus the tone poem "The Isle of the Dead". Worth it for the woodwind alone.” The Independent on Sunday, 28th March 2010

“The Symphonic Dances, The Isle of the Dead and The Rock all have a distinctive Rachmaninov stamp, for which Petrenko has a sure ear, coupled with a stylistic acuity that enables him to point out the differences between the later and the earlier music” Gramophone Magazine, May 2010

“the arresting performances by Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra provide a truly unforgettable triptych, marvellously played and given full-blooded, demonstration-quality recording...The Liverpool performance is tremendously compelling, and this is one of the finest non-concertante Rachmaninov CDs in the catalogue.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Gala Concert: 300 Years of St. Petersburg

Gala Concert: 300 Years of St. Petersburg

Recorded live at the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Grand Hall, 1 June 2003


Bruch:

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Donizetti:

Regnava nel silenzio...Quando rapito in estasi (from Lucia di Lammermoor)

Leoncavallo:

Nedda! Silvio! A quest'ora che imprudenza (from I Pagliacci)

Puccini:

Quando me'n vo (from La Bohème)

Rachmaninov:

Fanfare

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

Respighi:

Adagio con variazioni for cello and orchestra

Saint-Saëns:

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Shostakovich:

Festive Overture, Op. 96

Tchaikovsky:

Ya vas lyublyu 'Yeletsky’s aria' (from Pique Dame)

Polonaise (from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24)

Verdi:

Son io, mio Carlo... Io morro (from Don Carlo)


Anna Netrebko (soprano), Dimitri Hvorostovsky (baritone), Mischa Maisky (cello), Eliso Virsaladze (piano) & Viktor Tretjakov (violin)

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov & Nikolai Alekseev

This festive gala concert was held to mark the city’s 300th anniversary, bringing together some of the greatest Russian artists: young soprano Anna Netrebko, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, such great instrumentalists as cellist Mischa Maisky and violinist Viktor Tretyakov.

World-famous St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov in a repertoire of fascinating variety.

An extraordinary evening with a lot of highlights from the most loved classical masterpieces.

Re-release of our very successful DVD and Blu-ray.

“Anna Netrebko has become one of the most admired of young lyric sopranos the world over" The Gramophone Magazine

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Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 112 mins

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Chocolate-Lounge

Chocolate-Lounge


Braga:

Angel's Serenade

Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D flat major

Dvorak:

Slavonic Dance No. 2 in E minor, Op. 46 No. 2

Haydn:

Piano Trio No. 39 in G major, Hob.XV:25: Finale 'Rondo all'ongarese'

Kreisler:

Marche miniature viennoise

Caprice Viennois, Op. 2

Alter Refrain

Mussorgsky:

Sorochintsy Fair: Gopak

Pergolesi:

Nina

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Raff:

Cavatina for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 85 No. 3

Toselli:

Serenata Op. 6


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Easy Listening Piano Classics: Romantic Expressions

Easy Listening Piano Classics: Romantic Expressions

Elgar, Sibelius, Granados, Rachmaninov, Hummel, Rubinstein & Cui


CD 1:

ELGAR Sonatina in G major, Enfants d’un Rêve (Dream Children) op 43

SIBELIUS 13 Pieces op 76, Impromptu op 5 no 6, 5 Pieces for Piano op 85 ‘Flowers’, Characteristic Impression no 3

GRANADOS Valses sentimentales nos 2, 6 & 7, Estudio expresivo no 4 Pastoral, Bocetos no 2 El hada y el niño, Exquise...! Vals tzigane, Minuetto

CD1 playing time 62 minutes

CD 2:

RACHMANINOV Vocalise op 34 no 14

HUMMEL Bagatelle op 107 no 3 ‘La contemplazione’

ELGAR May Song

RUBINSTEIN Soirée Musicale op 109 no 3 Nocturne

GRANADOS Escenas románticas

SIBELIUS Bagatelles op 34 nos 1, 2, 4 & 5

CUI Preludes nos 16 & 17

GRANADOS Poetic Waltzes – Brilliant & Butterfl y Waltzes, Apparition

ELGAR Piece op 4 no 1 Idylle, Carissima, Douce pensée ‘Rosemary’

CD 2 playing time 65 minutes


Ashley Wass (piano), Douglas Riva (piano), Havard Gimse (piano), Jeffrey Biegel (piano), Joseph Banowetz (piano), Madoka Inui (piano), Peter Nagy (piano) & Risto Lauriala (piano)

Naxos’ Easy-Listening Piano Classics presents a delightful range of music from Baroque masterpieces to beautiful works of the Classic and Romantic eras, as well as Impressionist classics, specially selected for discerning listeners to enjoy at home or work, while relaxing, entertaining or travelling. Featuring some of the fi nest pianists from Naxos’s extensive roster, these 2-CD albums are both an excellent introduction to the piano repertoire and delightful listening for the connoisseur.

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 & other piano works

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 & other piano works


Rachmaninov:

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

The Philharmonia Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

The Philharmonia Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin


Evelyn Chen (piano)

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

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


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Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 2

Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 2


Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

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


In the wake of his First Symphony’s catastrophic première, Rachmaninov took a decade before commencing his Second, painstakingly revising it before conducting the triumphant première in 1908.

Although haunted, like his First, by the Dies irae chant melody, the Second Symphony brims with Rachmaninov’s revitalised assurance as a composer, from its brooding opening to the vigorous grandeur of its conclusion.

This disc marks the start of a new collaborative relationship between Naxos and the Detroit SO under Leonard Slatkin..

“One could argue that no conductor today comprehends this music or frames its rugged profile more eloquently than Slatkin. This was a magnificent performance, a testament to the DSO's collective virtuosity and a ringing promise of a new chapter in its annals.” Detroit News on Slatkin’s inaugural concert as the conductor of the DSO

“Well-played and with a recorded sound that faithfully reproduces the distinctive blend of richness and subtlety in Rachmaninoff’s orchestration, the performance is pliable but unexaggerated, poignant and powerful...there is a genuine heart and soul to it as well.” The Telegraph, 20th January 2010 ****

“...here is a performance warmed by musicians who clearly love this symphony. On the whole this is a very 'straight' account, Slatkin only occasionally 'point-making'...but generally his tempos seem so sympathetically chosen that the music speaks eloquently” BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 ****

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Alexander Gavrylyuk: In Recital

Alexander Gavrylyuk: In Recital


Balakirev:

Islamey - Oriental Fantasy

Busoni:

Toccata and Fugue in D minor (after Bach BWV 565)

Moszkowski:

Etude in A flat major, Op. 72 No. 11

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, K576 'Hunt'

Rachmaninov:

Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D664

Volodos:

Concert Paraphrase on Mozart's Rondo alla Turca


Alexander Gavrylyuk (piano)

The first VAI release featuring this brilliant young Russian pianist won rave reviews from the world’s press. The headline in the Gramophone Magazine review cautioned, “Fasten your seatbelts” but went on to praise his Haydn as well as the more pyrotechnical aspects of his wide-ranging program. For his second release, also captured live at the Miami International Piano Festival, Gavrylyuk offers elegant Mozart and lyrical Schubert along with thunderous Rachmaninoff and Balakirev, and ending with a group of encores highlighting the pianist’s amazing technical arsenal.

Live performance recorded May 8, 2007, Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Richard Farrell - The Complete Recordings, Volume 2

Richard Farrell - The Complete Recordings, Volume 2


Brahms:

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

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119

Rhapsody in G minor, Op. 79 No. 2

Chopin:

Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20

Mazurka No. 10 in B flat major, Op. 17 No. 1

Mazurka No. 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3

Étude Op. 10 No. 3 in E major 'Tristesse'

Previously unreleased

Étude Op. 10 No. 4 in C sharp minor

Previously unreleased

Étude Op. 10 No. 5 in G flat major 'Black Key'

Étude Op. 10 No. 10 in A flat major

Previously unreleased

Étude Op. 25 No. 11 in A minor 'Winter Wind'

Previously unreleased

Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15 No. 1

Waltz No. 14 in E minor, Op. post., KKIVa:15, B 56

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'

Previously unreleased

Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Granados:

Goyescas: Quejas ó La Maja y el Ruiseñor

Liszt:

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

Widmung S566 after Schumann (Liebeslied)

Hulanka (Drinking Song, after Chopin)

Mendelssohn:

Song without Words, Op. 38 No. 6 in A flat major 'Duetto'

Rachmaninov:

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42

First ever stereo release

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

First ever stereo release

Prelude Op. 23 No. 4 in D major

First ever stereo release

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

First ever stereo release

Prelude Op. 23 No. 6 in E flat major

First ever stereo release

Prelude Op. 32 No. 5 in G major

First ever stereo release

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

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Schumann:

Arabeske in C major, Op. 18


Richard Farrell (piano)

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