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Rachmaninoff: His letters, his home movies and his own recordings

Rachmaninoff: His letters, his home movies and his own recordings

from 1919 onwards


includes

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

recorded 1919, New York

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

The Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor


It was while making my 1998 film about the great composer The Harvest of Sorrow that his grandson, Alexandre, made available to me three priceless sources of archive material. First, he gave me exclusive access to Rachmaninoff ’s own home movies, mostly shot originally on 8mm celluloid in the 1930s in France and in Switzerland; second, a stash of letters, most unpublished in the West, most written after Rachmaninoff had taken up exile after 1917 in the United States, France and Switzerland, letters to his daughters Tatiana (Alexandre’s Mother) and Irina, as if by way of explanation as to what had happened to the composer during his life and particularly his pre-1917 life about which the daughters can have had no first hand knowledge; and third some recordings made by the composer himself soon after had had arrived in the United States in 1919, originally at the behest of Thomas Edison himself. The letters formed the backbone of my 1998 fi lm, read unforgettably by the 94 year-old Sir John Gielgud, almost the last substantial recording he made before he died. The home movies, a few of which I had used in the main film, are here gathered together and digitally restored as best we could from the material we had. And the recordings, most of which (Alexandre told me) had long since been deleted – “use them if you need in your film,” he had told me. As it turned out, I had no need, given that most of the music was wonderfully re-recorded by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra and Choir. But here on the accompanying CD are those recordings, given to me by Alexandre, the tracks of which are listed below, reaffi rming what an astonishing pianist he was. And here are the letters, substantial extracts of which are reproduced in the DVD booklet. And finally, on the DVD, the home movies, which are accompanied by Rachmaninoff ’s own 1934 recording of the famous Variations on a Theme by Paganini. I hope this collection of invaluable archive material will greatly add to your future enjoyment of the music of a very great composer. TONY PALMER

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Tony Palmer Films - TPCD-DVD195

(DVD Video)

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Benjamin Britten: Instruments of the Orchestra

Benjamin Britten: Instruments of the Orchestra

DVD AND BONUS CD


Late in 1945, Basil Wright and the Crown Film Unit commissioned from Benjamin Britten the soundtrack for a film they were planning to be called ‘Instruments of the Orchestra’, which was to be part of a new postSecond World War educational drive, initiated by Muir Mathieson and featuring the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Malcolm Sargent. Britten subsequently published the music under its more famous title A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Given that the purpose of the film was to introduce a general audience, and in particular children, to the various instrumental groups of the orchestra, it was thought necessary to have what is in effect a spoken ‘narration’ to be written jointly by Eric Crozier, who had produced Britten’s sensational operatic debut Peter Grimes the previous June, and Montagu Slater who had written the opera’s libretto. Britten himself, inevitably, got involved. Britten wrote the music (a set of variations on a theme by Purcell from his opera Abdelazar) at characteristic high speed over Christmas 1945, completing the composition on New Year’s Eve, and the filming took place in Wembley Town Hall the following spring and was eventually released on November 29th 1946. The score is “affectionately inscribed (by Britten) to the children of John and Jean Maud: Humphrey, Pamela, Caroline and Virginia, for their edification and entertainment” – which tells you all you need to know about the undertaking. The black & white film is only 20 minutes long, and the ‘narration’ on this occasion is spoken by Malcolm Sargent at his most patronising. But nothing can detract from the absolute genius of the music. Also included is a CD of the first ever recording in October 1946 with Sargent and the Liverpool Philharmonic; the London Symphony was apparently ‘unavailable’. But Britten’s own 1963 recording (without any narration), once again with the London Symphony Orchestra - the Fugue of which I used in my 1967 film Britten and His Festival - remains the definitive account of this prodigious work.

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Tony Palmer Films - TPCD-DVD196

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Beethoven, Ysaÿe, Schumann and Britten: Works for Cello

Beethoven, Ysaÿe, Schumann and Britten: Works for Cello


Beethoven:

Cello Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102 No. 2

Britten:

Sonata for cello and piano in C major, Op. 65

Schumann:

Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70

Ysaÿe:

Cello Sonata Op. 28


Valentino Worlitzsch (cello), Elisabeth Brauss (piano)

The cellist Valentino Worlitzsch delivers a fiery debut in his Genuin album on the Primavera-Edition, the series that so meritoriously presents the award-winners of the German Music Competition. Why the young musician won the first prize in the 2016 competition and was a favorite of the audience is revealed in these wonderful recordings. Together with the excellent pianist Elisabeth Brauss, Worlitzsch plays multifaceted and spirited musical works by Beethoven, Schumann, and Britten and presents himself as a soloist with the truly electrifying solo sonata by Eugene Ysaye. Hopefully, there will soon be more!

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Genuin - GEN17463

(CD)

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Wehmut

Wehmut

The Complete Choral Works for Male Voices by Franz Schubert, Vol. 3


Schubert:

Die Nachtigall, D724

Die zwei Tugendwege, D71

Flucht, D825b

Lacrimoso son io, D131

Wehmut, D825

Nächtliches Ständchen D635

Ständchen 'Zögernd leise', D920/921

Fruhlingslied D914

Beitrag zur fünfzigjährigen Jubelfeier des Herrn von Salieri D407 (Schubert)

Geist der Liebe D747 (Matthisson)

Erinnerung, D424

Widerhall, D428

Andenken, D423

Ewige Liebe, D825a

Dreifach ist der Schritt der Zeit, D43 (Text: Schiller)

Ruhe, schönstes Glück der Erde D657

Das Dörfchen D598 (Bürger)


Camerata Musica Limburg, Jan Schumacher

It is finally here- part three of the complete recordings of Schubert’s works for male chorus, a project which the fabulous Camerata Musica Limburg has embarked upon on the Geniun label. Once again, high-profile soloists such as Alison Browner and Christoph Pregardien are rushing in to support the men singing under the direction of Jan Schumacher. There is certainly no better way to weep than with the fantastic music of Schubert in the outstanding performances of this perfectly tuned ensemble. With Schubert, the distance between the lightest pieces d’occasion to works of deadly seriousness is not far. An outstanding album- an outstanding series!

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Genuin - GEN17474

(CD)

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Russian Classics

Russian Classics

Works by Glinka, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Stravinsky


Glinka:

Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 - excerpts

arr. J. de Meij

Shostakovich:

Suite for Variety Orchestra

Folk Festival (No. 3 from The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a)

Stravinsky:

The Firebird - excerpts

arr. R. Earles

Tchaikovsky:

Capriccio italien, Op. 45


Sachsiche Blaserphilharmonie, Thomas Clamor

Once again, the Saxon Wind Philharmonic under Thomas Clamor unleashes a veritable display of musical fireworks: On their new Geniun album the musicians take us to Russia- and all who are not yet fans of this fantastic ensemble would do well to come along! The recording offers numerous highlights: the syncopations of Shostakovich’s Jazz Suite, the fairy tale of Stravinsky’s Firebird, Tchaikovsky’s buoyant Capriccio Italien and, not least, the fairy tale “Ruslan and Lyudmila.” Once again, the Wild Philharmonic’s overwhelming splendor and captivating virtuosity are impressive.

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Genuin - GEN17480

(CD)

$15.50

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O Sanctissima - O du fröhliche

O Sanctissima - O du fröhliche

Christmas Songs from Germany and all over the World, Vol. 2


01 Macht hoch die Tür

02 A Hymn to the Virgin

03 Ave Maria

04 Alma Redemptoris Mater

05 Schizukana joluni *

06 La Marche des Rois

07 The first Nowell

08 Schlaf, mein Kindelein

09 Sylvian joululaulu

10 The holly and the ivy

11 Legenda

12 Corramos, corramos

13 En stjerne klar

14 Ära vare Gud

15 Joseph, lieber Joseph mein

16 The Christ-child

17 Ó meu Menino

18 Tochter Zion

19 Aisor ton e

20 Christ-Wiegen-Liedlein

21 Hanbam-sung-ä Yang-zi-nun

22 Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier

23 Christmas Peace *

24 Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt

25 Der er ingenting

26 Es kommt ein Schiff, geladen

27 O sanctissima


MDR Rundfunkorchester, Philipp Ahmann

The more you lose yourself in the wonderful world of the Christmas Carols, the deeper you want to dive into them. It was like this with the MDR Radio Choir, and we can be happy that the much-loved Geniun album of this top ensemble and its leader, Philipp Ahmann, will be followed by a second. What treasures are there to discover: an endless variety of songs with a broad range of expression and mood, sung lovingly and with the highest level of musical skill! Carols such as Macht hoch die Tur (“Life up your heads”) or O du frohliche (“Oh how joyful”) stand side by side along treasures from England, France, Japan, and many countries. At the latest from the second verse on you will begin to hum along.

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Genuin - GEN17484

(CD)

$15.50

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Carols for a Victorian Christmas

Carols for a Victorian Christmas


1 Church Bells

2 God rest you merry, gentlemen

3 Twas in the winter cold

4 Cantique de Noël – Adam

5 The Mistletoe Bow

6 O little town of Bethlehem

7 What shall we sing at Christmas?

8 Hark the herald angels sing

9 The Song of the Robin Redbreast

10 In dulci jubilo – F Liszt

11 We three Kings of Orient are

12 See amid the winter’s snow

13 Sleep, Holy babe

14 Es ist ein Ros – J Brahms

15 Good King Wenceslas

16 Jesu, joy of man’s desiring – JS Bach

17 The Wassail Song

18 Landlord fill the flowing bowl

19 Good Christian men rejoice

20 O come all ye faithful

21 Hallelujah – GF Handel

22 In dulci jubilo – JS Bach

23 Auld Lang Syne

24 Church Bells


The Victorians established the Christmas celebrations we enjoy today centred around Christmas trees and carol singing after decades of neglect of our major festival. This recording assembles a variety of Christmas songs and music from Victorian England from the sounds of street musicians to drawing room songs, from mechanical instruments and organs to bells and church choirs.

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The Gift of Music - CCLCDG1292

(CD)

$10.25

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Telemann: Fantasias for viola da gamba TWV40:26-37

Telemann: Fantasias for viola da gamba TWV40:26-37

Hamburg, 1735


Telemann:

Fantasias (12) for Viola da Gamba, TWV 40:26-37

Sonata TWV 40:1 in D major for viola da gamba

bonus


Paolo Pandolfo (viola da gamba)

With his new recording of Telemann’s Fantasias Paolo Pandolfo continues to take the viola da gamba in directions little-chartered previously. Following his 'Kind of Satie' release, Pandolfo delves into the prolific instrumental output of Georg Philipp Telemann; a composer so well-versed in the musical diversity of his time that he was more than capable of writing for instruments of which he was not a master. Such was the case when Telemann was writing various sets of Fantasias for solo instruments, and tapping into the demand coming from the burgeoning amateur market in Hamburg.

One of these sets of 12 unaccompanied Fantasias – for the viola da gamba – was known to have been composed around 1735 but had been lost until recently and now modern-day players are exploring Telemann’s approach to a revitalised genre but on what – by the 1730s – was becoming an increasingly outmoded instrument. From fugal writing to the galant idiom and different reflections of the French and Italian styles, Telemann packs a great deal of variety into these typically three-movement Fantasias.

Paolo Pandolfo, who contributes an incisive note to the booklet, additionally records the 1728 D major Sonata from 'Der getreue Music- Meister', the only other work for the viola da gamba known by Telemann, whilst Peter Wollny reflects on Telemann’s compositional development in his own essay.

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Glossa - GCD920417

(CD - 2 discs)

Normally: $24.25

Special: $22.00

(also available to download from $20.00)

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CPE Bach Edition: Symphonies, Concertos, Sonatas, Chamber Music

CPE Bach Edition: Symphonies, Concertos, Sonatas, Chamber Music



Extra postage costs:
As this set is very heavy (we estimate around 3kg) we unfortunately need to charge extra postage on deliveries to addresses outside of the UK.
Prices vary by country - Please contact us for further details.

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Hänssler - HC16000

(CD - 54 discs)

Normally: $213.00

Special: $188.25

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Beethoven: Sonatas & JS Bach: Transcriptions and Toccata

Beethoven: Sonatas & JS Bach: Transcriptions and Toccata


Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV659 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'

trans. pour piano de W. Kempff

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'

trans. pour piano de W. Kempff

Toccata in D major, BWV912

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

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


Pavlos Hatzopoulos (piano)

Pavlos Hatzopoulos was born the son of Greek immigrants near Stuttgart, Germany, in 1964 and started to learn the piano at three years of age. He made his first public solo appearance at ten years of age. He studied the piano at the music colleges in Stuttgart and Würzburg from 1982 onwards. In 1984, a fracture in his right index finger seemed to have ended his prospects of a solo career. After two and a half years’ recuperation, though, he resumed and successfully completed his studies, attaining the master class diploma for soloists. During his studies he took a close interest in the background story and interpretation of musical works. On this basis, he developed a form of lecture-concerts in which he takes his audience on a musical journey of discovery, giving them new insights into classical works and using the music to communicate ethical values and other messages. The ideas he explains and the combination of accomplished elocution with expressive and virtuosic piano-playing distinguish him as one of the most extraordinary pianists of our time.

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Hänssler - HC16021

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$19.75

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