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Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

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Rachmaninov & Franck: Cello Sonatas

Rachmaninov & Franck: Cello Sonatas


Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

Rebecca Evans (soprano)

Cello Sonata in A major

Le Sylphe M73

Rachmaninov:

Pieces (2) for cello & piano (Prelude & Oriental Dance), Op. 2

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19


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Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes

Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes


Rachmaninov:

Preludes Op. 23 Nos. 1-10 (complete)

Preludes Op. 32 Nos. 1-13 (complete)

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor


“There are few pianists who offer such range and depth of palette: not even Ashkenazy’s seminal reading” Gramophone Magazine

“For a truly spellbinding modern account, Osborne now holds the winning ticket” International Record Review

“Outstanding Rachmaninov playing of acute perception, discretion and poetic sensibility, limpid, powerful and luminous in equal measure” BBC Music Magazine

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Rachmaninov: Études-tableaux

Rachmaninov: Études-tableaux


Rachmaninov:

Études-Tableaux, Op. 33

Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39


Rachmaninov’s Études-tableaux explore a plethora of colours, textures and sonorites and demonstrate the emotional range of the composer’s expression. Howard Shelley gives authoritative performances of these studies and tackles the technical challenges with an easy brilliance.

“In Shelley’s Rachmaninov series, I think this the finest achievement among them” Gramophone Magazine

“Peerless command and inimitable insights” Hi-Fi News

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Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31

Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31


Peter Scorer (deacon)

Corydon Singers, Matthew Best

“Impeccable, their sense of timing just right—leisurely, tender and reverential … a worthy follow-up to its admirable Vespers” BBC Music Magazine

“As good as we have learned to expect from Matthew Best’s Corydon Singers, and Best does the music itself proud” CD Review

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Rachmaninov: Piano Trios

Rachmaninov: Piano Trios


Rachmaninov:

Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor, Op. post.

Pieces (2) for cello & piano (Prelude & Oriental Dance), Op. 2

Morceaux (2) de Salon, Op. 6

Trio élégiaque No. 2 in D minor, Op. 9


With the exception of the Cello Sonata, which was written in 1901 following his Second Suite for two pianos and Second Piano Concerto, all of Rachmaninov’s chamber music comes from the earliest part of his career. This body of work comprises the four compositions on this disc, together with two unfinished string quartets and also two Romances.

The early completed chamber works of Rachmaninov make a fascinating group. They were composed in the two years up to December 1893. All of this music, therefore, was written before the composer was twenty-one, yet it is wholly characteristic and by no means immature.

The Moscow Rachmaninov Trio show great insight into the composer and their performances bring depth to the works.

This recording includes Trio élégiaque No 2 which Rachmaninov started to write on the evening of Tchaikovsky’s death on 25 October 1893 and completed on 15 December. Rachmaninov was deeply shocked and distressed at the news of Tchaikovsky’s death and the piece was written to the memory of him.

“Uniformly fine, sensitive and idiomatic playing and sound that alternately caresses and thunders as the music requires, this disc is a bargain … of all these fine works it would be impossible to imagine more satisfying performances than these… altogether a feast for the ears” Fanfare

“Recommended” BBC Music Magazine

“Strongly recommended” Penguin Guide

“Performances characterised by admirable technical fluency and innate musical quality” The Strad

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Rachmaninov - Preludes Op. 23

Rachmaninov - Preludes Op. 23


Rachmaninov:

Preludes Op. 23 Nos. 1-10 (complete)

Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3


Building a Library

First Choice - May 2005

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Rachmaninov: Suite No. 1 (Fantaisie-tableaux), Op. 5, etc.

Rachmaninov:

Suite No. 1 (Fantaisie-tableaux), Op. 5

Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45


Howard Shelley, Hilary Macnamara (pianos)

‘First-rate playing, splendid sound, value for the money’ American Record Guide

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Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos & Paganini Rhapsody

Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos & Paganini Rhapsody


Rachmaninov:

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43


“The underrated Fourth Concerto features the Dallas Symphony's stellar brass and winds ideally aligned, plus Hough's balletic projection of the finale's dazzling runs. No less distinct are the First Concerto' deliciously dovetailed rubatos in the first movement and the finale's perfectly gauged rhythmic definition. Overall, these live concert recordings stand out in a field jam-packed with first-rate Rachmaninov concerto cycles.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2004 ****

“Hough. Litton. Rachmaninov concertos. Hyperion. Already a mouth-watering prospect, is it not? So, like the old Fry’s Five Boys chocolate advert, does Anticipation match Realisation in these five much recorded confections? The answer is “yes” on almost every level’” Gramophone Magazine

“magnetic performances that reflect the thoughtfulness and care with which this masterly pianist approaches even the most frequently performed works, his interpretation refreshingly based on indications in the score rather than performing tradition.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

“Although it's only really the Second Concerto that has become instantly recognisable (through its use as the turbulent soundtrack to the classic film Brief Encounter), all four deserve to be equally famous. Here Stephen Hough, who has made something of a speciality of Russian repertoire, performs the Concertos and the well-loved Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, accompanied by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Litton.” David Smith, Presto Classical

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GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2004

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Rachmaninov: The Transcriptions

Rachmaninov: The Transcriptions


Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV1006

Behr:

Lachtäuben

Bizet:

L'Arlésienne Suite No. 1: II. Minuet

Kreisler:

Liebesleid

Liebesfreud

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

Mussorgsky:

Sorochintsy Fair: Gopak

Rachmaninov:

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

arr Zoltán Kocsis

Rimsky Korsakov:

Flight of the Bumble Bee

Schubert:

Wohin? (No. 2 from Die schöne Müllerin, D795)

Tchaikovsky:

Lullaby, Op. 16 No. 1


When the twelve-year-old Sergei Rachmaninov became a piano student of Nikolai Zverev at the Moscow Conservatoire, the boy played duet transcriptions with fellow pupils as part of his general musical education. Tchaikovsky heard and commended them, and (probably inspired by his encouragement, and without instruction) in the summer of 1886 Rachmaninov began his first work as a composer: a piano-duet transcription of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Manfred’ Symphony, now lost. But Rachmaninov continued to transcribe music for the piano, and a selection is recorded here. This album also includes a transcription of Rachmaninov’s Vocalise—the quintessence of the composer’s melodic genius—arranged by Zoltán Kocsis.

“Rachmaninov’s mix of Slavonic wit and melancholy is caught to perfection … a true keyboard aristocrat” Gramophone Magazine

“Unadulterated pianistic joy: Shelley bounds and sparkles through Rachmaninov's gorgeous transformations...Irresistable.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2014 *****

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Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37

Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37


“Rich and atmospheric, a blissfully unhurried reading” BBC Music Magazine

“Outstanding. A performance that is at once perceptive, sympathetic and finely sung” Gramophone Magazine

“An outstanding version—the finest of all” International Record Review

“A most beautiful performance, very well sung and recorded” Penguin Guide

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