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Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

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Rachmaninov - Piano Works

Rachmaninov - Piano Works


Rachmaninov:

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

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42

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

(trans. G Kirkor for solo piano)


Carlo Grante (piano)

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A Treasury of Russian Romantic Piano

A Treasury of Russian Romantic Piano


Bortkiewicz:

Sonata No. 2 in C Sharp Minor Op. 60

Kreisler:

Liebesleid

Liebesfreud

Liadov:

Prelude Op. 57/1

Prelude in B minor, Op. 11, No. 1

Lyapunov:

Étude d'exécution transcendente, Op. 11 No. 10 'Lesghinka'

Medtner:

Meditation, Op. 39 No. 1

Fairy Tale in c minor, op. 8 No. 2

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Rebikov:

Christmas tree : Waltz

Musical Snuff Box

Scriabin:

Fantasy in B minor, Op. 28


Nadejda Vlaeva (piano)

In the early years of the 20th century Bartók, Stravinsky, and Schoenberg were venturing out in their own modernistic directions. Yet, at the same time, there were a number of composers in Russia who continued to compose in a Romantic manner. With so much attention being paid to the modernists, many of these Romantic composers were largely ignored and have fallen into unjust neglect. Of the seven composers presented in this recital, only Rachmaninoff has become a household name. Scriabin has gained considerable respect (though in great part for his late works, which are quite modern in style) and Medtner is only just starting to be appreciated by a wider public. Bortkiewicz, Liadov, Liapunov, and Rebikov wrote attractive, emotionally appealing music, but they have yet to receive the recognition they deserve. The majority of their works are hardly known. This collection hopes to introduce solo piano works of some of these unjustly neglected Russian composers.

Bulgarian-born Nadejda Vlaeva's playing has been acclaimed wherever she has appeared. Lazar Berman called her talent "God-given"; Maestro Hans Graf observed that "her musicality and the depth of her interpretation amazed me." Arnold Steinhardt, leader of the Guarneri String Quartet, praised her as "one of those people of extraordinary ability whom we hope for but rarely see." She has performed internationally, giving solo recitals in Bulgaria, Russia, Slovakia, Hungary, The Netherlands, Germany, England, Spain, Canada and the United States, where she now makes her home.

“This is an enterprising and enticing programme of Russian piano music, from the rare to the familiar. It is played with consummate style and flair by Nadejda Vlaeva, whose previous recordings of Liszt and Chopin I have greatly admired. She is at her best in the lyrical miniatures... where she is able to sing melodic lines with gorgeous transparency and tonal nuance.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2009 ****

“Inspired playing of this superb collection of Russian bonbons” Gramophone Magazine, October 2009

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Jussi Björling Live

Jussi Björling Live

Broadcast Concerts 1937-1960


Adam:

O Holy Night

Recorded 20th December 1954

Alfvén:

Skogen sover, Op. 28 No. 6

Recorded 11th April 1949

Jag längtar dig (Text: Ernest Thiel)

Recorded 5th August 1960

Althen:

Land, du välsignade (Thou Blessed Country)

Recorded 12th May 1946

Land, du välsignade (Thou Blessed Country)

Recorded 25th May 1952

Flotow:

M'appari (from Martha)

Recorded 19th November 1945

Foster, S:

I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

Recorded 19th November 1945

I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

Recorded 7th November 1949

Geehl:

For You Alone

Recorded 21st January 1946

For You Alone

Recorded 8th January 1951

Giordano, U:

Come un bel dì di maggio (from Andrea Chénier)

Recorded 23rd October 1950

Glover:

Rose of Tralee

Recorded 12th March 1951

Godard, B:

Cachès dans cet asile (Jocelyn)

Recorded 25th March 1946; sung in English

Cachès dans cet asile (Jocelyn)

Recorded 11th August 1949; sung in English

Gounod:

Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre… Salut! Demeure chaste et pure (from Faust)

Recorded 12th May 1946

Nuit d'hyménée from Roméo et Juliette

Recorded 23rd October 1949

Anna-Lisa Björling (soprano)

Nuit d'hyménée from Roméo et Juliette

Recorded 30th September 1951

Bidú Sayão (soprano)

Prison Scene (from Faust)

Recorded 5th December 1937; Björling sings in Swedish

Grieg:

Jeg Elsker Deg, Op. 41 No. 3

Recorded 25th March 1946

Hardelot:

Because

Recorded 25th March 1946

Herbert, V:

Neapolitan Love Song

Recorded 25th March 1946

Neapolitan Love Song

Recorded 4th April 1949

Leoncavallo:

Recitar!...Vesti la giubba (from I Pagliacci)

Recorded 16th February 1951

Mattinata - 'L'aurora di bianco vestita'

Recorded 15th March 1948

Recitar!...Vesti la giubba (from I Pagliacci)

Recorded 12th March 1951

Mascagni:

Addio alla madre (from Cavalleria Rusticana)

Recorded 4th April 1949

Massenet:

Instant charmant … En fermant les yeux (from Manon)

Recorded 19th November 1945

Je suis seul, seul enfin... Ah fuyez douce image (from Manon)

Recorded 23rd October 1949

Je suis seul, seul enfin... Ah fuyez douce image (from Manon)

Recorded 15th March 1948

Instant charmant … En fermant les yeux (from Manon)

Recorded 8th January 1951

Meyerbeer:

Pays merveilleux... Ô paradis (from L'Africaine)

Recorded 23rd October 1950

Pays merveilleux... Ô paradis (from L'Africaine)

Recorded 5th December 1937

Millöcker:

Ich hab' kein Geld, bin vogelfrei (from Der Bettelstudent)

Recorded 25th May 1952; sung in Swedish

Morgan, O:

Clorinda

Recorded 15th March 1948

Nordqvist:

Till havs (Towards the Sea)

Recorded 20th December 1954

Peterson-Berger:

Jungfrun under lind (Ernst von der Recke)

Recorded 12th May 1946

Jungfrun under lind (Ernst von der Recke)

Recorded 11th April 1949

Jungfrun under lind (Ernst von der Recke)

Recorded 8th January 1951

När jag för mig själv (When I Walk by Myself)

Recorded 20th December 1954

Ponchielli:

Cielo e mar! (from La Gioconda)

Recorded 30th September 1951

Puccini:

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Recorded 25th September 1949

Licia Albanese (soprano)

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Recorded 23rd October 1949

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Recorded 23rd October 1949

Anna-Lisa Björling (soprano)

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

Recorded 30th September 1951

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Recorded 7th November 1949

Donna non vidi mai (from Manon Lescaut)

Recorded 8th January 1951

O sventata, sventata (from La Bohème)

Recorded 30th January 1956

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Recorded 30th January 1956

Si, mi chiamano Mimi (from La Bohème)

Recorded 30th January 1956

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Recorded 30th January 1956

Renata Tebaldi (soprano)

Recondita armonia (from Tosca)

Recorded 5th December 1937

Rachmaninov:

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

Recorded 15th March 1948

V molchanii nochi taynoy, Op. 4 No. 3

Recorded 23rd October 1950

Rangström:

Tristans död

Recorded 11th April 1949

Romberg, S:

Will You Remember (from Maytime)

Recorded 21st January 1946

Schubert:

An Sylvia, D891

sung in English; recorded 19th November 1945

Ständchen 'Leise flehen meine Lieder', D957 No. 4

Recorded 4th April 1949

Sjögren:

I drömmen du är mig nära

Recorded 11th April 1949

Söderman:

Trollsjön

Recorded 11th April 1949

Trollsjön

Recorded 25th May 1952

Strauss, R:

Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2

Recorded 7th November 1949

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Recorded 23rd October 1950

Tchaikovsky:

Kuda, Kuda 'Lensky's Aria' (from Eugene Onegin)

Recorded 5th August 1960; sung in Swedish

Tosti:

L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra

Recorded 30th September 1951

L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra

Recorded 11th April 1949

Verdi:

Quel suon…Ah! Che la morte ognora (from Il Trovatore)

Recorded 21st January 1946

Eleanor Steber (soprano)

Solenne in quest'ora (from La Forza del Destino)

Recorded 5th December 1937

Se quel guerrier io fossi!…Celeste Aida (from Aida)

Recorded 12th March 1951

Celeste Aida (from Aida)

Recorded 12th March 1951

Wagner:

In fernem Land (from Lohengrin)

Recorded 20th December 1954

In fernem Land (from Lohengrin)

Recorded 5th August 1960; sung in Swedish


This month is an excellent one for Björling fans. This collection is a treasury of rare performances from the US and Sweden and includes previously unreleased material. There is commentary and interviews, as well as Art and popular songs, Arias and duets and there are many guest artists such as Licia Albanese, Anna Lisa Björling and Renata Tebaldi.

“Björling recorded [Lensky's aria] many times but never, I think, so poignantly as here. As a prologue to this year's centenary celebrations the album is a worthy offering and this track an especially moving example of the great tenor's art at its best.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

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Sunday Evenings with Pierre Monteux

Sunday Evenings with Pierre Monteux


Alfano:

Aria from Resurrection

Beethoven:

Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43: Adagio

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37: first movement

cadenza by Clara Schumann

Solomon

Berlioz:

Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9

Trojans Prelude

L'Enfance du Christ, Op. 25 - excerpts

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24 (excerpts)

Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17 (excerpts)

Le Corsaire Overture, Op. 21

Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian March

Brahms:

Waltzes (16), Op. 39, extracts

(arr. Hertz)

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 (extract)

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102: I. Allegro

Naoum & Boris Blinder

Chadwick:

Symphonic Sketches: Jubilee

Dukas:

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Falla:

The Three Cornered Hat - suites Nos. 1 & 2

Franck, C:

Prélude, Choral et Fugue, M21

(arr. Pierné)

Rédemption ­ Symphonic Interlude (excerpt)

Psyche Suite (extracts)

Symphony in D minor

Glazunov:

Scènes de ballet, Op. 52

Gluck:

Iphigénie en Aulide: Overture

Gretry:

Céphale et Procris - Suite

Haydn:

Symphony No. 8 in G major 'Le Soir'

Liszt:

Les Préludes, symphonic poem No. 3, S97

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Massenet:

Phèdre: Overture

Mendelssohn:

Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95

Messiaen:

L'Ascension (Quatre meditations pour l'orchestre)

Mozart:

Don Giovanni, K527: Overture

Die Zauberflöte, K620: Overture

Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384: Overture

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

Piano Concerto in A major (excerpt)

W. Kapell (piano)

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

Nicolai, C O:

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor overture

Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Respighi:

Fountains of Rome

Rimsky Korsakov:

Christmas Eve Suite

Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

Rossini:

L'Italiana in Algeri Overture

Guillaume Tell Overture

Schubert:

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

Lili Kraus

Schumann:

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Sibelius:

Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1

Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49

Sousa:

The Stars and Stripes Forever

Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Der Rosenkavalier - Suite

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor Op. 23 : Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allergo con spirito

Cherkassky

Thomas, Ambroise:

Mignon Overture

Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Tannhäuser: Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Dance of the Apprentices

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Entry of the Masters

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Leb wohl...Loge, hör! 'Wotan's Farewell & Magic Fire Music' (from Die Walküre)

Siegfried: Waldweben

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey

Walton:

Façade - Ballet Suite

Weber:

Euryanthe Overture


The Standard Symphony Orchestra (San Francisco), Pierre Monteux

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Walter Gieseking: Three Legendary Concert Performances

Walter Gieseking: Three Legendary Concert Performances


Debussy:

Fantasie for piano and orchestra

1938

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, William Mengelberg

Franck, C:

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

1940

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, William Mengelberg

Rachmaninov:

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

1939

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli


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