Rachmaninov - Solo Piano Recordings Volume 3

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Rachmaninov - Solo Piano Recordings Volume 3

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8111397
(8.111397)

Discs:

1

Release date:

29th Oct 2012

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0747313339723

Length:

73 minutes

Medium:

CD

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Rachmaninov - Solo Piano Recordings Volume 3

Victor Recordings 1925-1942


Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV1006: suite (Gigue, Gavotte & Preludio)

arr. Rachmaninov

Kreisler:

Liebesfreud

arr. Rachmaninov

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

arr. Rachmaninov

Mussorgsky:

Sorochintsy Fair: Gopak

arr. Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov:

Étude-Tableau, Op. 33 No. 2 in C major

Étude-Tableau, Op. 33 No. 7 in E flat major (published as No. 4)

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 6 in A minor

Moment musical No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 16 No. 2

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Melodie in E Major, Op. 3 No. 3

Serenade, Op. 3 No. 5

Humoresque in G major, Op. 10 No. 5

Oriental Sketch (1917)

Polka de V.R.

Prelude Op. 23 No. 10 in G flat major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 3 in E major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 6 in F minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 7 in F major

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

arr. for solo piano

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

Rimsky Korsakov:

Flight of the Bumble Bee

arr. Rachmaninov

Schubert:

Das Wandern (No. 1 from Die schöne Müllerin, D795)

arr. Rachmaninov

Tchaikovsky:

Lullaby, Op. 16 No. 1


Sergei Rachmaninov (piano)

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This third volume of Rachmaninov’s Victor recordings contains discs he made of his own solo compositions and arrangements from the introduction of electrical recording in 1925 to a year before his death.

The works recorded were those most in demand by the public, each piece subject to Rachmaninov’s perfectionism and the version released always the best of a number of takes (for example, the recording of his famous Prelude in C sharp minor is Take 23).

Whether it be in the 1925 recording of his transcription of Kreisler’s Liebesfreud or the February 1942 recording of the same work (in which he displays a cast iron technique only a year before his death), the sheer virtuosity, utter clarity and supreme musicianship of Rachmaninov’s playing style are undiminished.

The first two releases in this series have been acclaimed for their superb remastering.

Ward Marston, producer and audio restoration engineer

Sergei Rachmaninov: Behr - Lachtaubchen, "Polka de WR"

Behr - Lachtaubchen, "Polka de WR"

Sergei Rachmaninov: Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39

Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39: No. 6 in A minor: Allegro

Sergei Rachmaninov: Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3

Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: No. 2. Prelude in C sharp minor

Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: No. 5. Serenade in B flat minor

Sergei Rachmaninov: 10 Preludes, Op. 23

10 Preludes, Op. 23: No. 10 in G flat major: Largo

Sergei Rachmaninov: 13 Preludes, Op. 32

No. 3 in E major: Allegro vivace

No. 7 in F major: Moderato

No. 6 in F minor: Allegro appassionato

Sergei Rachmaninov: Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33

No. 2 in C major: Allegro

No. 7 in E flat major: Allegro con fuoco

Sergei Rachmaninov: Moments musicaux, Op. 16

Moments musicaux, Op. 16: No. 2 in E flat minor: Allegretto

Sergei Rachmaninov: Oriental Sketch

Oriental Sketch

Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3

Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: No. 3. Melodie in E major

Sergei Rachmaninov: Morceaux de salon, Op. 10

Morceaux de salon, Op. 10: No. 5. Humoresque in G major

Sergei Rachmaninov: 6 Songs, Op. 38 (version for piano)

6 Songs, Op. 38: No. 3. Daisies (version for piano)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 12 Songs, Op. 21 (version for piano)

12 Songs, Op. 21: No. 5. Lilacs (version for piano)

Sergei Rachmaninov: Bach - Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006

I. Prelude

III. Gavotte

VII. Gigue

Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61, MWV M13 (arr. S. Rachmaninov)

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61, MWV M13: I. Scherzo (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano)

Franz Schubert: Die schone Mullerin, Op. 25, D. 795 (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano)

Die schone Mullerin, Op. 25, D. 795: No. 1. Das Wandern (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano)

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky: Sorochinskaya yarmarka (Sorochintsi Fair): Gopak (Hopak) (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano)

Sorochinskaya yarmarka (Sorochintsi Fair): Gopak (Hopak) (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano)

Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov: Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57 (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano)

Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57: Flight of the Bumble-bee (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano)

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: 6 Romances, Op. 16: No. 1. Cradle Song (arr. S. Rachmaninov)

6 Romances, Op. 16: No. 1. Cradle Song (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano)

Sergei Rachmaninov: Kreisler - Liebesfreud

Kreisler - Liebesfreud

Kreisler - Liebesfreud (abridged)

BBC Music Magazine

May 2013

*****

“Wonders galore in Rachmaninov's playing, beyond its obvious historical importance. Cast-iron technique, proper old-school sense of line and tone colour, and an incomparable rubato.”

Gramophone Magazine

January 2013

“No composer or pianist has ever sounded more indelibly Russian, and never more so than in his own music...What clear relish and delight in the playful rather than melancholic capers of the Polka, what vitality and aplomb in the festive E major Prelude...this, the thrid volume of Naxos's 'Great Pianists' Rachmaninov, gives us playing beyond price.”

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