Rachmaninov - Solo Piano Recordings Volume 2

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Rachmaninov - Solo Piano Recordings Volume 2

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Naxos

Catalogue No:

8112058
(8.112058)

Discs:

1

Release date:

26th April 2011

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0636943205877

Length:

73 minutes

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CD

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Rachmaninov - Solo Piano Recordings Volume 2

Victor Recordings 1925-1942


Bach, J S:

Sarabande from Partita No. 4 BWV828

Recorded on 16th December 1925

Beethoven:

Variations (32) on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80: excerpt

Recorded on 13th April and 14th May 1925

The Ruins of Athens -Turkish March

arr. Rubinstein. Recorded on 14th December 1925

Borodin:

Scherzo

Recorded on 23rd December 1935

Gluck:

Orfeo ed Euridice: Mélodie

arr. Sgambati. Recorded on 14th May 1925

Handel:

Keyboard Suite, HWV 430 in E major 'The Harmonious Blacksmith': Air & Variations

Recorded on 3rd January 1936

Liszt:

Ständchen - Leise flehen meine Lieder (No. 7a from Schwanengesang, S560, after Schubert)

Recorded on 27th February 1942

Das Wandern (No. 1 from Müllerlieder von Franz Schubert, S565)

Recorded on 14th April 1925

Gnomenreigen, S145 No. 2

Recorded on 13th April 1925

Mendelssohn:

3 Etudes, Op. 104b

Nos. 2 and 3. Recorded on 25th April 1927

Song without Words, Op. 67 No. 4 in C major 'Spinning Song' or 'Bee's Wedding'

Recorded on 25th April 1928

Mozart:

Rondo alla Turca from Piano Sonata No. 11, K331

Recorded on 14th May 1925

Paderewski:

Minuet in G major, Op. 14 No. 1

Recorded on 5th April 1927

Schubert:

Impromptu in A flat major, D899 No. 4

Recorded on 29th December 1925

Scriabin:

Prelude, Op. 11 No. 8 in F sharp minor

Recorded on 16th April 1929

Tausig:

Man lebt nur einmal. No. 2 from 'Walzer-Capricen nach J. Strauss'

Recorded on 5th April 1927

Tchaikovsky:

The Seasons, Op. 37b: November (Troika)

Recorded on 11th April 1928


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Rachmaninov’s reputation as a composer has waxed and waned over the years, but as a pianist he remains renowned, not least among other pianists, as one of the greatest. His perfect technique, utter clarity and discipline, and supreme musicianship shine undiminished through even his earliest recordings.

Ever the perfectionist, he would often set down multiple takes of even the shortest pieces (no fewer than 22 of Mendelssohn’s Spinning Song, for instance), carefully choosing only the best for release. His account of a selection of Beethoven’s 32 Variations in C minor WoO 80 effortlessly negotiates every nuance, from utmost delicacy to thunderous virtuosity, while his affinity for the Romantics is self-evident.

Producer and Audio Restoration Engineer: Ward Marston

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828

Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828: V. Sarabande

George Frideric Handel: Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV 430

Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV 430: IV. Air with Variations, "Harmonious Blacksmith"

Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (arr. G. Sgambati for piano)

Orfeo ed Euridice: Melodie (arr. G. Sgambati for piano)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331

Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331: III. Alla turca: Allegretto

Ludwig van Beethoven: 32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80

Thema: Allegretto

Variation 1

Variation 2

Variation 3

Variation 4

Variation 5

Variation 6

Variation 7

Variation 8

Variation 9

Variation 10

Variation 11

Variation 12

Variation 13

Variation 14

Variation 19

Variation 22

Variation 23

Variation 24

Variation 25

Variation 26

Variation 27

Variation 28

Variation 31

Variation 32

Ludwig van Beethoven: Die Ruinen von Athen (The Ruins of Athens), Op. 113: Turkish March (arr. Anton Rubinstein for piano)

Die Ruinen von Athen (The Ruins of Athens), Op. 113: Turkish March (arr. Anton Rubinstein for piano)

Franz Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899

4 Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899: No. 4 in A flat major

Franz Liszt: Schubert - Schwanengesang, S560/R245

Schubert - Schwanengesang, S560/R245: No. 7. Standchen, "Leise flehen meine Lieder"

Franz Liszt: Schubert - Mullerlieder, S565/R249

Schubert - Mullerlieder, S565/R249: No. 1. Das Wandern

Franz Liszt: 2 Concert Etudes, S145/R6

2 Concert Etudes, S145/R6: No. 2. Gnomenreigen (Dance of the Gnomes)

Franz Liszt: 2 Polonaises, S223/R44

2 Polonaises, S223/R44: No. 2. Polonaise in E major

Felix Mendelssohn: 3 Etudes, Op. 104b

3 Etudes, Op. 104b: No. 2 in F major

3 Etudes, Op. 104b: No. 3 in A minor

Felix Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 6, Op. 67

Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 6, Op. 67: No. 4 in C major, "Spinnerlied"

Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin: Scherzo in A flat major

Scherzo in A flat major

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Les saisons (The Seasons), Op. 37b

Les saisons (The Seasons), Op. 37b: XI. November: Troika

Alexander Scriabin: 24 Preludes, Op. 11

24 Preludes, Op. 11: No. 8 in F sharp minor

Ignacy Jan Paderewski: Humoresques de concert, Op. 14

Humoresques de concert, Op. 14: No. 1. Menuet celebre

Carl Tausig: Valse Caprice No. 2, Op. 167, "Man lebt nur einmal" (arr. C. Tausig for piano)

Valse Caprice No. 2, Op. 167, "Man lebt nur einmal" (arr. C. Tausig for piano)

BBC Music Magazine

December 2011

*****

“Rachmaninov's unrivalled pianism delights in a stunning recital that opens with a spellbinding Bach Sarabande.”

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