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

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Paganini Rhapsody

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Paganini Rhapsody


Rachmaninov:

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

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43


Serge Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto might never have seen the light of day had it not been for hypnosis: before the twenty-seven-year-old composer began work on it, he was on his last legs – financially, artistically and psychologically. Dr Nikolay Dahl hypnotised his patient every day, whispering to him: ‘You will write your concerto. You will work with great fluency. The concerto will be of excellent quality.’ The creative block disappeared, and the concerto’s premiere in Moscow in 1901 was a triumph for Rachmaninov, who played the solo part himself. Anna Vinnitskaya says she feels ‘a spring-like atmosphere’ in this work: throughout there is a sense of movement, of awakening. The music passes through the most contrasting psychological landscapes, but moves towards clarity and light. Rachmaninov composed the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in 1934, ten years before his death. Brahms, Liszt, Lutosławski and Andrew Lloyd Webber are among the remarkable roll call of composers inspired by Paganini’s theme. The Russian pianist and the Polish conductor Krzysztof Urbański have often played Rachmaninoff together, on every continent. The two artists, both of whom present here their third disc for Alpha, were reunited in the NDR studios in Hamburg to record this repertory that fits them like a glove.

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3


Rachmaninov:

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

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


A highlight of Khatia’s recording career where she reunites with Paavo Järvi for her first orchestral recording in 4 years. Rachmaninoff’s epic, dramatic Piano Concertos 2 & 3 are rarely combined on 1 CD. Two blockbuster concertos of the late-romantic repertoire – especially the 2nd concerto as it has featured in many famous movies such as Billy Wilder’s The Seven Year Itch (1955) or Clint Eastwoods’ film Hereafter (2010). The 3rd concerto was prominently featured in Shine (1996) with David Helfgott. This album was recorded with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, at Rudolfinum, Dvorak Hall, Prague. Khatia was invited to perform the track ‘Kaleidoscope’ on Coldplay’s latest release ‘A Head Full of Dreams’. In 2016, she won the German ‘Echo Klassik’ award for her last album ‘Kaleidoscope’ and also received the Q d’Or award as ‘Musician of the Year 2016’ by French TV station TF1 .

“Buniatishvili’s sensitivity, lyricism and jubilance – not to mention flawless technique – suits Rachmaninov’s concertos…[his] concertante writing features complex interplay between soloist and ensemble – something that Buniatishvili and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra achieve to a high level under Paavo Järvi” BBC Music Magazine, July 2017 ***

“Right from the concerto’s opening moments, there’s tremendous power to Buniatishvili’s playing, and her massive technique overcomes every hurdle with ease” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

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Sony - 88985402412

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Tatiana Nikolayeva: Prague Recordings

Tatiana Nikolayeva: Prague Recordings


Bach, J S:

Fantasia in C minor, BWV906

French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV816

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Nikolayeva:

Three Concert Études, Op. 13

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28

Rachmaninov:

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

Shostakovich:

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 1 in C major

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 7 in A major

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 15 in D flat major


In the case of the pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva (1924-1993), that overused term “child prodigy” is entirely apt. She began playing the instrument at the age of three and started to compose music when she was 12. At the age of 13, she enrolled at the Moscow Conservatory, after graduating from which she intensively devoted to composition. The turning point in her career emerged in 1950; more significant in her career than winning the first edition of the J. S. Bach International Competition in Leipzig was her encounter with Shostakovich, which turned into a lifelong friendship. With her account of Bach’s music, Nikolayeva inspired Shostakovich to compose his 24 Preludes and Fugues, which she was the first to perform. In February 1951, Nikolayeva was invited to Prague to join the Czech Philharmonic and make a recording of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and several Bach pieces.

The other Supraphon recordings (of works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Nikolayeva’s own Concert Etudes) were completed in April 1954. Notwithstanding the small number of Tatiana Nikolayeva’s performances recorded for Supraphon on magnetic tapes, their significance is indispensable indeed, as they represent virtually the oldest preserved testimony to the immense mastery of the legendary pianist, before she was discovered by the whole world.

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Corelli Variations

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Corelli Variations


Rachmaninov:

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

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kirill Karabits

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42


Vanessa Benelli Mosell (piano)

Following the success of her first two albums, which established Vanessa Benelli Mosell as a successful classical artist (pupil of Stockhausen and devotee to the development of classical music), her third album with Decca focusses on mainstream repertoire.

Accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Kirill Karabits, this album presents Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2, considered one of the most popular pieces for piano. Featured in several films (including The Seven Year Itch), it appears very often in concert programmes worldwide.

The concerto is coupled with one of Rachmaninov’s most popular pieces for solo piano, Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42, which traditionally combines strong virtuosic playing with deep thinking.

“Mosell plays the Concerto wth verve and direction” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 ***

“The London-trained Italian pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell has conspicuous musical talent, and for a young artist still relatively new to the market it’s understandable that she should want to showcase it to the max” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2


Falla:

Noches en los jardines de Espana

Rachmaninov:

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

Saint-Saëns:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22


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Krystian Zimerman plays Rachmaninov - Vinyl Edition

Krystian Zimerman plays Rachmaninov - Vinyl Edition


Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

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


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Tharaud plays Rachmaninov

Tharaud plays Rachmaninov


Rachmaninov:

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

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Alexander Vedernikov

Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Sabine Devieilhe (soprano)

Pieces (2) in A major for piano 6 hands - Waltz & Romance

Aleksandar Madžar (piano) & Alexander Melnikov (piano)


French pianist Alexandre Tharaud takes on the blockbuster ‘Rach 2’ concerto in a thrilling performance with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Russian maestro Alexander Vedernikov. It is coupled with more intimate Rachmaninov for piano six-hands (for which Alexandre is flanked by Alexander Melnikov and Aleksandar Madžar) and the icing on the cake: a sublime Vocalise in the original version for voice and piano, with pure-voiced French soprano Sabine Devieilhe.

Alexandre Tharaud’s recorded catalogue is large and eclectic, but this is the first time he has devoted an entire album to Russian repertoire – specifically to the music of Sergei Rachmaninov. “I was still quite young when I first played this concerto,” explains Tharaud. “I adored it … Rachmaninov’s virtuosity really appeals to young pianists. Today, of course I’m still enthralled by the concerto’s virtuosity, but now I’m more interested in its dark shadows: the sense of despair, of staring into the abyss. My interpretation of Rachmaninov has changed a lot over the years.”

“After the famous introductory bars – following the score rather than the composer’s recording – the sweeping first subject enters faster, thankfully, than Richter’s celebrated account but with the same majestic assurance.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2


Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

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

New Symphony Orchestra of London, Sir Colin Davis


Peter Katin (piano)

Pianist Peter Katin died on 19 March 2015 at the age of 84. He was born in London in 1930, and by the time he was twelve he was a student at the Royal Academy of Music. He made his professional debut in Wigmore Hall six years later. Early in his career, he was particularly admired for his performances of works from the Classical era, but he caused a sensation in 1953 when he performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3. (One reviewer wrote, ‘The young English pianist was greeted, after this breathtaking display, with the hearty and prolonged applause that we generally confine to established public idols.’) The Rachmaninov recordings reissued here date from 1958 (Concerto No. 1) and 1959 (Concerto No. 2). In addition to Katin’s virtuosity, they feature intelligent conducting from Sir Adrian Boult and Sir Colin Davis, and engineering which is almost as impressive today as it was more than five decades ago.

“[the Piano Concerto No. 2] is all brought off very well and there are many passages of great felicity” Gramophone Magazine, September 1964

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 & Solo Piano Works

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 & Solo Piano Works


Rachmaninov:

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

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit

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

London Symphony Orchestra, Ivan Fischer

Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 7 in F major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 10 in G flat major

Melodie in E Major, Op. 3 No. 3

Liebesfreud (after Kreisler)

Liebesleid (after Kreisler)


Jorge Bolet (piano)

2014 marks the centenary of the birth of the colossal Cuban-born pianist Jorge Bolet. Signed to Decca later in life he made a series of magnificent Liszt recordings, but also recorded music by Chopin, Schumann, Brahms and Rachmaninov. One of Bolet’s own teachers, Josef Hofmann, was the dedicatee of Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto, a work he recorded for Decca, together with the Second, and a series of solo piano works. There were three CDs in all of the music of Rachmaninov and these aristocratic performances are reissued here as a 2CD set. The notes include comments by Bolet on his artistic approach to the Third Concerto.

“Although some passages in the Second Concerto could benefit from greater momentum, there's no denying the beauty and richness of Bolet's piano playing.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 ****

“a greatly superior recording is one of the attractions of this CD, and at countless points it highlights Bolet’s absolute command of this work’s myriad pianistic complexities … the finale’s central scherzando is executed with great pianistic acuity” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 1983 (Piano Concerto No. 3)

“The selection of Preludes finds him very much on home ground … The recorded sound has been sensitively achieved – the hushed winding-down in the coda to the Variations is superbly captured” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 1988

“a splendid first movement climax … the opening and closing sections of the slow movement are ravishingly beautiful, helped by the glowing Montreal acoustics … a sumptuous, spectacular Decca recording” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 1988

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Lang Lang: The Romance of Rachmaninov

Lang Lang: The Romance of Rachmaninov


Rachmaninov:

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

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev

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

with Vadim Repin (violin) & Mischa Maisky (cello)

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

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

from “Lang Lang Live at the Proms, The Royal Albert Hall, London

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36

from “Lang Lang Live at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood"


Lang Lang (piano)

This is Lang Lang’s complete Rachmaninov recordings, bringing together the DG and the early Telarc recordings, which capture the heart of Russian Romantic music. Described by The Times as “a marvel, his ease of virtuosity astonishing, his stage presence magnetic”, Lang Lang presents two of Rachmaninov’s favourite concertos (nos. 2 and 3), the dazzlingly virtuosic Paganini Rhapsody and the deeply felt Trio élégiaque, in which he is partnered by Repin and Maisky – plus a spirited performance of the great G minor Prelude. “Rachmaninov playing of real personality” – International Record Review (Second Concerto, Rhapsody).

The recording of Rachmaninov No.3 is from the BBC Proms in London from 2002- a breakthrough performance for the pianist, coupled with a live performance of Sonata No.2 in B flat minor at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood.

DG - 4792236

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