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Rachmaninov: Preludes

Rachmaninov: Preludes


Rachmaninov:

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

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


Yara Bernette (piano)

Born Bernette Epstein in Boston in 1920 of Russian heritage, Yara Bernette’s family moved to Brazil when she was six months old. Her first piano teacher was José Kliass, like Claudio Arrau a pupil of Martin Krause, who in turn had been a pupil of Liszt. Both Arrau and Arthur Rubinstein were supportive of her and she made her American debut in 1949 at the New York Town Hall. In 1955 she made her European debut in Paris with Heitor Villa-Lobos on the podium. She was also a sought-after teacher and in 1972 joined the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg where she remained for some twenty years. Her North American debut in New York’s Town Hall was unanimously acclaimed: ‘Yara Bernette has the most beautiful piano tone this listener has heard all winter. She is a clear-headed musician, moreover with an intelligent approach to her art. There is temperament in her too, and warmth. Everything is beautiful in detail and sensible in conception’ (Virgil Thompson, New York Herald Tribune).

When this recording – her only one for Deutsche Grammophon – was issued on LP, playing time limitations meant that three of the Preludes had to be excluded from the record – Op. 23 No. 3 and Op. 32 Nos. 11 and 13. Bernette’s suggestion that the recording be spread across two LPs in order to accommodate the additional playing time required was not agreed to by the company. The ‘missing’ preludes are now restored and re-inserted into the original sequence and Yara Bernette’s recording of Rachmaninov’s two opuses is presented complete for the first time.

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Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes

Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes


Rachmaninov:

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

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

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

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


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Rachmaninov: Complete Preludes

Rachmaninov: Complete Preludes


Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

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

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


Alexis Weissenberg, Alexis Weissenberg (piano)

Sony - G010003501847N

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Rachmaninoff: Complete Preludes

Rachmaninoff: Complete Preludes


Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

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

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


Lukas Geniušas (piano)

Rachmaninov’s 24 Preludes are pianistic masterworks of the highest order. Each prelude expresses the deepest emotions of the Russian master, from ecstatic joy and tolling of bells, to Slavic melancholy and utter tragedy.

This unique live recording by Lukas Geniušas is a feat of extraordinary concentration and technical mastery. Played in the big hall of the famous Moscow Conservatory, it displays Geniušas’ prodigious gifts: supreme control, strong sense of structure and a sincere and warm projection of the human emotions of the music.

Lukas Geniušas, born into a family of musicians (his grandmother was the legendary Vera Gornostaeva), is Silver Medallist of the 2010 Chopin Competition, and first‐prize winner of the German Piano Award and the Gina Bachauer Competition.

His earlier recording for Piano Classics (PCL0075, Beethoven: Hammerklavier Sonata / Brahms: Piano Sonata 1), received great critical acclaim: “Geniušas not only convinces with energy and virtuosity, he also approaches the massive sound structures with a deep poetic feeling” (Spiegel, Germany).

“you are left to wonder at his blaze of youthful power and aplomb” Gramophone Magazine, October 2015

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Rachmaninoff: 24 Preludes

Rachmaninoff: 24 Preludes


Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

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

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


Dmitri Levkovich (piano)

Sergej Rachmaninoff’s 24 preludes express the quintessence of this Russian Romantic: in the span of a mere 5 minutes he expresses deep melancholy, ecstatic joy, serenity and exuberance: the outpourings of a rich and deep Russian soul.

This new recording of these magnificent works, standard piano literature, is by young Russian pianist Dimitri Levkovich, winner of several International Piano Competitions, notably the prestigious German Piano Award in 2013. He displays an astonishing range of colours and moods in his deeply felt interpretation.

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Rachmaninov: The Complete Preludes

Rachmaninov: The Complete Preludes


Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

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

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


It's no doubt due to Rachmaninov's supreme musical gifts that on entering the Moscow Conservatory as a pupil of Nicolai Zverev at the age of thirteen he graduated as a pianist with the highest honours within four years, and a year later, as a composer, he was awarded the Great Gold Medal of the Conservatory. He thus became only the third recipient in the Conservatory's history with the title 'Free Artist'. The Ten Preludes Op. 23, the Op. 3 Prelude and the Thirteen Preludes Op. 32 represent all twenty-four major and minor keys and are considered to be among Rachmaninov's best works for solo piano. The success of his first Prelude proved to be double-edged. It became so popular that it travelled round the world to the point where in the 1920s in New York he heard the Paul Whiteman Band play a jazz version and as a touring virtuoso he would not be allowed to leave without playing it as an encore. His Ten Preludes Op. 23 were composed in a burst of creativity in the year that he married his beloved cousin Natalia. In 1910, at the very height of his powers, Rachmaninov completed his set of 24 Preludes with a final group of 13 comprising his Opus 32. The Preludes have the charm, lyricism and nostalgic melancholy intrinsic to Rachmaninov. They can be played individually or as separate sets but hearing them in sequence demonstrates a rarely perceived but always present aspect of this great pianist composer. Leon McCawley's recordings for SOMM have received great accolades. "Difficult to know whether McCawley's refined piano playing, his natural yet cultivated musicality or his boundless imagination warrant the greater praise. You must hear the recording, but be warned: you may never want to hear another pianist play the Brahms Op. 118." IRR Outstanding

“Leaving frantic and over-pressured playing to others, Leon McCawley finds a delicate emotional fervour with no lack of drama in Rachmaninov's 24 Preludes.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2015

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Fiorentino Edition Volume 3: Rachmaninoff

Fiorentino Edition Volume 3: Rachmaninoff


Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

Rachmaninov:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28

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

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

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


This third volume of the Sergio Fiorentino Edition on Piano Classics features a fine selection of the master’s Rachmaninoff recordings: the complete Preludes (recorded in one day!) dates from the 60s, and shows a wonderful fluency of a vocal quality, staggering virtuosity and a musical taste reminiscent of the Golden Age of Pianism.

The piano sonatas are recording in the 80s, a part of the “Berlin Recordings”, a testimony of a great, deep and sincere artist. As a bonus, also included is a generous selection of Rachmaninoff transcriptions, the highlight being the Mendelssohn’s Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (probably the fastest on record…).

Both volumes I and II of the Fiorentino Edition received rave reviews in the international press, ”a tribute to one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century”.

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Rachmaninov: Piano Works, Vol. 5

Rachmaninov: Piano Works, Vol. 5


Rachmaninov:

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

Études-Tableaux, Op. 33

Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3

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

Orchester der Folkwang Hochschule, David de Villier


Boris Bloch (piano)

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Sergei Rachmaninov, Vol. 4 (1997)

Sergei Rachmaninov, Vol. 4 (1997)


Rachmaninov:

Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3

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


Alexander Vaulin (piano)

Documents - Serge Rachmaninov - 298289

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Rachmaninov: Complete Preludes

Rachmaninov: Complete Preludes


Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

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

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


Guillaume Vincent (piano)

New naïve signing, and rising star of the piano, Guillaume Vincent's first recording is dedicated to the demanding Rachmaninov Complete Preludes.

Born in Annecy in 1991, Guillaume Vincent took up the piano at the age of 7 and gave his first recital three years later. At only 16 he was unanimously awarded his premier prix for piano, and he also received his diploma of higher education.

He continued his studies in Paris with Jean-François Heisser and Marie-Josèphe Jude (piano) and Yves Henry (harmony). Supported by his teachers, he obtained in 2011 his artist’s diploma (Diplôme d’Artiste Interprète).

He has already won many awards including Prix de l’Orchestre National de France at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud competition (2009); and First Prize in the International Adelia Alieva Piano Competition (2010). He was recently nominated for the ‘Révélation Classique 2010’ award by the ADAMI. He is regularly invited to appear, in recital or with orchestra, at festivals in France and around the world. Guillaume Vincent appears frequently as a chamber musician, with renowned artists such as Renaud Capuçon and Augustin Dumay.

“He's clearly a pianist of great technical ability; there's a wonderful clarity to even the most hectic passages here, and though his tone can harden at the big climaxes, as in the B flat major Prelude from Op 23, his playing never loses its poise. But it's all peculiarly uninvolving.” The Guardian, 3rd January 2013 ***

“Vincent’s debut really is encouraging. At age 21, he’s already thinking very independently about this music, and he’s not merely a rote technician, either. He has the potential to develop into somebody with a lot of interesting ideas about the music he plays, and the playing power to deliver them. I’m very glad to welcome an artist like this to the scene.” MusicWeb International, March 2013

“virtuosity is never allowed to trump expressiveness. His is a cool artistry, sensitive to uncovering the poetry and capable of presenting the over-familiar in a completely new light...Vincent's weighting and voicing of his chords is fastidiously refined, he brilliantly treats the fast pieces without a trace of hurry, and the lyrical pieces are rendered with lovely delicacy.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2013 *****

“Vincent has something interesting and personal to say about each of these little gems. His is more emotionally engaging than some other complete sets and, despite my reservations over 'It' (as Rachmaninov called his first-born), is well worth investigating.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2013

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