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Rachmaninov: Preludes (The 1941–42 Recordings)

Rachmaninov: Preludes (The 1941–42 Recordings)


Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

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

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


The first ever recording of Rachmaninov’s complete preludes (1941–42). Released on CD for the first time.

Throughout a career spanning over 60 years, Dame Moura Lympany was closely associated with the music of Rachmaninov. It began as an unlikely meeting of minds and fingers: what was this slight and beautiful young Englishwoman doing with music that needed the composer’s own huge hands to span its ninths and tenths, written by a man immortalized in Stravinsky’s quip, ‘a six-and-a-half-foot scowl’?

In 1945, two years after the composer’s death, the record producer John Culshaw, then still a serving lieutenant in the Royal Navy, wrote an essay celebrating and defending Rachmaninov in the face of scepticism and reserve from English audiences. Culshaw begged to differ, and among the recordings he cited to make his point, Moura Lympany’s first – indeed, pioneering – set of the Preludes took pride of place. She was owed ‘a debt of gratitude’, he remarked, for undertaking ‘a considerable task’. ‘Music so sincerely conceived and so perfectly written can never die,’ and posterity has proved him right beyond all possible expectation.

The recordings were made by Decca in sessions between October 1941 and August 1943, and then issued month by month on individual 78 rpm records, with two preludes per disc. The release of the third 78 was welcomed by the long-standing and maverick editor of Gramophone, Compton Mackenzie, with a clerihew: ‘Miss Moura Lympany/Avoids any suggestion of the timpani/Or of bringing a pan in of/Tin to play Rachmaninov.’ The composer himself had recorded only seven Preludes; Lympany’s colleague, Eileen Joyce, had done six of them.

Lympany went on to make two more celebrated recordings of the Preludes, in 1951 (reissued by Decca in 2004) and again in 1993, for Erato. The luminous passage work, vivid palette of colours, and considerable reserves of power for which she was often celebrated in Rachmaninov: all these qualities were present in abundance in her first recording, which now receives its first release on CD – a major addition to Lympany’s discography.

This Eloquence release is further enhanced by many, previously unpublished photographs of Lympany. The booklet also contains a detailed appreciation of her art, and of the context of this landmark in gramophone history, written by the piano historian Stephen Siek.

“Miss Lympany’s performance is a remarkable achievement for which lover of piano music are deep in her debt.” Gramophone Magazine, December 1943

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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”.

Piano Classics Sergio Fiorentino Edition - PCLD0065

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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)

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