Rachmaninov: Preludes Op. 23 Nos. 1-10 (complete) - download (MP3 & FLAC)

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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)


Decca - Double Decca - 4438412

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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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Australian Eloquence - ELQ4826031

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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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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)

ARS Produktion - ARS38505

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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

Naive - V5296

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Rachmaninov: The Complete Preludes

Rachmaninov: The Complete Preludes


Rachmaninov:

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

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


Peter Katin (piano)

This release is an 80th birthday tribute to Peter Katin and the booklet contains a recent interview with him. He began studying the piano at the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 12 and made his Wigmore Hall debut at the age of 18. He has made almost 40 recordings, many of which have been critically well received, including these Rachmaninov Preludes.

“playing of considerable tonal subtlety, refinement and poise.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

“this latest remastering adds a modicum of fullness and body masked in previous editions. In general, Katin is technically secure and stylistically idiomatic, although some of the more demanding selections find the pianist erring on the side of caution...In all, the best of Katin's work has much to offer” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

“He projects the music strongly and with great dynamism...this Katin set has a great deal to offer and is well worth consideration. This reissue is a welcome tribute to a highly distinguished pianist.” MusicWeb International, 29th July 2014

“His playing is magisterial: one couldn’t ask for more insight, intensity, virtuosity in this prodigious repertoire. No other piano preludes have quite Rachmaninov’s way of combining giganticism and intimacy, of driving immensity into a nutshell...Katin fixes them superbly in the here and now.” Sunday Times, 18th September 2011

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Rachmaninov: The 24 Preludes

Rachmaninov: The 24 Preludes


Rachmaninov:

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

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


Naxos Classical Archives - 980922

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Rachmaninov: Preludes & Melodies

Rachmaninov: Preludes & Melodies


Rachmaninov:

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

Prelude in F major

Piano Piece in D minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 9 in E flat minor

Melodie in E Major, Op. 3 No. 3

Gavotte in D major

Andante ma non troppo in D minor (Prelude)

Fragments

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Sorochintsy Fair: Hopak, Liebeslied, Liebesfreud


Alessio Bax (piano)

In his second solo recital disc for Signum, this release demonstrates Alessio Bax’s dazzling skill and flair in performance and interpretation – this time with Rachmaninov’s piano works. The programme is centered around the Preludes Op.23, but takes in a broad selection of his other studies, etudes, melodies and transcriptions. Bax describes the programme as being a collection of ‘Visions and Landscapes’.

“He writes in the sleeve notes of a long-held desire to record Rachmaninov and [in the Vocalise] you feel he totally understands the composer's unique harmonic world. It's worth acquiring the CD for this track alone.” The Observer, 31st July 2011

“[Bax] has technique to burn but also has the unteachable ability to tug at the heart strings...In the transcriptions, Bax pays particular attention to the intricate weaving of separate voices, and is truly affecting in his own arrangement of Vocalise. This is one of the most intelligent and engrossing Rachmaninov recitals of recent years.” Classic FM Magazine, September 2011 *****

“With this intricate and enterprising recital, the wondrously gifted Alessio Bax fulfils, in his own words, a long-cherished dream...he finds all of the composer's dark-hued melancholy, playing with an impeccable sense of vocal line and with an intense and stylish rubato...if his Op. 23 Preludes lack the classic quality of, say, Lympany or Osborne, his vividness and personality weaven their own intoxicationg spell.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

Signum - SIGCD264

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Rachmaninov: Preludes (complete)

Rachmaninov: Preludes (complete)


Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

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

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


Megumi Fujita (piano)

Intim Musik - IMCD097

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