Rachmaninov: Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

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Alisa Weilerstein: Chopin & Rachmaninov

Alisa Weilerstein: Chopin & Rachmaninov


Chopin:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65

Étude Op. 25 No. 7 in C sharp minor

arr. Franchomme for cello & piano

Polonaise brillante Op. 3 for cello & piano

Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14


Alisa Weilerstein (cello) & Inon Barnatan (piano)

Together with long-term duo partner Inon Barnatan, best-selling Decca cellist Alisa Weilerstein records two of the giants of ‘cello chamber music: the Rachmaninov and Chopin sonatas.

Alisa Weilerstein’s debut on Decca with the Elgar Cello Concerto (conducted by Daniel Barenboim; his first recording of this outstanding work since his earlier recording with the legendary Jacqueline du Pre) was received rapturously by critics worldwide; and her subsequent recording of the Dvorak cello concerto no less well-received.

Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan are two of the world’s leading instrumentalists, and this album clearly shows the benefits of a long-lasting chamber music partnership with two exceptional musicians, captured in their prime.

The Rachmaninov Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano – premiered with the composer himself playing the fiendishly tricky piano part – is Rachmaninov’s last chamber music work. One of the first major pieces to be written after Rachmaninov overcame “writer’s block” with a course of hypnotherapy, this is a piece to be discovered and treasured.

Chopin’s Cello Sonata in G minor is one of the few works Chopin wrote for instruments other than the piano; and the last of his works to be published in his lifetime. Remarkable for its concentration of material, no work of Chopin’s gave him more trouble; “I write a little and cross out a lot”, wrote Chopin. Alisa and Inon bring out a wealth of feeling in this emotional rollercoaster of a piece.

By contrast, Chopin’s Introduction and Polonaise Brillante is one of his first published compositions. Full of bravura and verve, it has an undeniable feel for the spirit of the dance and a distinctive theme. Then Chopin’s Etude – essentially a nocturne – brings a dramatic change of character and mood “somber, mysterious dreams” (Heller); “a song of happiness irredeemably lost” (Koczalski).

When Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan perform together, audiences are enthralled, critics enraptured. This disc sets a new benchmark for recordings of these great works, and this exceptional quality of music-making is certain to set the bar for a long time.

“The pair closed with Chopin’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, a work of such fiendish difficulty that even Chopin was convinced that parts of it might be unplayable. Ms. Weilerstein and Mr. Barnatan put that notion to rest with their poise and passion, and they returned amid thunderous applause”

“it's hard to imagine many cellist-pianist duos more mutually fond of risk-taking. They certainly don't hold back in Rachmaninov's Cello Sonata, often pushing it to the brink…what emerges is an interpretation in which no single colour outstays its welcome. The same goes for Chopin's Cello Sonata, whose sense of restlessness suits this duo well” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

“The glorious ebb and flow of melodic material that courses through the veins of the Rachmaninov and Chopin Sonatas seems absolutely tailor-made for a cellist with the flamboyance and intensity of Alisa Weilerstein. In this superbly recorded recital, she delivers one of the most compelling performances of the Rachmaninov I've ever heard...Barnatan brings great musical insight and a marvellous variety of tone to the hugely demanding piano part.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2016 *****

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Nicholas McCarthy: Solo

Nicholas McCarthy: Solo


Bellini:

Casta Diva (from Norma)

Blumenfeld:

Etude for the left hand, Op. 36

Chopin:

Étude Op. 10 No. 3 in E major 'Tristesse'

Étude Op. 25 No. 12 in C minor

arr. Godowsky

Einaudi:

I Giorni

Gershwin:

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Liszt:

Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major)

Mascagni:

Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo

Puccini:

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Scriabin:

Prelude, Op. 8 No. 12 in D sharp minor

Étude Op. 2 No. 1 in C sharp minor

Nocturne in D flat major Op. 9 No. 2

Strauss, R:

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Wild:

Seven Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs: No. 3. The Man I Love


Nicholas McCarthy (piano)

Born without his right hand, award-winning British pianist Nicholas Mccarthy is a champion of the brave, dynamic world of left-hand repertoire. here, in his first solo album, he scales the heights of expressive and virtuosic possibility, presenting his own and others’ transcriptions of works – many of them classical favourites, such as Puccini’s “o mio babbino caro” and Gershwin’s “summertime” – alongside pieces written especially for the left hand. the result is a fascinating and absorbing programme which traces the history of this unique genre from its nineteenth-century beginnings to the present day.

“McCarthy offers good, solid, forthright interpretations, especially of the works that appear in their original form. It is an excellent opportunity to celebrate this unusual corner of piano repertoire. But where this CD wins most is in its symbolism: an unlikely candidate for piano stardom overcomes a massive obstacle and fulfils his dream despite everything. That can do more than offer pleasant listening; it can be an example and an inspiration” BBC Music Magazine, December 2015 ****

“McCarthy is a fine pianist and the piano sings with a generous tone.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2015

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Viktoriya Dodoka: Rachmaninov Songs

Viktoriya Dodoka: Rachmaninov Songs


Rachmaninov:

Sing not, O lovely one (Ne poi, krasavitsa, pri mne), Op. 4 No. 4

The Harvest Of Sorrow, Op. 4 No. 5

Water lily, Op. 8 No. 1

A dream, Op. 8 No. 5

Prayer, Op. 8 No. 6

Small island, Op. 14 No. 2

Spring torrents, Op. 14 No.11

Twilight, Op.21 No. 3

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

Loneliness

How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7

Sorrow in Springtime

At my window, Op. 26 No.10

Night is sorrowful, Op. 26 No.12

Day to Night comparing...

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

At night in my garden, Op. 38 No. 1

To her, Op.38, No. 2

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

The pied piper, Op.38, No. 3

Sleep, Op.38, No. 5

'A-oo', Op.38, No. 6


Viktoriya Dodoka (Soprano), Iola Shelley (Piano)

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Rachmaninov: Monna Vanna (Act 1) & Songs

Rachmaninov: Monna Vanna (Act 1) & Songs


Rachmaninov:

Monna Vanna: Opera in one act

Moscow Conservatory Opera Soloists: Evgeniya Dushina, Vladimir Avtomonov, Dmitry Ivanchey, Edward Arutyunyan, Mikhail Golovushkin

Moscow Conservatory Students Choir, Moscow Conservatory Students Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

At my window, Op. 26 No.10

Soile Isokoski (soprano) & Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Night is sorrowful, Op. 26 No.12

Soile Isokoski (soprano) & Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

Soile Isokoski (soprano) & Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

The Rat-Catcher, Op. 38 No. 4

Soile Isokoski (soprano) & Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Soile Isokoski (soprano) & Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7

Soile Isokoski (soprano) & Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Sleep, Op.38, No. 5

Soile Isokoski (soprano) & Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)


Rachmaninov’s rarely heard, and unfinished opera, Monna Vanna is recorded here in a newer edition by Gennadi Belov and led by Vladimir Ashkenazy, an iconic artist and expert in Russian music.

This recording of Monna Vanna is a world première recording of the sung Russian version – the language in which Rachmaninov originally intended the opera to be performed.

Rachmaninov wrote Act 1 of Monna Vanna in 1907, whilst also completing some of his major works: Symphony No. 2 and his first piano sonata. Rachmaninov never completed the work and it fell into oblivion until it was finally premièred in New York, 1984.

The Second part of this disc features the Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski. She records seven songs by Rachmaninov – including the hauntingly beautiful Vocalise – and is accompanied by Ashkenazy on piano.

“It’s characteristic mature, if not memorable, Rachmaninov, well sung by students. If the songs will entice collectors, completists will have to have the Monna Vanna.” Sunday Times, 3rd August 2014

“Ashkenazy and his forces inject considerable dramatic impetus into the music...this is a tantalising disc of a what-might-have-been, Vladimir Avtomonov's rich, fluid baritone bearing the brunt of the action.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014

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Arensky: Piano Trios

Arensky: Piano Trios


Arensky:

Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32

Piano Trio No. 2 in F minor, Op. 73

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

arr. Julius Conus


Leonore Piano Trio: Tim Horton (piano), Benjamin Nabarro (violin) & Gemma Rosefield (cello)

Arensky’s Piano Trios represent a fine example of the Russian romantic piano trio, a form ‘invented’ by Tchaikovsky, Arensky’s close friend and influence.

Piano Trio No 1 is the more popular of the two, dedicated to the cellist Karl Davidoff. Davidoff is regarded as the founder of the Russian school of cello-playing, and Arensky’s dedication accounts for the fact that the cello plays such a prominent role, having most of the principal themes and often seeming to eclipse the violin in importance. Piano Trio No 2 is one composer’s last works, and marks a considerable advance in Arensky’s compositional techniques.

Hyperion is delighted to present the Leonore Piano Trio (Tim Horton, Benjamin Nabarro and Gemma Rosefield, who features as soloist on Hyperion’s Romantic Cello Concerto series Volume 3: Stanford Cello Concertos) in its debut recording.

“here is music for all those who weary of grappling with the complexities of contemporary works to rejoice in an all-Russian fountain of melodic charm...The Leonores play with truly glorious affection and security, and it is hard to imagine playing of a greater empathy.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2014

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Cello Encores

Cello Encores


anon.:

Catalan Folksong

arr. Pablo Casals

Bach, J S:

Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV1007: Prelude

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')

arranged by Mischa Maisky for violoncello and piano

with Daria Hovora (piano)

Boccherini:

String Quintet Op. 13 No. 5 in A major, G281: Menuet

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Brahms:

Wiegenlied, Op. 49 No. 4 (Lullaby)

arr. Mischa Maisky

with Pavel Gililov (piano)

Bruch:

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Orchestre de Paris, Semyon Bychkov

Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Transcr.: A. Roelens - Arr.: Mischa Maisky

with Daria Hovora (piano)

Fauré:

Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1

arr. for Cello and Piano by Mischa Maisky

with Pavel Gililov (piano)

Gounod:

Ave Maria

arr. Mischa Maisky

with Pavel Gililov (piano)

Mendelssohn:

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op. 34 No. 2

transcription for Cello and Piano by Mischa Maisky

with Sergio Tiempo (piano)

Poulenc:

Les chemins de l'amour

with Daria Hovora (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Version for Cello and Piano

with Pavel Gililov (piano)

Ravel:

Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera

with Daria Hovora (piano)

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne

Orchestre de Paris, Semyon Bychkov

Schubert:

Ave Maria, D839

with Pavel Gililov (piano)

Tchaikovsky:

Nocturne for cello & small orchestra (or cello & piano), Op. 19 No. 4


“A radiant programme that finds Maisky at his most poetically responsive in a series of classic melodies...Perfect late-evening listening.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2013 *****

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Shostakovich & Rachmaninov: Cello Sonatas

Shostakovich & Rachmaninov: Cello Sonatas


Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

arr. L. Rose

Shostakovich:

Viola Sonata, Op. 147

arr. D. Shafran


Leonard Elschenbroich (cello) & Alexei Grynyuk (piano)

The young German cellist Leonard Elschenbroich has rapidly made a name for himself as one of the most exciting and gifted cellists of his generation. Leonard Elschenbroich’s many awards include: the Leonard Bernstein Award, Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Eugene Istomin Prize, Pro Europa prize, Landgraf von Hessen price of the Kronberg Academy, Nordmetall Prize of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festiva and the Firmenich Prize of the Verbier Festival.

From 2004–2008 he was supported by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, performing with her on a number of occasions, including a European tour. He is also part of the BBC New Generation Artists programme, and appeared at the 2012 Proms season together with his chamber music partners Nicola Benedetti and Alexei Grynyuk. Together with Benedetti and Grynyuk he embarks on a major chamber music tour of Scotland in March. Rachmaninov’s cello sonata was composed at the same time as the Second Piano Concerto. Although as one would expect from such a great pianist-composer, the piano part is demanding, it never threatens to overwhelm the cello, and the result is a beautifully balanced and passionate work.

Shostakovich’s viola sonata was his last composition, finished on his deathbed. Sketches show that the composer was also considering a second cello sonata for his old friend Rostropovich – then living outside the USSR. The arrangement on this CD for cello was made by Daniil Shafran with the dying composer's blessing. In the Viola Sonata, as in his Fifteenth Symphony, Shostakovich alludes to several of his previous works, from the Suite for two pianos Op.6 to the opening movement (De Profundis) from his Fourteenth Symphony. He also quotes from other composers’ works, Berg’s Violin Concerto and, most obviously, throughout the final Adagio, from the first movement of Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata, which he uses as the basis for a kind of free meditation.

“a performance of tremendous assurance and power. You could argue that the cello's warmth adds a touch of lyricism that detracts from the sparseness of the original. But there's no mistaking the intensity and commitment that Elschenbroich and pianist Alexei Grynyuk bring to it...Exceptional.” The Guardian, 9th May 2013 *****

“His striking reading of Daniil Shafran’s adaptation announces [Leonard Elschenbroich] a major new talent… This is one of the most articulate and highly characterised accounts I’ve heard on the cello… The Shostakovich reveals Alexei Grynyuk to be a remarkable musician with a commanding sense of architecture” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013

“There is a romantic soul of warmth and virile energy to this interpretation [of the Rachmaninov] that makes it very special indeed...there is an intensely inward, deeply communicative quality to this performance [of the Shostakovich] that draws you right to its tragic, pensive core.” The Telegraph, 15th August 2013 *****

“This is a quite exceptional performance of Rachmaninov's Cello Sonata...you immediately sense that they are going to have something of uncommon interest to impart in their interpretation...In the entirely different realms of late Shostakovich, Elschenbroich and Grynyuk are no less persuasive.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

“Very much a sonata for cello and piano, rather than merely a cello sonata with piano accompaniment, the Op. 19 has a formidably demanding piano part which at the same time must never be allowed to overwhelm the lyrical voice of the cello. Alexei Grynyuk and the young cellist Leonard Elschenbroich strike the perfect balance in this recording.” David Smith, Presto Classical

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Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Vocalise & 13 Preludes

Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Vocalise & 13 Preludes


Rachmaninov:

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

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


Junko Inada (piano)

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Russian Piano Encores

Russian Piano Encores


Borodin:

Scherzo in A flat

Liadov:

A Musical Snuffbox, Op. 32

Prokofiev:

Romeo & Juliet before parting

Masks from ‘Romeo and Juliet'

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 1 in C minor

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 2 in A minor

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 5 in E flat minor

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

arr. Kocsis

Shostakovich:

Ballet Suite No. 3: Lyric Waltz (from Dances of the Dolls)

Short Piece from The Gadfly, Op. 97

Spanish Dance from The Gadfly, Op. 97

Nocturne (The Limpid Stream)

Polka from The Golden Age, Op. 22

Taneyev:

Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, Op. 29

Tchaikovsky:

The Seasons, Op. 37b: June (Barcarolle)

Dumka (Russian Rustic Scene), Op. 59


Many European countries have vied with one another in claiming the largest number of piano virtuosos. No one would dispute, though, that Russia has generated more than its share. The so-called ‘Russian piano school’, which originated in the 1800s with brilliant performers such as Alexander Siloti and brothers Anton and Nikolai Rubinstein, continues to produce first-class pianists, and to influence performance styles and keyboard virtuosity all around the world.

Given Russia’s richness in superstar pianists, it is not surprising that Russian composers have composed extensively for the piano. Some of the composers represented in this collection were impressive pianists in their own right, and they composed music designed to display their own technique and artistry. Others were more modestly gifted as performers, but still composed idiomatically for the piano.

This collection brings together recordings by Vladimir Ashkenazy spanning some 40 years, from November 1963 (the three Rachmaninov Études-Tableaux) to March 2004 (the Kocsis transcription of Vocalise). Some of them appeared as fillers for bigger works – for instance, the Études-Tableaux were coupled with the 1964 recording of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Kyril Kondrashin, one of Ashkenazy’s earliest recording for Decca, and his first solo recording for the label. Tchaikovsky’s Dumka and the pieces by Taneyev, Liadov and Borodin were recorded in January 1983 and issued on LP as a coupling for his digital recording of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The two pieces from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet were taped in 1968 as couplings for the composer’s Eighth Piano Sonata.

“This wide-ranging conspectus of Russian piano miniatures spans Ashkenazy's career from 1963 to 2004. Fine playing, occasionally short on charm.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012 ****

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Hush

Hush


Bach, J S:

Anna Magdalene's Notebook: Musette

Barrière, J:

Sonata for 2 cellos, No 10 in G major: Allegro prestissimo

Gounod:

Ave Maria

McFerrin:

Grace

Stars

Coyote

Hoedown!

Good-bye!

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Rimsky Korsakov:

Flight of the Bumble Bee

trad.:

Little Baby

Vivaldi:

Concerto for 2 Mandolins in G major, RV 532: 2nd movement, Andante


Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Bobby McFerrin (vocalist)

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