Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28 - CD

This page lists all recordings of Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28, by Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov (1873-1943) on CD. Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Naive 15th Anniversary Limited Editions: Nicolai Lugansky

Naive 15th Anniversary Limited Editions: Nicolai Lugansky


Liszt:

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 12 'Chasse-neige'

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 10 'Appassionata'

Grande Étude de Paganini, S. 141 No. 3 'La Campanella'

Vallée d'Obermann (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 6)

Sposalizio (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 1)

Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este (Années de pèlerinage III, S. 163 No. 4)

Sonetto 123 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 6)

Isolde's Liebestod (after Wagner), S447

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 5 'Feux Follets'

Valse oubliée No. 1, S.215/1

Rachmaninov:

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

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


Nicolai Lugansky (piano)

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Naive 15th Anniversary Limited Editions - AM211

(CD - 2 discs)

$12.75

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Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1

Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1


Rachmaninov:

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

Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39


Yuri Paterson-Olenich (piano)

In the Etudes-Tableaux Op. 39, among the last pieces Rachmaninov wrote before he left Russia for good in 1917, one can sense the turbulent new era for his country reflected in the innovative stretching of the instrument’s limits, firmly placing the composer in the twentieth century.

Recorded in August 2007 | Time 82:35 | Cover Painting by Aristarkh Lentulov

“Powerful and measured, Paterson-Olenich's playing allows every one of the composer's maelstrom of notes to tell, and the First Sonata's magnificent if sprawling edifice is lit by one revelation after another. …when you listen to the first movement development... and final pages given with such breadth and understanding you are hearing a pianist born for Rachmaninov. The Op 39 Etudes-tableaux, always among the composer's richest offerings, present the same moving force and involvement. ...throughout this entire programme you are made frighteningly aware of Rachmaninov's demons, of his confession that "sometimes I think someone will come down the chimney and murder me".” Gramophone Magazine, September 2009

“there’s something inescapably Russian about the way he plays Rachmaninov; the free-flowing romanticism, the surging tempos, and the waves of colour that can be almost overwhelming in the First Sonata...with a sense of the essential Russian-ness of the music, the darkness and melancholy at the heart of so much of it, despite the glowing magnificence of the more extrovert pages.” Andrew McGregor, bbc.co.uk, 2nd October 2009

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - September 2009

Prometheus Editions - EDITION007

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$18.25

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Rachmaninoff: Fiorentino Edition Vol. 3

Rachmaninoff: Fiorentino Edition Vol. 3


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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Piano Classics Sergio Fiorentino Edition - PCLD0065

(CD - 2 discs)

$23.25

Scheduled for release on 19 May 2014. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonatas

Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonatas


Rachmaninov:

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

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

Prelude Op. 23 No. 4 in D major

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 6 in E flat major


Xiayin Wang (piano)

Xiayin Wang presents her second disc of piano works by Rachmaninoff, playing the two piano sonatas alongside three of the Op. 23 Preludes. She impressed with the first volume, Gramophone remarking that it featured ‘playing of an awesome clarity and poise’ (Gramophone Choice).

Piano Sonata No. 1 from 1908 was originally inspired by Goethe’s Faust, and follows the model of Eine Faust- Symphonie by Liszt. Although Rachmaninoff abandoned any explicit references soon after starting the Sonata, the influence of Liszt’s work can be heard in its grand three-movement structure and complex emotional trajectory. The symphonic proportions of the first sonata contrast with the compact 1931 revision of Piano Sonata No. 2, which Xiayin Wang performs here. Rachmaninoff cut some 120 bars from the original as well as toning down some virtuosic extravagances and creating clearer textures. Despite this apparent modesty, the rhapsodic expression and emotional breadth so characteristic of Rachmaninoff are abundant in the sonata.

Three miniature masterpieces from Rachmaninoff’s first, Op. 23 set of preludes complete the disc. No. 4 in D major is a pure Andante cantabile while No. 5, one of Rachmaninoff’s bestknown works, is a striding march. No. 6 in E flat major offers another reverie which effectively returns us to the calm of the D major prelude.

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Chandos - CHAN10816

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$17.00

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Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1 & Chopin Variations

Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1 & Chopin Variations


Rachmaninov:

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

Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22


Zlata Chochieva (piano)

Two rarely played pianistic masterworks by Rachmaninov on one disc. The first Piano Sonata and the Chopin Variations suffer unjustly from the fame of their elder brothers (The Second Piano Sonata and the Corelli Variations), yet they are truly the works of the same genius, in their broad and expansive romantic language, their pianistic glittering and bravura and their true Russian Soul. They are close to the heart of the young Russian pianist Zlata Chochieva, who makes with these pieces an impressive debut on Piano Classics. Zlata’s technique knows no limits, but it is her exquisite musical taste, her innate melodic feeling and sweeping passion that impresses her audience most deeply. The winner of several important Piano Competitions she embarks on an international career.

“the possessor of a comprehensive technique who brings an inner glow to every bar. Her playing is indelibly Russian in its fullness and warmth, backed by a dauntless and easy command. What hallucinatory play of light and shade in Var 2, what lightness and brilliance in the skittering waltz patterns of Var 21.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2013

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Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2

Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2


Rachmaninov:

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

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


Following his much-praised Liszt recital, released in 2011, this new recording is the second project on Naïve-Ambroisie from renowed Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky.

Considered as one of the best performers of Rachmaninov in the world, Nikolai Lugansky is offering his very personal and accurate vision of the two piano sonatas of the composer. Both piano sonatas are monuments of the repertoire, with technical challenges and intense colours. Yet, composed 5 years apart, presenting a multitude of emotions and contrasts, they are significantly different works. Very few recordings already exist of the first sonata, that Rachmaninov intended to be a programme sonata based on the main characters of Goethe’s Faust.

In the coming weeks and months, Lugansky will perform Rachmaninov, in recital or concerto, in the main venues in Europe and North America.

“This is very exciting playing in two very taxing works...Lugansky produces plenty of fire and brimstone, but also creates a tender and refined sound...Even at its most aggressive, his playing has a clarity and an utterly convincing sense of where every passage fits into the grand design. A really impressive disc.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2013 *****

“If, like me, you feel that Rachmaninov's First Sonata doesn't quite stack up, Nikolai Lugansky's account may just cause you to have second thoughts...Lugansky's superb perofrmance is endorsed by the rich, full tone of the piano...Rachmaninov-playing of a very high order.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2012

“with playing of this authority and conviction, it comes very highly recommended” International Record Review, December 2012

“As always with his Rachmaninov, Lugansky's playing balances grand gestures with an immaculate sense of detail. It's a combination that works particularly well with the overt drama of the First Sonata, where his subtle rhythmic and emotional inflections add immensely to the gathering tension. His performance of the Second is altogether more restrained: the limpidity of the slow movement is exquisite in the extreme.” The Guardian, 11th October 2012 ****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - December 2012

Naive - AM208

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Faust: Rachmaninov & Liszt Piano Sonatas

Faust: Rachmaninov & Liszt Piano Sonatas


Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Rachmaninov:

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


Ketevan Sepashvilli (piano)

Gramola - GRAM98952

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Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1 & Chopin Variations

Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1 & Chopin Variations


Rachmaninov:

Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22

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


The combination of Vladimir Ashkenazy and the music of Rachmaninov is one of the iconic partnerships of recorded music, with the piano concertos alone selling millions of copies. In recent years the great Russian pianist and conductor has turned his attention to recording the solo piano music, in recordings that draw on a lifetime of experience as a Rachmaninov interpreter.

“Ashkenazy approaches the works with the generosity and dramatic sweep that has always characterised his piano playing, and his tone is as luminous as ever. But there is nevertheless something effortful about the performances, a sense that this is no longer music Ashkenazy can technically take in his stride.” The Guardian, 2nd February 2012 ***

“this great musician here returns to something like top form. These may be his first recordings of these works but they sound as though they have been in his fingers for a long time...Ashkenazy's playing of [Variation 16] is quite bewitching, yet in Var 20 he shows that he can still scamper around the keyboard with the best of them...This is his most successful disc for some time, a notable adjunct to the renowned Rachmaninov recordings of his youth” Gramophone Magazine, March 2012

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2012

Decca - 4782938

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Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2

Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2


Rachmaninov:

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

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

original 1913 version

Andante ma non troppo in D minor (Prelude)

Oriental Sketch (1917)

Fragments

Nunc Dimittis

Arranged for piano solo from Vesper Mass – V – ‘Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace’


Australian pianist Leslie Howard presents the first recording of this coupling of the two Rachmaninov Piano Sonatas featuring the original 1913 version of the Sonata No. 2, regarded as unplayable by performers of the composer’s time. Following the premier performance the devastated Rachmaninov radically simplified the work, but on this release the Sonata can be enjoyed in its original splendour, alongside the mighty Sonata No. 1 of 1907, inspired by a reading of Goethe’s Faust.

The recording also includes four exquisite miniatures, among them three piano pieces composed by Rachmaninov as he was about to leave Russia forever. In his booklet notes, Leslie Howard notes: “He managed, over just two days in November 1917, to write an aching threnody, a defiant bit of true grit, and a little piece of almost unbearable nostalgia.” The last of these four miniatures is the piano solo version of the fifth movement of the Vespers, “unquestionably one of the great masterpieces of Russian liturgical music”.

Highly-renowned internationally, Leslie Howard is one of the most prodigious pianists working today. His passion for new musical experiences shines through in performances which combine a formidable technique with a wealth of scholarship illuminating rare and mainstream repertoire. Dr Howard is an authority on Russian music with important premiere performances of works by Anton Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov and Stravinsky, but he is probably best-known for his 99-disc set of the complete piano music of Franz Liszt, the largest recording project ever undertaken by a solo artist.

Leslie Howard was born and raised in Melbourne, studying at Monash University and focussing on both musicology and performance. He was also educated in Italy and in London where he has lived since the 1970s. With more than 80 concertos in his repertoire, he has played with many of the world’s great orchestras, working with many distinguished conductors, and he maintains an exceptionally busy solo schedule on the international circuit.

“In this beautifully recorded release [Howard] negotiates a persuasive course through the turbulent changs of mood in the first movement [of the First]” BBC Music Magazine, September 2011 ****

“[Howard plays] with terrific panache in Rachmaninov's bold, texturally intricate writing, allied to a sensitive awareness of the rich, varied palette of keyboard colour. He also conveys the music's virile energy, which carries the ear convincingly through those passages that the composer felt could be dispensed with...A performance that is in complete control of the pianistc demands and of the architectural span.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

Melba Recordings - MR301127

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Rachmaninov & Blumenfeld - Piano Sonatas

Rachmaninov & Blumenfeld - Piano Sonatas


Blumenfeld:

Sonata-Fantasie Op. 46, Op. 38

Rachmaninov:

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


SFZ MUSIC, the independent label for His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, are pleased to announce their latest release, a welcome return to the label for the exciting young British pianist Daniel Grimwood. Daniel plays a programme of virtuoso Russian romantic music, including first recordings of music by Felix Blumenfeld, and a titanic rendition of Rachmaninov’s dramatic and rarely performed first sonata in D minor. Blumenfeld was Rachmaninov's contemporary and well known as a virtuoso performer and respected teacher as well as a fine composer: his works are unjustly neglected today and Daniel has made it his mission to promote this excellent music, in turn lyrical and virtuosic. Daniel’s previous recording on SFZ music, of Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage was met with widespread acclaim, being awarded five stars in BBC Music Magazine, Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and a Daily Telegraph CD of the week.

“Daniel Grimwood marshals the torrent of notes that characterise the frenzied writing of the opening movement and the Finale with impressive bravura.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 ***

sfz music - SFZM0309

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