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Sergey Rachmaninov - The Complete Piano Concertos and Paganini Rhapsody (2007) [The Russian Piano Tradition Series] Re-Up

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Sergey Rachmaninov - The Complete Piano Concertos and Paganini Rhapsody (2007) [The Russian Piano Tradition Series] Re-Up

Sergey Rachmaninov - The Complete Piano Concertos and Paganini Rhapsody (2007) 2CDs
The First Soviet Recordings. The Russian Piano Tradition Series.
Sviatoslav Richter, Yakov Zak, Lev Oborin (pianos)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 405 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 331 Mb | Scans ~ 30 Mb
Classical | Label: Appian Publications & Recordings | # APR 6005 | Time: 02:24:36

It's a wonderful treat to find an album whose interest rests equally on its musical as well as historical merits. As such, the present two-disc sets of the complete Rachmaninoff concertos and Paganini Rhapsody cannot be beat. The three pianists heard here – Richter, Zak, and Oborin – represent the pinnacle of postwar Russian pianists. Richter is most likely the one still known to the majority of American listeners. But Zak (who was immensely influential not only as a performer but as a pedagogue) and Oborin (who was the first winner of the Chopin Competition) were recognized equally during their lifetimes. All three had a profound and obvious command of Rachmaninoff, and the performances heard here clearly demonstrate this fact.

Göteborgs Symfoniker - Rachmaninov: Complete Operas (2004)

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Göteborgs Symfoniker - Rachmaninov: Complete Operas (2004)

Göteborgs Symfoniker - Rachmaninov: Complete Operas (2004)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 802 MB | 02:52:47
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

The great Sergei Rachmaninoff was not primarily known as an opera composer. However, his three operas have an important place in the music history books. This three-disc set includes all three of Rachamninoff's operas in their entirety (one per disc) and are presented in jaw-dropping performances under the baton of conductor Neeme Jarvi. The orchestra as well as the soloists and choirs truly deliver emotionally-drenched performances on all three operas.

André Previn, Yuri Temirkanov - Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony; Marche Slave; Romeo & Juliet; Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2 (1997)

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André Previn, Yuri Temirkanov - Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony; Marche Slave; Romeo & Juliet; Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2 (1997)

André Previn, London Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony; Marche Slave; Romeo & Juliet; Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2 (1997)
EAC | FLAC | ITrack (Cue & Log) ~ 656 Mb | Total time: 64:45+77:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | 69776 | Recorded: 1972, 1973, 1977

Recorded in 1977, it was Yuri Temirkanov's first recording of the work, and it is superior to his 1991 digital version on RCA with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. The older reading is highly romantic in every way, caressing the composer's rich themes almost (but not quite) to excess, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing at its peak. Lush strings are appropriate for the score, brass is brilliant, and there is plenty of impact to percussion. Previn's Tchaikovsky is admirable, with the advantage of Kingsway Hall acoustics…

Sigvards Klava, Latvian Radio Choir - Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (2010)

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Sigvards Klava, Latvian Radio Choir - Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (2010)

Sigvards Klava, Latvian Radio Choir - Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 209 Mb | Total time: 59:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine | ODE 1151-5 | Recorded: 2008

Composed in 1910, but only reconstructed from parts as late as the 1980s, after a long period of obscurity, the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom is one of Sergey Rachmaninov's most profoundly moving choral works, as well as one of his most harmonically rich and sonically radiant compositions. This setting of the Liturgy, along with Rachmaninov's Vespers and other sacred pieces, enjoyed a significant revival in the 1990s during the general awakening of interest in religious music for meditative listening, and their popularity has continued through periodic releases of first-rate recordings.

Mikhail Pletnev - Rachmaninov: The Bells, Taneyev: John of Damascus (2001)

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Mikhail Pletnev - Rachmaninov: The Bells, Taneyev: John of Damascus (2001)

Mikhail Pletnev - Rachmaninov: The Bells, Taneyev: John of Damascus (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:00:20 | 275 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 471029

Rachmaninov allegedly considered The Bells to be his best work, and it is not difficult to hear why. Written in 1913, it has a freshness of invention that is irresistible. Perhaps the text (an adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe poem) struck a chord with this composer's sensibilities: different bells symbolize different facets of existence. The piece deserves more frequent airing, and it is to be hoped that Mikhail Pletnev and his Russian forces help raise awareness of it. The soloists are superb (Mescheriakova is particularly impressive), but the real star is the Moscow State Chamber Choir. This is a worthy companion to Pletnev's accounts of Rachmaninov orchestral works.

Jos van Immerseel, Claire Chevallier - Rachmaninoff: Suites pour Pianos (2006)

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Jos van Immerseel, Claire Chevallier - Rachmaninoff: Suites pour Pianos (2006)

Jos van Immerseel, Claire Chevallier - Rachmaninoff: Suites pour Pianos (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 265 Mb | Total time: 73:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig Zag Territoires | ZZT061105 | Recorded: 2005

Pourquoi Rachmaninoff est-il devenu une légende? Comment a-t-il pu symboliser la perfection technique pour des générations entières de pianistes? Façade roucoulante d'une carrière médiatique au cours de sa vie américaine ? Intime personnalité développée de sa Russie natale?

Vladimir Horowitz - Rachmaninov, Liszt: Piano Works (2003)

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Vladimir Horowitz - Rachmaninov, Liszt: Piano Works (2003)

Vladimir Horowitz - Rachmaninov, Liszt: Piano Works (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:18:44 | 342 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: SMK90447

This very generous (79 min.) program of Rachmaninov and Liszt is a sterling representation of Horowitz's mastery in these two composers. It was issued in 2003 as a centennial tribute to the pianist, and quite a number of readings derive from live concerts. the span of time is relatively short - most of the performances come from 1967 and 1068, with several more from 1962, before he ended his self-imposed exile from concertizing. The sonics from that period could be a bit thin and shallow, but they are good enough, and at times, as in Rachmaninov's Etude-Tableau Op. 39 no. 5, Horowitz's full range of sound jumps out, making one wish that everything was this present and engrossing.

Yuja Wang - The Berlin Recital: Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Ligeti, Prokofiev (2018)

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Yuja Wang - The Berlin Recital: Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Ligeti, Prokofiev (2018)

Yuja Wang - The Berlin Recital: Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Ligeti, Prokofiev (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 225 Mb | Total time: 65:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 4836280 | Recorded: 2018

Yuja Wang is one of the most technically astounding pianists of our time, with a command of the keyboard matched by sheer muscular strength. Here she turns her attention to Russia and some of its leading pianist-composers. The Rachmaninoff Preludes and Études-Tableaux are rich and swirl with passion, while Scriabin’s Tenth Sonata, a work of mystical imaginings, seethes with dangerous life under her fingers. Briefly looking further afield, a group of Hungarian composer György Ligeti’s tiny Études diverts the attention magically before Prokofiev’s Eighth Piano Sonata, his masterpiece in the form, which Wang characterizes with genuine originality and imagination.

Howard Shelley, Hilary MacNamara - Rachmaninov: Piano Suites Nos. 1 & 2 (2005)

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Howard Shelley, Hilary MacNamara - Rachmaninov: Piano Suites Nos. 1 & 2 (2005)

Howard Shelley, Hilary MacNamara - Rachmaninov: Piano Suites Nos. 1 & 2 (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:17:17 | 281 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: 55209

This is a welcome re-release from Hyperion on its budget Helios label. When these performances first appeared in 1990, critical opinion was divided as to their merits. The back of this CD quotes statements of high praise from the American Record Guide and Classic CD, among others. From memory, the review that appeared in Gramophone Magazine was harsh in its criticism. For my part, I incline more to the former view. This disc has much to recommend it.

Gergiev, Takacs-Nagy, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra - Verbier Festival: The 25th Anniversary Concert [BDRip] (2019)

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Gergiev, Takacs-Nagy, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra - Verbier Festival: The 25th Anniversary Concert [BDRip] (2019)

Valery Gergiev, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra - Verbier Festival: The 25th Anniversary Concert [BDRip] (2019)
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 131 min | 7,87 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Naxos

The Verbier Festival is one of classical musics greatest events. In celebration of the festivals 25th anniversary, this unique concert brings together 36 classical stars in an unprecedented evening of ingenious programming and captivating performances. The line-up includes the worlds greatest violinists, violists, cellists and pianists as well as other leading performers conducted by Valery Gergiev and Gabor Takacs-Nagy. Founder and director Martin T:son Engstroem writes: We started this incredible adventure in 1994, and 25 years on, our Festival has become one of the worlds most important cultural events. But it is not just another festival; our vision right from the beginning was to build something which combined important musicians with a very visible youth and learning element. This is what we set out to do and this is what we achieved.

Gergiev, Takács-Nagy, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra - Verbier Festival: The 25th Anniversary Concert [Blu-Ray] (2019)

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Gergiev, Takács-Nagy, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra - Verbier Festival: The 25th Anniversary Concert [Blu-Ray] (2019)

Gergiev, Takács-Nagy, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, RIAS Chamber Chorus - Verbier Festival: The 25th Anniversary Concert [Blu-Ray] (2019)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 30015 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 131 min | 31,2 Gb
Audio: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | Naxos

The Verbier Festival is one of classical musics greatest events. In celebration of the festivals 25th anniversary, this unique concert brings together 36 classical stars in an unprecedented evening of ingenious programming and captivating performances. The line-up includes the worlds greatest violinists, violists, cellists and pianists as well as other leading performers conducted by Valery Gergiev and Gabor Takacs-Nagy. Founder and director Martin T:son Engstroem writes: We started this incredible adventure in 1994, and 25 years on, our Festival has become one of the worlds most important cultural events. But it is not just another festival; our vision right from the beginning was to build something which combined important musicians with a very visible youth and learning element. This is what we set out to do and this is what we achieved.

Sviatoslav Richter - Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux, Preludes (1995)

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Sviatoslav Richter - Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux, Preludes (1995)

Sviatoslav Richter - Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux, Preludes (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:14:21 | 250 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Olympia | Catalog: 337

This disc has two strikes against it. It's a reissue and it's a mash-up of excerpts from various collections of short pieces, which means that the composer's original intentions are violated. But those two strikes hardly matter when the performer hits a home run with every piece. Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter, through the sheer strength of his virtuosity, sensitivity, intensity, and poetry transforms this disparate collection of Rachmaninov's Études-tableaux, Opp. 33 and 39, and his Preludes, Opp. 23 and 32, into a cogent and compelling artistic statement.

Martha Argerich - Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos (1995)

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Martha Argerich - Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos (1995)

Martha Argerich - Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:13:12 | 357 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 446673

Martha Argerich's reputation is secure. She will go down in history as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, touching everything she does with a scorching genius. And of her all-too-few recordings, this is one of the most celebrated: live performances of two of the great warhorses of the piano concerto repertoire, here transformed into the sleekest, most finely honed of racehorses. Tantalisingly, her Rachmaninov Third had to wait 13 years before it was issued, but when it finally arrived no one was in any doubt that it had been worth the wait. Its epic 45-minute span emerges here as a single stream of consciousness, with the finale as brilliantly explosive as you'll ever hear it.

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Russian Orthodox Music (1990)

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Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Russian Orthodox Music (1990)

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Russian Orthodox Music (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 248 Mb | Total time: 56:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gimell | # CDGIM 002 | Recorded: 1982

This analogue recording was first issued in 1982 and features music written for the Russian Orthodox Church, ranging from anonymous medieval motets through to the first recording of John Tavener's Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete via Rachmaninov and Stravinsky.

Lang Lang - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No .2, Paganini Variations (2005)

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Lang Lang - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No .2, Paganini Variations (2005)

Lang Lang - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No .2, Paganini Variations (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:00:18 | 250 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 477 5231GH

Star pianist Lang Lang joins star conductor Valery Gergiev and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre to perform two star-making works of the piano and orchestra repertoire: Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Both works contain themes that are very familiar to many. The third movement of the Concerto contains the "Full Moon and Empty Arms" theme, while the Rhapsody has the romantic 18th variation that is frequently heard in film soundtracks, most famously Somewhere in Time. The real attraction here, however, is the combination of two spectacular musicians who each have their own following and their own distinct style of interpretation.