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Behzod Abduraimov, James Gaffigan, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester - Rachmaninoff in Lucerne: Rhapsody Op.43, Symphony No.3 (2020)

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Behzod Abduraimov, James Gaffigan, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester - Rachmaninoff in Lucerne: Rhapsody Op.43, Symphony No.3 (2020)

Behzod Abduraimov, James Gaffigan, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester - Rachmaninoff in Lucerne: Rhapsody Op.43, Symphony No.3 (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 271 Mb | Total time: 69:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | 19075981622 | Recorded: 2019

Switzerland has always had a great attraction for Russian composers. Peter Tschaikowsky, Sergei Prokofjew and Igor Stravinsky were impressed by the beauty of the Swiss Alpine landscape. The composer Sergei Rachmaninoff should even find his new home here. Not far from Lucerne, on Lake Lucerne, the famous composer and pianist built a magnificent house, the "Villa Senar", in 1930 and found the peace and quiet here to compose famous works today. In the summer of 1934 he wrote his highly virtuoso "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini" for piano and orchestra, and a year later his 3rd symphony.

Andrew Litton, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Symphonies 1-3 (2002)

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Andrew Litton, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Symphonies 1-3 (2002)

Andrew Litton, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Symphonies 1-3 (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 557 Mb | Total time: 79:21+72:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 7243 5 62037 2 3 | Recorded: 1990

Rachmaninov’s three symphonies reflect three very different phases in his creative development: the First (1895) is a stormy synthesis of contemporary trends in Russian symphonic music, the Second (1906-07) an epic study in Tchaikovskian opulence, and the Third (1935-36) a seemingly unstoppable stream of original ideas and impressions. The Second was the first to gain wide acceptance, and with good reason. It shares both the key and general mood of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth. Cast in E minor, its initial gloom ultimately turns to triumph, and the symphony includes enough glorious melodies to keep Hollywood happy for decades.

Vladimir Horowitz, John Barbirolli - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 (1997)

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Vladimir Horowitz, John Barbirolli - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 (1997)

Vladimir Horowitz, John Barbirolli, New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 277 Mb | Total time: 65:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Appian Publications & Recordings | APR 5519 | Recorded: 1940-1941

This is the Rachmaninov Third to end all Rachmaninov Thirds, a performance of such super-human pianistic aplomb, pace and virtuosity that it makes all comparisons, save with Horowitz himself, a study in irrelevance.

Alison Balsom, Edward Gardner, Gothenburg Simphony Orchestra - Caprice (2006)

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Alison Balsom, Edward Gardner, Gothenburg Simphony Orchestra - Caprice (2006)

Alison Balsom, Edward Gardner, Gothenburg Simphony Orchestra - Caprice (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 246 Mb | Total time: 59:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | 0946 3 53255 2 2 | Recorded: 2006

Festive baroque or sparkling virtuoso: the trumpet has many faces, and it is still an absolute exception to find a woman among the great virtuosos of this instrument. The young British trumpeter Alison Balsom is one of these exceptional phenomena. In 2006, Alison Balsom was crowned "Young British Classical Performer of the Year" by the quality watchdogs of classical music; the British Gramophone magazine also awarded her a Gramophone Award 2006. Their current album "Caprice" combines exotic and high virtuosity, lyrical and romantic.

Sergio Fiorentino - Rachmaninov: Complete Solo Piano Works [6CDs] (2018)

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Sergio Fiorentino - Rachmaninov: Complete Solo Piano Works [6CDs] (2018)

Sergio Fiorentino - Rachmaninov: Complete Solo Piano Works (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.66 Gb | Total time: 07:09:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Rhine Classics | RH-006 | Recorded: 1987

Recorded live in September 1987, this release features Florentins legendary complete survey of Rachmaninoffs solo piano works. an utterly mindblowing release of the complete Rachmaninoff solo piano music by Italian master pianist Sergio Fiorentino, to whom the piano world owes a huge debt of gratitude for coaxing the master out of retirement and ensuring that his last decade of concerts was recorded. In this set, we find in absolutely stunning sound quality Fiorentinos masterful traversals of Rachmaninoffs solo works, the golden sheen of his sound and refinement of his nuancing as captivating as his passionate and intelligent interpretations. (The Piano Files)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Moscow Conservatory Students Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Monna Vanna (Act 1) & Songs (2014)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, Moscow Conservatory Students Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Monna Vanna (Act 1) & Songs (2014)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Moscow Conservatory Students Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Monna Vanna (Act 1) & Songs (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 244 Mb | Total time: 57:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine ‎| ODE12492 | Recorded: 2013

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.

Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Rachmaninoff: The Miserly Knight (2009)

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Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Rachmaninoff: The Miserly Knight (2009)

Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Rachmaninoff: The Miserly Knight (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 209 Mb | Total time: 59:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHAN 10544 | Recorded: 2008

The central panel of the opera is a monologue for the avaricious Baron, sung with terrific intensity by Ildar Abdrazakov. The impetuosity of his cash-strapped son, Albert, blazes from the singing of Misha Didyk, with Peter Bronder and Sergey Murzaev bringing astuteness of characterisation to the smaller but crucial roles of the Moneylender and the Duke. Noseda conducts the BBC Philharmonic with a sure feel for impetus and colour, etching in nuances of timbre and making the thematic fabric lucid while at the same time ensuring that the overall theatrical picture is vivid and emotionally telling.

Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Rachmaninoff: Aleko (2010)

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Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Rachmaninoff: Aleko (2010)

Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Rachmaninoff: Aleko (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 184 Mb | Total time: 50:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHAN 10583 | Recorded: 2009

Everyone – including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the chorus of Turin’s Teatro Regio – gets a chance to bask in the spotlight. But it’s Aleko’s central Cavatine, where he ruminates on his lover’s infidelity, that defines the drama, and Sergey Murzaev seizes his chance, singing with the histrionic grandeur we have come to expect from Russian basses. Svelta Vassileva and Evgeny Akimov are scarcely less vivid as the ill-fated lovers… it [Aleko] manifestly works on CD, and Noseda can take much of the credit. Having served an early apprenticeship in St Petersburg, he relishes the colour of the music and profiles its fine contours, never resorting to cheap emotionalism.

Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Puccini: Gianni Schicchi & Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight (2008) [Blu-Ray]

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Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Puccini: Gianni Schicchi & Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight (2008) [Blu-Ray]

Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Puccini: Gianni Schicchi & Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight (2008) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 32000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 162 min | 41 Gb
Audio1: Italiano, Русский / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: LPCM Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 6912 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

Alessandro Corbelli takes the title role in Annabel Arden’s whirlwind production of Puccini’s compact opera, in which the scheming Gianni Schicchi retrieves for himself the spoils of a disinherited family to pave the way for his daughter to marry her love. As performed at Glyndebourne, Gianni Schicci is here combined in a double bill with Rachmaninov's dark setting of Alexander Pushkin's 'little tragedy'. The Miserly Knight, also directed by Annabel Arden and featuring an outstanding performance from Sergei Leiferkus in the role written for the great Russian bass Fyodor Chaliapin.

Vladimir Sofronitzky - Historical Russian Archives: Vladimir Sofronitzky Edition (2008) 9CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Vladimir Sofronitzky - Historical Russian Archives: Vladimir Sofronitzky Edition (2008) 9CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Vladimir Sofronitzky - Historical Russian Archives: Vladimir Sofronitzky Edition (2008)
Works by Scriabin, Chopin, Liszt, Schubert, Schumann, Rachmaninoff
Prokofiev, Borodin, Beethoven, Mendelssohn

EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.29 Gb | Scans ~ 23 Mb | Time: 09:05:14
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 8975

Vladimir Sofronitsky was among the greatest Russian pianists of the twentieth century, and, while he had become a somewhat less prominent figure following his death, he must be still considered in the company of Richter, Gilels, and Yudina. In his time, Sofronitsky became widely recognized as the leading interpreter of and authority on the music of Scriabin in Eastern Europe. He was also highly praised for his interpretations of the piano works of Robert Schumann and he was a highly respected teacher.

Elsa Dreisig, Jonathan Ware - Morgen: Strauss, Rachmaninov, Duparc (2020)

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Elsa Dreisig, Jonathan Ware - Morgen: Strauss, Rachmaninov, Duparc (2020)

Elsa Dreisig, Jonathan Ware - Morgen: Strauss, Rachmaninov, Duparc (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 243 Mb | Total time: 76:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato ‎| 9029531948 | Recorded: 2019

“Phenomenally good … Dreisig’s voice [is] youthful yet assured, agile yet fluid, and powerful through its entire range … We can certainly expect much more to come from this singer,” wrote BBC Music Magazine in its five-star review of Miroir(s), Elsa Dreisig’s debut album of operatic arias and scenes. It was subsequently nominated for two top awards, Gramophone and Opus Klassik.

Mats Lidstrom, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2; Khachaturian: Cello Concerto; Rachmaninov: Vocalise (1995)

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Mats Lidstrom, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2; Khachaturian: Cello Concerto; Rachmaninov: Vocalise (1995)

Dmitri Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2;
Aram Khachaturian: Cello Concerto; Sergei Rachmaninov: Vocalise (1995)
Mats Lidström, cello; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor & piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 264 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 192 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-719 | Time: 01:05:28

Mats Lidström is that rare thing, an original musician. The sheer mercurial energy which drives his performances can be both engaging and disturbing, but there is always a searching intelligence at work. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra lost much when its compelling, if unpredictable, lead cellist departed. These two concertos show him at his persuasive best, bringing lesser known works to life. Kabalevsky’s 1964 Concerto stretches and yawns with slow pizzicato before springing into urgent life. Sub-Shostakovich in its motifs and tonality, it is nevertheless well-constructed and uses the saxophone to great effect. In both Allegro movements Lidström achieves a lightning speed and attack and, though Raphael Wallfisch’s recording on Nimbus has a more solid beauty of tone, the Swede’s nervous anticipation makes up for the thinner sound of his Grancino cello. Khachaturian’s 1946 Concerto would make a wonderful soundtrack to a cinematic faux-Oriental extravaganza, with its twisting major and minor intervals, and almost sleazy chromaticism. Lidström really knows how to swing, and makes the most of the memorable melodies.

Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Russian Fantasy: Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Glinka, Borodin, Scriabin (2011) [Re-Up]

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Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Russian Fantasy: Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Glinka, Borodin, Scriabin (2011) [Re-Up]

Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Russian Fantasy (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 212 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 2940 DH | Time: 00:59:41

Following their album of French music for two pianos, father and son Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy revel in their musical heritage with this dazzling programme by the great composers of Russia, with Rachmaninov's two-piano Suite No.1 at its heart. Three of the works have been arranged by Vovka Ashkenazy himself, including Mussorgsky's Night On The Bald Mountain and the album's virtuosic finale - Borodin's Polovtsian Dances from his opera Prince Igor. His two-piano arrangement of Glinka's lilting Valse-fantaisie is itself based on Sergei Lyapunov's arrangement for four hands. The two works originally written for two pianos are Rachmaninov's poetic Suite no 1, Op. 5 "Fantaisie Tableaux" (which the young composer dedicated to another giant of Russian music - Piotr Tchaikovsky) and the Fantasy in A minor by Rachmaninov's contemporary at the Moscow Conservatoire, Scriabin.

Sviatoslav Richter - Sergey Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Preludes (2012)

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Sviatoslav Richter - Sergey Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Preludes (2012)

Sviatoslav Richter (piano) - Sergey Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Preludes (2012)
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, USSR Radio-TV State Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Kurt Sanderling

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 368 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 201 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | # PRD/DSD 350 056 | Time: 01:15:39

In celebration of their twentieth anniversary, this essential release from Praga focuses on the artistry of the great Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter. In an all-Rachmaninov program, Richter is heard in the first two Piano Concertos accompanied by the great conductor Kurt Sanderling in live performances recorded in the 50s - well before he began touring internationally. Praga's hybrid SACD pairs remastered monophonic recordings of the concertos with four of Richter's favorite Preludes recorded in stereo during his first tour of North America in 1960. Praga has employed the best of today's cutting-edge restoration techniques to present these important historical recordings in all their original glory.

St. Petersburg PO, Yuri Temirkanov - Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suite from Swan Lake, Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances (2011)

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St. Petersburg PO, Yuri Temirkanov - Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suite from Swan Lake, Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances (2011)

P.I. Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suite from Swan Lake, Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances (2011)
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Yuri Temirkanov, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 352 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:14:36
Genre: Classical | Label: Signum Classics | # SIGCD229

Signum’s fourth disc with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra continues their series of the great core Russian repertoire. Featuring the Orchestral suite of one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous ballets Swan Lake, complemented with Rachmaniov’s final composition Symphonic Dances.