Vocalise: Best of Rachmaninov

1 Aug 2014

Barcode: 0825646256983

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff
Other participants: Sir Simon Rattle, Natalie Dessay, Nicolai Gedda, Cécile Ousset, John Ogdon , Stephen Cleobury, Jean Philippe Collard, Natalie Clein, Vladimir Ovcharek

The last Romantic: Acclaimed all over the world for his breathtaking virtuosity at the keyboard, Rachmaninov the composer was a controversial figure: critics and fellow composers who had long since shifted towards a more modern style found his Late Romantic music old-fashioned. But the public loved him, and many of his works are among the most popular of all Classical compositions. Rachmaninov’s scores captivate the listener with their shimmering, colourful harmonies, with their infectious power and striking rhythms. But above all, this is music of grand feelings, of deep yearning and tender melancholy.

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: I. Moderato  - Cécile Ousset 
02 Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: II. Adagio sostenuto  - Cécile Ousset 
03 Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: III. Allegro scherzando  - Cécile Ousset 
04 Rachmaninoff: 14 Romances, Op. 34: XIV. Vocalise (Lentamente molto cantabile)  - Natalie Dessay 
05 Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2  - John Ogdon 
06 Rachmaninoff: Vespers, Op. 37: No. 8, Khvalite imya Gospodne  - Stephen Cleobury 
07 Rachmaninoff: 6 Moments musicaux, Op. 16: No. 3 in B Minor (Andante cantabile)  - Jean Philippe Collard 
08 Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation XVIII (Andante cantabile)  - Cécile Ousset 
09 Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19: III. Andante  - Natalie Clein 
10 Rachmaninoff: Spring Waters, Op. 14, No. 11  - Nicolai Gedda 
11 Rachmaninoff: How beautiful is it here, Op. 21, No. 7  - Nicolai Gedda 
12 Rachmaninoff: Aleko: Romance of the young gypsy  - Nicolai Gedda 
13 Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 44: II. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro vivace  - Mariss Jansons 
Disc 2 
01 Symphonic Dances Op. 45: I. Non allegro  - St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Leningrad)/Mariss Jansons 
02 Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Minor, Op. 40: II. Largo  - Augustin Anievas/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos 
03 9 Etudes-tableaux Op. 39: No. 9 in D major  - Vladimir Ovchinikov 
04 Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27: III. Adagio  - André Previn 
05 Rachmaninoff: Vespers, Op. 37: No. 6, Bogorodishche Devo, raduysya (Ave Maria)  - Choir of King's College, Cambridge 
06 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 Op. 30: I. Allegro ma non tanto  - Paavo Berglund 
07 21 Songs: To the children Op.27 No.7 (words A.Khomiakov)  - Dimitri Kharitonov/Leif Ove Andsnes 
08 24 Preludes: Prelude in G minor (Alla marcia) Op. 23 No. 5  - Andrei Gavrilov 
09 Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13: Fourth movement: Allegro con fuoco  - Mariss Jansons/St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Leningrad) 

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