Essential Rachmaninoff

Essential Rachmaninoff

     
 

The cover of this album is graced with a sepia-toned photograph of a couple entwined in a passionate kiss as ocean waves crash behind them. It is a quintessentially romantic image -- and an appropriate one for this compilation, perhaps, because for many, Rachmaninoff's music is the very soul of romanticism. The Adagio of the Second Symphony, for example, fairly oozes… See more details below

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The cover of this album is graced with a sepia-toned photograph of a couple entwined in a passionate kiss as ocean waves crash behind them. It is a quintessentially romantic image -- and an appropriate one for this compilation, perhaps, because for many, Rachmaninoff's music is the very soul of romanticism. The Adagio of the Second Symphony, for example, fairly oozes with sensuality: Listen to the liquid sound of the solo clarinet caressing phrases and flowing over the strings, and you will be immediately swept up into its amorous atmosphere. Rachmaninoff wrote more than love themes, though; Variation 18 from the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini may be drenched in moonlight, but the surrounding music is edgy and intense. Essential Rachmaninoff goes beyond the composer's greatest hits -- though they are all here -- to give us a broader picture. In addition to the Rhapsody, there is the almost jazz-like first movement of the Symphonic Dances, a movement of his extraordinary Vespers (a sonorous choral work in the Russian Orthodox tradition), as well as an example of Rachmaninoff's own inimitable playing. The performances, most featuring pianist/conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, are consistently fine. No notes are provided, but this is music that speaks quite eloquently for itself.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2002
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947045724
catalogNumber:
470457
Rank:
142219

Tracks

  1. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Bernard Haitink  - Mark Millington
  2. Vocalise, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/14  - Sergey Rachmaninov  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Renée Fleming  - Jeffrey Tate  - Mark Millington
  3. Prelude for piano No.1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  - Mark Millington
  4. Suite No. 1 ("Fantaisie-tableaux"), in G minor for 2 pianos, Op. 5: 4, Paques: Allegro maestoso  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - André Previn  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  - Mark Millington
  5. Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: 3, Adagio  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Valery Gergiev  - Mark Millington
  6. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40: 2, Largo  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Bernard Haitink  - Mark Millington
  7. Symphonic Dances, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), Op. 45: No. 1, Non allegro  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Mark Millington
  8. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), in A minor for piano & orchestra, Op. 43  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Edo de Waart  - Zoltán Kocsis  -  San Francisco Symphony  - Mark Millington
  9. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30: No. 1, Allegro ma non tanto  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  - Anatole Fistoulari  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Mark Millington
  10. Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44: No. 2, Adagio ma non troppo-Allegro vivace  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Mark Millington
  11. Vespers (All-Night Vigil), for alto, tenor & chorus, Op. 37  - Sergey Rachmaninov  -  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir  - Nikolai Korniev  - Vladimir Mostovoy  - Mark Millington
  12. Prelude for piano No.6 in G minor, Op. 23/5  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Rafael Orozco  - Mark Millington
  13. Lied (Romance), for cello & piano in F minor, TN ii/32  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - John Lenehan  - Julian Lloyd Webber  - Mark Millington
  14. Transcription for piano of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud", TNiii/5  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Mark Millington
  15. Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13 (lost; reconstructed from piano duets and orch. fragments): No. 4, Allegro con fuoco  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Mark Millington

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