Rachmaninoff: His Complete Recordings (Box Set)

Rachmaninoff: His Complete Recordings (Box Set)

by Sergey Rachmaninov
     
 
This 10-disc box set, part of Sony/BMG's Complete Collections series, is a budget-priced repackaging of the 1992 RCA Gold Seal 10-CD set entitled Sergei Rachmaninoff: The Complete Recordings. It utilizes the identical analog-to-digital transfers -- which range from very good to exceptional, with some faint surface noise and other imperfections from the

Overview

This 10-disc box set, part of Sony/BMG's Complete Collections series, is a budget-priced repackaging of the 1992 RCA Gold Seal 10-CD set entitled Sergei Rachmaninoff: The Complete Recordings. It utilizes the identical analog-to-digital transfers -- which range from very good to exceptional, with some faint surface noise and other imperfections from the surviving sources -- and has all of the same musical and sonic virtues (and flaws) as that older release. The main difference is that instead of listing for around $100, it works out to about $5.50 a disc, or just a shade over half the price, and it takes up a lot less space on one's shelf. The pianistic and musical virtues of the recordings -- especially the preludes and etudes, and the vintage 1924 recording of the "Second Piano Concerto" -- are the same, and beyond reproach. That said, the label missed out on getting this reissue 100% right with a poorly designed accompanying booklet -- somehow, in the space of 40 pages of text, none of the people who worked on this package thought to include a single recording date on any of the dozens and dozens of performances included here, covering a period from 1919 through 1942 -- that's 23 years, and at least one major change in recording technology in the middle, from acoustic to electrical recording; just as an example, unless one knew the history of the recordings at hand, a listener would be hard-put to understand the differences between, say, the two different versions of the "Second Piano Concerto" included here, one done acoustically in 1924 and the other with electrical microphones in 1929. It all seems a little stupid as an oversight, especially as all of this information was present in the booklet accompanying the original set, and it seems as though someone -- an intern who could read English -- at an organization as big as Sony/BMG could have spent the 45 minutes it would have taken to transfer that information to this set. Still, it is a bargain, if not as enticing, informative, or easy to use as it could have been.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2006
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828766789225
catalogNumber:
67892

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

    1. Moderato; Allegro  (09:48)
    2. Adagio sostenuto  (10:50)
    3. Allegro scherzando  (11:00)
  2. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

    1. Allegro ma non tanto  (13:57)
    2. Intermezzo: Adagio  (08:39)
    3. Finale: Alla breve  (11:23)

Disc 2

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

    1. Vivace  (12:09)
    2. Andante  (05:23)
    3. Allegro vivace  (07:25)
  2. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40

    1. Allegro vivace  (09:49)
    2. Largo  (06:04)
    3. Allegro vivace  (08:50)
  3. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), in A minor for piano & orchestra, Op. 43

    1. Introduction: Allegro vivace  (00:07)
    2. Variation I (Precedente)  (00:20)
    3. Tema: L'istesso tempo  (00:20)
    4. Variation II: L'istesso tempo  (00:19)
    5. Variation III: L'istesso tempoo  (00:25)
    6. Variation IV: Più vivo  (00:30)
    7. Variation V: Tempo precendente  (00:28)
    8. Variation VI: L'istesso tempo  (00:52)
    9. Variation VII: Meno mosso, a tempo moderato  (01:00)
    10. Variation VIII: Tempo I  (00:32)
    11. Variation IX: L'istesso tempo  (00:31)
    12. Variation X: Poco marcato  (00:50)
    13. Variation XI: Moderato  (01:13)
    14. Variation XII: Tempo di minuetto  (01:18)
    15. Variation XIII: Allegro  (00:29)
    16. Variation XIV: L'istesso tempo  (00:44)
    17. Variation XV: Più vivo scherzando  (01:05)
    18. Variation XVI: Allegretto  (01:21)
    19. Variation XVII:(Allegretto)  (01:42)
    20. Variation XVIII: Andante cantabile  (02:44)
    21. Variation XIX: A tempo vivace  (00:28)
    22. Variation XX: Un poco più vivo  (00:36)
    23. Variation XXI: Un poco più vivo  (00:26)
    24. Variation XXII: Un poco più vivo (Alla breve)  (01:38)
    25. Variation XXIII: L'istesso tempo  (00:49)
    26. Variation XXIV: A tempo un poco meno mosso  (01:10)

Disc 3

  1. The Isle of the Dead, symphonic poem, Op. 29  (18:09)
  2. Vocalise, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/14  (03:54)
  3. Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44

    1. Lento: Allegro moderato  (12:43)
    2. Adagio ma non troppo  (11:43)
    3. Allegro  (12:23)

Disc 4

  1. Sonata for violin & piano No. 8 in G major, Op. 30/3

    1. Allegro assai  (04:38)
    2. Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso  (07:21)
    3. Allegro vivace  (03:25)
  2. Sonata for violin & piano in A major ("Duo"), D. 574 (Op. posth. 162)

    1. Allegro moderato  (06:21)
    2. Scherzo: Presto; Trio  (04:18)
    3. Andantino  (03:59)
    4. Allegro vivace  (05:05)
  3. Sonata for violin & piano No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45

    1. Allegro molto ed appassionato  (09:00)
    2. Allegretto espressivo alla Romanza  (06:41)
    3. Allegro animato  (07:25)

Disc 5

  1. Partita for keyboard No. 4 in D major, BWV 828 (BC L4): Sarabande

    1. Sarabande  (04:21)
  2. Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.5 in E major ("The Harmonious Blacksmith"), HWV 430: Air and Variations

    1. Air and Variations  (04:16)
  3. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): Rondo alla turca

    1. Rondo alla turca  (02:16)
  4. Variations (32) on an original theme for piano in C minor, WoO 80

    1. Thema: Allegretto  (00:16)
    2. Variation I  (00:11)
    3. Variation II  (00:11)
    4. Variation III  (00:12)
    5. Variation IV  (00:15)
    6. Variation V  (00:20)
    7. Variation VI  (00:09)
    8. Variation VII  (00:19)
    9. Variation VIII  (00:16)
    10. Variation IX  (00:24)
    11. Variation X  (00:15)
    12. Variation XI  (00:15)
    13. Variation XII  (00:19)
    14. Variation XIII  (00:16)
    15. Variation XIV  (00:16)
    16. Variation XIX  (00:12)
    17. Variation XXII  (00:15)
    18. Variation XXIII  (00:26)
    19. Variation XXIV  (00:09)
    20. Variation XXV  (00:16)
    21. Variation XXVI  (00:11)
    22. Variation XXVII  (00:12)
    23. Variation XXVIII  (00:18)
    24. Variation XXXI  (00:16)
    25. Variation XXXII  (01:33)
  5. Die Heimkehr, transcription for piano (after Chopin Op. 74/6), S. 480/6 (LW A193/6)  (01:27)
  6. The Maiden's Wish, transcription for piano (after Chopin, Op. 71/1, Chants polonais No. 1), S. 480/1 (LW A193/1)  (02:42)
  7. Das Wandern, transcription for piano (after Schubert, D. 795/1), S 565bis/1 (LW A128/1)  (01:41)
  8. Ständchen, Leise flehen meine Lieder, transcription for piano (after Schubert D. 957), S. 560/7 (LW A49/7)  (04:26)
  9. Polonaise, for piano No.2 in E major, S. 223/2 (LW A171/2)  (07:39)
  10. Song without Words for piano No. 34 in C major ("Spinnerlied"), Op. 67/4  (01:43)
  11. Impromptu for piano in A flat major, D. 899/4 (Op. 90/4)  (04:31)
  12. Gnomenreigen, for piano (Zwei Konzertetüden No. 2), S. 145/2 (LW A218/2)  (03:07)
  13. Mélodie (Dance of the Blessed Spirits, from Gluck's Orphee ed Euridice): Mélodie

    1. Mélodie  (03:29)
  14. Etude for piano in F major, Op. 104b/2  (02:50)
  15. Etude for piano in A minor, Op. 104b/3  (01:48)
  16. Der Kontrabandiste, for piano (after Schumann)  (01:51)
  17. Humoresques de concert (6), for piano, Op 14, No. 1, Menuett célèbre, Op. 14/1  (03:52)
  18. Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud" for piano, TNiii/5  (04:58)

Disc 6

  1. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202

    1. Grave; Doppio movimento  (05:53)
    2. Scherzo  (05:20)
    3. Marche funèbre  (06:08)
    4. Presto  (01:30)
  2. Carnaval for piano, Op. 9

    1. Préambule  (02:14)
    2. Pierrot  (01:07)
    3. Arlequin  (00:33)
    4. Valse noble  (01:02)
    5. Eusebius  (01:27)
    6. Florestan  (00:47)
    7. Coquette  (00:58)
    8. Réplique  (00:24)
    9. Sphinxes  (00:36)
    10. Papillons  (00:38)
    11. A.S.C.H. - S.C.H.A. (Lettres dansantes)  (00:38)
    12. Chiarina  (01:07)
    13. Chopin  (00:45)
    14. Estrella  (00:24)
    15. Reconnaissance  (01:23)
    16. Pantalon et Colombine  (00:50)
    17. Valse allemande  (00:51)
    18. Paganini (Intermezzo)  (01:15)
    19. Aveu  (00:45)
    20. Promenade  (01:52)
    21. Pause  (00:16)
    22. Marche des "Davidsbündler" contre les Philistins  (03:05)
  3. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109  (04:46)
  4. Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213  (03:38)
  5. Waltz for piano No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64/3, CT. 214  (02:48)
  6. Ballade for piano No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47, CT. 4  (07:22)
  7. Mazurka for piano No. 47 in A minor, Op. 68/2, CT. 97  (02:45)
  8. Waltz for piano in E minor, KK IVa/15, CT. 222 (B. 56)  (01:43)

Disc 7

  1. Transcription of Bach's "Prelude, gavotte & gigue" from Partita in E major for piano, TN iii/1

    1. Preludio  (03:13)
    2. Gavotte; Rondo  (02:49)
    3. Gigue  (01:05)
  2. Transcription of Mendelssohn's "Scherzo" from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for piano, TN iii/7  (04:01)
  3. Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud" for piano, TNiii/5  (07:02)
  4. Transcription of Schubert's "Wohin?" from "Die Schöne Müllerin" for piano, TN iii/10  (02:22)
  5. Polka W.R., for piano in A flat major, TN ii/18  (03:48)
  6. Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 39: No. 6

    1. No. 6  (02:33)
  7. Prelude for piano No.1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2  (03:41)
  8. Transcription of Mussorgsky's "Hopak" from opera "Sorochintsy Fair" for piano (also for piano & vioin), TN iii/8  (01:49)
  9. Transcription of Tchaikovsky's "Lullaby for piano, Op.16/1," TN iii/14  (04:02)
  10. Transcription of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" from "The Tale of the Tsar Saltan" for piano, TN iii/9  (01:13)
  11. Transcription of Beethoven's "Turkish March" from "Ruins of Athens" for piano  (03:04)
  12. Scherzo for piano in A flat major  (02:59)
  13. The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: November: Troika

    1. November: Troika  (03:57)
  14. Prelude for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 11/8  (02:37)
  15. Man lebt nur einmal! (You Only Live Once!), waltz for orchestra, Op. 167  (07:01)
  16. Powder and Paint, folksong arrangment for voice & piano  (03:49)
  17. Polka italienne, for piano, 4 hands in E flat minor/E flat major, TN ii/21  (01:18)

Disc 8

  1. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

    1. Moderato; Allegro  (09:27)
    2. Adagio sostenuto  (10:14)
    3. Allegro scherzando  (10:44)
  2. Prelude for piano No.11 in G flat major, Op. 23/10  (03:19)
  3. Prelude for piano No.14 in E major, Op. 32/3  (02:22)
  4. Prelude for piano No.18 in F major, Op. 32/7  (02:13)
  5. Prelude for piano No.17 in F minor, Op. 32/6  (01:20)
  6. Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 33: No. 2

    1. No. 2  (02:15)
  7. Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 33: No. 7

    1. No. 7  (01:46)
  8. Daisies, song for voice & piano, Op. 38/3  (02:12)
  9. Pieces (2) for cello & piano, Op. 2: Oriental Sketch

    1. Oriental Sketch  (01:49)
  10. Morceaux de fantaisie (5), for piano, Op. 3: No. 3. Mélodie in E

    1. No. 3. Mélodie in E  (03:51)
  11. Morceaux de fantaisie (5), for piano, Op. 3: No. 5. Serenade in B-Flat Minor

    1. No. 5. Serenade in B-Flat Minor  (02:55)
  12. Morceaux de salon, for piano, Op. 10: No. 5. Humoresque in G

    1. No. 5. Humoresque in G  (03:32)
  13. Lilacs, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/5  (02:21)
  14. Moments Musicaux (6) for piano, Op. 16: No. 2 in E-Flat Minor

    1. No. 2 in E-Flat Minor  (02:50)

Disc 9

  1. Mazurka for piano No. 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63/3, CT. 91  (02:05)
  2. Nocturne for piano No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15/2, CT. 112  (03:43)
  3. Waltz for piano No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, CT. 207  (04:36)
  4. Waltz for piano No. 4 in F major, Op. 34/3, CT. 210  (02:47)
  5. Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212  (01:59)
  6. Waltz for piano No. 10 in B minor, Op. 69/2, CT. 216  (03:03)
  7. Waltz for piano No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70/1, CT. 217  (01:56)
  8. Scherzo for piano No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39, CT. 199  (06:57)
  9. Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212  (02:18)
  10. Le Coucou, rondeau for harpsichord in E minor (Pièces de clavecin, Suite No. 3)  (02:03)
  11. Transcription of Bizet's "Minuet" from "L'Arlesienne-Suite No 1" for piano, TN iii/3  (02:45)
  12. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements  (03:04)
  13. Song without Words for piano No. 34 in C major ("Spinnerlied"), Op. 67/4  (01:51)
  14. Lyric Pieces (8) for piano, Book 1, Op. 12: No. 2. Waltz

    1. No. 2. Waltz  (01:40)
  15. Lyric Pieces (8) for piano, Book 1, Op. 12: No. 4. Elfin Dance

    1. No. 4. Elfin Dance  (00:42)
  16. Concert Etude (Capriccio) for piano in F minor, Op. 28/6  (02:42)
  17. Études caractéristiques (12) for piano, No. 6, Were I a Bird, Op. 2/6  (01:44)
  18. Etude for piano "La jongleuse," Op. 52/4  (01:50)
  19. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum, for piano (Children's Corner No. 1), L. 113/1  (02:05)
  20. Golliwogg's Cakewalk, for piano (Children's Corner No. 6), L. 113/6  (03:10)
  21. The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: November: Troika

    1. November: Troika  (03:51)
  22. Morceaux (2) for piano (or piano & violin), Op. 10: No. 2. Humoresque in G

    1. No. 2. Humoresque in G  (02:47)
  23. Waltz, for piano in A flat major, Op. 40/8  (02:57)

Disc 10

  1. Prelude for piano No.6 in G minor, Op. 23/5  (03:35)
  2. Prelude for piano No.23 in G sharp minor, Op. 32/12  (02:33)
  3. Prelude for piano No.1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2  (03:40)
  4. Prelude for piano No.16 in G major, Op. 32/5  (03:03)
  5. Morceaux de fantaisie (5), for piano, Op. 3: No. 5. Serenade in B-Flat

    1. No. 5. Serenade in B-Flat  (03:10)
  6. Lilacs, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/5  (02:33)
  7. Morceaux de fantaisie (5), for piano, Op. 3: No. 4. Polichinelle in F-Sharp Minor

    1. No. 4. Polichinelle in F-Sharp Minor  (03:38)
  8. Polka W.R., for piano in A flat major, TN ii/18  (04:03)
  9. Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesleid" for piano, TN iii/5  (04:21)
  10. Cadenza for Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No.2, for piano, TN iii/6  (10:29)
  11. Pastorale for piano in E minor (after Scarlatti)  (04:00)
  12. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): Theme and Variations: I

    1. Theme and Variations: I  (04:06)
  13. Waltz for piano No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42, CT. 211  (03:57)
  14. Waltz for piano No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64/3, CT. 214  (02:47)
  15. Polka W.R., for piano in A flat major, TN ii/18  (04:08)
  16. Morceaux de salon, for piano, Op. 10: No. 3. Barcarolle in G Minor

    1. No. 3. Barcarolle in G Minor  (03:55)
  17. Prelude for piano No.1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2  (03:42)

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