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Rachmaninov: The Transcriptions / Howard Shelley


Release Date: 03/11/2014 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55458   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovFritz KreislerSergei RachmaninovGeorges Bizet,   ... 
Performer:  Howard Shelley
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

'Rachmaninov's mix of Slavonic wit and melancholy is caught to perfection … a true keyboard aristocrat' (Gramophone)

When the twelve-year-old Sergei Rachmaninov became a piano student of Nikolai Zverev at the Moscow Conservatoire, the boy played duet transcriptions with fellow pupils as part of his general musical education. Tchaikovsky heard and commended them, and (probably inspired by his encouragement, and without instruction) in the summer of 1886 Rachmaninov began his first work as a composer: a piano-duet transcription of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Manfred’ Symphony, now lost. But Rachmaninov continued to transcribe music for the piano, and a selection is recorded here. This album also includes a transcription of Rachmaninov’s
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Works on This Recording

1.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3.
Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud" for piano by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1921; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Length: 6 Minutes 55 Secs. 
4.
L'arlésienne: Suite no 1 - 2nd movement, Menuet by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5.
Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 2, Wohin? by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
6.
Sorochintsy fair: Hopak by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
7.
Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 1st movement, Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
8.
Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 3rd movement, Gavotte en rondeau by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
9.
Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 7th movement, Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
10.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 3, Daisies by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
11.
Songs (12), Op. 21: no 5, Lilacs by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
12.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 
13.
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Scherzo by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
14.
Songs (6), Op. 16: no 1, Cradle song by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
15.
Lachtäubchen (Behr) "Polka de W.R." by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 

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