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Rachmaninoff: Vocalise / Rachmaninoff, Moffo, Kissin, Et Al


Release Date: 04/04/2000 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63669   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Anna MoffoEvgeni KissinJames GalwayIsao Tomita,   ... 
Conductor:  Sergei RachmaninovLeopold StokowskiCharles GerhardtIsao Tomita,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia OrchestraAmerican Symphony OrchestraNational Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This CD contains both ADD and DDD recordings.
To know a piece of music, to truly understand the depth of its meaning, requires intense study. Once written, a great work takes on a life of its own, its full potential beyond even what its composer anticipates. This album, an exploration of Rachmaninov's 'Vocalise,' takes 13 interpretations and, by laying them side by side, shows how rich such a simple melody can be.
Each interpretation brings out something new in this beautiful, wordless song. Transcriptions for solo piano, solo flute, piano duet, soprano, full choir, and full orchestra show how flexibly the music accepts different ideas and instrumentation. The deep melancholy of Vladimir Spivakov's violin, accompanied by Sergei
Read more Bezrodny's piano, stands in stark contrast with the angelic transcendence found in countertenor Brian Asawa's performance.
Every listener will find his or her favorite performance here, but it is impossible to select a definitive interpretation. However, the Philadelphia Orchestra's version, conducted by Rachmaninov himself, has an air of authority. After all, who better to interpret the intentions of the composer than the composer himself? Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Sergei Rachmaninov
This selection is a monaural recording.
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
2.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Anna Moffo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Length: 7 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Arcady Dubensky
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
3.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Evgeni Kissin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Alan Richardson
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
4.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  Charles Gerhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1976 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Charles Gerhardt
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
5.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Isao Tomita (Synthesizer)
Conductor:  Isao Tomita
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Plasma Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1984 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Isao Tomita
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
6.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Ruth Ann Swenson (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Length: 8 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
7.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
8.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  Norman Luboff Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Length: 8 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Norman Luboff and Walter Scott
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
9.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Jascha Heifetz
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
10.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Length: 7 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Morton Gould
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
11.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Wolfram Huschke (), Dieter Huschke ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1995 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Huschke
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
12.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Victor Babin (Piano), Vitya Vronsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1940 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording.
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
13.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Notes: Orchestrated: Sergei Rachmaninov
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 

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