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Essential Rachmaninoff - 15 Of His Greatest Masterpieces


Release Date: 01/15/2002 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 470457   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir AshkenazyRenée FlemingAndré PrevinZoltán Kocsis,   ... 
Conductor:  Bernard HaitinkJeffrey TateValery GergievVladimir Ashkenazy,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraEnglish Chamber OrchestraKirov Theater Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 39 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Length: 34 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1900 - 1901). 
2.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Braden
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
3.
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
4.
Suite for 2 Pianos no 1, Op. 5 "Fantaisie-tableaux": no 4, Pâques by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  André Previn (Piano), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
5.
Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27: 3rd movement, Adagio by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Russia 
Length: 13 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G minor, Op. 40: 2nd movement, Largo by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926/1941; USA 
Length: 7 Minutes 35 Secs. 
7.
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: no 1, Non allegro by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1940; USA 
Length: 11 Minutes 21 Secs. 
8.
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Length: 22 Minutes 29 Secs. 
9.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30: 1st movement, Allegro ma non tanto by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Anatole Fistoulari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Length: 16 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
10.
Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 44: 2nd movement, Adagio ma non troppo by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1936/1938; USA 
Length: 12 Minutes 32 Secs. 
11.
Vespers, Op. 37: no 5, Now lettest thou thy servant by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Mostowoy (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
12.
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 5 in G minor, Alla marcia by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Rafael Orozco (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
13.
Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud" for piano by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1921; Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Sergei Rachmaninov
This selection is an ADD and monaural recording.
This selection was recorded from a 1926 Ampico piano roll. 
14.
Romance for Cello and Piano in F minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), John Lenehan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Julian Lloyd Webber 
15.
Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 13: 4th movement, Allegro con fuoco by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Russia 
Length: 12 Minutes 40 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18: 1. Moderato
Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18: 2. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18: 3. Allegro scherzando
Vocalise, Op.34, No.14
Prelude in C sharp minor, Op.3, No.2
Suite No.1 for 2 Pianos, Op.5: 4. Russian Easter
Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.27: 3. Adagio
Piano Concerto No.4 in G minor, Op.40: 2. Largo
Symphonic Dances, Op.45: 1. Non allegro
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43
Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30: 1. Allegro ma non tanto
Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.44: 2. Adagio ma non troppo
Vespers (All-Night Vigil), Op.37: 5. "Nyne otpushchayeshi"
Prelude in G minor, Op.23, No.5
Romance in F minor
Liebesfreud
Symphony No.1 in D minor, Op.13: 4. Allegro con fuoco

Customer Reviews

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 The Preferred Rachmaninoff November 29, 2013 By Ronald Wade (Rockwall, TX) See All My Reviews "This album is aptly named in that it indeed contains the essential Rachmaninoff, the sweeping, heart-grabbing melody, emotion and grandeur that is Rachmaninoff. It also features some of the best musical talents available on Planet Earth." Report Abuse
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