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Essential Rachmaninov

Release Date: 02/15/2011 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 07144   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Cécile OussetNatalie DessayJohn OgdonJean-Philippe Collard,   ... 
Conductor:  Simon RattleMichael SchoenwandtStephen CleoburyMariss Jansons,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov, considered by many to be the natural successor to Tchaikovsky, was responsible for some of the most powerful romantic works written in the first part of the 20th century. His first popular success came in 1892 with the Prelude in C sharp minor for solo piano, but it was his Second Piano Concerto (1901) that fully established him as a major composer. Its haunting themes are heard in the famous films Brief Encounter and The Seven Year Itch, and music from the Third Piano Concerto (1909) makes a profound impression in the film Shine. Extracts from these and Rachmaninov’s other main compositions are performed by leading artists including the pianists Leif Ove Andsnes, Vladimir Ovchinikov, Cécile Ousset Read more and Andrei Gavrilov, the singers Natalie Dessay and Nicolai Gedda, and the conductors Sir Simon Rattle, André Previn, Mariss Jansons and Stephen Cleobury Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Length: 34 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Natalie Dessay ()
Conductor:  Michael Schoenwandt
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Vespers, Op. 37: no 8, Praise the name of the Lord by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Moments musicaux (6), Op. 16: no 3, Andante cantabile in B minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Songs (12), Op. 14: no 11, Spring waters by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Songs (12), Op. 21: no 7, How fair this spot by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Nicolai Gedda ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Aleko: Look how beneath the distant vault by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 44: 2nd movement, Adagio ma non troppo by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ovcharek (Violin)
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1936/1938; USA 
Length: 12 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: no 1, Non allegro by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1940; USA 
Length: 11 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G minor, Op. 40: 2nd movement, Largo by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Agustin Anievas (Piano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926/1941; USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 9 in D major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ovchinikov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27: 3rd movement, Adagio by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  André Previn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Russia 
Length: 15 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Vespers, Op. 37: no 5, Now lettest thou thy servant by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  James Gilchrist ()
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30: 1st movement, Allegro ma non tanto by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Length: 16 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Songs (15), Op. 26: no 7, To the children by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano), Dimitri Kharitonov ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 5 in G minor, Alla marcia by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 13: 4th movement, Allegro con fuoco by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Russia 
Length: 13 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19: 2nd movement, Andante by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Charles Owen (Piano), Natalie Clein (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18: I. Moderato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18: II. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18: III. Allegro scherzando
Vocalise, Op.43/No.4
Prelude in C sharp minor (Lento) Op. 3 No. 2
Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op. 37: 8. Khvalite imya Gospodne
Moment Musical In B Minor/en Si Mineur Op.16 No.3 (Andante Cantabile) (Remasterisé En 2009)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation XVIII (Andante cantabile, a tempo vivace)
Cello Sonata in G minor Op. 19: III. Andante
Vesenniye vodi, op.14,11 (Tyutchev)
Zdes' khorosho, op.21,7 (Galina)
Vzglyani: pod otdalónnïm svódom (Lied des jungen Zigeuners), from: Aleko · Opera in 1 act
Symphony No. 3 in A minor Op. 44: II. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro vivace - Tempo come prima
Symphonic Dances Op. 45: I. Non allegro
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Minor, Op.40 (1995 Digital Remaster): II. Largo
9 Etudes-tableaux Op. 39: No. 9 in D major
Symphony No. 2 in E minor Op. 27 (1973 Digital Remaster): III. Adagio
Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op. 37: 6. Bogoroditse Devo
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 Op. 30: I. Allegro ma non tanto
21 Songs: To the children Op.27 No.7 (words A.Khomiakov)
24 Preludes: Prelude in G minor (Alla marcia) Op. 23 No. 5
Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13: Fourth movement: Allegro con fuoco

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