Rachmaninoff: Complete Piano Music

Release Date: 3/26/2021
Catalog Number: BRI96185
Number of Discs: 8
Length: 425 Minutes

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The piano dominated Rachmaninoff’s creative thinking from the start. Even his four early piano pieces of 1887 reveal the extraordinary sense of kinship he felt with the instrument. However, these enchanting early offerings were outclassed by his first piece to evoke the brooding passion that would remain a powerful force in his music for decades to come: the Prelude in C sharp minor. This became one of five Morceaux de fantaisie which attracted the praise of Tchaikovsky, and the composer, while often suffering painful bouts of self-doubt, was rarely unable to turn out the kind of salon pieces that enjoyed a ready audience. However, he soon had higher ambitions in mind, emulating Chopin (and before him) Bach by composing the sequence of Op.23 Preludes in the early years of the 20th century, and following it with two sonatas which demanded the prodigious technique that almost he alone of contemporary performers could marshal. The Op 32 Preludes date from a Schumann-esque 18-day burst of creativity, but they distil Rachmaninoff’s pianistic imagination at its most diverse, completing the cycle. His compositional voice is darker and still more introspective in the sequences of Etudes-tableaux, which forsake the free and lyrical vein of his earlier music for a disciplined austerity that would reach a climax in his large-scale Symphonic Dances and The Bells, though finding a more fantastical outlet in the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Thus the set presents a guide to the life and the voice of one of Russia’s most dominant and individual musical voices. Compiled from recordings made during the last ten years, it features young artists such as Lukas Geniušas and Zlata Chochieva who have gone on to achieve deserved fame as mature artists.

Works on This Recording
1. No. 1 in F Minor: Allegro non troppo by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1911 ;
2. No. 2 in C Major: Allegro by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1911 ;
3. No. 3 in C Minor: Grave by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1911 ;
4. No. 4 in D Minor: Moderato by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1911 ;
5. No. 6 in E-Flat Minor: Non allegro - Presto by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1911 ;
6. No. 7 in E-Flat Major: Allegro con fuoco by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1911 ;
7. No. 8 in G Minor: Moderato by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1911 ;
8. No. 9 in C-Sharp Minor: Grave by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1911 ;
9. No. 1 in C Minor: Allegro agitato by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1917 ;
10. No. 2 in A Minor: Lento assai by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1917 ;
11. No. 3 in F-Sharp Minor: Allegro molto by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1917 ;
12. No. 4 in B Minor: Allegro assai by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1917 ;
13. No. 5 in E-Flat Minor: Appassionato by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1917 ;
14. No. 6 in A Minor: Allegro by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1917 ;
15. No. 7 in C Minor: Lento by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1917 ;
16. No. 8 in D Minor: Allegro moderato by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1917 ;
17. No. 9 in D Major: Allegro moderato by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1917 ;
18. Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1892 ;
19. No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor: Largo by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
20. No. 2 in B-Flat Major: Maestoso by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
21. No. 3 in D Minor: Tempo di minuetto by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
22. No. 4 in D Major: Andante cantabile by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
23. No. 5 in G Minor: Alla marcia by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
24. No. 6 in E-Flat Major: Andante by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
25. No. 7 in C Minor: Allegro by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
26. No. 8 in A-Flat Major: Allegro vivace by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
27. No. 9 in E-Flat Minor: Presto by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
28. No. 10 in G-Flat Major: Largo by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
29. No. 1 in C Major: Allegro vivace by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1910 ;
30. No. 2 in B-Flat Minor: Allegretto by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1910 ;
31. No. 3 in E Major: Allegro vivace by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1910 ;
32. No. 4 in E Minor: Allegro con brio by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1910 ;
33. No. 5 in G Major: Moderato by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1910 ;
34. No. 6 in F Minor: Allegro appassionato by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1910 ;
35. No. 7 in F Major: Moderato by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1910 ;
36. No. 8 in A Minor: Vivo by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1910 ;
37. No. 9 in A Major: Allegro moderato by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1910 ;
38. No. 10 in B Minor: Lento by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1910 ;
39. No. 11 in B Major: Allegretto by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1910 ;
40. No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor: Allegro by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1910 ;
41. No. 13 in D-Flat Major: Grave - Allegro by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Lukas Geniušas (Piano)
Written: 1910 ;
42. Theme: Largo by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
43. Variation 1. Moderato by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
44. Variation 2. Allegro by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
45. Variation 3 by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
46. Variation 4 by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
47. Variation 5. Meno mosso by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
48. Variation 6. Meno mosso by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
49. Variation 7. Allegro by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
50. Variation 8 by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
51. Variation 9 by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
52. Variation 10. Più vivo by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
53. Variation 11. Lento by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
54. Variation 12. Moderato by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
55. Variation 13. Largo by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
56. Variation 14. Moderato by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
57. Variation 15. Allegro scherzando by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
58. Variation 16. Lento by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
59. Variation 17. Grave by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
60. Variation 18. Più mosso by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
61. Variation 19. Allegro vivace by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
62. Variation 20. Presto by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
63. Variation 21. Andante by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
64. Variation 22 and Coda. Maestoso by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
65. I. Allegro moderato by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1907 ;
66. II. Lento by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1907 ;
67. III. Allegro molto by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Zlata Chochieva (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1907 ;
68. No. 1 in B-Flat Minor: Andantino by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Alexander Gavrylyuk (Piano)
Written: 1896 ;
69. No. 2 in E-Flat Minor: Allegretto by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Alexander Gavrylyuk (Piano)
Written: 1896 ;
70. No. 3 in B Minor: Andante cantabile by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Alexander Gavrylyuk (Piano)
Written: 1896 ;
71. No. 4 in E Minor: Presto by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Alexander Gavrylyuk (Piano)
Written: 1896 ;
72. No. 5 in D-Flat Major: Adagio sostenuto by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Alexander Gavrylyuk (Piano)
Written: 1896 ;
73. No. 6 in C Major: Maestoso by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Alexander Gavrylyuk (Piano)
Written: 1896 ;
74. I. Allegro agitato by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1913 ;
75. I. Meno mosso: Measure 38 by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1913 ;
76. I. Measure 55 by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1913 ;
77. I. Tempo I: 98 by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1913 ;
78. II. Non allegro - Lento by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1913 ;
79. II. Poco più mosso: 36 by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1913 ;
80. II. Tempo I: 63 - attacca by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1913 ;
81. III. L'istesso tempo - Allegro molto by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1913 ;
82. III. A tempo meno mosso: 76 by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1913 ;
83. III. Tempo I: 106 by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1913 ;
84. III. Tempo rubato: 184 by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1913 ;
85. Theme: Andante by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
86. Variation 1: Poco più mosso by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
87. Variation 2: L'istesso tempo by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
88. Variation 3: Tempo di menuetto by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
89. Variation 4: Andante by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
90. Variation 5: Allegro (ma non tanto) by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
91. Variation 6: L'istesso tempo by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
92. Variation 7: Vivace by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
93. Variation 8: Adagio misterioso by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
94. Variation 9: Un poco più mosso by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
95. Variation 10: Allegro scherzando by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
96. Variation 11: Allegro vivace by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
97. Variation 12: L'istesso tempo by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
98. Variation 13: Agitato by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
99. Intermezzo by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
100. Variation 14: Andante (come prima) by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
101. Variation 15: L'istesso tempo by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
102. Variation 16: Allegro vivace by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
103. Variation 17: Meno mosso by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
104. Variation 18: Allegro con brio by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
105. Variation 19: Più mosso, Agitato by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
106. Variation 20: Più mosso by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Santiago Rodriguez (Piano)
Written: 1931 ;
107. Improvisation No. 1 in E Minor by Anton Stepanovich Arensky
Performer: Nils Franke (Piano)
Written: 1896 ;
108. Improvisation No. 2 in C Major by Anton Stepanovich Arensky
Performer: Nils Franke (Piano)
Written: 1896 ;
109. Improvisation No. 3 in B-Flat Minor by Anton Stepanovich Arensky
Performer: Nils Franke (Piano)
Written: 1896 ;
110. Improvisation No. 4 in F Minor by Anton Stepanovich Arensky
Performer: Nils Franke (Piano)
Written: 1896 ;
111. Morceau de fantaisie by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Nils Franke (Piano)
Written: 1899 ;
112. Fughetta in F Major by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Nils Franke (Piano)
Written: 1899 ;
113. No. 1 Elégie in E-Flat Minor by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Written: 1892 ;
114. No. 2. Prélude in C-Sharp Minor by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Written: 1892 ;
115. No. 3. Mélodie in E Major by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Written: 1892 ;
116. No. 4. Polichinelle in F-Sharp Minor by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Written: 1892 ;
117. No. 5. Sérénade in B-Flat Minor by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Written: 1892 ;
118. I. Preludio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Written: 1720 ;
119. III. Gavotte by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Written: 1720 ;
120. III. Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Written: 1720 ;
121. Die schöne Müllerin, Op. 25, D. 795: No. 2. Wohin? (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano) by Franz Schubert
Performer: Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Written: 1823 ;
122. L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1: II. Minuetto (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano) by Georges Bizet
Performer: Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Written: 1872 ;
123. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61, MWV M13, Act II: Scherzo (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano) by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Written: 1933 ;
124. 12 Songs, Op. 21: No. 5. Siren' (Lilacs) (version for piano) by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Written: 1902 ;
125. 6 Songs, Op. 38: No. 3. Margaritki (Daisies) (version for piano) by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Written: 1922 ;
126. 6 Romances, Op. 16: No. 1. Cradle Song (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano) by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Written: 1872 ;
127. Sorochinskaya yarmarka (Sorochintsï Fair): Gopak (Hopak) (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano) by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Performer: Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Written: 1880 ;
128. Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57: Flight of the Bumblebee (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano) by Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer: Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Written: 1901 ;
129. Liebesleid (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano) by Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Written: 1910 ;
130. Liebesfreud (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano) by Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Written: 1910 ;
131. Lachtäubchen, Op. 303, "Polka de WR" (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano) by Franz Behr
Performer: Nils Franke (Piano)
Written: 1911 ;
132. Oriental Sketch by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Nils Franke (Piano)
Written: 1917 ;
133. Piano Piece in D Minor by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Nils Franke (Piano)
Written: 1917 ;
134. Fragments by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Nils Franke (Piano)
Written: 1917 ;
135. The Star-Spangled Banner (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano) by John Stafford Smith
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1814 ;
136. I. Lento - Allegro moderato by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1891 ;
137. II. Lento by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1891 ;
138. III. Minuetto by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1891 ;
139. IV. Allegro by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1891 ;
140. Pesn' bez slov (Song without Words) by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1887 ;
141. No. 1. Romance in F-Sharp Minor by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1888 ;
142. No. 2. Prélude in E-Flat Minor by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1888 ;
143. No. 3. Mélodie in E Major by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1888 ;
144. No. 4. Gavotte in D Major by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1888 ;
145. No. 2 in F Major by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1888 ;
146. No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1888 ;
147. No. 3 in C Minor - E-Flat Major by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1888 ;
148. Canon in E Minor by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1890 ;
149. Prélude in F Major by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1891 ;
150. No. 1. Nocturne in A Minor by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1894 ;
151. No. 2. Valse in A Major by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1894 ;
152. No. 3. Barcarolle in G Minor by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1894 ;
153. No. 4. Mélodie in E Minor by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1894 ;
154. No. 5. Humoresque in G Major by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1894 ;
155. No. 6. Romance in F Minor by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1894 ;
156. No. 7. Mazurka in D-Flat Major by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisa Tomellini (Piano)
Written: 1894 ;
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