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

Release Date: 4/4/2000
Label: RCA
Catalog Number: 09026636692
Number of Discs: 1

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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 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?
Works on This Recording
1. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
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
3. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Evgeny Kissin (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
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
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
6. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Ruth Ann Swenson (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
7. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
8. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
9. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
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
11. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
12. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Victor Babin (Piano), Vitya Vronsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
13. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
14. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
15. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
16. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
17. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
18. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
19. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor: Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble: Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
20. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor: Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble: Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
21. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
22. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
23. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Victor Babin (Piano), Vitya Vronsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
24. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Victor Babin (Piano), Vitya Vronsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
25. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
26. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
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