Rachmaninov - Complete Piano Music | Brilliant Classics 96185

Rachmaninov - Complete Piano Music

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 96185

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 8

Release Date: 12th March 2021

Contents

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Partita for solo violin no.3 in E major, BWV1006
» Preludio, Gavotte and Gigue (arr. Rachmaninov)

Bizet, Georges

L'Arlesienne Suite no.1
» II Minuetto (arr. Rachmaninov)

Kreisler, Fritz

Liebesfreud (arr. Rachmaninov)
Liebesleid (arr. Rachmaninov)

Mendelssohn, Felix

A Midsummer Night's Dream
» Scherzo (arr. Rachmaninov)

Mussorgsky, Modest

Sorochintsy Fair: Hopak (arr. Rachmaninov)

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Etudes-Tableaux (8), op.33
Etudes-Tableaux (9), op.39
Fragments, op. posth.
Fughetta in F major
Improvisations (4)
Moments musicaux (6), op.16
Morceaux (6) for piano duet, op.11
Morceaux de fantaisie, op.3
Morceaux de fantaisie in G minor 'Delmo'
Morceaux de salon, op.10
Nocturnes (3)
Oriental Sketch in B flat major
Piano Sonata no.1 in D minor, op.28
Piano Sonata no.2 in B flat minor, op.36
Pieces (2) in A major for piano 6 hands
Pieces (4)
Polka de WR
Polka italienne
Prelude in D minor
Prelude op.3 no.2 in C sharp minor (arr. for 2 pianos)
Prelude op.3 no.2 in C sharp minor
Preludes (10), op.23
Preludes (13), op.32
Romance in G major (piano four hands)
Russian Rhapsody for two pianos
Songs (6), op.38
» no.3 Daisies (arr. Rachmaninov for solo piano)
Songs (12), op.21
» no.5 Lilacs (arr. for solo piano)
Song without words in D minor
Suite in D minor (1891)
Suite no.1 for two pianos, op.5
Suite no.2 for two pianos, op.17
Symphonic Dances, op.45 (arr. 2 pianos)
Variations on a theme of Chopin, op.22
Variations on a theme of Corelli, op.42

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

The Tale of Tsar Saltan
» Flight of the Bumblebee (arr. Rachmaninov)

Schubert, Franz

Die schone Mullerin, D795
» no.2 Wohin (trans. Rachmaninov)

Smith, John Stafford

The Star-Spangled Banner (trans. Rachmaninov for piano)

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Romances (6), op.16
» no.1 Cradle Song (trans. Rachmaninov)

Artists

Zlata Chochieva (piano)
Lukas Geniusas (piano)
Alexander Gavrylyuk (piano)
Santiago Rodriguez (piano)
Nils Franke (piano)
Alexander Ghindin (piano)
Elisa Tomellini (piano)
Ingryd Thorson (piano)
Julian Thurber (piano)
David Gardiner (piano)

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Partita for solo violin no.3 in E major, BWV1006
» Preludio, Gavotte and Gigue (arr. Rachmaninov)

Bizet, Georges

L'Arlesienne Suite no.1
» II Minuetto (arr. Rachmaninov)

Kreisler, Fritz

Liebesfreud (arr. Rachmaninov)
Liebesleid (arr. Rachmaninov)

Mendelssohn, Felix

A Midsummer Night's Dream
» Scherzo (arr. Rachmaninov)

Mussorgsky, Modest

Sorochintsy Fair: Hopak (arr. Rachmaninov)

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Etudes-Tableaux (8), op.33
Etudes-Tableaux (9), op.39
Fragments, op. posth.
Fughetta in F major
Improvisations (4)
Moments musicaux (6), op.16
Morceaux (6) for piano duet, op.11
Morceaux de fantaisie, op.3
Morceaux de fantaisie in G minor 'Delmo'
Morceaux de salon, op.10
Nocturnes (3)
Oriental Sketch in B flat major
Piano Sonata no.1 in D minor, op.28
Piano Sonata no.2 in B flat minor, op.36
Pieces (2) in A major for piano 6 hands
Pieces (4)
Polka de WR
Polka italienne
Prelude in D minor
Prelude op.3 no.2 in C sharp minor (arr. for 2 pianos)
Prelude op.3 no.2 in C sharp minor
Preludes (10), op.23
Preludes (13), op.32
Romance in G major (piano four hands)
Russian Rhapsody for two pianos
Songs (6), op.38
» no.3 Daisies (arr. Rachmaninov for solo piano)
Songs (12), op.21
» no.5 Lilacs (arr. for solo piano)
Song without words in D minor
Suite in D minor (1891)
Suite no.1 for two pianos, op.5
Suite no.2 for two pianos, op.17
Symphonic Dances, op.45 (arr. 2 pianos)
Variations on a theme of Chopin, op.22
Variations on a theme of Corelli, op.42

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

The Tale of Tsar Saltan
» Flight of the Bumblebee (arr. Rachmaninov)

Schubert, Franz

Die schone Mullerin, D795
» no.2 Wohin (trans. Rachmaninov)

Smith, John Stafford

The Star-Spangled Banner (trans. Rachmaninov for piano)

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Romances (6), op.16
» no.1 Cradle Song (trans. Rachmaninov)

Artists

Zlata Chochieva (piano)
Lukas Geniusas (piano)
Alexander Gavrylyuk (piano)
Santiago Rodriguez (piano)
Nils Franke (piano)
Alexander Ghindin (piano)
Elisa Tomellini (piano)
Ingryd Thorson (piano)
Julian Thurber (piano)
David Gardiner (piano)

About

The piano dominated Rachmaninov’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 Schumannesque 18-day burst of creativity, but they distil Rachmaninov’s pianistic imagination at its most diverse, completing the cycle. His compositional voice is darker and still more introspective in the sequences of Études-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. There are also recordings by more experienced artists such as Nils Franke and the duo of Ingryd Thorson and Julian Thurber. Among the most complete of all the ‘complete’ solo piano sets on the market, Brilliant’s box is, as ever, a bargain second to none.

Contents:

CD 1
Études-Tableaux, op.33
Études-Tableaux, op.39
- Zlata Chochieva

CD 2
Prelude, op.3 no.2
Preludes, op.23
Preludes, op 32
- Lukas Geniušas

CD 3
Variations on a Theme of Chopin, op.22
Piano Sonata no.1 in D minor, op.28
- Zlata Chochieva

CD 4
Moments musicaux, op.16
- Alexander Gavrylyuk

Piano Sonata no.2 in B flat minor, op.36
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, op.42
- Santiago Rodriguez

4 Improvisations on Themes of Arensky, Glazunov, Taneyev & Rachmaninov
Morceau de fantaisie in G minor (Delmo)
Fughetta in F major
- Nils Franke

CD 5
Morceaux de fantaisie, op.3
Transcriptions
- Alexander Ghindin

Oriental Sketch in B flat major
Piece (Prelude) in D minor
Fragments in A flat major
The Star-Spangled Banner in B flat major
- Nils Franke

CD 6
Suite in D minor
Song without words
4 Pieces
Nocturnes
Morceaux de salon, op.10
- Elisa Tomellini

CD 7
Fantaisie-tableaux (Suite no.1) for 2 pianos
Russian Rhapsody
6 Morceaux for piano duet, op.11
2 Pieces for piano 6-hands*
Polka italeienne for piano duet
- Ingryd Thorson & Julian Thurber (*with David Gardiner)

CD 8
Suite no.2 for 2 pianos, op.17
Symphonic Dances for 2 pianos, op.45
Romance in G minor for piano duet
Prelude in C sharp minor
- Ingryd Thorson & Julian Thurber

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