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Sergej Rachmaninov - His Complete Recordings: Box Set 10CDs (2005)  Music

Posted by Discograf_man at Nov. 26, 2016
Sergej Rachmaninov - His Complete Recordings: Box Set 10CDs (2005)

Sergej Rachmaninov - His Complete Recordings: Box Set 10CDs (2005)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 1,47 Mb | Scans 13 Mb
Label: BMG-RCA RED SEAL | Release Year: 2005

Although Sergei Rachmaninov considered himself first and foremost a composer, the last two decades of his life found him knee-deep in his “second career” as a touring concert pianist and recording artist. In 1992, RCA Gold Seal brought out all of Rachmaninov’s recorded performances in a 10-disc set, now reprinted as a space-saving budget box.
111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon - The Collectors Edition: Box Set 55 CDs (2009)

111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon - The Collectors Edition: Box Set 55 CDs (2009)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 8,03 Gb | Full Scans - 19 Mb
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Release Year: 2009

Ever since Beethoven wrote his last piano sonata and called it "Opus 111", the number 111 has enjoyed certain kudos in musical circles, and 2009 marks the 111th anniversary of Deutsche Grammophon.
Over 11 decades, the label's philosophy has always been “the greatest recordings by the greatest artists in the world” and now they showcase this with this incredible 55 CD box set.
Alexis Weissenberg, Herbert von Karajan - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Franck: Symphonic Variations (1973/2012) [24/96]

Alexis Weissenberg, Herbert von Karajan - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Franck: Symphonic Variations (1973/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 54:06 minutes | 1.03 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

A recording made in September 1972 which has never ranked very highly by admirers of either artist, but i found much to enjoy here. Karajan never seemed particularly engaged as an accompanist for pianists - the main prosecution witness could be his dire conducting for Christoph Eschenbach's DG recording of Beethoven's First Concerto, but he was a firm admirer of Weissenberg and their collaboration works pretty well.
Shura Cherkassky plays Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky (2011) [Re-Up]

Shura Cherkassky plays Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 321 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Ica Classics | # ICAC 5020 | Time: 01:16:28

Shura Cherkassky (1909-1995) was one of the greatest piano virtuosos of his time having studied under the legendary Josef Hofmann. This WDR studio broadcast sourced from the original master tapes has Cherkassky playing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini from 1970 in superb stereo. He recorded the Rhapsody only once in 1953 for EMI in mono but it has never been issued on CD so this taping is exceptionally important and adds a major work to Cherkassky’s large discography. Prokofiev’s wartime Piano Sonata No.7 was never recorded commercially by Cherkassky so this is another addition to his discography sourced from WDR’s original master tapes. It was recorded in 1951 when Cherkassky was fast becoming a star in Germany. The three scenes from Stravinsky’s Petruschka was a favourite virtuoso work for Cherkassky and this 1951 recording shows him at his most brilliant, sourced from WDR’s original master tapes. Three encores have been added from 1951 and 1953 (not sourced from WDR) which again showcase Cherkassky’s incredible technique during the early period of his career in Germany.

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Rachmaninov: Complete Works For Piano (11CDs, 2014)  Music

Posted by Discograf_man at April 13, 2017
Vladimir Ashkenazy - Rachmaninov: Complete Works For Piano (11CDs, 2014)

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Rachmaninov: Complete Works For Piano (11CDs, 2014)
Classical, Piano | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 1,91 Gb | Artwork: 75,29 Mb
Label: Decca

This magnificent collection spans almost half a century, from three of Rachmaninov's Op 39 Etudes-Tableaux that Vladimir Ashkenazy recorded in 1963, to his version of the First Sonata, which was released two years ago. It's wonderfully comprehensive, including the four piano concertos and the Paganini Rhapsody, the works for two pianos (the Suites and the Symphonic Dances with André Previn, some smaller-scale pieces with Ashkenazy's son Vovka), and all manner of occasional pieces and transcriptions as well as the major solo piano works.
Raffi Besalyan - The Return: Rachmaninov, Babajanian (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Raffi Besalyan - The Return: Rachmaninov, Babajanian (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 65:21 minutes | 984 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Armenian-born American pianist Raffi Besalyan pays homage to his homeland with this recording featuring Rachmaninoff’s B Minor Prelude, inspired by The Return, a painting by Arnold Böcklin. The work was a favourite of the composer for his own recitals and a reminder of his years in Russia. Similarly, the folk-inspired piano music of Arno Babajanian looks back to his native Armenia in music that mixes folk idioms with the virtuosic pianism of the Russian school. Besalyan brings their music together in this programme infused with warm memories, evocations of distant lands and reminders of earlier times.
Steven Osborne - Medtner & Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Steven Osborne - Medtner & Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 72:00 minutes | 1,04 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Steven Osborne has become increasingly admired for his performances and recordings of Russian Romantic piano music, playing with a remarkable level of authority and a rare combination of technical ease, tonal lustre and idiomatic identification. Here he presents an impressive selection from two masters who lived and worked contemporaneously. Both were renowned concert pianists, and both wrote superbly for their instrument. Yet their reputations could not be more divergent. Rachmaninov utterly loved; Medtner only now becoming rehabilitated.
Prague Philharmonic Choir, Jaroslav Brych - Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37;  Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 (2007)

Sergey Rachmaninov - Vespers, Op. 37; Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 (2007)
The Prague Philharmonic Choir; Jaroslav Brych, conductor, Soloists

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 219 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Praga Digitals | # PRD 350 043 | Time: 01:01:32

The Prague Philharmonic choir join over a dozen others who have recorded Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, a work once thought the special property of the Russian choirs who are, of course, prominent in the lists. The Czechs sing it without a cantor, and more as a concert work than some of the others do. Though they take the famous scale in the Nunc dimittis, descending to a profound B flat, in their stride, they are not as sonorous as some others, and their particular contribution is to sing the music lightly and flexibly, with a lively response to the words. They have excellent sopranos, safe in intonation when attacking the exposed high entries in thirds which are a feature of the music, and a good tenor for the three numbers that involve him as a soloist. The Magnificat, with all its tempo changes and shifts of register, is expressively done, as are the light rhythms of ‘Blessed art Thou, O Lord’.

Yevgeny Sudbin - Sudbin plays Medtner & Rachmaninov (2015) {BIS}  Music

Posted by shamanicus at Jan. 23, 2017
Yevgeny Sudbin - Sudbin plays Medtner & Rachmaninov (2015) {BIS}

Yevgeny Sudbin - Sudbin plays Medtner & Rachmaninov (2015)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork+Booklet | 206 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 147 mb
Classical | Label: BIS / BIS-1848

This is a wondrous disc. Yevgeny Sudbin has not been alone in championing the piano music of Nikolay Medtner: in recent times Marc-André Hamelin, Steven Osborne and Hamish Milne have all brought their special insights into a composer who can perhaps on occasion seem problematic and somehow remote. Sudbin, however, seems to have an exceptional affinity with Medtner’s language. He brings both his heart and his head into play when performing these pieces. His head tackles and illuminates textures and harmonies that might seem opaque and knotty on a first study of the scores; his heart is then harnessed to convey the extraordinary sensibility, passion and thoroughly individual cast of melody that courses through the music. As usual with Sudbin’s series of BIS discs, he also writes his own booklet-notes in a lucid way that testifies both to his enthusiasm and to his understanding.
Trifonov, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Nézet-Séguin - Rachmaninov Variations (2015) [TR24][OF]

Trifonov, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Nézet-Séguin - Rachmaninov Variations (2015)
FLAC (Tracks) 24-bit/96.0kHz ~ 1,26 Gb | Digital Booklet | 01:19:34 | RAR 5% Recovery
Classical | © 2015 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH

While Sergey Rachmaninov is justly celebrated for his piano concertos and symphonies, his sets of variations shouldn't be overlooked, for they are among his most inventive and satisfying works. Russian pianist Danil Trifonov plays the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, the Variations on a Theme of Chopin, and the Variations on a Theme of Corelli on this 2015 Deutsche Grammophon release, and he offers his own special tribute to the composer in his solo piano suite, Rachmaniana. For the Rhapsody, Trifonov is joined by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra, an ensemble that counts historic performances with Rachmaninov as part of its heritage, and plays with its characteristic lush sound and passionate expression…