Rachmaninoff: Complete Piano Music

Rachmaninoff: Complete Piano Music
Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff
Artist Various artists
Format 8 CD
Cat. number 96185
EAN code 5028421961859
Release March 2021

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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. There are also recordings by more experienced artists such as Nils Franke and the duo of Ingryd Thorson & 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.

· This 8-CD set contains the works for piano solo by Sergei Rachmaninoff, 20-th century romantic, one of the greatest pianists of all time himself. In his iconic piano works he expresses his deepest personal emotions, from ecstatic joy and tolling of bells, to Slavic melancholy and utter tragedy. Many of his works became standard concert repertoire: the 24 Preludes, the Etudes-tableaux, the Moments Musicaux, the two Piano Sonatas and the two Variations sets on themes by Corelli and Chopin.
· This set brings together recordings by several of the best pianists of the younger generation: Alexander Gavrylyuk, Zlata Chochieva, Lukas Geniušas, Alexander Ghindin and Elisa Tomellini, all sharing their deep love and affinity for the Russian master. Also included are superb recordings by Santiago Rodriguez, one of the most idiomatic Rachmaninoff pianists of the 20th century.
· The set presents additionally the complete works for piano duet and 2 pianos: the famous Suites Op. 5 and 17, the popular Symphonic Dances and several other rarities.

· The press has been enthusiastic about these recordings:
· “ Chochieva has a superb capacity for holding Rachmaninov’s cantabile line aloft effortlessly, allowing it to take flight.”(Gramophone), “Chochieva is the possessor of a comprehensive technique who brings an inner glow to every bar. Her playing is indelibly Russian in its fullness and warmth, backed by a dauntless and easy command” Gramophone.
· GAVRYLYUK: “Sunk in deep-dyed, all-Russian melancholy…magisterial command…soaring ease and lyricism” Gramophone, CHOC de Classica (France)
· GENIUSAS: “Energy, virtuosity and a deep poetic feeling (Spiegel Kultur), “You are left to wonder at his blaze of youthful virtuosity and aplomb” Gramophone.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux, Op. 33: I. Allegro non troppo in F Minor
  2. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux, Op. 33: II. Allegro in C Major
  3. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux, Op. 33: III. Grave in C Minor
  4. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux, Op. 33: IV. Moderato in D Minor
  5. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux, Op. 33: V. Non allegro-presto in E-Flat Minor
  6. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux, Op. 33: VI. Allegro con fuoco in E-Flat Major
  7. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux, Op. 33: VII. Moderato in G Minor
  8. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux, Op. 33: in C sharp minor, grave
  9. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux, Op. 39: I. Allegro agitato in C Minor
  10. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux, Op. 39: II. Lento assai in A Minor
  11. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux, Op. 39: III. Allegro molto in F-Sharp Minor
  12. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux, Op. 39: IV. Allegro assai in B Minor
  13. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux, Op. 39: V. Appassionato in E-Flat Minor
  14. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux, Op. 39: VI. Allegro in A Minor
  15. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux, Op. 39: VII. Lento, lugubre in C Minor
  16. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux, Op. 39: VIII. Allegro moderato in D Minor
  17. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux, Op. 39: IX. Allegro moderato in D Major

Disk 2

  1. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude, Op. 3 No. 2: I. Lento in C-Sharp Minor
  2. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 23: I. Largo in F-Sharp Minor
  3. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 23: II. Maestoso in B-Flat Major
  4. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 23: III. Tempo di minuetto in D Minor
  5. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 23: IV. Andante cantabile in D Major
  6. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 23: V. Alla marcia in G Minor
  7. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 23: VI. Andante in E-Flat Major
  8. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 23: VII. Allegro in C Minor
  9. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 23: VIII. Allegro vivace in A-Flat Major
  10. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 23: IX. Presto in E-Flat Minor
  11. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 23: X. Largo in G-Flat Major
  12. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 32: I. Allegro vivace in C Major
  13. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 32: II. Allegretto in B-Flat Minor
  14. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 32: III. Allegro vivace in E Major
  15. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 32: IV. Allegro con brio in E Minor
  16. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 32: V. Moderato in G Major
  17. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 32: VI. Allegro appassionato in F Minor
  18. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 32: VII. Moderato in F Major
  19. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 32: VIII. Vivo in A Minor
  20. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 32: IX. Allegro moderato in A Major
  21. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 32: X. Lento in B Minor
  22. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 32: XI. Allegretto in B Major
  23. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 32: XII. Allegro in G-Sharp Minor
  24. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 32: XIII. Grave in D-Flat Major

Disk 3

  1. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: I. Theme. Largo
  2. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: II. Var. 1. Moderato
  3. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: III. Var. 2. Allegro
  4. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: IV. Var. 3
  5. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: V. Var. 4
  6. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: VI. Var. 5. Meno mosso
  7. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: VII. Var. 6. Meno mosso
  8. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: VIII. Var. 7. Allegro
  9. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: IX. Var. 8
  10. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: X. Var. 9
  11. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: XI. Var. 10. Più vivo
  12. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: XII. Var. 11. Lento
  13. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: XIII. Var. 12. Moderato
  14. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: XIV. Var. 13. Largo
  15. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: XV. Var. 14. Moderato
  16. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: XVI. Var. 15. Allegro scherzando
  17. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: XVII. Var. 16. Lento
  18. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: XVIII. Var. 17. Grave
  19. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: XIX. Var. 18. Più mosso
  20. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: XX. Var. 19. Allegro vivace
  21. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: XXI. Var. 20. Presto
  22. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: XXII. Var. 21. Andante-più vivo
  23. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22: XXIII. Var. 22. Maestoso
  24. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 28: I. Allegro moderato
  25. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 28: II. Lento
  26. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 28: III. Allegro molto

Disk 4

  1. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Moments musicaux, Op. 16: I. Andantino in B-Flat Minor
  2. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Moments musicaux, Op. 16: II. Allegretto in E-Flat Minor
  3. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Moments musicaux, Op. 16: III. Andante cantabile in B Minor
  4. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Moments musicaux, Op. 16: IV. Presto in E Minor
  5. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Moments musicaux, Op. 16: V. Andante sostenuto in D-Flat Major
  6. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Moments musicaux, Op. 16: Maestoso in C Major
  7. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 36 Movement 1: I. Allegro agitato
  8. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 36 Movement 1: II. Meno mosso. Measure 38
  9. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 36 Movement 1: III. Measure 55
  10. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 36 Movement 1: IV. Tempo I. 98
  11. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 36 Movement 2: I. Non allegro – Lento
  12. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 36 Movement 2: II. Poco più mosso. 36
  13. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 36 Movement 2: III. Tempo I. 63 – attacca
  14. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 36 Movement 3: I. L’istesso tempo – Allegro molto
  15. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 36 Movement 3: II. A tempo meno mosso. 76
  16. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 36 Movement 3: III. Tempo I. 106
  17. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 36 Movement 3: IV. Tempo rubato. 184
  18. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: I. Theme. Andante
  19. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: II. Var. 1. Poco più mosso
  20. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: III. Var. 2. L’istesse tempo
  21. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: IV. Var. 3. Tempo di menuetto
  22. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: V. Var. 4. Andante
  23. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: VI. Var. 5. Allegro
  24. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: VII. Var. 6. L’istesso tempo
  25. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: VIII. Var. 7. Vivace
  26. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: IX. Var. 8. Adagio misterioso
  27. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: X. Var. 9. Un poco più mosso
  28. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: XI. Var. 10. Allegro scherzando
  29. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: XII. Var. 11. Allegro vivace
  30. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: XIII. Var. 12. L’istesso tempo
  31. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: XIV. Var. 13. Agitato
  32. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: XV. Intermezzo. A tempo rubato
  33. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: XVI. Var. 14. Andante
  34. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: XVII. Var. 15. L’istesso tempo
  35. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: XVIII. Var. 16. Allegro vivace
  36. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: XIX. Var. 17. Meno mosso
  37. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: XX. Var. 18. Allegro con brio
  38. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: XXI. Var. 19. Più mosso – Agitato
  39. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42: XXII. Var. 20. Più mosso – Coda
  40. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 4 Improvisations on Themes of Arensky, Glazunov, Taneyev and Rachmaninoff: I. Moderato in E Minor
  41. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 4 Improvisations on Themes of Arensky, Glazunov, Taneyev and Rachmaninoff: II. Allegretto in C Major
  42. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 4 Improvisations on Themes of Arensky, Glazunov, Taneyev and Rachmaninoff: III. Allegro scherzando in B-Flat Minor
  43. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 4 Improvisations on Themes of Arensky, Glazunov, Taneyev and Rachmaninoff: IV. Lento – Tempo di valse – Tempo di marcia – Tempo del commincio, largo in F Minor
  44. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Morceau de fantaisie in G Minor Liberamente
  45. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Fughetta in F Moderato

Disk 5

  1. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: I. Elégie in E-Flat Minor
  2. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: II. Prélude in C-Sharp Minor
  3. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: III. Mélodie in E Major
  4. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: IV. Polichinelle in F-Sharp Minor
  5. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: V. Sérénade in B-Flat Minor
  6. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Violin partita in E Major: I. Prélude
  7. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Violin partita in E Major: II. Gavotte
  8. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Violin partita in E Major: III. Gigue
  9. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: II. Wohin?
  10. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Menuet from ‘L’Arlésienne
  11. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Scherzo from “A Midsummernight Dream”
  12. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 12 Romances, Op. 21: V. The Lilacs
  13. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 6 Romances, Op. 38: III. The Daisies
  14. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Lullaby
  15. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Hopak from “The Sorochintsy Fair”
  16. Sergei Rachmaninoff: The Flight of the Bumble-bee, from “The Tale of the Tsar Saltan”
  17. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 3 Old Viennese Dances: II. Liebesleid
  18. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 3 Old Viennese Dances: I. Liebesfreud
  19. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Polka V.R.
  20. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Oriental Sketch in B-Flat Major
  21. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piece in D Minor andante ma non troppo – Poco più mosso – Tempo I
  22. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Fragments in A-Flat Major andante semplice – Più mosso – Come prima
  23. Sergei Rachmaninoff: The Star-Spangled Banner in B-Flat Major

Disk 6

  1. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Suite in D Minor: I. Lento -Allegro moderato
  2. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Suite in D Minor: II. Lento
  3. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Suite in D Minor: III. Menuetto-Trio
  4. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Suite in D Minor: IV. Allegro
  5. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Song Without Words in D Minor: I. Lento
  6. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 4 Pieces: I. Romance
  7. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 4 Pieces: II. Prélude
  8. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 4 Pieces: III. Mélodie
  9. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 4 Pieces: IV. Gavotte
  10. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Nocturne in F Major
  11. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Nocturne in F-Sharp Minor
  12. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Nocturne in C Minor
  13. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Canon in E Minor
  14. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude in F Major
  15. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 7 Morceaux de salon, Op. 10: I. Nocturne
  16. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 7 Morceaux de salon, Op. 10: II. Valse
  17. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 7 Morceaux de salon, Op. 10: III. Barcarolle
  18. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 7 Morceaux de salon, Op. 10: IV. Mélodie
  19. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 7 Morceaux de salon, Op. 10: V. Humoresque
  20. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 7 Morceaux de salon, Op. 10: VI. Romance
  21. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 7 Morceaux de salon, Op. 10: VII. Mazurka

Disk 7

  1. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Suite No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 5: I. Barcarolle
  2. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Suite No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 5: II. La nuit…l’amour
  3. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Suite No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 5: III. Les larmes
  4. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Suite No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 5: IV. Pâques
  5. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Russian Rhapsody in E Minor
  6. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 6 Morceaux, Op. 11: I. Barcarolle
  7. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 6 Morceaux, Op. 11: II. Scherzo
  8. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 6 Morceaux, Op. 11: III. Russian Theme
  9. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 6 Morceaux, Op. 11: IV. Valse
  10. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 6 Morceaux, Op. 11: V. Romance
  11. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 6 Morceaux, Op. 11: VI. Slava
  12. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 2 Pieces for 6 Hands: I. Valse
  13. Sergei Rachmaninoff: 2 Pieces for 6 Hands: II. Romance
  14. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Polka italienne in E-Flat Major

Disk 8

  1. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Suite No. 2 in C Major, Op. 17: I. Introduction
  2. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Suite No. 2 in C Major, Op. 17: II. Valse
  3. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Suite No. 2 in C Major, Op. 17: III. Romance
  4. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Suite No. 2 in C Major, Op. 17: IV. Tarantelle
  5. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: I. Non allegro
  6. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: II. Andante con moto, tempo di valse
  7. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: III. Lento assai – Allegro vivace
  8. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Romance in G Major
  9. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C-Sharp Minor