Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos / Piano Works / Symphonies / Orchestral Works

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SERGEI RACHMANINOV
Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos / Piano Works / Symphonies / Orchestral Works
Nikolai Lugansky (piano) Alexander Kniazev (cello) / City of Birmingham Symphony, Sakari Oramo / London Symphony, Andre Previn

[ Warner Classics / 8 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Wednesday 1 March 2017

A sumptuous Rachmaninov collection built around the piano concertos - interpreted by Nikolai Lugansky ("Rachmaninov just doesn't get any better than this," declared the Guardian on hearing him in Concerto No. 2) - and the symphonies, performed by André Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra, a team celebrated in the Russian Romantic repertoire. Gramophone judged Previn's advocacy of the Symphony No. 2 "among his most enduring contributions to our musical life".

"a superlative pianist" (Gramophone)

"…a glorious example of Russian romantic virtuosity" Gramophone

"Lugansky's are wide-ranging performances which encompass the entire gamut of Rachmaninov's inexhaustible emotional palette...they can be enthusiastically recommended." (MusicWeb)

"…Kniazev is an artist who possesses great musicality, an original turn of mind and a formidably accomplished technique." BBC Music Magazine on the cello sonata

"There is a feeling of one-ness between orchestra and conductor which is the hallmark of a great recording. But it is surely the adagio that will convert the listener with Jack Brymer's clarinet weaving a hypnotic melody over lush strings that will eventually soar into a very Tchaikovskian climax." MusicWeb on Symphony No 2

Tracks:

Piano Concertos 1 - 4
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42
Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22
Nikolai Lugansky (piano)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor
Preludes Op. 23 Nos. 1-10 (complete)
Moments Musicaux, Op. 16
Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14
Nikolai Lugansky (piano)

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19
Nikolai Lugansky (piano) & Alexander Kniazev (cello)

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 - arrangement for orchestra
The Bells, Op. 35
Sheila Armstrong • Robert Tear • John Shirley-Quirk
Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (complete)
Aleko - Intermezzo & Women's Dance
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn