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RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concerto No. 2 / √Čtudes-tableaux, Op. 33
8.573629



Sergey RACHMANINOV (1873–1943)
Piano Concerto No. 2*
Études-Tableaux, Op. 33

Boris Giltburg, Piano
Royal Scottish National Orchestra*
Carlos Miguel Prieto*
Listen to TRACK 2:
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: II. Adagio sostenuto


Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is one of the most passionate and beloved concertos in the repertoire, its lyricism and virtuosity charting a trajectory from darkness through idyll to dazzling triumph. The Études-tableaux, Op. 33 are richly characterised musical evocations, expressive and often explosive, that reflect a more angular, modern aspect.

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CHILCOTT, B.: Choral Music (All Good Things)
8.573383



Bob CHILCOTT (b. 1955)
All Good Things
Nidaros Jazz Mass • Jazz Songs of Innocence
Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda • Weather Report

Alexander Hawkins, Piano • Sue Greenway, Saxophone
Raphael Mizraki, Double bass • Jon Scott, Drums
Commotio • Matthew Berry, Conductor • Bob Chilcott, Conductor & Piano

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Bob Chilcott is one of Britain’s most popular and respected composers and his choral music is performed worldwide. He has always embraced a broad stylistic palette and his writing for voice combined with jazz instrumentation gives these works a sense of vitality and energy. Performed by leading jazz soloists and Commotio, the distinguished promoters of contemporary repertoire, this sequence of brilliant villanelles, folk song arrangements and witty settings reveals once again the breadth of Chilcott’s musical imagination.

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STRAUSS, E.: Waltzes and Polkas (A Centenary Celebration)
8.573414


Richard WAGNER (1813–1883)
Concert Overtures Nos. 1 and 2 König Enzio • Die Feen
Christopher Columbus
Siegfried Idyll

MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchetra
Jun Märkl

Listen to TRACK 6:
Concert Overture No. 1 in D Minor


Before his emergence as one of the greatest musical figures of the 19th century, Richard Wagner wrote a series of overtures that chart his early compositional development. The two high-octane Concert Overtures reflect his Beethovenian and Classical lineage, whereas the overture to the historical tragedy König Enzio reveals a greater sense of melancholy and nobility. Heroism is the key to his first opera, Die Feen, while his second, Das Liebesverbot, is saturated in beguiling Mediterranean colour. Siegfried Idyll, a surprise birthday gift for his second wife, Cosima, is a tender and intimate celebration of scenes of family life.

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SILVESTROV, V.: Moments of Memory II / Serenades / The Messenger - 1996
8.573598


Valentin SILVESTROV (b. 1937)
Moments of Memory II*
Serenade • The Messenger – 1996*
Farewell Serenade • Silent Music
Two Dialogues with Postscript*

Iryna Starodub, Piano*
Kiev Virtuosi
Dmitry Yablonsky

Listen to TRACK 6:
Silent Music: I. Waltz of the Moment


Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov has said that ‘I do not write new music. My music is a response to and an echo of what already exists.’ This is particularly pertinent to works such as the Two Dialogues with Postscript that engage hauntingly with Schubert and Wagner, and the evocative Moments of Memory II which alludes to Chopin and yearns for an unreachable past. ‘Music is still song, even if one cannot literally sing it’, says Silvestrov.

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