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Rachmaninov: Complete Works for Cello and Piano [CD]

Sergey Rachmaninov , Janet Guggenheim Audio CD
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  • Composer: Sergey Rachmaninov
  • Audio CD (30 Dec 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00000IMFP
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,697 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19 (use): I. Lento - Allegro moderatoJanet Guggenheim10:51Album Only
Listen  2. Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19 (use): II. Allegro scherzandoJanet Guggenheim 6:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19 (use): III. AndanteJanet Guggenheim 6:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19 (use): IV. Allegro mossoJanet Guggenheim11:03Album Only
Listen  5. Romance in F major, Op. 4, No. 3 (arr. A Siloti): Romance in F major, Op. 4, No. 3 (arr. A. Siloti)Janet Guggenheim 3:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Lied: Lied (Romance) in F minorMichael Grebanier 2:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Melodie in D majorJanet Guggenheim 5:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 2 Pieces, Op. 2: Prelude in F major, Op. 2, No. 1Janet Guggenheim 3:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. 14 Songs, Op. 34 (use): Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14Michael Grebanier 5:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. 2 Pieces, Op. 2: Danse Orientale in A major, Op. 2, No. 2Michael Grebanier 6:400.79  Buy MP3 

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good recording at a budget price 15 Dec 2008
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Having invested in various works by Rachmaninov, this recording makes it into my CD drive at least as frequently as the 2nd and 3rd piano concertos. Over a long career, Rachmaninov's style changed relatively little. Thus, despite these pieces having been composed over a period of 22 years, compiling his works for piano and cello into a single CD makes a lot of sense. The first half is taken up by the Sonata, which maintains interest throughout its 32 minutes. The other pieces hardly suffer by comparion, and include the well-known Vocalise.

Although far from being an expert, I would also judge this to be a good recording; a view that I wouldn't apply to all Naxos CDs. Having since heard alternative recordings, I still think that this is a good one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some sublime arrangements 16 April 2002
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If you are fond of cello music, then this is definitely a CD for you. Rachmaninov did not write a great deal of music for that instrument, but his best can be found on this CD. Of special interest, however, are the arrangements of some of his works for other instruments, including a beautiful rendition of the ubiquitous Vocalise. And the price is, as is usual for Naxos, irresistible. Get it - you'll like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music to Close Your Eyes to, Dream, and Float Away 4 Dec 2005
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This beautifully performed CD is filled with Rachmaninov's hauntingly beautiful melodies, including one of the most famous in the classical repertoire, "Vocalise," peformed with warmth and sensitivity by two highly talented musicians.

The CD is so reasonably priced that it would be worthwhile to purchase it even if the only selection on it were the 34 minute "Sonata in G minor," one of the most beautiful sonatas ever composed for cello and piano, with its enrapturing Andante third section. I geatly enjoyed every selection on this CD, especially the final selection, Danse Orientale, composed in 1892, when Rachmaninov was only 19 years old. This last selection has a timeless quality and an ethereal hypnotic beauty and intensity that I found very moving.

In addition to the outstanding music on this CD, the insert has two different essays that are both well-written and informative, one in English and a second essay in French, with the second essay providing background information about the musical influences and historical circumstances behind the compositions that is not in the English essay. There is also biographical information on both of these highly talented musicians.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking; quintessentially Russian and romantic 25 Jun 2004
By John Campbell - Published on
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Russian composers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries have always been some of my favorites. Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev all wrote music with a similar sort of fiery, overwhelming, and tragic passion. These pieces for cello and piano are quintessential works of this genre; the cello is an instrument particularly suited to this type of music. The musicians, Janet Guggenheim and Michael Grebanier, use near-perfect technical ability to supplement sensitive interpretations of the pieces. I highly recommend the G minor sonata.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Rachmaninoff 8 Jan 2009
By Michael C. Smith - Published on
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The selections herein are pure Rachmaninoff. The G minor Sonata, Op.19 is one of the most passionate romantic pieces in the repertoire.
The performances are commendable. I read in a biography of Rachmaninoff that he advised balance in his works for cello and piano --that they are not written for piano with cello accompaniment. Grebanier and Guggenheim achieve that balance in the Op. 19. I don't think any Rachmaninoff devotee will be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A logical and valuable collection of Rachmaninov's complete cello works 25 Nov 2013
By I. Giles - Published on
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This well recorded disc from 1994-5 will usefully fill a gap in many collectors' libraries of discs. The works featured on this disc represent Rachmaninov's total output for solo cello and piano and were written in the early part of his career with the main work, the cello sonata, being written when Rachmaninov was still a young man of 28 years. The disc therefore, by focussing on the solo cello, presents a focus of composition which will not normally be associated with the composer and form something of a musical by-way for the composer.

The sonata is by far the largest and most developed of the compositions and was written for a friend at that time, Antoli Brandukov as was the Danse Orientale which closes this disc. Rachmaninov did not return to this early interest in writing for a solo cello for the rest of his life. The friendship with Antoli Brandukov also lapsed.

Although these works were early compositions, Rachmaninov had achieved a mastery over composing well beyond the expectations suggested by such low opus numbers and his cello sonata is a well-developed and complex work dating from 1901 when the composer was 28 years old as mentioned above. It is in four movements and is an extensive composition extending to some 35 minutes or so. The style is lyrical in nature although it does not possess the expansive and memorable themes so frequently found in the composer's later works for solo piano or orchestra.

The remaining pieces on the disc are of much lighter weight and include two rearrangements; the Romance in F arranged by Siloti and the well-known Vocalise from 1912. The remaining pieces are also short and lyrical works and consist of a Romance (Lied) a Melodie and a Prelude. All of these date from 1890-1893 when the composer was just 17-20 years old and are remarkably rewarding to listen to bearing in mind the youth of the composer. The works on this disc are therefore all from a period of the composer's youth from the age of 17 up to 28 years and are therefore not the work of the later mature composer.

This disc is therefore an interesting collection of works not often associated with the composer and are usefully gathered together on the one disc. They are all played and recorded at a level of proficiency which makes it unlikely to be improved on to any worthwhile degree.

I would therefore suggest that if the works for cello and piano by Rachmaninov appeal then this disc would be well worth considering although it would be misleading to suggest that they have the long-term substance of his later works for piano or orchestra.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cello, according to Rachmaninov 10 Oct 2013
By Eric S. Kim - Published on
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A majority of well-known composers have written at least a few chamber compositions in their entire lifetime. The most famous would have to be Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and probably Prokofiev. Some, including Respighi and Vaughan Williams, are overlooked or even rejected in today's society. Whether it's because of lack of originality or excessive complexities, these sorts of compositions are always left in the dark. Take Rachmaninov's Cello Sonata, for instance. This 35-minute work doesn't receive the complete recognition it deserves. It's overshadowed by the composer's piano concertos and symphonies, all of which are respectfully first-rate works in their own right. Maybe it has to do with its supposed simplicity, but the Cello Sonata is what makes Rachmaninov Rachmaninov. It's a classic example of Slavic classical music. Its exotic melodies and purely Romantic technicalities are what makes it an almost divine experience. The first notes of the Sonata instantly brings you in for what sounds like an underrated masterpiece. Rachmaninov put a lot of heart and soul in this composition, and it shows.

Michael Grebanier (cellist) and Janet Guggenheim (pianist) give very nice performances. Even if they aren't entirely emotional throughout the piece, they do concentrate on technical aspects more, relying on proper structures more than overly dramatic emotion (which will be fine for some). The sound quality from Naxos is spot-on, and don't let the budget price fool you. This is a worthy addition to anyone's classical music library.

Grade: 9.7 out of 10
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