Thursday, June 5, 2014

Rachmaninoff The Complete Piano Music DECCA 11CDs

Ashkenazy s Rachmaninov recordings whether of the concertos or the mature solo piano works have long led the field with their balance of contained muscularity and lyrical insight. --The Daily Telegraph. London

There is superb flair and panache about Ashkenazy s playing and his poetic feeling is second to none. --The Penguin Guide on 24 Preludes

The Piano Concertos and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini are here in versions with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Bernard Haitink: The combined virtues of soloists, conductor, orchestras and recording on the new Decca are really rather remarkable. --Gramophone on Piano Concerto No. 1

Product Description

Vladimir Ashkenazy is the pre-eminent interpreter of Rachmaninov s music, having championed it since the outset of his career. Ashkenazy is the only musician to record all of the composer s piano works. This collection includes all Rachmaninov s piano music, from his earliest compositions to the final masterpieces.

When Ashkenazy marked his 75th birthday (6 July 2012), he recorded a final album of Rachmaninov s music, called Rachmaninov Rarities. This album includes the Seven Pieces (Moments Musicaux) Op.10, three Nocturnes, and ten shorter early works, including an unpublished 'Song without Words', including world premieres of....

While the vast majority of the recording in this set are of digital-era provenance, the 11th CD includes earlier (analogue) versions of works included elsewhere in the set, including Ashkenazy s earlier thoughts on the Corelli Variations and the Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39.

This is the first of a number of really compelling Rachmaninov products in 2014: it may not be an anniversary but 2014 is hugely significant, as this major 20th-century figure died in 1943, over 70 years ago. That means most markets no longer pay mechanicals on this ever-popular composer.

CD 1
Piano Concerto No.1 in F# minor, Op.1 (RCO / Haitink)
Piano Concerto No.4 in G minor, Op.40 (RCO / Haitink)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43 (RCO / Haitink)

CD 2
Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 (RCO / Haitink)
Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op. 30 (RCO / Haitink)

CD 3
Suites Nos.1 & 2 for 2 Pianos, Op.5 & 17 (André Previn)
Symphonic Dances, Op.45 (Previn)

CD 4

CD 5
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 (1985 recording)
Etudes-Tableaux Op.39

CD 6
Variations on a Theme of Chopin
Piano Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op.28

CD 7
Piano Sonata No.2 in Bb minor, Op.36
Etudes-Tableau Op.33
Russian Rhapsody for two Pianos (Previn)
Romance in G
Suite No.1 for two Pianos, Op.5 (Vovka Ashkenazy)

CD 8
Moments Musicaux, Op.16
Morceaux de Fantasie, Op.3
Fragments (1917)
Prelude in D minor, Op. posth. (1917)
Zdes khorosho, Op.21/7 (transcribed for piano)
Vocalise, Op.34/14

CD 9
Arrangements and transcriptions of works by Bach, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Bizet, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Behr, Kreisler and Rachmaninov.
Six Pieces, Op.11
Waltz in A for 6 hands
Romance in A for 6 hands (Vovka Ashkenazy, Dódý Ashkenazy)
Italian Polka for 4 hands, piano and trumpet (Vovka Ashkenazy, Alastair Mackie tpt)

CD 10
Piano piece in Ab major
Morceaux de Salon, Op.10
Three Nocturnes
Four Pieces (originally Op.1)
Assorted rarities

Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op.42 (1973 recording)
Etudes-Tableaux Op.39 (1973 recording)
Two song arrangements (Daisies & Lilacs)
3 Etudes-Tableaux Op. 39/2,3 & 5 (1963 recording)


  1. Thanks a lot for this very nice post!
    If you have some time, could you please re-up part 11 of "Murray Perahia: The first 40 Years 68CD SONY CD1-30". This file is unavailable for months and we can't enjoy this wonderful collection.
    Thanks in advance. Cheers

  2. Many thanks! Wonderful collection. But CD 1 has no cues and ape can not be converted to mp3. Tks.

    1. Wonderful collection indeed, thanks a lot. Of course ape can be converted to mp3 just fine, but Carlos is right about the missing cue-file for the first CD.

  3. CD 1 has a great issue. I can only hear 3 minutes of it, the rest is blank. I've converted to FLAC and only 11 MB was converted. It seems that it doesn't have anything recorded from the 3rd minute. Better to rip again the CD1, please. Thank you very much for this magnificent collection.

  4. Great set - except for CD1 :)
    (missing .cue and .log files, .ape silent after 03:05 - as above)

  5. Thanks a lot for your precious upload!
    Yes, please, upload again a working&complete CD 1
    Decoding failure at 11:15.352 (Unsupported format or corrupted file):- SERGEI RACHMANINOV Complete Works for Piano CD01.ape"

  6. Thanks for the new CD1 - sounds great!

  7. Thank You very much for this set! I'm looking forward to hear some rare pieces!..

  8. Thanks a lot for all your incredible shares! Is there any chance we would be even more lucky to see the centenary editions of Berliner and Wiener Philharmoniker from DG?

  9. Thank bayreuth!

    And can you PLEASE re-upload perahia.part11.rar for the "Murray Perahia: The first 40 Years 68CD SONY CD1-30 "?

    So you can get more $$$ from more downloads...

  10. Please I cannot downlad CD5, where is it? Thank you!

  11. please replace the upload of cd 5, thanks very much!

  12. CD 5 is missing!!!

  13. Thanks a lot for this superb BoxSet. Could you please reupload CD5? It is missing from the uploaded folder.

  14. It doesn't seem like he will update the dead links although he promised to. Did he totally abandon his page?

  15. CD5:
    sorry for being late

  16. I just downloaded CD 9 (all I'm interested in). Are the scans for the set included with another CD? Thanks


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