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The Naxos Historical label is devoted to keeping recordings of the past alive and accessible to enable a true appreciation of history's greatest conductors, pianists, violinists, cellists and singers. This is achieved by using the services of the finest transfer engineers, such as Mark Obert-Thorn and Ward Marston, to produce restorations of outstanding quality.

This month sees the release of Vol. 5 in our ongoing series of recordings made by Sergey Rachmaninov. Rachmaninov had recorded for Thomas Edison until 1919, when the company's dithering over meeting some of Rachmaninov's contractual demands gave an opportunity for the Victor Record company to step in and clinch an alternative deal with the composer-pianist. This release includes recordings made during the period 1919-1923.

RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Solo Recordings, Vol. 5 - Final Edison and First Victor Recordings (1919-1923)
8.111408
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Sergey RACHMANINOV (1873–1943)
Great Pianists – Solo Piano Recordings, Vol. 5
Final Edison and First Victor Recordings, 1919–1923
DAQUIN • MENDELSSOHN • CHOPIN •
TCHAIKOVSKY • DEBUSSY • RACHMANINOV

Sergey Rachmaninov moved to America in 1918 and immediately began giving concerts to raise funds for his new life outside Russia. Thomas Edison was the first to entice him into the recording studio, and the compositions captured here complete his work for Edison, the rest of which can be found on volume 4 (8.111407). In 1920 Rachmaninov moved to the Victor company, and these first recordings, made with the acoustical process, reveal the perfectionist composer-pianist at his fascinating best.

Listen to Rachmaninov play his
Prelude in G sharp minor, Op. 32, No. 12


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Previous releases in the series
“This is a superb first volume in what promises to be an invaluable series.”
Gramophone
“This is a disc to cherish ...
a truly glorious experience.”
MusicWeb International
“Wonders galore in Rachmaninov’s playing, beyond its obvious historical importance. Cast-iron technique, proper old-school sense of line and tone colour,
and an incomparable rubato.”
BBC Music Magazine
“Rachmaninov’s pianism is utterly and
undeniably compelling.”
Gramophone
Other recordings from the Naxos Historical catalogue
8.111069
SCHUMANN, R.:
Cello Concerto
SAINT-SAËNS, C.:
Cello Concerto No. 1

Piatigorsky • London Philharmonic Orchestra
Barbirolli • RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Reiner
  Listen to an extract from
Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto No. 1:
III. Allegro non troppo
8.110936
BEETHOVEN, L. van
BRAHMS, J.:
Violin Concertos

Heifetz • NBC Symphony Orchestra
Toscanini • Boston Symphony Orchestra
Koussevitzky
“This is a miraculous release.”
Gramophone
  Listen to an extract from
Brahms' Violin Concerto:
II. Adagio
8.111045
DVOŘÁK, A.:
Symphony No. 7 • Symphony 8

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra • Talich
“It is difficult to find fault with an issue as consistent as this one, so it is just left for me to give my unqualified recommendation.”
MusicWeb International
  Listen to an extract from
Dvořák's Symphony No. 8:
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
“...this Naxos compilation is by far the finest CD transfer to date of Bjorling's best-known opera aria recordings.”
ClassicsToday.com
  Listen to an aria from
Verdi's Rigoletto:
Act I: Questa o quella
For the complete list of Naxos Historical recordings,
please visit www.naxos.com/labels/naxos_historical.htm.


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