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The Transcriptions
Johann Sebastian Bach / Sergei Rachmaninov / Pyotr íl'yich Tchaikovsky / Franz Schubert / Georges Bizet / Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov / Fritz Kreisler / Modest Musorgsky / Felix Mendelssohn / Franz Behr
Howard Shelley

The Transcriptions

CD | Helios | 0034571154589 | CDH 55458 | 04-14

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About the album

When the twelve year old Sergei Rachmaninov became a piano student of Nikolai Zverev at the Moscow Conservatoire, the boy played duet transcriptions with fellow pupils as part of his general musical education. Tchaikovsky heard and commended them, and (probably inspired by his encouragement, and without instruction) in the summer of 1886 Rachmaninov began his first work as a composer: a piano-duet transcription of Tchaikovsk's Manfred Symphony, now lost. But Rachmaninov continued to transcribe music for the piano, and a selection is recorded here. This album also includes a transcription of Rachmaninov's Vocalise - the quintessence of the composer's melodic genius - arrange by Zoltan Kocsis.

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Tracklisting
    • 1
      The flight of the bumblebe
       
      01:17
      Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian, Sergei Rachmaninov, Pyotr íl'yich Tchaikovsky, Franz Schubert, Georges Bizet, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Fritz Kreisler, Modest Musorgsky, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Behr
    • 2
      Liebesleid
       
      04:17
      Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian, Sergei Rachmaninov, Pyotr íl'yich Tchaikovsky, Franz Schubert, Georges Bizet, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Fritz Kreisler, Modest Musorgsky, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Behr
    • 3
      Minuet
       
      03:00
      Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian, Sergei Rachmaninov, Pyotr íl'yich Tchaikovsky, Franz Schubert, Georges Bizet, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Fritz Kreisler, Modest Musorgsky, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Behr
    • 4
      Wohin?
       
      02:43
      Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian, Sergei Rachmaninov, Pyotr íl'yich Tchaikovsky, Franz Schubert, Georges Bizet, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Fritz Kreisler, Modest Musorgsky, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Behr
    • 5
      Hopak
       
      01:46
      Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian, Sergei Rachmaninov, Pyotr íl'yich Tchaikovsky, Franz Schubert, Georges Bizet, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Fritz Kreisler, Modest Musorgsky, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Behr
    • 6
      Partita No 3 in E major
      Prelude
       
      03:37
      Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian, Sergei Rachmaninov, Pyotr íl'yich Tchaikovsky, Franz Schubert, Georges Bizet, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Fritz Kreisler, Modest Musorgsky, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Behr
    • 7
      Partita No 3 in E major
      Gavotte
       
      02:41
      Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian, Sergei Rachmaninov, Pyotr íl'yich Tchaikovsky, Franz Schubert, Georges Bizet, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Fritz Kreisler, Modest Musorgsky, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Behr
    • 8
      Partita No 3 in E major
      Gigue
       
      01:51
      Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian, Sergei Rachmaninov, Pyotr íl'yich Tchaikovsky, Franz Schubert, Georges Bizet, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Fritz Kreisler, Modest Musorgsky, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Behr
    • 9
      Daisies
       
      02:19
      Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian, Sergei Rachmaninov, Pyotr íl'yich Tchaikovsky, Franz Schubert, Georges Bizet, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Fritz Kreisler, Modest Musorgsky, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Behr
    • 10
      Scherzo
       
      04:26
      Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian, Sergei Rachmaninov, Pyotr íl'yich Tchaikovsky, Franz Schubert, Georges Bizet, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Fritz Kreisler, Modest Musorgsky, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Behr
    • 11
      Lilacs
       
      02:33
      Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian, Sergei Rachmaninov, Pyotr íl'yich Tchaikovsky, Franz Schubert, Georges Bizet, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Fritz Kreisler, Modest Musorgsky, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Behr
    • 12
      Polka de W R
       
      04:09
      Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian, Sergei Rachmaninov, Pyotr íl'yich Tchaikovsky, Franz Schubert, Georges Bizet, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Fritz Kreisler, Modest Musorgsky, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Behr
    • 13
      Lullaby
       
      04:09
      Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian, Sergei Rachmaninov, Pyotr íl'yich Tchaikovsky, Franz Schubert, Georges Bizet, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Fritz Kreisler, Modest Musorgsky, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Behr
    • 14
      Liebesfreud
       
      07:02
      Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian, Sergei Rachmaninov, Pyotr íl'yich Tchaikovsky, Franz Schubert, Georges Bizet, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Fritz Kreisler, Modest Musorgsky, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Behr
    • 15
      Vocalise
       
      06:40
      Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian, Sergei Rachmaninov, Pyotr íl'yich Tchaikovsky, Franz Schubert, Georges Bizet, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Fritz Kreisler, Modest Musorgsky, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Behr
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