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Complete Works for Cello & Piano

Rachmaninoff: Complete Works for Cello and Piano

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2004

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2003


Alexander Ivashkin


Rustem Hayroudinoff



St Michaels Church, Highgate, London


Rachel Smith


Jonathan Cooper

Michael Common


Record Label




Total Time - 66:36
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Complete Works for Cello & Piano



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  Complete Works for Cello and Piano  


  in F minor - in f-Moll - en fa mineur  
  For cello and piano  

Two Pieces, Op. 2

  For cello with piano accompaniment  
2 Prélude 3:54
  in F major - in F-Dur - en fa majeur  
  Comodo - Con moto  
3 Danse orientale 6:26
  in A major - in A-Dur - en la majeur  
  Andante cantabile - Con moto - Tempo I  

Prelude, Op. 23 No. 10

  in G flat major - in Ges-Dur - en sol bémol majeur  
  Arranged for cello and piano by A. Brandukov  
  premiere recording in this version  

Melody on a theme by Rachmaninov

  in D major - in D-Dur - en ré majeur  
  An improvisation by the composer reconstructed by Modest Altschuler (1873-1963)  
  'Play freely and not slowly, in the manner of an improvisation.'  
  Piano part revised by Rustem Hayroudinoff  
  premiere recording in original version  

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

  in E flat minor - in es-Moll - en mi bémol mineur  
  To A.V. Nezhdanova  

Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 19

  in G minor - in g-Moll - en sol mineur  
  À Monsieur A. Brandoukoff  
7 I Lento - Allegro moderato - Moderato - 13:18
8 II Allegro scherzando 6:35
9 III Andante 6:34
10 IV Allegro mosso - Moderato - Tempo I - 10:32
Rustem Hayroudinoff follows the critical success of his recent disc of Rachmaninov’s complete Preludes for solo piano with this recording of Rachmaninov’s complete works for cello and piano.

Since his London debut in 1994, Rustem Hayroudinoff has performed worldwide at some of the world’s most prestigious venues. His performances are frequently broadcast and he is a regular guest on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

Hayroudinoff is joined on this disc by Alexander Ivashkin, one of today’s most distinguished cellists, who has made an enormous contribution to the Chandos catalogue with his benchmark recordings of Russian repertoire.

The cello has always been one of the most favoured instruments in Russia, perhaps because its melancholic and nostalgic tone seems to mirror the ‘inner voices’ of the Russian soul. It has been written that Rachmaninov liked the cello far more than the violin, and this would appear to be borne out by the fact that of the few chamber works in the Rachmaninov catalogue, most of them are written for cello or for trio with cello. Lied is the earliest work on this disc, written when the composer was just seventeen. Two Pieces and the Sonata for Piano and Cello in G minor were written for the cellist Anatoly Brandukov. Rachmaninov was in eminent company since Brandukov was also the dedicatee of many of Tchaikovsky’s cello works.

Melody on a theme by Rachmaninov has an unusual history. Modest Altschuler, a conductor/cellist and schoolmate of Rachmaninov’s, had once asked the composer to improvise a piece for him. It is alleged that Altschuler later lost the manuscript and so reconstructed the work from memory. Altschuler’s memory could not have served him well, for the published version is unconvincing and the piano part primitive. For this recording, Rustem Hayroudinoff performs a new reconstruction which brings the piece much closer to Rachmaninov’s own style.

Vocalise, one of Rachmaninov’s best-loved works, is frequently performed, and in a variety of arrangements. It here appears in its original version, which has only just come to light, having recently been bought by the Glinka Museum of Music Culture in Moscow. The original key of E flat minor seems more typical of Rachmaninov and more suitable for the sombre mood of the piece, and the original phrasing is much more interesting than that found in later, compromised versions.

''the young Russian is teamed up with his celebrated compatriot, Alexander Ivashkin, in one of the priceless Rachmaninov discs in the catalogue. From the smooth seduction to brilliant fiery outbursts of the Cello Sonata, we are in the company of a master musician. The Popular Vocalise has never emerged with such beauty, the eleven tracks captured in immaculate sound quality.'
Yorkshire Post

'Alexander Ivashkin and Rustem Hayroudinoff are both players in the great Russian virtuoso tradition, and in the Sonata the piano flourishes all come over with the necessary brilliance, while Ivashkin's tone is strong enough to sail above the most elaborate accompaniments. They're helped by excellent recorded sound, full and well defined. It's obvious that both players are strongly committed to the music.'

J Hough

E Picquet