The Transcriptions
Franz Schubert / Felix Mendelssohn / Johann Sebastian Bach / Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov / Georges Bizet / Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Sergei Rachmaninoff / Franz Behr

The Transcriptions

Howard Shelley

CDH 55458 - 0034571154589

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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.

Tracklisting
  • 1
    The flight of the bumblebe
    01:17
  • 2
    Liebesleid
    04:17
  • 3
    Minuet
    03:00
  • 4
    Wohin?
    02:43
  • 5
    Hopak
    01:46
  • 6
    Partita No 3 in E major
    Prelude
    03:37
  • 7
    Partita No 3 in E major
    Gavotte
    02:41
  • 8
    Partita No 3 in E major
    Gigue
    01:51
  • 9
    Daisies
    02:19
  • 10
    Scherzo
    04:26
  • 11
    Lilacs
    02:33
  • 12
    Polka de W R
    04:09
  • 13
    Lullaby
    04:09
  • 14
    Liebesfreud
    07:02
  • 15
    Vocalise
    06:40