Join Reference Recordings in celebrating the 150th anniversary of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s birthday (April 1873)! We’re celebrating by recognizing three recordings and offering two of them at 20% off through April 9:
Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil, Op. 37
Peter Jermihov, Conductor
Gloriæ Dei Cantores
Richard K. Pugsley, Director
Named “The Best Recording” of Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 in BBC Music Magazine‘s April 2023 issue, this gorgeous production was recorded, edited and mastered by our own engineering team: Keith O. Johnson and Sean Royce Martin. Conducted by Peter Jermihov (internationally recognized specialist in Russian and Orthodox liturgical music), The Gloriæ Dei Cantores (directed by Richard K. Pugsley), is joined by members of the St. Romanos Cappella, The Patriarch Tikhon Choir, and The Washington Master Chorale. Soloists Dmitry Ivanchenko and Mariya Berezovska, of the National Opera of Ukraine in Kiev join the seventy-seven singers for this landmark collaboration. Vadim Gan, protodeacon under the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church sings the clergy exclamations with Dmitry Ivanchenko.
Hermitage Piano Trio: Rachmaninoff
2020 GRAMMY® Nominee for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, Best Engineered Album, Classical, and Producer of the Year, Classical
The Hermitage Piano Trio is distinguished by its exuberant musicality, interpretative range, and sumptuous sound—attributes that Reference Recordings expects to be highly appealing to music lovers and audiophiles worldwide. Following a recent performance, The Washington Post raved that “more striking even than the individual virtuosity was the profound level of integration among the players, who showed a rare degree of ensemble from beginning to end.” Based in the United States, the Trio excels at performing an enormous variety of music and has a wide repertoire ranging from Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Arensky, Glinka, and Tchaikovsky to Schubert, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Dvořák, and Brahms.
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
Sergei Rachmaninoff was one of the most beloved composers of the twentieth century. His music is redolent of his Russian homeland, and it sings long, lush melodies that define the term “romantic.” Everyone who knows and loves his piano concertos will enjoy these lyrical and dynamic works for orchestra. The “Symphonic Dances” in recent years have become one of Rachmaninoff’s most-performed scores. The five “Ètudes-Tableaux” were orchestrated by Ottorino Respighi from the brilliant originals for piano. “Vocalise” is one of the great classical melodies, and is hummable by everyone. Initial response from renowned reviewers is amazingly positive. Two critics have said this is the finest orchestral recording RR has ever made!