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This month marks the 100th anniversary of the world premiere of the All-night Vigil, which was given by the Moscow Synodal Choir on 10 March 1915. This masterpiece stands as the crowning achievement of the ‘Golden Age’ of Russian Orthodox sacred choral music.
To celebrate the anniversary and the release of the piece with the Phoenix and Kansas City Chorales conducted by Charles Bruffy (CHSA 5148), all of our Rachmaninoff recordings on Chandos are discounted here :

CHAN 10816
Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonatas etc.

                          Artistic Quality 8                Sound Quality 10

"... a disc that gets off to a promising, searching start, and ends with a decisive knockout."

Jed Distler - ClassicsToday.com - 17 December 2014

CHAN 10724
Rachmaninoff: Moments musicaux/Etudes-tableaux etc.

                    *** (Good)      **** Excellent ****

Benedetto Ciramna - Music magazine - November 2012

CHAN 10706
Rachmaninoff: Spring/Three Russian Songs/The Bells

                          ***** - Exceptional

Piero Rattalino - Music magazine - June 2012

CHAN 10677
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3/ Prince Rostislav/ Caprice bohemien


Piero Rattalino - Musica magazine - December 2011/January 2012

CHAN 10583
Rachmaninoff: Aleko

                Repertoire ***      Sound ****


Gerhard Persche

Fono Forum (Germany) - August 2010

CHAN 10589
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2/ The Rock

“Gianandrea Noseda’s Rachmaninov series, which so far includes the First Symphony and operas ‘Francesca da Rimini and The Miserly Knight, continues with a sumptuous account of the composer’s longest and most accomplished symphony. The beauty of Rachmaninov’s orchestration is emphasised with playing that is both rich and detailed, the clarinet solo in the Adagio not only beguilingly played but also supported by a luminous and seductive web of sound.”

Christian Hoskins


CHAN 10544
Rachmaninoff: The Miserly Knight

“… the recording is remarkably accurate and richly detailed. … Abdrazakov is the blackest of dark-voiced Russian basses. Muraev and Bezzubenkov are not far behind. Even the two tenors, Didyk and Bronder, are darkish sounding. Noseda is Italian, but he has made quite a reputation conducting Russian music. … Here he draws the most beautiful sounds from the BBC Philharmonic – lush and broad – at an easy gait that supports the singers….”

Charles H Parsons

American Record Guide - January/February 2010

CHAN 10475
Rachmaninoff: The Isle of the Dead/ Youth Symphony/Symphony No. 1

Gianadnrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic have the work’s measure and their performance has a full-blooded intensity and fire. Tempos are well judged and orchestral textures well blended. Noseda balances a strong sense of the piece’s architecture with its expressive eloquence and rich nostalgia it is a reading that can rank alongside the classic Ormandy and Pletnev accounts, both of whom bring a special authority to the Symphony.
BBC Music Magazine

CHAN 10442
Rachmaninoff: Francesca da Rimini

Rachmaninov’s swirling chromaticism and dark palette in the prologue and epilogue, establishing a backcloth to the lovers’ fate, are graphically realised by the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda, and intensified by the BBC Singer’s wordless wailing as the chorus of lost souls.

CHAN 10391
Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux, Opp 33 & 39

Rustem Hayroudinoff proves himself to be a player in the great Russian virtusoso tradition.
Gramophone on CHAN 10095

CHAN 241-30
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos Nos 1-4/ Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Complemented by Chandos sound of all encompassing depth and clarity… this utterly compelling release cannot be recommended too highly.
Hi-Fi News on CHAN 9405 (Rachmaninov)

CHAN 10327
Rachmaninoff: The Bells/ Vocalise/Dances from 'Aleko'/Capriccio bohémien
CHAN 10234
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3/ Symphonic Dances

…with superb playing from the LSO… the intensity is magnetic…
The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs

CHAN 10095
Rachmaninoff: Complete Works for Cello and Piano

''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

CHAN 10104
Rachmaninoff: The Rock/ Prince Rostislav/Scherzo/Caprice bohémien/Isle of the Dead

A highly accomplished reading of Rachmaninovs glorious Symphonic Dances …
Gramophone on CHAN 9759 (Symphonic Dances)

CHAN 10107
Rachmaninoff: Complete Preludes

'One of the qualities most needed in Rachmaninov's music is a graceful lack of apparent effort, and that is precisely why Hayroudinoff is so engaging… his fluency, heedless of hurdles, and his sensitive balancing of strands within Rachmaninov's sonorous textures beg, without undue unction, to be relished.'
BBC Music Magazine

CHAN 10078
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos 1-4/ Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

'Wild is a 'larger than life' pianist, one who can spin out a lyrical line and use romantic gestures without ever sounding self-conscious. His balance of excitement and control, and, indeed, his gorgeous sound, are a constant marvel.'
American Record Guide

CHAN 9822
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 1

‘Excellent performances … the recording makes sure we miss nothing.’
BBC Music Magazine on CHAN 9885 (Schnittke)

CHAN 9665
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

                      Performance ****          Sound ****

"...Rachmaninov’s Second is one of his most lyrical works but also one of the largest, lasting an hour or more. Within his own lifetime a tradition of drastic cuts arose, although, as often happens, by destroying its structure this tended to make the music seem more episodic and showy. These days, however, it is more often presented complete, especially in the rash of recent recordings, many by Russian conductors and orchestras. Polyansky’s, at 59:55 in all, is by no means the longest, but at times it feels so. He gets a warmly idiomatic and unforced reading from his orchestra, but one rather lacking in tension and dynamism. It is by no means bad, but it does not match up to the many rival recordings such as Rozhdestvensky’s rich version (at bargain price) or the sweeping emotional Temirkanov, to name only a couple. Polyansky, however, is a choral specialist, and makes an impressive job of the three songs, with their massive orchestral undertow - more so than his current rival, Dutoit, especially as he does not use a Russian chorus..."

Michael Scott Rohan - Classic CD - November 1998

CHAN 9477
Rachmaninoff: Songs, Vol. 3
CHAN 9451
Rachmaninoff: Songs, Vol. 2
CHAN 9405
Rachmaninoff: Songs, Vol. 1
CHAN 9374
Rachmaninoff: Songs For Baritone
CHAN 6606
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2
CHAN 9261
Rachmaninoff: Transcriptions · Corelli Variations
CHAN 8520
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2
CHAN 9192
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos 1 & 4
CHAN 9193
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3
CHAN 8523
Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonatas
CHAN 8341
Rachmaninoff: Élégiaque Piano Trios
(all prices plus postage and packaging )
(All CDs are subject to availability)
(Orders of more than one set may be despatched separately and may arrive at different times)

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