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Prestige Classics Vienna Debuts with Rachmaninov/Mussorgsky “Songs”

Pictured in Vienna’s MG Sound Studios are pianist Igor Tchetuev and Italian vocalist Ferruccio Furlanetto.

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MG Sound, largest recording complex in Austria, has launched a new label dedicated to the finest in classical music. Prestige Classics Vienna debuts with “Songs” of Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943) and Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881). Two-time Grammy Award-winner Michael Horvath has come out of retirement to co-produce the debut album featuring renowned Italian operatic bass singer Ferruccio Furlanetto, accompanied by famed Ukrainian pianist Igor Tchetuev.

It has been over 35 years since the “Songs” were recorded, and the Prestige Classics project offers sonic quality that is unsurpassed by all previous recordings of these romantic classics. The sumptuous CD package includes extensive liner notes in English, German and Russian, and three short video documentaries

of the making of the album. Co-producing with artistic supervisor Michael Horvath was famed conductor Johnny Bertl and the MG Sound production team of Martin Böhm and Ludwig Coss.

Michael Horvath is recognized as a primary progenitor of the lyric opera era established during the golden age of the Deutsche Grammophon label. He was inspired to come out of retirement when he learned that his favorite opera singer, Ferruccio Furlanetto, had always longed to record the “Songs.” Furlanetto considers these rarely recorded compositions his greatest challenge and the crowning achievement of his lustrous career.

“Songs,” the debut release from Prestige Classics Vienna, is available on iTunes, Amazon, and as a worldwide CD release through CD Baby.

“Songs” is under consideration for a Grammy(r) Award by members of The Recording Academy.

To view the making of the album and listen to samples of this remarkable achievement visit: