Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)

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Kiri Te Kanawa - The Classic Albums

Kiri Te Kanawa - The Classic Albums


Bach, J S:

Bist du bei mir, BWV508

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben': Jesu, bleibet meine Freude

Bizet:

Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante (from Carmen)

Canteloube:

Songs of the Auvergne

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

Gounod:

Repentir (O Divine Redeemer)

St Cecilia Mass: Sanctus

Ah! Je ris de me voir (from Faust)

Granados:

Goyescas: Quejas ó La Maja y el Ruiseñor

Handel:

Samson: Let the bright seraphim

Samson: Let their celestial concerts all unite

Liszt:

Die Lorelei

Comment, disaient-ils (Hugo), S276

O quand je dors (Hugo), S282

Sonetto 104 del Petrarca 'Pace non trovo', S270 No. 1

Mendelssohn:

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op. 34 No. 2

Mozart:

Porgi amor (from Le nozze di Figaro)

E Susanna non vien! … Dove sono i bei momenti (from Le nozze di Figaro)

Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben (from Zaïde)

Ah del pianto, dal singhlozzo (from La finta giardiniera)

S'altro che lacrime (from La clemenza di Tito)

Ei parte...Per pietà (from Così fan tutte)

L'amerò, sarò costante (from Il re pastore)

Pupille amate (from Lucio Silla)

Se il padre perdei (from Idomeneo)

Bella mia fiamma, addio... Resta, oh cara, K528

Ach, ich fühl's (from Die Zauberflöte, K620)

Bester Jüngling (from Der Schauspieldirektor)

Nehmt meinen Dank, ihr holden Gönner!, concert aria K383

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339: Laudate Dominum

Ave verum corpus, K618

Obradors:

Canciones clásicas españolas

Puccini:

In quelle trine morbide (from Manon Lescaut)

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Mario! Mario! Mario! ...Son qui! ... Mia gelosa! (from Tosca)

Non la sospiri, la nostra casetta (from Tosca)

Purcell:

Trumpet Tune "The Cebell"

Tell me, some pitying angel (The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation), Z196

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Ravel:

Cinq mélodies populaires grecques

Schubert:

Ave Maria, D839

Strauss, J, II:

Klänge der Heimat (from Die Fledermaus)

Strauss, R:

Vier letzte Lieder

Malven, AV 304

Hat gesagt - bleibt's nicht dabei, Op. 36 No. 3

Muttertändelei, Op. 43 No. 2

Madrigal, Op.15, No. 1

Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2

Schlechtes Wetter, Op. 69 No. 5

Allerseelen, Op. 10 No. 8

Die Nacht, Op. 10 No. 3

Cäcilie, Op. 27 No. 2

All mein Gedanken ... Op. 21 No. 1

Begegnung (Meeting), AV 72

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Er ist der Richtige nicht für mich … Aber der Richtige, wenn's einen gibt für mich (from Arabella)

Verdi:

Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (from La Traviata)

Follie! Follie! Delirio vano è questo…Sempre libera (from La traviata)

Teneste la promessa...Addio, del passato (from La Traviata)

Come in quest'ora bruna (from Simon Boccanegra)

Giá nella notte densa (from Otello)

Era più calmo? (from Otello)

Mia madre aveva...Piangea cantando...Ave Maria (from Otello)


Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)

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Rachmaninov: Elegiac Piano Trios

Rachmaninov: Elegiac Piano Trios


Rachmaninov:

Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor, Op. post.

Trio élégiaque No. 2 in D minor, Op. 9

Elegie, Op. 3 No. 1


Trio Portici

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The Sacred Spirit of Russia

The Sacred Spirit of Russia


anon.:

Hymn to the Mother of God for the Nativity (Znamenny Chant)

Chesnokov:

Come, let us worship, Op. 8 No. 2

Chant des Chérubins

Praise the Lord from the Heavens, Op. 42 No. 9

Do not cast me off in my old age, Op. 40 No. 5

Grechaninov:

Slava I Edirodnii (Glory To The Only Begotten Son)

The Creed

Our Father

Now the Powers of Heaven, Op. 58 No. 6 "Nïne silï nebesnïya"

Preserve, O Lord, for many years, Op. 79

Ilyashenko:

We should choose to love silence (Concerto for the Nativity of Christ)

Ippolitov-Ivanov:

Bless the Lord, O my Soul, Op. 37 No. 2

Kastalsky:

The Great Doxology, Op. 57 No. 2

Today the Virgin Gives Birth

As many have been baptized

Milost' mira (For the Mercy of Peace)

Kedrov:

Otche nash (Our Father)

Martynov:

The Beatitudes

Rachmaninov:

Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Let our mouths be filled

Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Blessed be the name of the Lord

Sviridov:

Christmas Troparion (Inexpressible Wonder)

A wondrous birth, No. 7

Tchaikovsky:

Priidite, poklonimsya 'Come, let us worship'


Glen Miller (basso profundo)

Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson

To understand and partake of the 'Sacred Spirit of Russia' requires one, first and foremost, to experience the beauty and splendour of the Russian Orthodox liturgy, which has been an integral part of the Eastern Slav identity for over 1000 years.

The sacred music of the New Russian Choral School features sublime settings of the liturgy that draw on a rich history of Orthodox chants and native traditions, creating music of unprecedented colour and textural richness. Following the lead of Tchaikovsky, composers such as Kastalsky, Gretchaninov, Chesnokov, Rachmaninov and a host of others have left us a treasure-trove of musical delights.

Craig Hella Johnson and the 35-strong Conspirare (featuring the astounding basso profundo Glenn Miller) present a glorious sampling of some of the finest works in this genre including Martynov's mesmerising 'Beatitudes' for three sopranos and choir and Kedrov's setting of the Lord's Prayer. Conspirare's esteemed language coach is the editor of Musica Russica, Vladimir Morosan who has also written the booklet notes. The only 'inauthentic' part of this SACD recording for hm USA is the spot-on intonation.

“Russian Orthodox church music seems to sit as unmovable as the architecture in which it was first sung. But that is not to say that every piece sounds the same, as the American choral group Conspirare’s fine recital shows.” Sunday Times, 26th January 2014

“From the outset Conspirare sing with thrilling weight and accuracy; also, the acoustic of this Texas church provides a near-ideal performing space for the feast of antiphons, hymns and prayers that follows...Conspirare breathe new life into this repertoire; a joy from start to finish.” MusicWeb International, 26th February 2014

“Everything is rooted in the bass, as it should be, and the forward brightness of the upper voices creates thrilling friction against their darker tones. This music has waited a long time for a champion, and Conspirare do it proud.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

“Conspirare’s reading of these pieces is passionate without being perfumed. A lovely recording, in immaculate sound.” Choir & Organ, March/April 2014

“All of the music performed here is heart-stoppingly, soul-transfixingly and spirit-piercingly beautiful...Glen Miller's ability to reach the lowest notes is almost freakishly delightful, if one can use such frivolous words in connection with such serious music...The ethereally beautiful sound on this SACD preserves a happy nimbus of reverberant space around the singers.” International Record Review, May 2014

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3


Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Prelude Op. 23 No. 6 in E flat major

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor


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Rachmaninov & Prokofiev: Piano Concertos

Rachmaninov & Prokofiev: Piano Concertos


Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30


Twenty-four year old Chinese pianist Yuja Wang is widely recognized for playing that combines the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. Regularly lauded for her controlled, prodigious technique, Yuja’s command of the piano has been described as “astounding” and “superhuman,” and she has been praised for her authority over the most complex technical demands of the repertoire, the depth of her musical insight, as well as her fresh interpretations and graceful, charismatic stage presence. Following her San Francisco recital debut The San Francisco Chronicle wrote “The arrival of Chinese-born pianist Yuja Wang on the musical scene is an exhilarating and unnerving development. To listen to her in action is to re-examine whatever assumptions you may have had about how well the piano can actually be played,” and The Washington Post called Yuja’s Kennedy Center recital debut “jaw-dropping.”

“Making her virtuoso credentials clear throughout, Wang dismisses every difficulty with nonchalant ease...this is a talent with a vengeance, the youthful partnership with Dudamel is ideal and both performances, recorded in Caracas, are understandably greeted with storms of applause.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2014

“It’s a virtue rather than a shortcoming that Wang and Dudamel never push the music too hard or too fast...Where oomph is required, all concerned on DG can and do apply it.” MusicWeb International, 5th March 2014

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GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - February 2014

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Living Stereo Collection Vol. 2

Living Stereo Collection Vol. 2


includes

Arnold:

Guitar Concerto, Op. 67

Julian Bream (guitar)

Melos Ensemble

Bach, J S:

Mass in B minor, BWV232

Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra, Robert Shaw

Beethoven:

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Symphony of the Air, Josef Krips

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Vladimir Horowitz (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer'

Henryk Szeryng (violin), Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 'Spring'

Henryk Szeryng (violin), Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Serenade for string trio in D major, Op. 8

Jascha Heifetz (violin), William Primrose (viola), Gregor Piatigorsky (cello)

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Leontyne Price, Maureen Forrester, David Poleri & Giorgio Tozzi

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Berlioz:

Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17

Rosalind Elias, Cesare Valletti, Giorgio Tozzi

Boston Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory Chorus, Charles Munch

Bizet:

Carmen: excerpts

Morton Gould and His Orchestra

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Gary Graffman (piano)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

Britten:

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Chopin:

Les Sylphides

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Copland:

Appalachian Spring

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland

The Tender Land (Suite)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland

Debussy:

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chares Munch

Trois Nocturnes: Nuages et Fêtes

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chares Munch

Le Printemps ('L'aimable printemps ramène dans la plaine'), L. 56

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chares Munch

Donizetti:

Lucia di Lammermoor

Roberta Peters (Lucia), Jan Peerce (Edgardo), Filippo Maero (Enrico), Giorgio Tozzi (Raimondo), Piero De Palma (Arturo), Miti Truccato Pace (Alisa), Mario Carlin (Normanno)

Erich Leinsdorf

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 13

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Alfred Wallenstein

Hovhaness:

Symphony No. 2 'Mysterious Mountain', Op. 132

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Kabalevsky:

The Comedians suite, Op. 26

RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

Khachaturian:

Masquerade Suite

RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

Kodály:

Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7

Jascha Heifetz (violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (cello)

Liszt:

Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S.434 after Verdi's opera

Byron Janis (piano)

Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Maureen Forrester (contralto)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chares Munch

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

Byron Janis (piano)

Prokofiev:

The Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op. 33a

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78

Puccini:

Tosca

Zinka Milanov (Tosca), Jussi Björling (Cavaradossi), Leonard Warren (Scarpia), Fernando Corena (Sagristano), Leonardo Monreale (Angelotti), Mario Carlin (Spoletta), Nestore Catalani (Sciarrone), Giovanni Bianchini (Un pastore), Vincenzo Preziosa (Un carceriere)

Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Erich Leinsdorf

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

Byron Janis (piano)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Rossini:

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Roberta Peters (Rosina), Cesare Valletti (Almaviva), Robert Merrill (Figaro), Giorgio Tozzi (Don Basilio), Fernando Corena (Bartolo), Margaret Roggero (Berta), Calvin Marsh (Fiorillo)

Erich Leinsdorf

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major, D850

Emil Gilels (piano)

Strauss, R:

Burleske for Piano and orchestra in D minor, AV85

Byron Janis (piano)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Stravinsky:

Le Baiser de la Fée

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

The Nutcracker Ballet, Op. 71 (Excerpts)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

Verdi:

Otello

Jon Vickers (Otello), Leonie Rysanek (Desdemona), Tito Gobbi (Iago), Florinda Andreolli (Cassio), Mario Carlin (Roderigo), Ferruccio Mazzoli (Roderigo), Franco Calabrese (Montano), Robert Kerns (Herald), Myriam Pirazzini (Emilia)

Tullio Serafin

Requiem

Birgit Nilsson (soprano), Lili Chookasian (mezzo), Carlo Bergonzi (tenor), Ezio Flagelli (bass)

Boston Chorus Pro Musica, Alfred Nash Petterson

and Rossini Overtures (Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra); Reiner conducts Wagner; The Virtuoso Liszt (Gary Graffman); Giuliana Guitar Concerto (Julian Bream); Jascha Heifetz, William Primrose & Gregor Piatigorsky play Bach, Beethoven and Schubert; My favorite Chopin (Van Cliburn); Chopin Nocturnes (Rubinstein)


Through the decade following 1953, RCA Victor made a wondrous and substantial body of recordings which have come to be identified with their early stereo release label, Living Stereo. At the beginning of the widespread adoption of stereo audio in the home, Living Stereo offered a widely available range of quality music and performances in high quality sound.

An impressive amount of these records offer music, performances and audio quality which are still top choices and in many cases, still definitive! In its recording philosophies, Living Stereo influenced many of the recordings made since. They were significant in terms of music and sound quality and represent an important part of audiophile history.

On October 6, 1953, RCA held experimental stereophonic sessions in New York's Manhattan Center with Leopold Stokowski conducting a group of New York musicians in performances of Enesco's Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1 and the waltz from Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin. There were additional stereo tests in December, again in the Manhattan Center, this time with Pierre Monteux conducting members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

In February 1954, RCA made its first commercial stereophonic recordings, taping the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Charles Munch, in a performance of The Damnation of Faust by Hector Berlioz. This began a practice of simultaneously recording orchestras with both stereophonic and monaural equipment. Other early stereo recordings were made by Toscanini and Guido Cantelli respectively, with the NBC Symphony Orchestra; the Boston Pops Orchestra under Arthur Fiedler; and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Fritz Reiner.

Initially, RCA used RT-21 quarter-inch tape recorders (which ran at 30 inches per second), wired to mono mixers, with Neumann U-47 cardioid and M-49/50 omnidirectional microphones. Then they switched to an Ampex 300-3 one-half inch machine, running at 15 inches per second (which was later increased to 30 inches per second). These recordings were initially issued in 1955 on special stereophonic reel-to-reel tapes and then, beginning in 1958, on vinyl LPs with the logo ‘Living Stereo’.


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Lang Lang: The Romance of Rachmaninov

Lang Lang: The Romance of Rachmaninov


Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev

Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor, Op. post.

with Vadim Repin (violin) & Mischa Maisky (cello)

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

from “Lang Lang Live at the Proms, The Royal Albert Hall, London

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36

from “Lang Lang Live at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood"


Lang Lang (piano)

This is Lang Lang’s complete Rachmaninov recordings, bringing together the DG and the early Telarc recordings, which capture the heart of Russian Romantic music. Described by The Times as “a marvel, his ease of virtuosity astonishing, his stage presence magnetic”, Lang Lang presents two of Rachmaninov’s favourite concertos (nos. 2 and 3), the dazzlingly virtuosic Paganini Rhapsody and the deeply felt Trio élégiaque, in which he is partnered by Repin and Maisky – plus a spirited performance of the great G minor Prelude. “Rachmaninov playing of real personality” – International Record Review (Second Concerto, Rhapsody).

The recording of Rachmaninov No.3 is from the BBC Proms in London from 2002- a breakthrough performance for the pianist, coupled with a live performance of Sonata No.2 in B flat minor at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood.

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Roman Zaslavsky: Ingenious Opposites Vol. 2

Roman Zaslavsky: Ingenious Opposites Vol. 2


Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28

Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83

plus:

Rachmaninov: 3 Préludes, 3 Études-Tableaux, 2 Moments Musicaux


Roman Zaslavsky (piano)

BLU-RAY Audio Disc with HD-Video and CD

Roman Zaslavsky is a master of piano technique that espouses nuance without resorting to arbitrary mannerisms, hegained recognition by taking 1st prize - the Primer Gran Premio - at the José Iturbi International Music Competition in Valencia, Spain.

Ingenious Opposites Vol.2 presents two composers, Sergei Rachmaninov and Sergei Prokofiev, who were very differentthough being contemporaries, Prokofiev was open for the new, wanted to finish with Romanticism and turned towardsModernism, while Rachmaninov was rooted in Romantiscism and continued this tradition in his own way.

HD Audio productions in line produced without compromise using the Direct A/D (analog to digital) technique whichdelivers the culmination of sound clarity realized by the use of the state-of-the-art digital microphone system thattransfers the direct signal with a dynamic range of up to 130dB by eliminating all sound shaping and dynamic losscreating stages in the signal.

The Audio Blu-ray Disc comes with True 24/96 Lossless HD Audio , for which the first issue of Ingenious Oppositesreceived the Supersonic award from the pizzicato magazine.

Picture format BLU-RAY DISC: 1080i Full HD 16:9

Sound formats BLU-RAY DISC: HD-Video DTS 5.0, LPCM Audio 5.0 (24 bit/96 kHz)

Region code: All (worldwide)

Booklet notes: English, German

Running time: 63 mins

German FSK: 0

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Roman Zaslavsky: Ingenious Opposites Vol. 2

Roman Zaslavsky: Ingenious Opposites Vol. 2


Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28

Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83

Rachmaninov:

Étude-Tableau, Op. 33 No. 8 in G minor (published as No. 5)

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 5 in E flat minor

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 9 in D major

Moment musical No. 3 in B minor, Op. 16 No. 3

Moment musical No. 4 in E minor, Op. 16 No. 4

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 5 in G major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor


Roman Zaslavsky (piano)

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Roman Zaslavsky is a master of piano technique that espouses nuance without resorting to arbitrary mannerisms, hegained recognition by taking 1st prize - the Primer Gran Premio - at the José Iturbi International Music Competition in Valencia, Spain.

Ingenious Opposites Vol.2 presents two composers, Sergei Rachmaninov and Sergei Prokofiev, who were very differentthough being contemporaries, Prokofiev was open for the new, wanted to finish with Romanticism and turned towardsModernism, while Rachmaninov was rooted in Romantiscism and continued this tradition in his own way.

A live studio recording with state-of-the-art technology (direct A/D recording) comes in an extended dynamic range andprovides an excellent sound experience.

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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1


Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13

Prince Rostislav


The important third release completing this series of Rachmaninov’s symphonies, and highlighting the Russian music of conductor Vasily Petrenko's heritage.

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and their acclaimed young Russian music director conclude their Rachmaninov cycle with a rarely heard symphonic poem on the heroic subject of a prince who sacrifices himself to save his family. The composer himself was sacrificed on the altar of public opinion after the disastrous premiere of his First Symphony, which has won deserved if belated recognition as fully characteristic of his free-flowing, yearning lyrical style.

“Petrenko veers towards the Ashkenazy end of the dramatic spectrum, with a big, brawny start that’s certainly arresting. Trouble is, that’s pretty much where it stays thereafter.” MusicWeb International, 28th October 2013

“by treating its melodies with the freedom and flexibility they need, Petrenko and his orchestra tune into its emotional pulse: this is a thrilling performance of an underestimated symphony.” Financial Times, 2nd November 2013 *****

“Petrenko’s tempo [in the first movement] is perhaps a shade faster than Rachmaninov envisaged, but it gives the movement a momentum that never lets up. The RLPO’s playing is world-class here and in the succeeding movements, where Petrenko coaxes sounds of the utmost transparency in the scherzo...Unmissable.” Sunday Times, 24th November 2013

“there is far more to this performance than high-voltage aggression, for Petrenko's fluid interpretation perfectly encapsulates the romantic yearning and exoticism of the second idea in the first movement...The RLPO confirms its position as one of Europe's finest orchestras with playing of great warmth and stunning virtuosity.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 *****

“[a] characteristically articulate and highly charged account of the epic First, magnificently played by an orchestra currently at the very top of its game...undeniably strong temperament, architectural grip and considerable clout.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2014

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month - January 2014

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