Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1

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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1


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28th Oct 2013




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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1


Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13

Prince Rostislav



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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.

Sergei Rachmaninov: Prince Rostislav

Prince Rostislav

Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13

I. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo

II. Allegro animato

III. Larghetto

IV. Allegro con fuoco

MusicWeb International

28th October 2013

“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.”

Financial Times

2nd November 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.”

Sunday Times

24th 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.”

BBC Music Magazine

January 2014


“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.”

Gramophone 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.”

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