Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2

The Official 250th Anniversary Release of The Bergen Philharmonic


Liadov:

The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62

Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27


Since his appointment as chief conductor and later music director in 2003, Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra have richly proven a particular affinity for Russian repertoire, both on their numerous tours and in recording. Works by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Medtner and Scriabin have featured on discs that have garnered much critical acclaim. Marking the occasion of Litton’s departure is this rendition of Sergei Rachmaninov's gigantic Second Symphony, with its playing time of 60+ minutes as broad and expansive as the Russian steppes. The work followed upon a first symphony which in 1897 had had a disastrous reception, and it took the intensely self-critical Rachmaninov ten years before making another attempt at the genre. Fortunately the first performance of the work in 1908 was a complete success, the broad melodic gestures and the arduous journey from the brooding melancholy of the symphony’s introduction to the triumphant liberation at its close speaking directly to the St Petersburg audience. Later criticism of the symphony’s broad scale prompted Rachmaninov to sanction several cuts, however, and it was only in the mid-1960s that it became common practice to perform the symphony complete – as in the present recording. Rachmaninov is joined on the disc by his older colleague Anatoly Liadov, whose brief and shimmering tone poem The Enchanted Lake provides an atmospheric ending to the recording – in the words of Liadov himself – an image of nature, as ‘fantastic as a fairy tale’, in which the listener will feel ‘the change of the colours, the chiaroscuro, the incessantly changeable stillness…’

“Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony is often accused of being gargantuan, schmaltzy and overblown. In Andrew Litton’s new recording with the Bergen Philharmonic, it sounds gargantuan, schmaltzy – and just blown enough, if you like your Rachmaninov big and extrovert.” The Guardian, 26th November 2015 ****

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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2


Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 - arrangement for orchestra

Aleko - Intermezzo & Women's Dance


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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27


The first release in Valery Gergiev’s Rachmaninov Symphony cycle features a magnificent performance of the Second Symphony, recorded in September 2008 at the Barbican. Rachmaninov’s vast Second Symphony was composed when he was at the pinnacle of his careers as composer, pianist and conductor. Filled with emotion and brimming with beautiful melodies, it is a masterpiece and the epitome of the Romantic symphony. This recording will be followed by the First and Third Symphonies as well as the Symphonic Dances. Forthcoming releases include Stravinksy’s Oedipus Rex and Les Noces on the Mariinsky label. Later in the year Gergiev conducts music by Debussy and Ravel on LSO Live and Wagner’s Parsifal also on Mariinsky. Gergiev conducts a Stravinsky festival with the New York Philharmonic in late April, before conducting the LSO in London, Dublin and Germany during May.

Concert reviews:

“performance of edge-of-the-seat exhilaration ... This time it was Rachmaninov’s Symphony No 2 that brought out Gergiev’s magisterial best” The Guardian

“The LSO’s sound had apt richness, depth and bloom ... a rare blend of freedom, momentum and underlying restless energy” Daily Telegraph

“Gergiev is a man who works by instinct. Music that thrives on heart and soul - above all the Russian romantics - brings out the best in him” Financial Times

“Gergiev has the sensibility to put on the pressure and to foster flexibility as the natural contours of the music demand...[He] has a feel for the romantic urgency of the music as well as its lyrical impulse and the LSO responds as if its life depends on it.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2010

“Pulse and phrasing are always clear and there are no redundant gestures. There's little sign of Gergiev’s unscripted vocals and his finale is electrifying; not only that, the Brits add a suppleness and bounce to Rachmaninov’s rhythms … Musically and politically controversial he may be, but when he’s at his best – as here – Gergiev is almost unbeatable.” MusicWeb International, October 2015

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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27


Kwamé Ryan was born 1970, in Toronto and is of Trinidadian descent. His UK mentors have included Lynn Binstock and Mark Elder and he studied conducting with Peter Eötvös in Freiburg where he later served as General music director of the Freiburg Opera and Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra from 1999-2003. Kwamé Ryan has maintained a close association with Peter Eötvös, resulting in his conducting the first French revival of his Three Sisters at Opéra de Lyon, the German première of Eötvös' second opera Le Balcon for Freiburg Opera and their co-conducting of Bob Wilson's production of Luigi Nono's Prometeo for La Monnaie in Brussels.As guest conductor, Kwamé Ryan has worked with orchestras such as the CBSO and the RSNO, as well as the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Klangforum Wien. From 1998 to 1999, Ryan was assistant to Lothar Zagrosek at Stuttgart State Opera, returning in 2004 to conduct their production of Hartmann's Simplicius Simplissimus, aspiring 2006 to conduct the world première of Gérard Pesson's Pastorale.

Ryan made his professional UK conducting debut at the 2004 Edinburgh International Festival with highly acclaimed performances of Honegger's Jeanne d'arc au bûcher. He subsequently returned to the Edinburgh Festival in 2005 as conductor of ballet performances with the Scottish Ballet and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. His London opera conducting debut was in October 2005 with English National Opera, in a production of Salome. Since 2007, Ryan has been music director of the ONBA Aquitaine, for an initial contract of 3 years.

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Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 2

Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 2


Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 - arrangement for orchestra

Scherzo in D minor


Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Pavel Kogan

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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 & Isle of the Dead

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 & Isle of the Dead


Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Paul Kletzki

The Isle of the Dead - Symphonic Poem, Op. 29

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy


“a searingly powerful reading of The Isle of the Dead, which I count the finest performance of all in Ashkenazy's Rachmaninov series” Gramophone Magazine

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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27


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Rachmaninov: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (complete)

Rachmaninov: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (complete)


Although they have been intermittently available, Walter Weller's cycle of the three Rachmaninov Symphonies have hidden their blazing light under the Decca bushel for far too long. Recorded in absolutely thrilling Decca sound with L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (No. 1) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Nos. 2 and 3), these three masterpieces are now collectively issued on Australian Eloquence.

Weller's view is at once trenchant and expansive. He is able to extract the last ounce of emotion from such symphonic-scapes as the slow movement of the Second - taken at a seemingly dangerously slow tempo, but which, with his unerring shaping of that popular movement, seems just right.

Grippingly emotional, these readings will now take their rightful place in recording history with such other great stereo recordings as those by Eugene Ormandy and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

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Rachmaninov: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (complete)

Rachmaninov: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (complete)


“Ashkenazy has made few more distinguished discs as conductor than his Rachmaninov symphony recordings of the early 1980s. The downside of the repackaging in this 2CD format is that you have to put up with a change of disc half-way through the Second Symphony and lose the shorter orchestral works included in the Previn set. Previn is the most natural but not always the most electrifying of Rachmaninov interpreters and many will find Ashkenazy preferable, particularly in No 1. Although some of Ashkenazy's speeds seem unnaturally pressed – he fairly tips us into the first movement reprise having declined to cap the climax with unvalidated bells – the excitement is infectious. Previn's LSO isn't at its best in the Larghetto, but in the corresponding movement of the Second Symphony the boot is on the other foot. Not that Ashkenazy isn't convincing too – so long as you can forget the Previn. Ashkenazy's volatile approach is at its most extreme in the Third, the mood much less autumnal than it usually is, with the fruity Concertgebouw brass unconstrained.
Such an unashamedly episodic rendering of the score has its drawbacks, but the virtuosic energy and Romantic gush are hard to resist. The recordings sound very well indeed.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Russia: Romance and Revolution

Russia: Romance and Revolution


Balakirev:

Islamey - Oriental Fantasy

Borodin:

String Quartet No. 2: 3rd Movement (Notturno)

(arr. for string orchestra by Malcolm Sargent)

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Glazunov:

The Seasons, Op. 67 (Winter)

Glinka:

Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture

Ippolitov-Ivanov:

Caucasian Sketches: Procession of the Sadar

Kabalevsky:

Galop from The Comedians, Op. 26

Khachaturian:

Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus & Phrygia

Liadov:

The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Boris Godunov: Coronation Scene

Sorochintsy Fair: Gopak

Prokofiev:

Winter Bonfire Op. 122 I. Departure

Winter Bonfire Op. 122 III. Waltz

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Toccata in D minor, Op. 11

Montagues And Capulets (from Romeo and Juliet)

Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

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

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

(arr. for oboe)

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Variation 18

Morceaux de fantaisie Op. 3 No. 1

Morceaux de fantaisie Op. 3 No. 2

Vespers, Op. 37: Shestopsalmie. Slava v vyshnikh Bogu

Vespers, Op. 37: Svete tikhyi

Rimsky Korsakov:

The Tale of Tsar Saltan Suite, Op. 57

Tsvetï moi! (Servilia)

Scriabin:

Fantasy in B minor, Op. 28

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65 I. Adagio – Allegro – Adagio

String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110

Romance (from The Gadfly)

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 24 in D minor

Stravinsky:

The Firebird - excerpts

Petrushka (1911 version) (excerpts)

The Rite of Spring: extracts

Tchaikovsky:

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

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 I. 1. Andante - Allegro con anima

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62 for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano)

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

The Seasons, Op. 37b: October ('Autumn Song')

Ya vas lyublyu 'Yeletsky’s aria' (from Pique Dame)

Polonaise (from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24)

Puskay pogibnu ya 'Tatiana's Letter Scene' (from Eugene Onegin)

Pochudilis mne budto golosa - Za dvorom luzhok zelenvoshek (Oprichnik)

Adieu, forêts (from Jeanne d'Arc)

The Nutcracker Ballet, Op. 71 (Excerpts)

Swan Lake, Op. 20 (excerpts)

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (excerpts)

Zaderatsky:

Prelude In D Major

Fugue In D Major


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