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Rachmaninov - Symphonies and Orchestral Music

Composer Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Lan Shui, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2512 SACD
EAN 7318599925127
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

  –  4 discs
Release date Feb 2021
Total time 306'11


Sergei Rachmaninov was one of the twentieth century’s outstanding pianists, but the large body of purely orchestral music he composed is no less an expression of his musical character. His great strength was that he managed to preserve intact a vision he had discovered very early in life. &&&This contemporary of Schoenberg, Scriabin, Ravel and Ives was unconcerned with musical fashions and had no wish to be a pioneer. Instead, and over a period of half a century he refined and deepened a language which derived naturally from his late-nineteenth-century Russian background. With this four-disc box set, &&&the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Lan Shui present a comprehensive collection of Rachmaninov’s music for orchestra – from the Scherzo in D minor, his first surviving piece for orchestra, completed just before his fifteenth birthday to the canonical works: the Symphonies and the Symphonic Dances.

The recordings were made between 2008 and 2015, with the three symphonies (previously released on separate discs) described as ‘eine formidable Gesamteinspielung’ on the website Pizzicato. But there is much more to Rachmaninov’s orchestral music besides the symphonies, and this box offers the listener opportunity to explore the young composer’s fascination with Gypsy themes (in the excerpts from the opera Aleko and Capriccio bohémien) as well as his lifelong preoccupation with death, in the form of the four notes of the Dies irae plainchant motif. This is heard again and again in Rachmaninov’s music, up until his very last work, the Symphonic Dances, where, at the very end of the third and final dance, this symbol of death is finally laid to rest.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Sergey Rachmaninov
  Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13 45'50
01 I. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo 14'43
02 II. Allegro animato 8'46
03 III. Larghetto 9'47
04 IV. Allegro con fuoco 12'34
 
05 Symphonic Movement in D minor 14'31
 
06 Prince Rostislav 15'02
 
 
Disc 2
  Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 61'37
01 I. Largo - Allegro moderato 22'23
02 II. Allegro molto 9'55
03 III. Adagio 14'50
04 IV. Allegro vivace 14'29
 
05 Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 6'26
 
 
Disc 3
  Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44 44'55
01 I. Lento - Allegro moderato - Allegro 18'10
02 II. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro vivace 12'26
03 III. Allegro 14'19
 
  Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 37'13
04 I. Non allegro - Lento - Tempo I 11'56
05 II. Andante con moto: Tempo di valse 10'39
06 III. Lento assai - Allegro vivace - Lento assai - Allegro vivace 14'38
 
 
Disc 4
01 The Rock, Op. 7 14'38
 
  Four excerpts from the opera ‘Aleko’ 14'56
02 Introduction. Andante cantabile 2'27
03 Men’s Dance 4'23
04 Intermezzo 2'54
05 Women’s Dance 5'12
 
06 Capriccio bohémien, Op. 12 18'40
 
07 Scherzo in D minor 4'54
 
08 Prelude to the opera ‘The Miserly Knight’ Op. 24 6'44
 
09 The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29 20'33
 
  Album total 306'11
ComposerRachmaninov, Sergey
ConductorShui, Lan
OrchestraSingapore Symphony Orchestra

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