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Rachmaninov - Symphony No.3

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Catalogue numberBIS-SACD-1988
Release date2012-02-15
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz

Klassik Com: Triple 5 Stars April 2012; Limelight Magazine: "These two major works from Rachmaninov’s last decade form a substantial and varied program, given here in excellent performances and recorded in very vivid Super Audio format. Thirty-something Russian virtuoso Yevgeny Sudbin gives a dashing account of the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, investing the work with all the requisite drama, colour and wit.".

When Sergei Rachmaninov composed his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in 1934, it was
after an almost complete seven-year silence - so complete that he was thought to
have renounced composing. Nevertheless, the Rhapsody was finished in only seven
weeks, with a speed that was possibly stimulated by Paganini's theme itself; taken
from the 24th Caprice for solo violin it had already been used by Schumann, Liszt,
Brahms and Szymanowski and is ideal for variation. Rachmaninov's Rhapsody consists
of twenty-four continuous variations, of which the 18th has become so popular that
it is often included separately in compilations of 'classical favourites'. The
variations fall into larger sections, forming a structure which has caused the work
to be called 'Rachmaninov's Fifth Piano Concerto'. The soloist on the present
recording is Yevgeny Sudbin, whose highly acclaimed discography includes a
Rachmaninov solo recital, as well as a recording of the Fourth Piano Concerto
described in BBC Music Magazine as an ' exhilarating, barnstorming, spine-tingling
performance'. The warm reception that the Rhapsody received no doubt spurred
Rachmaninov on to the composition of his Third Symphony. The work of a reluctant
exile from his native Russia, its themes often have a marked Russian character, but
are treated with great ambiguity. One example is the 'motto theme' which is heard at
the very opening of the symphony, but which cannot be heard for what it really is
until the finale (and then only fleetingly): a variant of the Dies iræ theme, which
the composer used so often - for instance in the Rhapsody - as a symbol of
mortality. With this disc, Lan Shui and his Singapore Symphony Orchestra follow up
on their 2008 recording of the composer's Symphony No.2, which impressed critics
around the world, for instance on the website Klassik Heute: 'Lan Shui allows
himself to be guided by the music itself, by its arcs, meanderings, sudden impulses,
melancholies and triumphs . and at the same time propels his marvellous orchestra to
musical heights from which the entire panorama of this work can be perceived.'
 
Extra material for download
 
 
  Composer: Rachmaninov, Sergei
  Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43 23:12
01 Introduction. Allegro vivace 00:09 $ 0.04 USD
02 Variation 1. (Precedente) 00:18 $ 0.07 USD
03 Tema. L’istesso tempo 00:17 $ 0.07 USD
04 Variation 2. L’istesso tempo 00:17 $ 0.07 USD
05 Variation 3. L’istesso tempo 00:24 $ 0.10 USD
06 Variation 4. Più vivo 00:27 $ 0.11 USD
07 Variation 5. Tempo precedente 00:28 $ 0.11 USD
08 Variation 6. L’istesso tempo 01:07 $ 0.27 USD
09 Variation 7. Meno mosso, a tempo moderato 01:03 $ 0.25 USD
10 Variation 8. Tempo I 00:32 $ 0.13 USD
11 Variation 9. L’istesso tempo 00:31 $ 0.12 USD
12 Variation 10. 00:53 $ 0.21 USD
13 Variation 11. Moderato 01:33 $ 0.37 USD
14 Variation 12. Tempo di Minuetto 01:14 $ 0.30 USD
15 Variation 13. Allegro 00:28 $ 0.11 USD
16 Variation 14. L’istesso tempo 00:43 $ 0.17 USD
17 Variation 15. Più vivo scherzando 01:11 $ 0.28 USD
18 Variation 16. Allegretto 01:35 $ 0.38 USD
19 Variation 17. 01:46 $ 0.42 USD
20 Variation 18. Andante cantabile 02:49 $ 0.68 USD
21 Variation 19. A tempo vivace 00:26 $ 0.10 USD
22 Variation 20. Un poco più vivo 00:36 $ 0.14 USD
23 Variation 21. Un poco più vivo 00:25 $ 0.10 USD
24 Variation 22. Un poco più vivo (alla breve) 01:38 $ 0.39 USD
25 Variation 23. L’istesso tempo 00:55 $ 0.22 USD
26 Variation 24. A tempo un poco meno mosso 01:27 $ 0.35 USD
 
 
  Composer: Rachmaninov, Sergei
  Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.44 45:07
27 I. Lento – Allegro moderato – Allegro 18:10 $ 4.36 USD
28 II. Adagio ma non troppo – Allegro vivace – Tempo come
prima
12:26 $ 2.98 USD
29 II. Allegro – Allegro vivace – Allegro (tempo primo) –
Allegretto – Allegro – Allegro vivace
14:31 $ 3.48 USD
 
  Album total 68:19
ComposerRachmaninov, Sergei
PianoSudbin, Yevgeny
OrchestraSingapore Symphony Orchestra
ConductorShui, Lan

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