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Rachmaninov - Symphonies and Orchestral Music

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Catalogue numberBIS-2512 SACD
Release date2021-02-05
Discs4
Orig. sample rate96000 Hz
Total time306:11

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
 
  Composer: Rachmaninov, Sergey
  Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13 45:50
01 I. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo 14:43 $ 3.53 USD
02 II. Allegro animato 08:46 $ 2.10 USD
03 III. Larghetto 09:47 $ 2.35 USD
04 IV. Allegro con fuoco 12:34 $ 3.02 USD
 
05 Symphonic Movement in D minor 14:31 $ 3.48 USD
 
06 Prince Rostislav 15:02 $ 3.61 USD
 
 
Disc 2
  Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 61:37
01 I. Largo - Allegro moderato 22:23 $ 5.37 USD
02 II. Allegro molto 09:55 $ 2.38 USD
03 III. Adagio 14:50 $ 3.56 USD
04 IV. Allegro vivace 14:29 $ 3.48 USD
 
05 Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 06:26 $ 1.54 USD
 
 
Disc 3
  Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44 44:55
01 I. Lento - Allegro moderato - Allegro 18:10 $ 4.36 USD
02 II. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro vivace 12:26 $ 2.98 USD
03 III. Allegro 14:19 $ 3.44 USD
 
  Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 37:13
04 I. Non allegro - Lento - Tempo I 11:56 $ 2.86 USD
05 II. Andante con moto: Tempo di valse 10:39 $ 2.56 USD
06 III. Lento assai - Allegro vivace - Lento assai - Allegro
vivace
14:38 $ 3.51 USD
 
 
Disc 4
01 The Rock, Op. 7 14:38 $ 3.51 USD
 
  Four excerpts from the opera ‘Aleko’ 14:56
02 Introduction. Andante cantabile 02:27 $ 0.59 USD
03 Men’s Dance 04:23 $ 1.05 USD
04 Intermezzo 02:54 $ 0.70 USD
05 Women’s Dance 05:12 $ 1.25 USD
 
06 Capriccio bohémien, Op. 12 18:40 $ 4.48 USD
 
07 Scherzo in D minor 04:54 $ 1.18 USD
 
08 Prelude to the opera ‘The Miserly Knight’ Op. 24 06:44 $ 1.62 USD
 
09 The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29 20:33 $ 4.93 USD
 
  Album total 306:11
ComposerRachmaninov, Sergey
ConductorShui, Lan
OrchestraSingapore Symphony Orchestra

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