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Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc / Nishikawa, Et Al


Release Date: 06/24/2003 
Label:  Angelok   Catalog #: 9928   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Junko Nishikawa
Conductor:  Vakhtang Jordania
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Federation State Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are many who feel Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 to be Rachmaninoff's finest orchestral work. All of his trademarks are contained within its pages: lyrical and sometimes haunting melodies, seamless construction, rich harmonies (notice the jazzy voicings of the brass at the beginning of the second movement), and his most refined and colorful orchestration, all presented with true élan and panache. His inspired decision to use a saxophone, the only time he ever employed this instrument's distinctive qualities, is also noteworthy. To feel more comfortable in writing for the instrument, Rachmaninoff sought advice from the "Dean of American Orchestrators", Robert Russell Bennett, himself a distinguished composer. Both composers had mutual Read more respect for each other and it should be noted that when Rachmaninoff's widow needed someone to posthumously prepare the piano reduction of her husband's "revised" Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 40 for publication, she turned to Mr. Bennett. Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 was premiered on January 4, 1941 by the work's dedicatees - the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Eugene Ormandy. This valedictory effort proved to be Rachmaninoff's last. He died on March 28, 1943 in Los Angeles, never having composed again. In the end, perhaps Rachmaninoff was correct: while his mortal life has ended, his music remains, continuing to delight and inspire those fortunate enough to be moved by it as the listener will by the great music contained on this new CD. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Junko Nishikawa (Piano)
Conductor:  Vakhtang Jordania
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Federation State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1900 - 1901). 
2.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Vakhtang Jordania
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Federation State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
3.
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Vakhtang Jordania
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Federation State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1940; USA 

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