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Rachmaninov: Symphony No 1, Isle Of The Dead / Jansons


Release Date: 06/21/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 85459   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mariss Jansons doesn't quite let it all hang out in the coda of the finale the way that Ashkenazy does in his remarkable Concertgebouw recording of the First symphony for Decca, but otherwise I have nothing but praise for this taut, exciting rendition of this underrated work. Both here and in The Isle of the Dead, Jansons manages to conjure an appropriately twilit atmosphere, effectively capturing the sense of unease below the surface (and on top!) while also maintaining the music's sense of flow and intensity. In the symphony's outer movements--and especially the development section of the first movement, which Jansons whips up to a fine climax--his razor-sharp treatment of rhythm produces extremely memorable results. Of course, it helps Read more to have the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, whose dark string sonority is enlivened with plenty of punch from the brass. Good, clean sonics with excellent dynamic range and just balances give the music added impact and realism. Don't hesitate. Jansons' entire Rachmaninov symphony cycle with these forces stands with the best, and at this price it's a steal. [6/16/2005]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 13 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Russia 
2.
Isle of the Dead, Op. 29 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 

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