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Rachmaninov: Symphony No 1 / Petrenko

Rachmaninov / Petrenko,Vassily
Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Warner Brothers   Catalog #: 959627  
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and their acclaimed young Russian music director conclude their Rachmaninov cycle with a rarely heard symphonic poem on the heroic subject of a prince who sacrifices himself to save his family. The composer himself was sacrificed on the altar of public opinion after the disastrous premiere of his First Symphony, which has won deserved if belated recognition as fully characteristic of his free-flowing, yearning lyrical style. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and their acclaimed young Russian music director conclude their Rachmaninov cycle with a rarely heard symphonic poem on the heroic subject of a prince who sacrifices himself to save his family. The composer himself was sacrificed on the altar of public opinion after the disastrous premiere of his First Symphony, which has won deserved if belated recognition as fully characteristic of his free-flowing, yearning lyrical style. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 13 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Russia 
2. Prince Rostislav by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Russia 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Robust Rachmaninov April 15, 2014 By Alex K. (Liverpool, United Kingdom) See All My Reviews "I wonder whether the fact that Petrenko chose to allow this performance to be recorded live at a concert, rather than go through with actual recording sessions, signifies some sort of dissatisfaction with, or failure to 'get' the work (even a bit of sympathy for Glazunov, who conducted the first, disastrous performance?...) At the end of this concert,which I attended, it half-crossed my mind that it was an attempted re-creation of Glazunov's premiere that Petrenko had essayed: a performance that had been loud, boisterous and theatrical; rousingly played; high on testosterone, but fairly low on subtlety and melancholic Russian soul. Re-hearing the CD has improved things for me. The sound, fierce in my seat in the hall, is rich now, and there is lots to please in the playing and the passionate, 'young man's' approach. Petrenko admirers (and I'm usually a fervent one) will want this CD and indeed will regard the interpretation as considered. All the same, I don't sense the level of engagement or authority here that Petrenko has brought sublimely in Liverpool to Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich." Report Abuse
 Riveting Rachmaninov March 17, 2014 By Joseph Lieber, MD (Great Neck, NY) See All My Reviews "Though not his most popular symphony, the first symphony has always impressed me as a dark and brooding work. Petrenko ceratinly extracts these emotions out of the RLPO. The sound engineers add a great sound world taht brings out the symphonic elements so well. I have always liked this symphony, perhaps more so than the latter Rachmaninov symphonies. This recording just adds to my love and respect for this powerful statement" Report Abuse
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