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Rachmaninoff: The Bells, Symphonic Dances, Symphony No. 2 / Bychkov, Wdr Sinfonieorchester

Rachmaninoff / Wdr Sinfonieorchestre / Bychkov
Release Date: 10/30/2007 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 101439  
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Picture Format: NTSC 16:9
Sound Format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1
Menu Languages: English, German, French, Spanish
Subtitle Languages: English, German, French
Running time: 136 mins (performances) + 119 mins (documentaries)
Region code: 0 (All regions)
Picture Format: NTSC 16:9
Sound Format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1
Menu Languages: English, German, French, Spanish
Subtitle Languages: English, German, French
Running time: 136 mins (performances) + 119 mins (documentaries)
Region code: 0 (All regions)
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Works on This Recording

1. The Bells, Op. 35 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; Russia 
2. Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1940; USA 
3. Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1907; Russia 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 The Real Russian Thing March 5, 2013 By W. Craig (Broomfield, CO) See All My Reviews "A Russian playing Russian music is often something special. We blase Westerners may often look down on Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, et al., but the Russians take their great composers very seriously. Bychkov is no exception. His German orchestra is outstanding, with a rich, warm sound, impeccable technique, and especially fine wind players, and Bychkov imbues them with a real Slavic passion. The performance of the Second Symphony is one of the most unabashedly romantic I've ever heard, on the level of the Previn's standard-setting recording. Needless to say, it's uncut. Bychkov's emotional commitment and the fine, idiomatic singing of his Russian soloists make "The Bells" a memorable experience; the chorus is also excellent. I only wish the subtitles hadn't used the bad old metrical translation printed in the score instead of a more accurate one. "Symphonic Dances" is entirely convincing, and the orchestra gets to show off its virtuosity. The documentaries are rather interesting. I enjoyed Bychkov's thoughts on Rachmaninov; I was impressed by his knowledge and his impeccable English (and impeccable German in the rehearsal excerpts). The rest of the documentaries feature various members of the orchestra discussing their personal lives as orchestral players, sometimes interesting, sometimes less so. Unlike some reviewers, I wasn't bothered by the lack of an audience or by the casual attire for two of the performances. I doubt if the intensity of conducting and playing would have been greater in the presence of an audience. Thoroughly recommendable." Report Abuse
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