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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1 - Balakirev: Tamara / Gergiev, London Symphony


Release Date: 09/09/2016 
Label:  Lso Live   Catalog #: 0784  
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovMily Balakirev
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This new release in the LSO Live cycle of Rachmaninov’s complete symphonies features his Symphony No. 1. The piece was composed in 1895 at his Ivanovka estate in Tambov, Russia. The premiere was a disaster due to poor conductor performance and under-rehearsal, but the score was rediscovered after the composer’s death and has since been frequently performed. English composer and professor Robert Simpson calls the First Symphony “a powerful work in its own right… convinced, individual, finely constructed, and achieving a genuinely tragic and heroic expression.” Valery Gergiev is able to shine with this work, displaying his impeccable transparent interpretation. Also included on this release is Balakirev’s Tamara. A member of Russia’s “Mighty Read more Handful,” this work is considered by most scholars to be Balakirev’s best work. The score drips with exotic and oriental influences, which were popular in nineteenth century Russia. This concert received extraordinary reviews: “Full blooded and engrossing… the performance revealed the genius of this strange, haunted piece.” (The Telegraph) “This is music Gergiev clearly believes in and that translated itself to his players… Here was Gergiev at his best.” (Bachtrack) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 13 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Russia 
2.
Tamara by Mily Balakirev
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867-1882; Russia 

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