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Rachmaninov: Orchestral Works / Mariss Jansons


Release Date: 11/05/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 75510   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic OrchestraLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...the clear favourite on every count is Jansons with the St Petersburg Philharmonic. The opening bars simmer with expectation. The huge expanse of the first movement unfolds with theatrical splendour... The Adagio sings with monumental sadness. You might think it overblown, excessively weepy, but with music like this there seems little point in restraint... Jansons...easily expresses the epic nature of Russian tragedy that pervades this music." Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5) -- Christopher Lambton, BBC Music Magazine [from a review of Symphony no 2, EMI 55140]

"The catastrophe that was the premiere of Rachmaninov’s First Symphony cast a shadow over the whole of the composer’s life. The
Read more conductor, Glazunov, was reputedly drunk, and the performance so dispirited the 23-year-old Rachmaninov – let alone the public and critics – that he fled the hall as the last bars resounded only to spend the next couple of years in severe depression. Forbidding further interest in the Symphony while he was alive – and even threatening a clause in his will – the score was reconstructed from a set of orchestral parts in 1945, two years after his death, since when it has established itself as a memorable and important work in his development as a composer. The story comes full circle with this recording, which was made in St Petersburg’s Philharmonic Hall, the very venue of that disastrous first performance. Needless to say, that event is not reconstructed here; indeed, Jansons’s account of the work emerges as one of the most successful now before us. Ashkenazy, in his 1982 recording with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw (Decca) may plumb the darkness that pervades the orchestration with more passion, but the St Petersburg players add an authentic, plangent Russian timbre all their own. For all its thematic economy, the First Symphony can sprawl and become episodic, but not here: Jansons keeps a tight rein on the structural relationships and the motivic flow of its interconnected ideas." Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5) -- Matthew Rye, BBC Music Magazine [from a review of Symphony no 1, EMI 56754]

"Mariss Jansons...draw[s] dark, well-blended colours in the truthful acoustics of the city’s white-marble Philharmonic Hall... Jansons is carefully free with the serpentine lyrical themes of the symphony...and he digs surprisingly deep for the ache at the heart of the Symphonic Dances... [T]he human, even-handed voice of the St Petersburg orchestra certainly offers a new perspective on Rachmaninov’s symphonic genius." -- David Nice, BBC Music Magazine [from a review of Symphony no 3 and the Symphonic Dances, EMI 54877]

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891/1917; Russia 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1900 - 1901). 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G minor, Op. 40 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926/1941; USA 
5.
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 
6.
Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1907; Russia 
7.
Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 44 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1936/1938; USA 
8.
Isle of the Dead, Op. 29 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
9.
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1940; USA 
10.
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
11.
Scherzo for Orchestra in D minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
12.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 

Featured Sound Samples

Symphony no 2: III. Adagio
Songs, op 34: No 14: Vocalise
Symphonic Dances: I. Non allegro

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