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Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances; Stravinsky: Symphony in 3 Movements / Gergiev, LSO

Rachmaninov / Stravinsky / London Orch / Gergiev
Release Date: 04/10/2012 
Label:  Lso Live   Catalog #: 688   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovIgor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Following his acclaimed LSO Live recording of Rachmaninov's Symphony No 2, a Gramophone Editor's Choice, Valery Gergiev conducts a thrilling performance of the composer's 'Symphonic Dances', coupled with fellow emigré Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements.

An orchestral suite in three sections, the 'Symphonic Dances' were the last works Rachmaninov completed and proved to be some of his most popular. Although rarely sentimental, they draw on folk idioms and the composer's reminiscences of Russia, from where he emigrated in 1917. Stravinsky's 'Symphony in Three Movements' was written between 1942-45 and was the first work Stravinsky completed after his arrival in the USA. Although he claimed it was a 'War Symphony',
Read more his true inspiration was typically vague. Both Rachmaninov and Stravinsky, in their own ways created exciting works with compelling dancelike rhythms and colourful harmonies.

Following an extensive tour of the Far East with the LSO in February and March, Valery Gergiev conducts concerts throughout Europe in with the Mariinsky Orchestra, including performances in the UK. In May he conducts a festival of Stravinsky's music with the LSO in London.
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Works on This Recording

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1940; USA 
Symphony in Three Movements by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1945; USA 

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