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Rachmaninoff: Symphonies No 1-3, Vocalise / Ormandy, Philadelphia


Release Date: 11/18/1997 
Label:  Sony Classical Essential Classics Catalog #: 63257   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ormandy pioneered the recording of the three Rachmaninov symphonies in stereo, and in many ways his performances remain unsurpassed... The Second Symphony has great intensity of feeling and passion. The First Symphony was the work's first stereo version, an exceptionally strong performances it is too. Ormandy's thrustful view of the outer movements is supported by superbly committed Philadelphia playing, with the orchestra on top form... In some ways the Third Symphony is even more distinguished... The playing itself is marvellous, and this warmth of feeling carries over in the touchingly shaped Vocalise which acts as a final encore. ...[N]ot to be missed, even if you have more modern version so these splendid works.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1907; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/19/1959 
Venue:  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
Length: 47 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 13 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/28/1966 
Venue:  Town Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
Length: 44 Minutes 8 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 44 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1936/1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1967 
Venue:  Town Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
Length: 38 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/18/1967 
Venue:  Town Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
Length: 6 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Sergei Rachmaninov
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 

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