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Rachmaninov: Complete Symphonies & Piano Concertos / Rudy, Jansons, St. Petersburg Philharmonic

Rachmaninov / Mariss Jansons
Release Date: 09/02/2014 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 627827   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic OrchestraLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 5 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Review of some of the recordings that make up this set:

Rachmaninov symphonies come in different flavors depending on who interprets them. Eugene Ormandy's with the Philadelphia Orchestra made them sumptuous; Svetlanov and the USSR Symphony Orchestra made them lubricious. Here, Mariss Jansons and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic offer a lean, mean, tight, and tough approach to Rachmaninov's scores on EMI.

For Jansons, Rachmaninov is no decadent late Romantic; instead, he is a hard-muscled, clear-eyed proto-Modernist, and his orchestral works are far less contemporaries of Scriabin than they are forerunners of the sarcastic Shostakovich. With the rich, deep, and powerful playing of the St. Petersburg, Jansons'
Read more First is driven, his Second incredibly taut, and his Third almost unbelievably propulsive. As fillers, EMI includes Jansons' razor-sharp Isle of the Dead, his brilliant but evasive Symphonic Dances, and his understandably Mendelssohnian Scherzo -- the early work was clearly modeled on the German master's elfin Scherzo style. Also included is an incomprehensibly dry-eyed Vocalise -- if any string orchestra work deserved the Wall of Strings sound, it's the Vocalise. Recorded in crisp, colorful digital sound, these recordings will not please everyone, but Rachmaninov fans looking for something different might want to try them.

– James Leonard, All Music Guide, reviewing a previous issue of the symphonies and other works Read less

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 
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 

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