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Rachmaninov: The Isle of the Dead Op 29, "Youth" Symphony, Symphony no 1 / Noseda, BBC PO

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : The Isle of the Dead, symphonic poem, Op. 29
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphony in D minor "Youth Symphony" (part lost; 1st movement survives), TN ii/43
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 13 (lost; reconstructed from piano duets and orch. fragments)
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The first disc in Gianandrea Noseda's Rachmaninoff series, 'Francesca da Rimini', was CD of the Week in 'The Daily Telegraph', and 'The Times' commented, "Noseda sculpts the brooding passions of Rachmaninoff's dramatic score with thrilling intensity." Noseda now turns his attention to Symphony No. 1. This work had become something of a personal quest. He says that he was astonished by the beauty in the melodic line, the refined harmony and controlled structure. The symphony is coupled here with the single completed movement of a symphony planned during Rachmaninoff's conservatory years and by 'The Isle of the Dead', both works complementing the fluency of Symphony No. 1.

"Nothing could be more liquid or gloomy than [Noseda's] reading of the superb symphonic poem The Isle of the Dead. His gifts for mood-juggling and structural flow ensure equally fine accounts of the student Youth Symphony and the composer’s official, stormy Symphony No 1. The full Chandos sound makes everything glow in the dark, especially the shadowy scherzo." -The Times

"With the BBC Phil, he delves deep into the dark, gloomy recesses of the Russian soul, brilliantly evoking the composer’s brooding, headily chromatic tone poem The Isle of the Dead...Chandos’s brilliant recording [of Symphony 1] enhances a performance that takes us on an emotional rollercoaster ride: the passion and despair of the composer’s unrequited love for a married woman is drawn with febrile drama here." -The Sunday Times

"Rachmaninov's First Symphony of 1895... published only after the composer's death. Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic have the work's measure and their performance has a full-blooded intensity and fire. The Isle of the Dead, haunting and powerful in conception, is an undisputed masterpiece. Noseda captures the work's concentration and anguish with its inexorable sense of movement." -BBC Music Magazine



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>Rachmaninov, Sergey : The Isle of the Dead, symphonic poem, Op. 29
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (01/30/2008/01/31/2008)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1909

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphony in D minor "Youth Symphony" (part lost; 1st movement survives), TN ii/43
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (01/30/2008/01/31/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1891

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 13 (lost; reconstructed from piano duets and orch. fragments)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (01/30/2008/01/31/2008)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1895