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Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphonic Dances, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), Op. 45
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : The Isle of the Dead, symphonic poem, Op. 29
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : The Rock, symphonic poem for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands), Op. 7
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Notes & Reviews:

Avie's fruitful association with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra yields its tenth release, and the third with Vasily Petrenko, the youngest Music Director in the RLPO's illustrious history. A native of St. Petersburg, Petrenko appropriately continues his exploration of Russian repertoire with the first in a series of orchestral works and concerti by Rachmaninov. Petrenko won the Classic FM/Gramophone Young Artist of the Year award in 2007, and in 2009 he and the RLPO garnered the Gramophone Award for Best Orchestral Recording. Since arriving in Liverpool in 2006, Petrenko has had a galvanizing effect on the RLPO, attracting unanimous critical acclaim. Having recently renewed his contract through 2015, Petrenko and the RLPO are poised to further spread their success story through these recordings for Avie.

"These may not be the greatest performances of these three Rachmaninov works ever recorded, but they are very closeVasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic deliver extremely well-played performances of extraordinary energy, soul, and dedicationWhile Petrenko is not yet an Ormandy, a Reiner, or a Svetlanov, he is well on his way, with confidently assured readings that bring out the power and the pathos of these works without succumbing to either brutality or bathos." - All Music Guide

The Telegraph
Petrenko and the RLPO bring freshness to all three [works], responding sensitively and shrewdly to the romantic and dark-hued undertows of the earlier works and to the piquancy of the later one. Petrenko instinctively conveys the essential quality of soul that the interpretation of Rachmaninoff requires.

Sunday Times
Petrenko's galvanising effect on the Royal Philapudlians continues to be documented rewardingly on disc...He achieves a wonderfully integrated blend of orchestral sound, yet his attention to details of instrumentation and dynamic is achieved without artificial highlighting.

BBC Music Magazine
Petrenko master... of encouraging expressive phrasing in counterpoint; the woodwind rockings around the heartaching saxophone melody at the centre of the first dance are as important as the main event, and the flurries which accompany a very slowly kindled reprise of the second-movement Valse triste... make the hair stand on end.

The Independent on Sunday
Vasily Petrenko conducts the RPO on tremendous form in a precise and dramatic performance of both pieces, plus the tone poem "The Isle of the Dead". Worth it for the woodwind alone.

Gramophone Magazine
The Symphonic Dances, The Isle of the Dead and The Rock all have a distinctive Rachmaninov stamp, for which Petrenko has a sure ear, coupled with a stylistic acuity that enables him to point out the differences between the later and the earlier music

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England (2008-09-05_2008-09-06&2009-).



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>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphonic Dances, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), Op. 45
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England (2008-09-05_2008-09-06&2009-)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1940

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : The Isle of the Dead, symphonic poem, Op. 29
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England (2008-09-05_2008-09-06&2009-)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1909

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : The Rock, symphonic poem for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands), Op. 7
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England (2008-09-05_2008-09-06&2009-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893