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Rachmaninov: Works for Orchestra and Choir - Symphonies 1-3; The Rock; Spring, Op. 20; The Bells et al. /

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 13 (lost; reconstructed from piano duets and orch. fragments)
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 44
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphonic Dances, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), Op. 45
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : The Rock, symphonic poem for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands), Op. 7
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Caprice bohémien (Capriccio on Gypsy Themes), for orchestra in E minor/E major, Op. 12
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : The Isle of the Dead, symphonic poem, Op. 29
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : The Spring, cantata for baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 20
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : The Bells, choral symphony for soprano, tenor, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 35
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Russian Songs (3) for chorus & orchestra, Op. 41
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Rachmaninov was a recognized author of piano music in his lifetime. His works in other genres may not be as popular, but as a symphonist Rachmaninov ranks as one of the greatest Russian composers. His initial works, such as "The Rock" and "Caprice bohemien," were composed in the early 1890s soon after his graduation from the Moscow Conservatory, while Symphony No. 3 and Symphonic Dances concluded his last, American period. Rachmaninov's contribution to vocal and choral music, both sacred and secular, is as essential. His three cantatas, composed in different years, reflect the composer's creative evolution: the rejuvenating "Spring," the gloomy "The Bells," and the nostalgic "Three Russian Songs." On this CD Rachmaninov's symphonic works and cantatas are performed by the USSR State Orchestra conducted by Evgeny Svetlanov, one of the best interpreters of the composer's music, and by the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic Society led by Dmitri Kitayenko.

A five-disc set of orchestral and vocal/symphonic compositions by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Performances are by the USSR State Orchestra conducted by Evgeni Svetlanov, one of the world's finest Rachmaninoff interpreters, and the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic Society led by People's Artist of the USSR Dmitri Kitayenko.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Big Hall of the Conservatory (01/25/1985); Big Hall of the Conservatory (1965); Big Hall of the Conservatory (1966); Big Hall of the Conservatory (1968); Big Hall of the Conservatory (1973); Big Hall of the Conservatory (1978); Big Hall of the Conservatory (1989).



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 13 (lost; reconstructed from piano duets and orch. fragments)
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1895.
  • Running Time: 47 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1895

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Ensemble: Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic Society
  • Running Time: 50 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1906-1907

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 44
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Notes: Composition written: 1935-36.
  • Running Time: 38 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphonic Dances, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), Op. 45
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Notes: Composition written: 1940.
  • Running Time: 36 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1940

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : The Rock, symphonic poem for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands), Op. 7
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Running Time: 15 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Caprice bohémien (Capriccio on Gypsy Themes), for orchestra in E minor/E major, Op. 12
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Running Time: 17 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : The Isle of the Dead, symphonic poem, Op. 29
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Running Time: 20 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1909

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : The Spring, cantata for baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 20
  • Performer: Yuri Mazurok (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Dmitri Kitayenko
  • Running Time: 16 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1902

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : The Bells, choral symphony for soprano, tenor, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 35
  • Performer: Alexei Maslennikov (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Notes: Composition written: 1913.
  • Running Time: 40 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Russian Songs (3) for chorus & orchestra, Op. 41
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 13 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1926