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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3; Caprice Bohémien; Danses Symphoniques et al. / Orchestre de Paris; Paavo Järvi

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 44
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Caprice bohémien (Capriccio on Gypsy Themes), for orchestra in E minor/E major, Op. 12
>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 : Vocalise, transcription for orchestra, Op. 34/14
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In a concert, it's physical," Paavo Järvi, Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris, told the French magazine Classica, "The sound, the orchestra, the conductor, the audience... Those of us on stage - orchestra and conductor - become actors." That theatrical thrill is captured in this 2-CD set of live recordings of works by Rachmaninoff, made in 2011 and 2013 at the Salle Pleyel, the Orchestre de Paris's home until it's move in early 2015 to the French capital's new Philharmonie. To mark the inauguration of the spectacular new hall, Erato released an album of Järvi and the Orchestre de Paris in works by Henri Dutilleux, who died in 2013 (CD: 0825646242443). The French magazine Télérama described the recorded performance as "magnificent in it's cohesion and sonic elegance".

This set follows another Erato disc of Russian music conducted by Järvi; released in the spring, it was a program of Shostakovich cantatas performed by the Estonian Concert Choir and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. There was some controversy in the Baltic state, with it's painful memories of the Soviet era, over the performance of works with a Stalinist agenda. By contrast, Rachmaninoff's haunting Symphony No 3, written in 1936, is the work of a composer in exile (he had settled in Switzerland) and is filled with nostalgia for Russia. A subtler, more restrained work than the expansive Symphony No 2 - which was written nearly three decades earlier while Rachmaninoff was still living in his homeland - it comprises just three movements.

It also ushers in the starker style of the composer's late works, typified by Rachmaninoff's final composition, the haunting Symphonic Dances, written in America in 1940. On these CDs, these two major works from the final decade of Rachmaninoff's live are complemented by two pieces from the 1890s, the Caprice Bohémien and the symphonic poem Le Rocher, and by the celebrated Vocalise, originally conceived in 1915 for voice and piano and later arranged for orchestra by the composer.

Paavo Järvi, one of Gramophone's nominees for Artist of the Year 2015, holds positions with three other orchestras, makes guest appearances with the world's leading ensembles, and becomes Chief Conductor of Japan's NHK Symphony Orchestra from the 2015/16 season. He feels, though, that the Orchestre de Paris has a very distinctive personality: "I've tried to analyse the reason why the woodwind, in particular, succeed in obtaining a color that is simultaneously rich and transparent," he says, "and I think this comes from the personality of each player. In other countries, the musicians are obsessed with producing a homogeneous sound. Here, they play together, of course, but, when it comes down to it, they also see themselves as soloists: that is the big difference.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2015
JSrvi is no speed merchant, and some might find his performance comparatively tame even if his technical control and formidable sense of logic are never in doubt... [but] I will certainly be revisiting the fine detailing of JSrvi's individualistic Parisian winds, never indulged at the expense of forward momentum.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Pleyel (03/27/2013-03/28/2013); Salle Pleyel (10/19/2011-10/21/2011).



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 44
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris
  • Notes: Salle Pleyel (03/27/2013-03/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1935-1936
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Caprice bohémien (Capriccio on Gypsy Themes), for orchestra in E minor/E major, Op. 12
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris
  • Notes: Salle Pleyel (03/27/2013-03/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphonic Dances, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), Op. 45
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris
  • Notes: Salle Pleyel (10/19/2011-10/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1940
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : The Rock, symphonic poem for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands), Op. 7
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris
  • Notes: Salle Pleyel (10/19/2011-10/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, transcription for orchestra, Op. 34/14
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris
  • Notes: Salle Pleyel (10/19/2011-10/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live